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Director of Development - Diocese of Des Moines

The Diocese of Des Moines is seeking a dynamic individual for our Director of Development. The ideal candidate is experienced in the field of development, has highly developed communication and relationship building skills and above average organization skills. Below is additional information about our position.

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To lead fundraising, development and stewardship efforts for the Diocese of Des Moines by educating parishioners and donors on the needs for the financial support of the mission, goals and programs of the Diocese of Des Moines and soliciting current and planned giving support for the assigned areas of ministry. Responsible for budget and management of the office. Provides leadership to various departments and ministries on fundraising.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates all fundraising activities of the diocese, including appeals and special events for various offices of the diocese including, but not limited to, the Annual Diocesan Appeal and special appeals benefiting the programs and Offices of Vocations, Communications and Schools.
  • Oversees the collection of all capital campaign pledges including the Sharing God’s Gifts campaign and the Pastoral Center Renovation campaign.
  • Performs administrative duties related to acknowledgement letters, year-end tax letters, and all other development-related duties.
  • Manages long-term development activities including major gift and planned gift cultivation and solicitation for all diocesan programs and offices.
  • Maintains close working relationship with all diocesan entities (parishes, schools, Catholic Charities, etc.) to ensure coordination and collaboration in all areas of fund development.
  • Serves as staff liaison for the Bishop’s Council. Communicates, organizes and plans quarterly meeting in conjunction with the Bishop and Council Chairman.
  • Establishes links with parishes, schools and diocesan programs ensuring the Development Office is a resource for all internal constituents on issues related to fundraising, planned giving and stewardship.
  • Serves as a member of the Directors’ Committee and as an ex-officio member of the Catholic Tuition Organization Board of Directors.
  • Provides leadership and guidance for parishes and the diocese in the areas of feasibility studies and capital campaigns while serving as counsel in these areas to the Diocesan Building Commission.
  • Plans and directs departmental activities; provides leadership and guidance within the department; implements programs, guidelines and Diocesan policies.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with constituents throughout the diocese including pastors, donors, staff and other professionals.
  • Oversees and participates in the preparation of budgetary and other reports and records; reviews monthly financial statements, budgets and operating plans.
  • Represents Diocese and maintains ongoing professional education with memberships in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, International Catholic Stewardship Council and the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council.
  • Leads efforts to build knowledge and acceptance of stewardship as a way of life by offering adult-learning opportunities.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position supervises 1.5 FTE’s. Responsibilities include interviewing, training employees; planning, and assigning work; providing feedback on performance.

For a complete job description, please visit our website: www.dmdiocese.org/diocesan-job-openings.cfm

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