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Executive Director, Catholic Foundation

The East Texas Catholic Foundation was established by the Diocese of Tyler in order to help individuals and families leave a legacy through planned giving, endowed funds, and gifts.

Are you an experienced fundraising professional looking for a rewarding career with a mission driven company culture? If you are seeking a career that creates the opportunity to combine your knowledge of the Catholic Faith with your professional skills, we invite you to apply for our Executive Director position at East Texas Catholic Foundation. This full-time position is for immediate hire in Tyler, TX.

The mission of the East Texas Catholic Foundation is to help donors make a lasting impact on the spiritual, educational, and charitable works of the Diocese of Tyler to serve the future of the Catholic Church in East Texas through the grace of stewardship.

The East Texas Catholic Foundation is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation governed by a board of trustees who oversee the permanent funds and endowments of the Catholic causes you care most about while faithfully stewarding the intent of your gifts.

Managed by a board of clergy and lay leaders in our community, the Foundation serves the parishes, Catholic schools, agencies, and ministries within the 33 East Texas counties of the Diocese of Tyler.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and growth of the East Texas Catholic Foundation in fulfilling its critical mission of sustaining the local church for future generations through a planned giving, marketing, and development effort.

The East Texas Catholic Foundation seeks a motivated, dynamic leader skilled in driving organizational success and growth. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will plan and execute the organization’s strategy to rapidly grow assets (corpus) under management.


Education and Experience

  • Four year BA, BS or BBA degree from an accredited college/university is required.
  • A minimum of three years of direct fundraising experience with demonstrated success within non-profit sectors; foundation experience preferred.
  • Two years of direct C-level interaction and experience working with a board of directors.
  • Proven experience executing organization growth including strong personal sales and development results, and leading a similar or larger size organization.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, able to navigate donor database systems – knowledge of Foundant Software is a plus.

Candidates may emerge from non-profit, foundation, government, or industry backgrounds and should possess the following:

  • Character of the highest level consistent with the values of the Catholic Faith.
  • Knowledge of and strong commitment to the Catholic Church.
  • Capable of working with a diverse Catholic community and the extensive charitable work associated with the Diocese of Tyler.
  • Strong business acumen and a history of visionary leadership at the executive level.
  • Detail familiarity with accounting, marketing, public relations, and human resources.
  • Excellent written, oral, and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent time and organizational management skills.



Development and Fundraising

  • Lead revenue growth through personal development efforts with major donors.
  • Drive development and fundraising in collaboration with Diocese of Tyler Development Officer.
  • Manage annual fund raiser to create additional funds to support operations.

External Relations and Communications

  • Represent the organization and serve as chief spokesperson at public events, conferences, masses, parish finance councils, and a host of other organizational meetings.
  • Promote the organization and its mission publicly in a consistently positive, professional manner that builds interest in engaged philanthropy.
  • Cultivate, develop, and maintain excellent relationships with clergy, ministries, and parishes throughout the Diocese of Tyler.
  • Manage all aspects of the organization’s marketing and public relations.

Executive Leadership and Organizational Management

  • Provide executive leadership that is transparent and empowering in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Trustees.
  • Present strategic options and plans for organization impact and gain Board approval as needed to carry out the mission of the organization.
  • Perform general management duties overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization that positions it for long term success.
  • Apply innovative thinking and performance measurements to analyze and support strategic decision-making
  • Manage and motivate the Foundation team overseeing processes such as hiring, separation, staff development, performance management, and compensation and benefits
  • Inspire a business-oriented professional, positive, results-driven environment across the organization that encourages team collaboration

Board Governance

  • Work closely and openly with the Board and its committees, ensuring ongoing communications of risks, issues, and successes by providing reports and updates on current work, project timelines, and project and organizational progress.
  • Implement all Board approved policies and procedures and build support for Board decisions amongst team members

Financial Management and Administration

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight of all administrative and operational functions of the organization in accordance with the mission, objectives, and policies.
  • Prudently direct resources and manage all financials within the budget.
  • Assume fiscal responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the organization.
  • Ensure the organization’s financial stability and sustainability by maintaining healthy cash flow and adequate reserves.
  • Work closely with third party accounting firm on a constant basis and provide monthly financials that include Income Statement, Balance Sheet, endowment reports, and other documents asked for by the Board.
  • Prepare and present all necessary information for each board and committee meeting.

The Executive Director position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and education level, paid leave time, and a benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, short and long term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and life insurance.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants are encouraged to furnish a letter of intent and resume. The letter of intent should be no longer than one page and address how your experience relates to the opportunity and describe key successes in the areas of development, building relationships and fund raising.

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