Mission: The Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) provides experiences of hope and healing to men and women who are emerging from homelessness and are in recovery from addiction. Through retreats, days of reflection, and on-going spiritual companionship run by volunteer teams, ISP offers participants a chance to reclaim their dignity and to recover hope for a meaningful life. Founded in 1998, ISP is a ministry of the Midwest Jesuits; the retreat program is informed by the wisdom of Ignatian spirituality and 12-step recovery programs. ISP programs, run by volunteer teams trained by a central network office, operate in 29 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. Now entering its 3rd decade, ISP is growing in both depth and width, and is a national model for a vibrant, sustainable ministry. The Director of Advancement will play a key role in shaping the future direction of this dynamic, evolving, mission-driven organization.
Position Description: ISP is seeking an accomplished, visionary fundraising expert. Reporting to the ISP Executive Director, the Director of Advancement is responsible for all fundraising and development activities, with an emphasis on cultivating, securing, and retaining major gifts. She/he takes the lead on establishing and implementing a development strategy needed to sustain an annual budget of $1.2-$1.5M through major gift solicitation and stewardship, annual appeals, special events, corporate and foundation support, internal and external communications, and support of the 29+ ISP affiliates and their fundraising activities. She/he will play a critical role in the creation and execution of a strategic plan that will guide the organization through 2023. The Director of Advancement will “own” the development shop, but spend the majority of her/his time, in partnership with the Executive Director, on the major gift initiative described below. The right candidate will be passionate about ISP’s effort to bring hope, healing, and transformation to people living on the margins of society.
In collaboration with Executive Director, create and implement an overall development strategy for the ISP’s philanthropy goal of $1.2-$1.5M annually.
Conduct major gift initiatives, such as stewarding current donors, developing a pipeline of new donors, strategizing for major gift asks, conducting visits and asks where appropriate, and developing written cultivation materials.
Supervise 2 staff: Associate Director of Advancement and Communications and her/his fundraising activities, which include but are not limited to grant writing and foundation management, affiliate fundraising efforts, and support of events and solicitation appeals; part-time Development Associate in donor processing and database management.
Oversee internal and external communications for the organization.
Provide leadership for affiliate fundraising, cultivation events and the annual appeal strategy.
Establish and launch planned giving strategy.
Cultivate relationships with the Board of Directors and development committee of the Board.
Gather, analyze and present information regarding key development activities and results to the Board.
Develop and manage annual development budget.
Provide leadership and guidance on the strategy, vision, and direction of the organization.
Five (5) or more years of non-profit fundraising/advancement experience with a track record in stewarding major donors and securing 5- and 6-figure major gifts