Search for Director of Development for Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Reporting to and in partnership with Congregational leadership, the Director of Development will spearhead development initiatives to support the mission and ministries.  The Director of Development will be responsible for establishing a comprehensive development effort for the Sisters of the Holy Family.  The Director of Development, in collaboration with Congregational leadership, will have the opportunity to build the development department both strategically and functionally.


  • Provide leadership in conceiving and implementing a comprehensive development program, including timeline and measurable outcomes.
  • Build an annual fund/direct mail program through appeals and communications.
  • In concert with administrative leadership, identify needs and develop a case for support.
  • Work with Congregational leadership in identifying major gift prospects.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with prospects for solicitation of major gifts.
  • Coordinate the planned giving program, including identification of prospects, marketing and cultivation, solicitation and recognition of donors.
  • Develop and oversee the tracking of proposals and follow-up reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.
  • Manage development staff or volunteers and their activities, including gift processing, prospect research, grant writing and drafting of print communications, etc.
  • Oversee data entry, gift processing, acknowledgement and recognition of gifts.
  • Work closely with the Finance Office, Office of the Cause for Canonization and the Development Committee.
  • Oversee the planning of all special events from the budget, plans and strategies for the event, to staffing, acknowledgments and financial reports.
  • Interact with individuals, the local community, civic organizations, corporations, foundations and volunteers to promote the ministry and needs of the Sisters of the Holy Family.


  • BA (required)
  • 5+ years of experience in development
  • Excellent organizational, managerial, along with written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of fundraising database platforms
  • Evidence of interest and/or ability to successfully grow a development program
  • Evening/weekend work occasionally required, as well as travel to cultivate donors
  • Understanding of the practices, principles and policies of the Roman Catholic Church

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