DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
CATHOLIC EXTENSION SOCIETY
Location Flexible within Texas
Catholic Extension Society works in solidarity with people to
build up vibrant and transformative Catholic faith communities
among the poor in the poorest regions of America. With the
generosity of individual donors and local and national foundations,
Catholic Extension Society raises funds to help these poor,
forgotten, and often isolated communities to flourish.
- Catholic Extension Society invests in buildings by supporting
the construction and renovation of churches and church
- Catholic Extension Society invests in leaders for the Church by
providing education, training and support to seminarians, priests,
sisters, deacons, and lay leaders.
- Catholic Extension Society invests in ministries by supporting
pastoral, youth, young adult, campus and outreach ministries,
Catholic schools, and religious education.
Established in 1905, Catholic Extension Society is a papal
society that is answering Pope Francis’ call to go out to America’s
“peripheries.” Since its founding, the organization has distributed
more than $1.3 billion in today’s dollars to dioceses that cannot
support themselves. These areas are called “Extension dioceses,”
and are reviewed and approved by Catholic Extension Society’s Board
Catholic Extension Society has a full-time staff of 50 employees
based at its headquarters in Chicago or in one of its regional
offices in the following locations: Boston; Dallas; Monterey;
Naples, Florida; Nashville; San Diego, San Jose, and Puerto Rico.
Its staff comprises talented and experienced professionals working
in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment and team-focused
Catholic Extension Society seeks candidates for the role of
Director of Development for the South Central Region with a focus
primarily on Texas and an opportunity to engage donors in the
adjoining states of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Reporting to
the Vice President of Development, the Director of Development will
join a 20-person Development Department, which includes six gift
officers who focus on major giving and are each responsible for a
geographic region, and one gift officer who focuses on planned
giving. Ideally, the Director of Development for the South Central
Region will be based in Dallas or Houston. However, Catholic
Extension Society is interested in identifying the best candidate
and will selectively consider other Texas locations for the
Director of Development’s base of operations.
The Director of Development will work in collaboration with the
Vice President of Development, as well as with other colleagues in
senior administration and in the Development Department, to advance
Catholic Extension Society’s major gifts presence in the South
Central Region. The organization enjoys tremendous areas of
existing support in Texas, as well as significant potential for new
donor engagement in the area. Eight of the 15 Catholic dioceses in
the state are Extension dioceses of Catholic Extension Society,
providing many direct connections to local and regional
philanthropic outcomes for prospective donors. Moreover, there is a
prevailing sense that the prospective donor pool in Texas has a
deep understanding of the Catholic faith and strong connection to
Catholic Extension Society’s mission.
While Catholic Extension Society will consider a broad range of
backgrounds, the ideal candidate will have the following
- Commitment to and passion for the mission of Catholic Extension
Society; ability to communicate and generate excitement about its
mission, history, vision, programs, and fundamental strengths. A
commitment to and understanding of the mission and teachings of the
Roman Catholic Church.
- A minimum of eight years of post-college work experience and at
least six years of frontline major gifts fundraising experience,
with proficiency working with gifts of five figures and above (or
equivalent combinations) from both defined and undefined
constituencies, including cultivation through closing and
stewardship. Experience managing a fundraising territory for a mid
to large-size nonprofit organization is preferred.
- Must have demonstrated ability to think strategically about
moving individuals across the spectrum of prospect development,
culminating in significant solicitations appropriate to the donor
and organizational priorities.
- Significant knowledge of the players, strategies, and trends in
giving within the major philanthropic communities across Texas as
well as significant, demonstrated fundraising success therein. The
successful candidate must possess the gravitas and style compatible
with Texas and its philanthropic circles. The ability to penetrate
these social networks seamlessly and with aplomb is a must.
- Must be able to extract and analyze data to make effective,
efficient decisions about donor strategy and process. A working
knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques,
including database information systems, data modeling, and analysis
- Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers,
and an appreciation for their role in building an effective
- Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Extension Society is an equal opportunity employer and
consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color,
religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation,
national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or
any other characteristic protected by law.
If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this
application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing,
or otherwise participating in the employee selection process,
please contact the Catholic Extension Society human resources
department at email@example.com.
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The Catholic Extension Society has retained the DSG Fundraising
& Advancement Practice of the Diversified Search Group to
assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations,
and applications (current resumes and cover letters) may be
submitted via the following link –
– or directed to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Managing Director and DSG Fundraising & Advancement Practice
Diversified Search Group
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