Director of Advancement
Description The Director of Advancement (DOA) reports to the Director and is responsible for all planning, outcomes and activities that relate to fundraising at the Catholic Student Center (CSC) at Washington University, an agency of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Catholic Student Center at Washington University is a house of Catholic formation and a community of hospitality to students of all faiths. The Catholic Student Center strives - through education, service, and a worshipping community that seeks to know and become Christ - to form students intellectually, morally, socially, and spiritually according to the wisdom of the Catholic Church, so that they become active participants in parish life and moral and spiritual leaders in Church and society for the 21st century.
- Oversee the Advancement department including a Special Events Manager, Database Coordinator and Administrative Assistant and provide leadership, strategic direction, motivation and oversight that motivates, inspires and builds professional competencies.
- In conjunction with the Special Events coordinator and Volunteer Manager, recruit and manage high profile volunteers.
- Serve as primary staff contact and coordinator for the CSC Advancement Council, the volunteer advisory board for the CSC. Work closely with Council Chair to plan meetings, set agendas and engage prospective members. Provide leadership to and assure all sub committees including Finance Committee, Building Committee and CSC Friends are functioning effectively and are adequately staffed and supported.
- In conjunction with Special Events Coordinator, oversee annual Gala, assist with securing auction items and key volunteers and assume primary responsibility for securing event sponsorships.
- Serve as collaborative partner in the leadership team including Director, Director of Operations and Director of Ministry.
- Develop and manage the annual department budget.
- Develop a comprehensive development plan including annual fund, special events, capital campaign and planned giving.
- Create individual solicitation and stewardship strategies for top benefactors and prospects.
- Personally identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors with capacity for five to seven figure gifts.
- Execute public launch of capital campaign and ensure successful completion of campaign goal.
- With assistance from advancement team members, encourage and increase automatic electronic giving participation.
- Achieve monthly goal of 20 face-to-face benefactor meetings including introduction, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship calls.
- Surface grant opportunities and direct team on grant proposals.
- Develop strategic communications plan for all alumni/parent/donor communications including newsletters, videos, direct mail, social media, annual reports and e-updates.
- Regularly engage the non-student support community at CSC events.
- Prepare proposals, talking points for all involved parties and follow up plan for solicitations.
- Work within Raiser’s Edge for moves management, prospecting and call reports.
- Provide timely progress reports to leadership.
Desired Experience / Skills
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience with preference given to those who have been involved in planning or leading at least one comprehensive major gifts campaign.
- Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing five to six figure gifts.
- Commitment to the mission of the Catholic Student Center and ability to articulate that vision in a compelling way. Preference given to those who have a commitment to personal faith and are familiar with the Catholic Church and culture.
- Commitment to avoiding public statements which would contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church.
- Superior written and oral communication skills.
- Software proficiency and ability to learn new systems. Experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, high degree of emotional intelligence, and a demonstrated ability to build authentic productive relationships with benefactors and co-workers.
- Strong work ethic and personal integrity.
- Willingness to work occasional nights, weekends and holidays.
- Valid driver’s license and ability to travel out of town.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time and carry up to 25 pounds.
Compensation Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package provided by the Archdiocese of St. Louis including healthcare, flexible medical spending account, and paid vacation. Application Information Please send your resume to the Catholic Student Center at Washington University via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.