Director of Development

Leadership Roundtable

Not Specified, United States Full-time in Executive Positions
    • Job ID 1490851

    Job Description

    Organizational Overview

    Leadership Roundtable is a responsive and innovative partner to Catholic leaders in the areas of management and leadership development. We provide custom support to implement comprehensive managerial best practices, while also supporting the development of current and future leaders. We do this so that the Church and Catholic entities can more effectively serve and amplify their mission.

    Leadership Roundtable Mission

    In partnership with lay, ordained, and religious leaders and organizations across all sectors of the Catholic community in the United States and Rome, Leadership Roundtable seeks to elevate and implement best practices in management and leadership to establish a culture of co-responsible, servant leadership for a healthy, thriving Church in the U.S.

    Position Overview

    The Director of Development will be responsible for all organizational development activities to advance the mission of Leadership Roundtable. He/she will work closely with and report to Leadership Roundtable’s Managing Partner, in his/her role as director of development, to set, report on, and refine development strategy; participate in, and support as, needed Leadership Engagement and External Communications Committee meetings; cultivate and strengthen relationships with current and potential Leadership Roundtable donors; create development presentations, and all other major solicitations including occasional marketing and communications material; manage Leadership Roundtable’s grant writing process and its Development team; and oversee the organization’s use of Raiser’s Edge. This position also works collaboratively with the Communications team.

    The Director of Development will have a clear focus on, and passion for, finding and building relationships and cultivating and securing gifts, grants, and event sponsorships. He/she is a results-oriented individual motivated by the growth of Leadership Roundtable’s donor base and the financial sustainability of its work.

    This individual must be motivated to grow the donor base and exceed fundraising targets in order to advance Leadership Roundtable’s mission. This individual must be comfortable meeting with and gaining the financial support of diverse, highly accomplished, and affluent individuals. We seek a self-starter and experienced leader who will bring direction, drive, and creativity to the role.

    This position is full-time and remote.

    Key Responsibilities

    Development, Stewardship, and Finance

    • Collaborates to create an annual development plan and budget in alignment with strategic priorities.
    • Collaborates with the Executive Partners to coordinate baseline annual fundraising targets with organizational strategic objectives and budget; provides regular updates.
    • Manages a portfolio of donors and prospective major donors by leading in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; maintains current documentation of activity.
    • Solicits a measurable number of major gifts annually-in collaboration with Executive Partners as necessary-while growing a pipeline of new opportunities to support future major gift solicitations.
    • Develops and strengthens relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
    • Develops and manages a planned giving program.
    • Provide timely notice to the Finance Manager of impending gift requests to ensure a clear path of accounting and procedures.
    • Manages the preparation of written and verbal proposals, concept and informational materials, endowment and planned giving agreements, and other materials needed to secure major gifts in collaboration with colleagues, as appropriate.
    • Represents organization publicly as needed, to strategically grow a community of stakeholders, working with other staff to coordinate strategic meetings and small-scale events as needed.


    • Responsible for the creation of donor-related materials including print and electronic appeals, stewardship communication, and meeting packets. Coordinates with Communications’ staff in design, production, and distribution.
    • Coordinates and/or assists with publicity and marketing of all agency’s special events related to development.
    • Supports in the development and production of Leadership Roundtable documents, including, but not limited to, annual impact report, Summit report, Summit sponsorship packet, webpages, press releases and brochures, among others.
    • Strong verbal and written skills

    Grant Writing and Reporting

    • Responsible for grant prospecting, proposals to new funders, relationships with foundations and reporting process for current funders.

    Data Monitoring

    • Oversees all data entry and management of donor database and gift processing.
    • Oversees research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position ahead of major funding changes or trends.


    • Coaches, supervises, and evaluates and leads development staff.


    • Plans and implements regional events for major donors and prospective donors.
    • Serves as a key strategist and coordinator of Monan Medal gala and Summit Sponsorship for yearly Catholic Partnership Summit.

    Leadership Team and Board

    • Meets regularly with Board members to cultivate and solicit for major gifts for organization work and to grow our network of new investors.
    • Helps coordinate meetings and reports for the board Leadership Engagement and External Communications Committee; works closely with the Chair.


    Successful Candidates Must Have/Be:

    • 8-10 years of relevant experience minimum.
    • Personal track record of success in reaching and exceeding fundraising goals.
    • Unimpeachable integrity, trustworthiness and discretion including compliance with the Standards for Excellence, as well as a commitment to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights with particular regard to donor confidentiality and privacy.
    • Proven ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize and motivate a team to achieve goals.
    • Experience hiring, mentoring, and retaining staff.
    • Demonstrated project management, organization, delegation, and prioritization skills.
    • Experience motivating and collaborating successfully with board volunteers.
    • Exceptionally strong communication skills, both oral and written.
    • Conveys complex ideas through brief, simple materials.
    • Experience utilizing, managing, and maintaining donor databases. Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge is required.
    • Available during Eastern Standard Time business hours.
    • Willingness to travel and work evenings/weekends, when necessary.
    • Commitment to Leadership Roundtable’s mission and values.
    • Strong familiarity with and knowledge of teachings, hierarchy, and functional structure of the Catholic Church.
    • Proficient with Google suite of products: Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive.

    Qualities and Experience Preferred:

    • Experience fundraising for Catholic institutions.


    • Competitive non-profit salary based on experience and qualifications
    • SEP-IRA: 10% of annual salary paid quarterly
    • Benefits: Full health, dental and vision are provided
    • Paid Vacation: 10 working days per calendar year (initially)
    • Paid Holidays: 17 holidays throughout calendar year
    • Paid Sick Leave: 10 working days per calendar year

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