Director Of Giving

Archdiocese Of Chicago, Office Of Catholic Schools Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 weeks ago

The Archdiocese of Chicago is the third largest diocese in the United States and serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees across its ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region's largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country's largest seminaries. The Archdiocese's elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems.

Position Summary

The Director of Giving is a leader on the Stewardship/Development team and is responsible for the supervising the Major Gift Officer and Parish Relations Officer teams. They will also be responsible for planning, cultivating, solicitating, and stewarding a portfolio of major gift prospective benefactors to benefit the ministries of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

He/she will also work closely with other AOC representatives including the archbishop, bishops, clergy, religious, gift managers and other staff and volunteers.


  • Manage the Major Gift Officer and Parish Relations Officer teams

  • Identify, qualify and solicit major cash, pledge and bequest gifts from potential benefactors in support of the Archdiocese of Chicago (AOC) by matching archdiocesan fundraising priorities with prospective benefactor interest

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 75 prospective benefactors: develop written solicitation strategies and proposals, purposefully guide them to make major investments in the AOC and develop relationships to maximize their giving potential over time

  • Manage the prospect management process to ensure coordination of major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities

  • Participate in creating communication materials to support the articulation of the case for support, solicitation of gifts, and reporting to benefactors and parishes

  • Plan, coordinate and implement activities to generate a greater sense of connection and ownership for ministry priorities from major gift benefactors

  • Provide gift solicitation training and opportunities for staff and volunteers to be involved in the gift solicitation process

  • In coordination with the Senior Director of Development, formulate annual solicitation goals; benefactor moves management activity as well as income and expense budgets and track progress against goals

  • Provide timely, written reports regarding the outcome of cultivation and solicitation activities, and perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Development.

  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Minimum 5 years philanthropic gift solicitation experience

  • BA/BS degree preferably in communications, fundraising, nonprofit management, or equivalent professional experience

  • Management of staff and volunteers in the Moves Management process

  • Experience with fundraising in a parish or school-based context preferred

  • Demonstrated success in achieving fundraising results through personal solicitation and relationship management

  • Demonstrated leadership in a high-performing development office

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and confidence, and the ability to lead and work collaboratively

  • Must demonstrate understanding, respect, and support for Catholic Church teaching, mission, and values

  • Above average computer skills in software such as Microsoft Office, Raiser's Edge, Portfolio

  • Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish or Polish preferred

The Archdiocese of Chicago is in the midst of exciting changes as we renew our local Church. With a variety of opportunities to contribute your professional talents and experience, we invite you to consider any of our current openings at We offer competitive salary and benefit packages, as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth and development.

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