Development Officer

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Description/Job Summary

The Development Officer is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the fundraising plan for Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Diocese of Scranton.  The key components of this role include working closely with the Diocesan Secretary for Human Services and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Social Services and the Catholic Social Services Advisory Boards to increase giving to Catholic Social Services. The Development Officer will be expected to develop programs that encourage financial giving and provides financial resources for Catholic Social Services.


  • Responsible for all agency development activities with the focus of achieving budgeted revenue goals, as well as seek increases for the annual number of donors and average gifts to CSS.  (Significant revenue contributions are made to CSS through the Diocese of Scranton Annual Appeal, as well as strategic major gifts ($25,000) or fundraising conducted by the Diocesan Secretary for Human Services and the Diocesan Secretary for Development.)
  • Regularly communicate and work closely with the Diocesan Secretary for Development to ensure that all CSS fundraising programs are not competing with and/or counter-productive to each other's goals and efforts.
  • Communicate and collaborate with CSS Program Managers to understand their programs and identify specific fundraising needs and efforts.
  • Provide counsel when possible to specific program fundraising while recognizing program grant work is led by individual managers.
  • Collaborate with the CSS Director of Communications and Marketing to generate and disseminate agency-wide news, information and stories.
  • Regularly make parish visits with Pastors and Business Managers to promote CSS programs and development efforts.
  • Collaborate with CSS Controller and Finance team members and CSS IT team members in the implementation of development efforts.
  • Analyze fundraising successes and failures and determine metrics for future decision-making on new or renewed efforts.
  • Propose revenue budget plans and feasibility of resources when new projects/opportunities are being considered by CSS.
  • Participate in CSS Leadership Meetings.

Embraces the mission of the Diocese of Scranton which is;
We, the Catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton, are called through Baptism to imitate the servant leadership of Jesus Christ. In union with our Holy Father, the Pope, we proclaim the Gospel faithfully, celebrate the sacraments joyfully, and boldly promote life, justice and peace in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.

Demonstrates the themes of Catholic Social Teaching which are:
  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s Creation

Role models the operating principles as follows:

  • We engage and serve others in life-giving ways, consistent with Catholic Social Teaching.
  • We communicate with honesty and consistency, in a spirit of collaboration.
  • We treat all those who interact with dignity and respect.
  • We provide guidance and resources when and where they are needed.
  • We strive to be strategic and cohesive, and to see and understand our own roles and the roles and responsibilities of others in terms of what is best for the people we serve, and the Diocese of Scranton.
  • We lead by example.
  • We provide clear direction and set clear expectations.
  • We follow through and see tasks through to conclusions.
  • We foster a learning environment and seek to learn from each other and from our mistakes.
  • We help others to develop their talents.
  • We are approachable.
  • We debate the content of an issue, not its ownership.
  • We reach agreement on best ideas, and then give our full support.
  • We applaud successes with positive feedback, with our own offices and beyond office and Diocesan boundaries.
  • We form and develop leaders to be proactive, to shape events and opportunities.
  • We create interpersonal connections agency-wide that foster the development of new employees.
  • We actively encourage innovative approaches to enhance performance.
  • We support and encourage fulfilling personal and professional growth experiences for all employees.
  • We challenge assumptions that limit expectations and regularly assess performance.
  • We maintain confidentiality to preserve the dignity of the individuals we serve.
  • We act as responsible stewards of CSS assets, resources and talents.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5 years of experience serving in a non-profit organization fundraising position.
  • Working knowledge of how a Catholic donor’s faith integrates with stewardship and giving.
  • High energy and passion for the mission of CSS.
  • Strong interpersonal relations skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Orientation towards customer service.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking to solve problems
  • All CSS employees are required to complete an initial VIRTUS training. VIRTUS is a program designed to
    empower organizations and people better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.
  • Employees will also be required to monitor the VIRTUS website and complete monthly internet updates as
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