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Development Director

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church—Pasadena, CA

Posted 8/14/2017 until 9/30/2017


Position Summary/Purpose:

The Director of Development is the chief fundraising staff member for St. Philip Catholic Church. In

collaboration with the Pastor, Director of Pastoral Life, and Fundraising Committee, the Development Director plans and implements all fundraising strategies and initiatives, including but not limited to regular monthly giving, capacity building and capital campaigns, and major gifts and planned giving.


This position manages and oversees the use of fundraising software, analyzes and reports data, and participates in the design and execution of special events.


The Development Director maintains an active donor recognition and stewardship program to assure accountability and extend relationships with donors. This position facilitates the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects. The Director will also develop annual stewardship programs that encourage gifts of time, talent, and treasure.


Responsibilities and Duties:

This position is responsible for developing and implementing a successful fundraising strategy for St. Philip parish in order to increase regular weekly/monthly giving, achieve ongoing sustainability of operations, and complete objectives in the Strategic Plan.


Leadership and Planning:

• Actively work to create a comprehensive development plan for cultivation and solicitation of support from individuals in the St. Philip Community, bearing in mind the Parish’s focus on its vision, mission, and strategic objectives.

• Craft a major donor campaign in conjunction with the Pastor and Fundraising Committee.

• Participate in the planning and execution of special events including donor recognition opportunities.

• Engage staff and volunteers for assistance with events.


Research, Cultivation & Solicitation:

• Cultivate donor relationships at all levels, and work to raise the giving levels of all donors.

• Research prospects and establish priorities for solicitation.

• Manage and execute strategies for cultivating and soliciting donations.

• Network within local community organizations.

• Contact potential donors and secure on-going financial support for the Parish.

• Build and implement annual stewardship programs that encourage gifts of time, talent, and treasure.

• Complete prospect research for major gift donors and other sources to support parish fundraising efforts.

• Implement plans for maintaining a large base of smaller, annual individual donors.

• Recruit, train, manage, supervise, and acknowledge volunteers to assist with development projects.



• Monitor all donor information and provide statistical analysis for parish leadership.

• Develop reports and documents for leadership and decision making purposes.

• Regularly perform needs/trend analysis and make projections for future giving.

• Assure that databases are properly managed and current.

• Identify and recommend fundraising software.

• Ensure complete security and confidentiality of all donor information.

• Ensure correspondence (including letters of appreciation and donors’ tax purposes) are strategic, appropriate, and timely.


Performance Appraisal:

Director of Pastoral Life and appropriate parish leadership will conduct an initial appraisal within 180 days of employment, followed by an annual appraisal.


Working Condition:

Position is full time (40 hours per week).  Night and weekend hours may be required throughout the year as determined by events, visibility to parishioners, and speaking on behalf of the parish.



• Bachelor’s Degree and three to five years of demonstrated development experience. Must have a significant record of success in fundraising, including the demonstrated ability to solicit and close major gifts from individuals.

• High level of technical proficiency with all computer tools and with social media; the ability to select, install and maintain donor database software; experience with fundraising database software is a plus; a working knowledge of internal and external communication technology; willingness to learn new software and programs.

• Catholic in Good Standing; A solid knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Catholic Church and its teachings and culture.

• Ability to understand the role of individuals and groups in philanthropy, and the ability to manage complex organizational detail.

• Ability to take on responsibility, work independently, and be flexible in a changing environment.

• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

• Bilingual/Spanish speaking a plus.​

Information/Application Contact:

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church—Pasadena, CA
151 S. Hill Ave.
Pasadena CA 91106
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