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Mission Advancement Manager
Reports to Executive Director of Mission Advancement

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of Mission Advancement the Mission Advancement Manager will be responsible for overseeing a comprehensive development program that supports the mission and ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

This highly visible position will create and implement special events, identify and target sponsors and donor prospects, nurture and cultivate corporate relationships, work with appropriate foundations, assist in soliciting major gifts and devising strategies and implementation of stewardship plans to raise $1.5 to $2 million annually.

Position Qualifications and Attributes

The Mission Advancement Manager will be articulate with the ability to guide and continue to build successful special events, mid-level and major gifts program, and major donor plan, while creating and implementing innovative donor-centered strategies to educate, motivate, inform and inspire donors to make a difference with the Sisters and their ministries.

The ideal candidate will grasp the Sisters’ experience intuitively and critically to articulate mission, values, vision, and compelling cases to multiple audiences, one-on-one and through formal proposals and presentations.

The Mission Advancement Manager’s experience will include the following:

  • A commitment to the Mission and Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five to seven years of experience with experience and qualified success in all aspects of fund development, specifically special events
  • A strong understanding of core fund development concepts
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong computer skills and an understanding of development database(s); including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven multitasking capability

Position Description

The Mission Advancement Manager will be an imaginative, dynamic, fundraising professional with a passion for mission who is capable of leveraging his/her fundraising experience to design, build, and implement a successful, comprehensive special events strategy. This individual will assist in creating and executing a donor-centered case for support to inspire and lead the Mission Advancement staff to sustain the Sisters’ legacy.

To that end, responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Province Leadership:
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the Province Leadership Liaison
  • Engage Province Leadership and other natural partners in the gift cultivation, solicitation and special events process
  • Help to promote and encourage active participation of all Sisters in the fundraising effort

Special Events and Recognition Events

  • Responsible for directing and coordinating major fundraising events
  • Oversee and direct donor cultivation events, both locally and nationally with assistance from Executive Director
  • Introduce new and exciting special event opportunities to enhance over all fundraising

Marketing and Communications

  • Work with the Director of Province PR/Communications to integrate communications for special events, including Connections magazine and biennial report

Major Donor and Planned Giving Programs

  • Assist the Executive Director with the planned-giving program to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects and donors; assist in marketing planned gifts
  • Coordinate and attend major donor recognition events and receptions across the country with natural partners
  • Work closely with the Director of Province PR/Communications and Executive Director of Mission Advancement to produce appropriate major gift and planned giving support materials

In tandem with the Executive Director of Mission Advancement

  • Assist in the creation of a written case for support to share the Sisters’ stories with major donors, benefactors and prospects through vivid stories, imagery and highlights of the Sisters’ history
  • Create and share a compelling case for support with prospects and donors, highlighting the Sisters’ ministries
  • Develop appropriate recognition and stewardship strategies
  • Maintain and sustain donor relationships through effective and highly specialized stewardship initiatives
  • Implement, track, and manage the “moves” management process for top donors using ResultsPlus! Software; develop detailed timelines and next-move gift strategies to ensure systematic, direct contact and follow up with major gift prospects and donors in person, in writing, and by telephone
  • Strategically design, organize, and implement short- and long-term development plans to strengthen the financial event resources of the Sisters
  • Assist in preparing and implementing the annual fund plan and long-range plan
  • Recruit, manage and utilize volunteers
  •  Meet regularly with Executive Director of Mission Advancement to review, evaluate and adjust areas of responsibility
  • Assist Executive Director with grant research and grant writing
  • Cultivate relationships with grant funding sources,
  • Understanding priority needs of the CSJs, staying current with grant guidelines and regulations and assisting with development materials.
  • Assist Executive Director with follow-up grant reports and acknowledgments
  • Keep abreast of current trends in the not-for-profit field through educational opportunities
  • Network with other professional not-for-profit organizations and individual representatives
  • Willingness to travel as needed
  • Other duties as assigned