Vice President for Advancement – Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces of the Society of Je (Milwaukee, WI)

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Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces of the Society of Je (Milwaukee, WI)

To seize new opportunities for ministry and service to the Catholic Church, the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces will soon merge to form a single, larger province responsible for the care and oversight of Jesuits and their apostolates across the region. Work on the legal and canonical aspects of the envisioned consolidation has already begun.
In anticipation of this event, which will be completed by 2017, the provinces are beginning a search for a chief advancement officer who will be responsible for fusing the two province’s currently separate advancement functions into a single, integrated program serving the new province’s needs. To this end, the provinces seek an experienced development professional to work on the organization into one office and to serve as the future organization’s Provincial Assistant for Advancement. This position reports directly to the Provincial superior and is equivalent in importance and stature to the “vice president for advancement” in a college setting. Initially, the Vice President for Advancement will report to the Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province and to the Provincial of the Wisconsin Province. This arrangement will last until the reportage transfers to the one new Provincial for all three Provinces. This might happen before 2017.
The ideal candidate is an experienced development professional with a proven track record of increasingly responsible positions and accomplishments. The Assistant will direct a comprehensive program comprised of annual, major and planned giving, prospect research and stewardship, and communications/marketing. He or she will supervise the current staff of thirteen now working in their respective Chicago and Milwaukee offices and will be responsible for reorganizing or restructuring these employees as the merger of the two provinces unfolds in the Chicago area.
Responsibilities and core responsibilities are included in the full job description. To call attention to some of those are:
• Create and implement a process by which a steady source of donor prospects and volunteer candidates are identified, researched, and qualified for the appropriate level of cultivation and solicitation.
• Identify leadership prospects and solicit for annual and special gifts to support the province’s needs and operating budget.
• Identify and manage the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all major and planned gifts for endowment and capital projects. In this regard, develop a portfolio of qualified major gift prospects to personally engage and solicit, involving the Provincial as necessary.
• Work closely with the Director of Communications to define how key strategic messages will be delivered to various individuals and stakeholder groups to increase their understanding of the province’s identity.
• In support of the province’s strategic priorities, prepare and refresh annually, a three-year operational plan for the advancement program.
• With the Provincial, conduct an annual assessment of programs and achievements for strategic financial goals.
• Supervise the advancement staff, including but not limited to management of gift processing, events and grants. Annual evaluations and staff development are mandatory.
• Develop a strong bond with the province and its membership.
• Build a vibrant working relationship with the Provincial and the other members of his executive team.
• Serve as the delegate of the province at regional and national advancement meetings; participate in relevant committees or other teams as assigned.

Competencies and Qualifications:
In considering candidates for this position, we believe the following competencies and personal qualities will be important to the new Assistant for Advancement’s success:
• a strong and capable leader who understands, embraces, and persuasively articulates the mission of the province;
• a skillful executive who artfully manages, delegates and empowers others, while developing a strong advancement team and creative vision for the program;
• a self-confident professional, knowledgeable of contemporary development theory and practice, with proven success in achieving results, particularly with soliciting and closing major and planned gifts as well as annual contributions;
• an articulate communicator (written and verbal) who can effectively establish rapport with a variety of constituencies; who understands the strategic use of public relations and communications in delivering the province’s core messages;
• a person of integrity, loyalty, and a capacity for work, perseverance, and resiliency;
• a person of faith, knowledgeable about the Society of Jesus and the Catholic Church;
• CFRE credential preferred.
The advancement office of the future consolidated province will be based in the greater Chicago metro area, and significant regional travel is required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits are included in the overall compensation package.
Be part of a dynamic team with a deep tradition of making a real difference in our world. If you want to learn more about being part of the team that is making a difference, we invite you to read the full job description at (0) (7766 Posts)

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