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Director of Development and Stewardship

Company: Diocese of St. Augustine
Date Posted: March 10, 2017

FLSA: Exempt

Reports to: Episcopal Vicar for Development & Finance                                         

Department:    Development & Stewardship Office

General Summary:  

The Director of Development and Stewardship provides forward-thinking strategic leadership to successfully implement a comprehensive development program to support the mission of the Diocese of St. Augustine by actively seeking the financial resources and funding opportunities needed to support and advance the Church’s pastoral programs and ministries.  The Director’s primary focus is on major gifts while leading his/her team with planning and implementing the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal, grants, building effective relationships with donors, and providing ongoing guidance, education, resources, and leadership training to clergy and laity in the areas of charitable giving, fundraising, and stewardship.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, designs, implements, coordinates and manages a three-year annual comprehensive development plan that describes the development mission of the diocese as well as goals and objectives for various development programs consistent with the Bishop’s vision and diocesan objectives. This development program shall include but not necessarily be limited to major gifts, Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal, planned giving and endowment program, and a diocesan wide stewardship education program to assist parishes, schools, and other diocesan institutions.  
  • Advises the Bishop, the Episcopal Vicar for Development & Finance, and the appropriate advisory boards on all issues related to development, while providing comprehensive, accurate, and timely status reports on performance, financial updates, goals, initiatives, and the success of the campaigns as well as building support for future strategy.
  • Grows the individual major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gifts; manages a portfolio of qualified major gift prospects; maintains current donors and builds on the individual donor base; and meets the diocese’s major gift fundraising goals as established with the Episcopal Vicar of Finance and Development.     
  • Oversees all planning of donor appreciation events in coordination with the Bishop and Episcopal Vicar, and their schedules.
  • Works cooperatively and diligently with professionals in the technology arena, legal, planning, trust, investment and marketing fields to involve them in the development activities of the diocese to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Serves the Bishop, priests, and all parishioners to enhance the expansion of resources necessary for the ministries of the Diocese of St. Augustine. Activities include building constituent relationships through various contacts and events.
  • Provides consultative advice, support, materials, tools, publications, education/training to parishes and other diocesan institutions in Stewardship rooted in Baptism and Christian discipleship so that they can develop their own development, fundraising, and capital campaign initiatives, and increased giving and stewardship programs that are right for their own unique needs based on their available personnel and volunteers.  
  • Fosters a ministry-oriented, accountable environment within the Development & Stewardship Office, providing strong leadership, management, and supervision to his/her direct reports which include: the Development Associate, Planned Giving Officer, Database & Donor Relations Assistant, and Administrative Assistant. 
  • Establishes regular checkpoints with direct reports; takes constructive timely action to remedy problems, and consistently meets quality standards and deadlines; works in a team environment and articulates the purpose and vision with staff, develop goals with them, establish objectives, and follows-up to ensure that expectations are met.
  • Develops and grows a social media footprint of the Development and Stewardship programs and initiatives with a goal that it becomes a powerful tool to communicate, bring about awareness, and use technology for development and stewardship. 
  • Oversees the grant writing program, including research, proposal writing and reporting requirements.
  • Oversees development of departmental budget and directs preparation of financial progress reports for development activities.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism and credibility with the diocesan staff, department heads, clergy, the public, and all media through knowledge, forthrightness, and truthfulness, with a high focus on building effective and positive relationships.
  • Provides leadership and encourages the development team to focus on new, innovative, and effective programs and works toward continuous improvement of existing programs. Meets yearly with each team member to review their job performance and performs a written evaluation with goals of each team member.
  • Serves as Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation and manages the efforts of the Planned Giving Officer. Provides leadership to the Catholic Foundation Committee and serves as ex-officio member.  Assists in maintaining relationships and developing new relationships with donors to the Catholic Foundation, to secure long-range gifts for the diocese.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Episcopal Vicar for Development & Finance.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Business Administration or Non- Profit Administration or related field. Certified Fund Raising Executive credential or equivalent preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of progressive development experience overseeing successful fundraising programs; three or more years in stewardship education is a plus; experience of setting and administering departmental and campaign budgets within a large, complex organization, preferably the Catholic Church, with some work at diocesan level; personal track record of integrity in fund raising and building successful development operations. Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual donors, corporations and foundations.
  • Familiarity and fluency with the use of technology and the ability to know how to team with others to creatively use technology in development and stewardship, marketing, media relations, and to continually stay abreast of how other organizations, particularly dioceses use of technology, marketing, and the media to communicate, reach donors, and allow for ease-of-donation/giving, etc.
  • Candidate must be a practicing Roman Catholic possessing the ability to respect, promote, accommodate, and not be in conflict with the mission, moral and social teachings, doctrines, and laws of the Roman Catholic faith and must be a Catholic in good standing with the Church.
  • Must have at least three (3) years of supervisory, management, and leadership experience; preferably in a Catholic environment.  Must have a collaborative style; proven team builder with effective employee-relations skills.  Proven ability to lead and motivate teams through recognition, participation and delegation.  A leadership style that is approachable, engaging, as well as results and action-oriented
  • Pursues this ministry with energy, drive and a need to produce results, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks. Must be flexible, self-confident, assertive and persuasive.
  • Required to have excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills; skilled at public speaking.  Ability to produce concise reports and recommendations, make presentations to varied groups, and articulate and inspire commitment to a shared vision. 
  • Must be a goal oriented and self-motivated individual who can demonstrate accountability, initiative, creativity and focus in a rapidly changing and intellectually stimulating environment. Must be able to organize and prioritize work, be proactive, resolve complex problems, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to respect and value the cultural richness that makes up the Church and society and strives to celebrate commonalities and differences among various groups.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential information, exercise good judgment and work independently as well as in a team environment; excellent supervisory and interpersonal skills is required. 
  • Exercises considerable independence and judgment with a high level of confidentiality.
  • Must successfully pass the required criminal background check prior to employment and every five years.
  • Proficient with information technology including Microsoft Office Suite, social media usage, web site contributor level should be proficient.  



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, vendors, employees, and the general public.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Flexibility to work evenings and weekends, when necessary, and ability to travel and drive one's own vehicle to various diocesan locations.    



To apply, please email cover letter with resume to Patrick Lynch at