Trinity Executive Partnership is assisting the St. Jude League in the recruitment of a Director of Development.
Founded in 1929 by the Claretian Missionaries, the National Shrine of St. Jude and the St. Jude League bring together hundreds of thousands of devotees in a community of prayer and hope. The League provides the path for petitions of need and gratitude to be delivered directly to the altar of St. Jude at the National Shrine each week. These petitions are remembered in the Masses and prayers of the Claretian Missionaries at the National Shrine. The St. Jude League also provides members with materials for prayer and reflection that can help inspire and encourage their spiritual life. The League promotes the Solemn Novenas to St. Jude, which take place five times a year at the National Shrine, located on Chicago’s South side, and many other opportunities for prayer.
The Claretians—whose formal name is Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary—are a world-wide Congregation of Catholic priests and brothers. The Congregation was founded by St. Anthony Mary Claret on July 16, 1849 in Vic, Spain. The first Claretians came to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900’s. Today, Claretians in the United States work in a variety of ministries throughout the country. Their commitment is to provide services through preaching and community development for individuals, families, and communities with great need. They are dedicated to the mission of living and spreading the Gospel of Jesus.
Following in the footsteps of St. Anthony Claret—a prolific writer and publisher whom Pope Pius XI called the “Modern Apostle of the Good Press”—the Claretians in the United States began their publishing ministry in 1935 with the first edition of the magazine The Voice of St. Jude. In 1963, during the Second Vatican Council, The Voice of St. Jude transformed into U.S. Catholic magazine.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead the fundraising efforts of the Claretian’s St. Jude League, a 501(c)(3). The Development department consists of a total staff of three individuals.
The Main Program Categories (MPCs) requiring advancement are:
The St. Jude Devotion Planned Giving outreach for cultivating major givers and the estate-planning bequest expectancies.
Heritage Portfolio Initiative (HPI): new corporate outreach based on the Community Development programs of the Claretians; corporate cultivation is underway; also has a small, growing grassroots base of individual donors and a strong social media presence. Mainly benefits Provincial parishes and programs.
The Director of Development will cultivate high-level new and existing external partnerships in order to develop and advance the fundraising goals of the MPCs listed above; be the key leadership in major gift cultivation and solicitation efforts; and work collaboratively with senior League leadership to plan and manage development strategy with the objective of substantially increasing and sustaining philanthropic engagement and contributions.
This position includes the opportunity to collaborate with other organizational leadership to build, implement, and shape the development department; to be part of a staff where your input and expertise will be valued; and the ability to impact people in need throughout the U.S.
Responsible for developing and enhancing relationships with and philanthropic involvement from the category base of the MPCs.
Work with the Executive Director to lead the HPI staff to identify, prioritize, manage, and grow a portfolio of prospects and new donors.
Develop and manage occasional cultivation activities and events as part of a larger departmental strategic plan for prospect identification and cultivation.
Maintain knowledge of current planned-giving opportunities, including basic tax-law aspects/advantages.
Strengthen and grow fundraising and stewardship programs to support the short, mid, and long-term goals of the MPCs.
Develop the system for tracking performance metrics of the MPCs – capturing details of logistics, efficiencies, effectiveness, expenses, and impacts made.
Support and continue to develop the social media and other appropriate marketing strategies with our Web Content staff that affect the MPCs.
Responsible for message development and/or execution for the various MPCs; ongoing proactive management of outside resources in special circumstances.
Responsible for continuously updating the website and social media channels.
Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field; Master’s is a strong plus.
5+ years’ experience in development work for nonprofits, including a minimum of 2 years at a senior staff or management level; experience working in a matrix organization.
Proven track record of results growth achieved.
Experience in individual giving, including major gift cultivations/solicitations and campaign (theme-based) development; building and managing a donor pipeline; soliciting high-level decision makers and closing business; and comfortable making cold calls and setting appointments.
Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills; exacting organizational practices.
Exceptional project and solid staff management skills with demonstrated success in leadership.
Experience in budget development and tracking of actual revenue/expense progress.
Experience creating and presenting polished marketing materials with a high degree of professionalism.
Must be a self-starter and possess the ability to take ownership of the Development division and accountability for achieving donation and sponsorship goals and growth.
Proficiency using Windows-based programs, especially Microsoft Office; Adobe Creative Suite proficiency a plus.
Catholic or Christian perspective necessary.
Conversational Spanish is a plus, but not necessary.
None beyond routine office position with heavy computer use.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made, whenever possible, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The St. Jude League is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please forward cover letter and resume to: Marnie J. Kane, Senior Consultant, Trinity Executive Partnership; Phone: 708-531-0100.