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Director of Mission Advancement

Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle
New York, United States
$125,000.00 - $155,000.00
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

The Paulist Fathers are a missionary community of priests in service to the Roman Catholic Church with headquarters in New York City. Our mission is to reach out to those who are in religious need, particularly those who are inactive or estranged from their faith, those without any faith or those seeking faith, or those with questions about faith. We serve Catholic communities with a view to accomplishing our outreach mission. We are particularly sensitive to the needs of those on the periphery of church involvement due to gender, race, economic status, or sexual orientation. Our work can be seen in missions, campus ministries, media (Busted Halo/Sirius XM, Paulist Press, Paulist Productions), parishes (Paulist Evangelization Ministries), downtown centers and much more. Rooted in hopefulness, the Paulist Fathers trust that the Holy Spirit is not only present in the world but is actively breathing life into all things. This social context, with its greatly hopeful as well as deeply challenging dimensions, is exactly the field in which the Paulist Fathers are called to do mission. The Paulist Fathers are committed to synodality, a relational language, a way of walking together as the people of God.


Position Overview

To provide an ongoing, strategic, and overarching support to further this mission, the Paulist Fathers are seeking a FT/onsite Director of Mission Advancement to lead the Office of Mission Advancement’s (OMA) staff of 3; clearly articulate and share the mission of the Paulist Fathers both as the OMA Director and throughout all fundraising efforts; optimize the department’s performance (staff development and technology); explore opportunities to engage Paulists and other key stakeholders; and cultivate/maintain a database/portfolio of large and small donors.


  • Reporting to the President of the Paulist Fathers, the Director of Mission Advancement is directly responsible for the various sources of revenue and execution of fundraising initiatives (major gifts, direct mail, planned giving/other legacy forms of giving, Annual Paulist Appeal) essential to support the various missions and outreach of the Paulist Fathers.


  • Manages and directs a high-performing Mission Advancement


  • Formulates and manages the annual budget for the Office of Mission Advancement. Collaborates with Finance Office/Treasurer to ensure that funds are accounted for and deposited in the prescribed manner.


  • Develops and stewards a robust pipeline of high value donor prospects and returning donors who can be solicited to support the various outreach efforts and initiatives essential to the mission of the Paulist Implements plans for relating with major donors and grass-roots donors. Creates and facilitates an engaging and intentional process that would effectively recognize each donor and ensure that the relationship between the donor and Paulist Fathers is ongoing.


  • Collaborates with the Paulist Fathers’ Media Relations team in the creation, design, and distribution of donor marketing materials, such as reports that highlight the work of the funds raised, cultivation reports, and annual Liaises with Media Relations to ensure that the message of the Paulist Fathers is clearly and consistently articulated throughout all fundraising initiatives.


  • Consults with key stakeholders to ensure that all avenues of development, fundraising, and philanthropy are explored to create new revenue streams.


  • Keeps current on trends in development, fundraising and philanthropy and any trends that may impact charitable Participates in networking opportunities made available through the International Catholic Stewardship Council.


  • Maintains a positive working relationship with all key stakeholders, including the President of the Paulist Fathers, Office of Mission Advancement staff, Media Relations, Finance, community members of Paulist Fathers, parishioners, and other community partners.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field Master’s Degree preferred.


  • CFRE or equivalent


  • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving Willingness and ability to travel as needed.


  • A minimum of 5 years’ broad nonprofit experience in Mission Advancement with a proven track record of fundraising success.


  • Ability to clearly and passionately articulate the mission of the Paulist Fathers as well as share the purpose and impact of their sponsored ministries and outreach initiatives with internal and external stakeholders.


  • Appreciation and understanding of the Catholic Church and its teachings and culture, as well as how the Paulist mission fits into the broader mission of the Catholic Church in the United States. Ability to gain proficiency in the internal language and mission of the Catholic Church, religious life, and the Paulist Fathers.


  • Ability to effectively communicate the short-term and long-term development, fundraising and philanthropic goals to the President of the Paulist Fathers, OMA staff members, media relations, community members of the Paulist Fathers, and other parish/community stakeholders. Ability to inspire others in support of Paulist Fathers fundraising initiatives.


  • Ability to influence and effect change both in an inclusive manner and as an expert in the field of Mission Advancement.


  • Advanced knowledge of planned giving strategies, fundraising software and systems that can optimize the delivery of electronic solicitations and their receipt. A focus on maintaining the personal thank you element is essential.


  • Strategic thinker with advanced experience with direct mail, major gifts, planned giving, special events, fundraising databases, and the integration of media relations and communication in successful Mission Advancement initiatives.


  • Advanced organizational skills with a keen attention to detail and deadlines, essential to the success of the Annual Paulist Appeal.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office


  • Ability to collaborate with the President of the Paulist Fathers, OMA staff members, community members of the Paulist Fathers, and other parish/community stakeholders.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to represent the Paulist Fathers appropriately and in the highest professional manner, with an emphasis on speaking and presentation skills.

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