Catholic Extension was founded in 1905 and established by Pope Pius X as a “papal society” in 1910 with a mission to build churches in America's most rural regions. More than 112 years later, Catholic Extension remains committed to strengthening and supporting the Catholic Church across the United States.
In poor mission dioceses throughout our country, there are more than 15 million Catholics who are on fire for their faith and committed to building up vibrant parish communities. In these areas, the faith is thriving but the resources are scarce. Catholic churches are exceeding capacity during Sunday Mass; communities without access to a church building are using empty storefronts and warehouses as places to gather; and pastoral and lay leaders are traveling hundreds of miles a week to offer faith formation, lead youth ministries, and provide social outreach to numerous parishes throughout their dioceses.
It is with a strong commitment to its legacy that Catholic Extension invests in these faith communities, ensuring that Catholics across the country can experience the fullness of Church life. Catholic Extension funds church construction projects in places where old buildings are inefficient or can no longer sustain the capacity of their communities. It supports Catholic leaders of all ages so that they can increase their impact for the people they serve. It funds Catholic ministries and programs that engage Catholics in dynamic faith formation, fostering communities full of active parishioners. Together with its generous donors, Catholic Extension is celebrating the mission of the people who do God's work in their communities.
Since Catholic Extension's founding, it has distributed more than $550 million to poor Catholic dioceses right here in our own country. Through funding and initiatives, and in partnership with donors, Catholic Extension helps marginalized communities build faith, inspire hope, and ignite change where it's needed most.
Reporting to the vice president of development, the Assistant Vice President of Development (AVP) will manage the nine-person major gifts team comprising regional gift officers, support staff, and a prospect research analyst, as part of the overall 20-person development department. The AVP will be responsible for management duties related to expanding and enriching Catholic Extension's major gifts program, while also personally engaging in frontline fundraising and carrying her/his own portfolio of approximately 25 to 50 individual major gift prospects and donors. The major gifts team is the fastest growing revenue source for Catholic Extension and the organization is in the feasibility study phase of preparing for a major philanthropic campaign.
The AVP serves as a strategic partner to the vice president of development and the chief operating officer, among other Catholic Extension leaders, in setting annual and multi-year fundraising goals, and identifying and refining giving priorities. S/he will be a key figure in continuing the growth of an organization-wide, major-gifts-focused culture of philanthropy and building the donor base, while increasing overall philanthropic resources, high impact partnerships, awareness, and powerful connections with both the Catholic Extension's existing stakeholders and its emerging audiences. The AVP will champion industry best practices and an ethos of continuous improvement.
Catholic Extension seeks candidates who are dynamic, highly-organized, goal-oriented, and strategic, with outstanding presentation and writing skills, a keen sense of organizational diplomacy, and deep experience in communications and marketing. The successful candidate will be a proven leader, manager, mentor, and collaborative colleague who is comfortable leading major initiatives and supporting the leadership of others, and has a track record of effectively leading organizational change. Candidates must be motivated by matters of faith, community, service, and justice. (Note: Catholic Extension is not an ideological platform or advocacy organization.)
Required qualifications and experience: commitment to and passion for the mission of Catholic Extension, and the ability to communicate and generate excitement about its mission, history, vision, programs, and fundamental strengths; commitment to and understanding of the mission and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church; bachelor's degree required, advanced degree or professional fundraising certification preferred; minimum of 12 years of post-college work experience and at least seven years in a major gifts role or directly related experience, preferably within a faith-based, nonprofit organization(s) related to social outreach, organizational capacity building, or human services on a regional, national, or international scale, though other relevant backgrounds will be considered; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience; 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; hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with annual giving strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors; success in securing gifts from both defined and undefined constituencies; must be steeped in modern philanthropy best practices and able to effectively integrate external relations functions; demonstrated business acumen, including experience creating and managing a budget, and the ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about strategy and process; working knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques, including database information systems, data modeling, and analysis; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, particularly board members; ability to travel up to 25 percent of the time.
Catholic Extension has retained Diversified Search 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.
Founder and Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York, NY 10174