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Job Title:

Senior Development Officer

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1st Shift


Full Time



Job Description:

Do you want to use your skills and talents to make a lasting difference in the world? At Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet we are mission-driven, focused on positive results for people and believe that people should be treated with dignity and respect. If you feel the same way we encourage you to join us in making a difference!

If you desire a better work/life balance and can work in a fast paced environment with excellent growth potential, we would like to hear from you.


1. Responsible for securing funding which meets or exceeds annual budget goals as determined by the Director.
2. Effectively managing relationships with major donors, corporate partners, and key constituents.
3. Identifying new and potential funding sources.
4. Providing public and community relations to churches, civic clubs, and businesses.
5. Other duties as assigned within the guidelines of this position.


1. Independently initiates, builds, and manages successful relationships with donors, major donors, prospects and key constituents recommending and implementing specific objectives resulting in increased funding and improved donor relations.
2. Initiates well-planned and strategic funding requests with donors resulting in increased revenue that is used to help programs meet their needs.
3. Researches, prepares and executes detailed, individualized solicitation plans with major donors and corporate partners resulting in significant, consistent financial support.
4. Conducts, prepares and secures research and pertinent information regarding donor abilities and giving potential through multiple, professional sources including but not limited to Wealth Engine, Donors Forum resources, web-based searches, Raiser’s Edge (RE) notes, etc.
5. Attends all fundraising events and actively engages participants, especially those to whom they are assigned.
6. Attends appropriate fundraising seminars and participates in formalized philanthropic networking groups.
7. Represents the Agency at functions and meetings, including but not limited to the local Chamber of Commerce meetings and events, civic club meetings, etc.
8. Creates and presents key fundraising initiatives and specific endeavors that identify new and additional sources of revenue for the agency, as well as effectively persuade current donors to the next level of giving.
9. Maintains the Panas Points System of Contacts in RE meeting minimum contact requirements as established by the Director.
10. Maintains accurate and up-to-date contact relationship notes in RE and utilizes other reporting tools as designated by the Director.
11. Initiates and manages personalized forms of donor recognition and communication.
12. Cooperatively interfaces with Board members, staff and others in facilitating relationships and identifying avenues of economic support.

Job Requirements:

1. Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in development solicitation/sales; or a High School Diploma and a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in development solicitations/sales. All degrees must come from a regionally accredited educational institution.
2. Demonstrated experience or interest and motivation in fund raising.
3. Demonstrated success in multi-tasking and meet strict deadlines. Must be energetic and demonstrate an ability to follow through/complete projects with minimal supervision while maintaining quality results.
4. Must demonstrate high comfort level working with donors and asking for financial support in face-to-face meetings or other effective, interpersonal ways.
5. Results-driven, creative individual with proven capability to work independently in an organized, detail-oriented and efficient manner in a multi-task, fast paced team environment.
6. Proven ability to independently, professionally and strategically interact with key constituents and handle confidential information discreetly.
7. Ability work effectively with individuals from all racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
8. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Teams.
9. Exceptional communicator with excellent written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal communication skills; able to easily engage others.
10. Passage of complete background clearance, physical and Tuberculosis (TB) Test.
11. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, has adopted and follows the Codes of Ethics established by Catholic Charities USA, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. As an employee of the Agency you are expected to support these codes to the extent doing so is consistent with and allowed by applicable law.
12. A valid driver’s license, reliable means of transportation and proof of liability insurance is required.



Work/Life Balance Time-off: 12 Holidays - 15 Days’ Vacation -3 Personal Days-9 Sick Days
Medical/Dental/Vision Health Insurances
Flexible Spending Account
Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
403B Retirement Plan with employer contributions
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Short-term Disability Insurance

Company Information

Catholic Charities is a faith based organization providing service to people in need and calling others of good will to do the same.

We assist people in DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, Will, Ford and Iroquois Counties by providing community services, counseling, senior programs, and early childhood services (including Head Start).

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, translates God's reconciling love into professional human services, advocates for a just and compassionate society and brings together members of the community, church, business, health care and government to develop effective responses to human needs.

We commit to define these needs, seek solutions, and call forth other resources so that those we serve are empowered to achieve for themselves satisfying and productive lives.

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