Catholic Extension works in solidarity with people in America’s
poorest regions to build up vibrant and transformative Catholic
faith communities. With the generosity of individual donors and
local and national foundations, Catholic Extension raises funds to
help these poor, forgotten, and often isolated communities to
- Catholic Extension invests in buildings by supporting the
construction and renovation of churches and church facilities.
- Catholic Extension invests in leaders for the Church by
providing education, training and support to seminarians, priests,
sisters, deacons, and lay leaders.
- Catholic Extension invests in ministries by supporting
pastoral, youth, young adult, campus and outreach ministries,
Catholic schools, and religious education.
Established in 1905, Catholic Extension is a papal society that
is answering Pope Francis’ call to go out to America’s
“peripheries.” Since its founding, Catholic Extension has
distributed more than $1.3 billion in today’s dollars to dioceses
that cannot support themselves.
Catholic Extension has a full-time staff of 50 employees based
at its headquarters in Chicago or in one of its regional offices in
the following locations: Boston, Dallas, Monterey, Naples,
Nashville, New York City, San Jose, St. Louis, and Richmond,
Virginia. Its staff comprises talented and experienced
professionals working in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment and
Catholic Extension seeks candidates for the role of Vice
President of Development (Vice President). Reporting to the Chief
Operating Officer, the Vice President is responsible for
conceptualizing, organizing, and implementing a comprehensive and
strategic fundraising program to fund Catholic Extension’s mission
activities in the United States and meet operating expense goals.
The Vice President oversees an approximately 24-person Development
Department, including but not limited to the following direct
reports: the Assistant Vice President of Development, who manages
the regional major gifts and planned giving programs; the Senior
Director of Development, who manages annual and digital giving, and
donor services; the Director of Development for Foundation
Relations; the Director of Events and Special Projects; and the
Senior Manager of Development for Parish Relations. The Vice
President is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of all
fundraising activities and making strategic recommendations in
partnership with the President, Chief Operating Officer, and Board
The ideal candidate will have the following personal and
professional skills, qualities, and competencies:
- Commitment to and passion for the mission of Catholic
Extension; ability to communicate and generate excitement about
mission, history, vision, programs, and fundamental strengths. A
commitment to and understanding of the mission and teachings of the
Roman Catholic Church.
- Ten or more years of experience in nonprofit fundraising roles
with progressive levels of responsibility, including extensive
experience managing all dimensions of a comprehensive fundraising
program (individual and institutional giving, major and planned
giving, annual giving, stewardship, board relations) and leadership
in a major fundraising campaign. Experience working on a national
scale is preferred.
- Seven or more years of staff management experience, with a
strong record of providing strategic and operational leadership,
including creating and managing a budget. Demonstrated ability to
recruit, coach, mentor, motivate, and ensure ongoing professional
development of staff; foster a cohesive team and an environment of
trust, collaboration, professionalism, and transparency; and
increase effectiveness and accountability through established
objectives, performance standards, and guidance.
- Must be steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able
to effectively integrate external relations functions. In addition
to possessing excellent fundraising abilities, must have the
breadth of skills required to contribute to macro-level external
relations strategies, including those related to organizational
branding, marketing, and communications.
- Particular strength in developing the case for support and
strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing
against those plans to achieve goals and objectives. Experience
working directly with the most senior levels of an organization is
very important, as is the ability to effectively strategize and
engage various groups and constituents. Demonstrated ability to
translate concepts into multi-stakeholder initiatives.
- Successful track record of personally cultivating, soliciting,
and stewarding major gifts from individual and institutional donors
at the level of six to seven-figures or greater.
- Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers,
particularly board members, as well as an appreciation for their
role in building an effective fundraising network.
- Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills in evaluating
donor strategy and process, conceiving and implementing new
programs or strategies, and resolving operational and interpersonal
- Working knowledge of modern data management practices and
techniques, including database information systems, data modeling,
- A forward thinker with a track record of utilizing new methods
of donor engagement and connectivity, who will be driven by
innovation in developing philanthropic best practices in the
current and post-COVID-19 world.
- Ability to travel up to 25 percent of the time.
- Bachelor’s degree.
Catholic Extension recruits, employs, trains, compensates,
and promotes regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation,
religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability status, age,
socioeconomic status, and all the other facets of our humanity.
Catholic Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants may
request any reasonable accommodation that may be necessary to
participate in the application process.
Catholic Extension has retained the Diversified Search Group to
assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations,
and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be
directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Fundraising & Advancement Practice Leader
Diversified Search Group
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York,
New York 10174