Director of Stewardship & Development

Archdiocese of Omaha Chancery - Omaha

POSITION TITLE: Director of Stewardship & Development

DEPARTMENT: Stewardship & Development Office

REPORTS TO: Archbishop

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 20, 2024

CLASSIFICATION: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt


Do you have a passion for the Catholic Church and the energy and development experience to further its mission through building relationships with donors? Are you as comfortable sitting across the table from modest donors as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies? Can you inspire others to do more than write a check but also take a vested interest in projects and programs that spread the hope of Jesus Christ throughout northeast Nebraska?

If this sounds like you, consider applying to become the next Director of Stewardship and Development for the Archdiocese of Omaha. We’re looking for a hardworking development professional with a proven track record of success. More importantly, someone who understands the importance of raising money by establishing meaningful connections with donors.

• Work with the Archbishop and Curia department heads to develop priorities and objectives for fundraising.
• Design and implement a major gifts plan, with a goal of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts for the Archdiocese of Omaha on a regular basis.
• Identify, cultivate, solicit, and close leadership gifts. Maintain an active pool of prospects in this category.
• Implement improvements identified during SDO audit prioritizing those with greatest impact on major gifts.
• Craft a vision for the Stewardship and Development Office (SDO).
• Develop and maintain a five-year strategy for SDO, updated annually to include goals and action plans.
• Oversee the implementation of a comprehensive planned-giving program, including various mechanisms for planned gifts, including bequests, charitable trusts, and endowments.
• Oversee the establishment of policy and protocol on all issues pertaining to SDO.
• Manage and direct SDO staff, creating office systems to support all development projects and operations. This includes hiring, evaluating, developing, coaching, and if necessary, dismissing staff, as well as observing all archdiocesan personnel policies regarding staff.
• Ensure the necessary resources and systems are in place to support the success of major capital campaigns.
• Assist and support parishes in establishing and sustaining stewardship programs and efforts that are rooted in Catholic teaching.
• Maintain contact with and develop grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
• Prepare and manage office budget.
• Represent SDO to parishes, schools, and the community-at-large.
• Represent the Archdiocese at Region 9 meetings of the International Catholic Stewardship Conference.
• All other job-related duties as assigned by the Archbishop.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Engaging personality, with a passion for the Church's ministries, and ability to develop and cultivate donor relationships to support those ministries.
• Ability to understand and work effectively with clergy and other archdiocesan leaders.
• Ability to "staff" the Archbishop, preparing him for cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects.
• A sound knowledge of planned giving vehicles and an ability to solicit major gifts.
• Excellent supervisory and managerial skills, capable of overseeing multiple programs simultaneously, and to prioritize prospects and activity.
• Ability to work in urban and rural communities, and to recruit lay leaders to assist in development work across the Archdiocese.
• Ability to function well in a team environment.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office computer application software.

• Active, practicing Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church, with a demonstrated commitment to the mission and teachings of the Church required.
• Master's degree or equivalent educational background in Communications, Marketing, Non-Profit Management or Philanthropy required.
• Five or more years work experience in a leadership and fundraising position of a Catholic or non-profit organization required.
• Direct experience in planned giving, major gifts, capital campaign management, stewardship, or development required.
• History of working or volunteering within the Church structure in a leadership role required.

Routine office environment; ADA-accessible building.

• Travel to Archdiocesan events and prospect meetings on a regular basis.

Employees of the of the Archdiocese of Omaha will have knowledge of the Catholic faith, a willingness to work for a Catholic, faith-based organization and adhere to the policies of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Employees will not publicly oppose the teachings of the Catholic faith nor publicly advocate for any position in conflict with Catholic teaching, or the specific positions of the Archdiocese of Omaha or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This requirement includes any public speech, demonstration or writing including the use of social media or other digital technologies.