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DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Fundraising, FT Employee
St. Thomas More Newman Center (Columbus, OH)
St. Thomas More Newman Center
Position Title: Director of Development
Status: Full time 12 months, exempt
Reports to: Director
The Director of Development for the St. Thomas More Newman Center will forge stronger partnerships and deeper relationships between the Newman Center and its direct stakeholders-students, parents of students, alumni, and faith community members -as well as those outside our immediate worshiping community, including The Ohio State University, Catholic philanthropists, foundations, business partners, and friends. The focus of all development activities must be consistent with the student-centered campus ministry mission and must enable the attainment of the Newman Center’s vision and strategic priorities.
Development is the engine that drives community and philanthropic investment into the Newman Center and its ministries. It establishes awareness of the Newman Center’s mission and creates broad and deep relationships that lead to funding and increased involvement from key stakeholders. It is fundamental to maintaining the financial health of the Newman Center and to achieving an ever- increasing impact in the community.
The Director of Development assumes primary responsibility for the overall direction and leadership of the Development function, focusing efforts first and foremost on achieving major gift results. The Director of Development serves as a member of the Finance Committee and the Development Committee, and belongs to appropriate professional and community organizations.
Specific Job Responsibilities
1. Build Donor Relationships and Achieve Major Gift Goals
• Deepen and manage major donor relationships. This role is activity-focused, and requires that significant time be spent outside the office each day.
• Conduct a minimum of 27 face-to-face visits monthly with existing and potential benefactors to present opportunities, ask for their investment, or deepen relationships.
2. Create Development Plan
• Develop and maintain a five-year plan for the development program in support of the overall strategic plan for the Newman Center and update the plan annually.
• Create a development strategy in collaboration with the Development Committee, development office team, and others (as appropriate) for the overall direction of development activities at the Newman Center, including the annual giving campaign (The Newman Promise), major gifts (to fund capital priorities and endowments) and planned gifts directed toward endowment-building.
3. Implement Development Plan
• Work closely with and guide the Director in executing all phases of the major gift and planned gift process: identification, research, involvement, solicitation, follow-up and stewardship.
• Actively lead, supervise and support the Development Office team and its various initiatives.
• Communicate strategy to and seek council from the Development Committee, Finance Committee and staff members as appropriate.
• Oversee and work closely with the Assistant Development Director to develop a communication strategy that includes communications to current donors and key stakeholders and outreach to previously unreached audiences;
4. Establish Strategic Partnerships
• Become involved in The Ohio State University and Columbus Catholic communities, including Catholic campus outreach organizations (such as St. Paul’s Outreach) understanding the strategic importance and value of building community partnerships that can be leveraged for the benefit of our campus ministry mission.
• Maintain active memberships with relevant organizations and groups.
• Recognize and act on opportunities to engage external media to increase exposure and community awareness of our campus ministry mission.
5. Administrative Responsibilities
• Collaborate with Director and Business Administrator on strategic administrative issues, as appropriate.
• Attend quarterly and annual staff planning meetings
• As schedule allows, attend daily, weekly, monthly and ad hoc staff meetings.
• Prepare and monitor annual department budget, working closely with the Business Administrator to ensure appropriate allocation of departmental resources in order to achieve overall goals.
• Provide goals and opportunities for evaluation of development initiatives.
• Observe and comply with the Newman Center’s policies and procedures.
• Perform additional duties as assigned by the Director.
1. Strategic Thinking
• Strategic orientation with a vision for the future.
• Ability to organize and prioritize tasks which support the organizational mission, vision and objectives.
• Ability to create strategic departmental plans, with clear objectives, goals, tactics and benchmarks.
• Action-oriented with a sense of urgency in implementing development strategies.
2. Leadership Skills
• Effective team leadership skills and the ability to lead with the conscience intention of serving as well as empowering others.
• Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team, and to lead by example.
• Ability to coordinate complex projects involving many people, and to lead others around important tasks and deadlines.
• Ability to foster a positive work environment, demonstrate enthusiasm and advocate for initiatives, programs, and activities.
3. Communication and Relational Skills
• Effective communication skills-speaking, writing and exceptional listening skills
• Comfort meeting with and speaking with a variety of people in a wide scope of professional and social situations.
• Effective interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness in dealing with people in difficult situations.
4. Personal Competencies
• Personal passion and commitment to the campus ministry mission at St. Thomas More Newman Center.
• Comfortable discussing specific financial needs and goals of the Newman Center and the resources needed to achieve these goals.
• Highly self-motivated and willing to take the lead on difficult projects.
• Affinity with the overall mission of the Catholic campus ministry.
• Personal integrity and maturity
• Creative and forward thinking, with an ability to successfully implement new ideas.
Education, Training, and Experience
• Professional experience and demonstrated effectiveness in relationship-based fundraising and relationship management, with competence in major gift and development office processes.
• Familiarity with marketing, public relations and communications.
• Thorough knowledge of fundraising principles.
• Baccalaureate degree or higher.
• Successful development work requires a flexible schedule consisting of conventional business hours as well as evening and weekends as necessary. (51)