Be part of our mission. The Archdiocese of Chicago (“the Archdiocese”), the third largest Catholic Archdiocese in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 347 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese's 217 elementary and secondary schools comprise the largest U.S. private school system, and have garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees.
As a member of the centralized development team of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Senior Major Gift Officer is a development professional focused on securing gifts of $100,000 or more. This position has a portfolio of assigned donors to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign engaged in supporting the Archdiocese.
Responsibilities and Duties
In addition to nurturing relationships with existing donors, the Senior Major Gift Officer will work to identify individuals with the capacity to make major gifts in support of the ministries of the Archdiocese as well as special initiatives of the Archbishop. In managing this portfolio the Senior Major Gift Officer is expected to balance a moves management approach while collaborating with the Archdiocese’s Major Gift team. The Senior Major Gift Officer will contribute to the development of performance metrics for the Major Gifts team and will assist in the development and execution of strategy for the broader Stewardship and Development Department. Given the importance of the Renew My Church initiative, it is expected that the Senior Major Gift Officer will coordinate and collaborate with other vicariate resources/personnel interacting with parishes. The Senior Major Gift Officer will receive regular updates from the centralized development team lead for Planned Giving, Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal in order to be equipped to provide counsel and advice to his/her assigned parishes. The Senior Major Gift Officer will provide best practice information to his/her parishes and offer concrete examples of successes that other parishes are experiencing. To effectively manage the relationship, he/she will be out visiting parishes and convening meetings/trainings regularly.
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution of higher education.
Five+ years of experience with institutional fundraising
Willingness to mentor junior staff
Strong presentation skills
Organizational and time management skills
Conversant in latest technology and strong computer skills
Must have knowledge, understanding and respect for the Catholic Church teaching, mission and values. Hring consideration may be given to candidates who are Catholic
Bilingual skills (English or Polish), would be a plus.
Additional Salary Information: Attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision and 403b retirement plan.
Internal Number: 6069
About Archdiocese of Chicago
The Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest Catholic dioceses in the United States with 2.2 million Catholics. The Archdiocese is divided into six vicariates, 31 deaneries and 351 parishes. There are approximately 230 schools, and numerous ministries and programs serving the people of Cook and Lake Counties in Northeastern Illinois. This local church is pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich.