Diocese of Pueblo


  • Position: Director of Development
  • Schedule: Full Time
  • Status: Exempt
  • Reports to: Director of Communications


Reporting to and in partnership with the Director of Communications, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts.  The Director of Development creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising increasing financial support for the Diocese. This includes planning, organizing, and directing diocesan fundraising processes, programs and events, and the preparation and submission of grant applications.   The position stimulates interest in existing and potential benefactors generating funding for programs and initiatives.    


  • Responsible for developing and delivering on the overall fundraising strategy of the diocese and supplementing existing grant funding with funding from individuals, corporations, grant-makers and other sources.
  • Responsible for developing a diverse range of sustainable funding streams to support and expand the work of the diocese.
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with potential donors, existing donors, stakeholders, other contacts and the community.
  • Conducts prospect research and maintains prospect information.
  • Monitors donor database and tracks contributions for development purposes and to ensure data is accurate and available when needed.
  • Generates financial, analytical, and statistical reports from the database as well as reports on fundraising activities.
  • Manages all marketing and communications aspects of the diocese’s annual fundraising campaign, (Diocesan Ministry Fund).
  • Ensures fundraising and diocesan events run smoothly, including planning and scheduling, arrangements with vendors and speakers, contracts, site selection, housing and travel accommodations, publicity, and onsite-supervision.
  • Coordinates internal and external marketing/advertising of events and fundraising projects
  • Determine appropriate costs and services, submits final budget, tracks budget statistics, and prepares documentation for expenditures and reimbursement, according to diocesan policy.
  • Performs research to find grant funding opportunities from diverse sources for the diocesan entities.
  • Maintain a written and working grants schedule and track progress proposals.
  • Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
  • Write multiple grant proposals, related budgets, and communications to potential funders.
  • Oversee current multi-year grant relationships, including new applications and reporting.
  • Collaborate with the Chancery Finance, Pastoral Team, and parishes to determine if/when an application is appropriate.
  • Work withPastoral team and parishes to direct all components of the grant submission process; obtain data needed for proposals, reporting and communicating results of the submission.
  • Answers phones and handles correspondence, responds to email, addresses donor inquiries, schedules and attends meetings and performs a broad range of daily administrative tasks.


 Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fields related to business, marketing, non-profit management, communications, or other related study.
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation or a certificate in Fundraising Management is an asset.
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in development with proven track record of raising funds.
  • Strong expertise navigating grant systems (such as Raisers Edge and Foundation Center), databases, on-line resources, and other sources to locate biographical, financial and philanthropic information.
  • Comprehensive understanding of fundraising strategies and campaign development.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to represent the Diocese and the Bishop to the wider community through print and other media resources
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with pastors, parish staffs, diocesan leadership and diverse constituent groups of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to develop and nurture long-term relationships with existing and potential donors.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills required, as well as a high skill level in written and verbal communication with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to generate innovative grant applications that synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze numerical data in order to make recommendations.
  • Knowledge of special events planning and management including robust marketing plans and necessary communication components.
  • Self-motivated, well organized, detail oriented, and able to effectively work independently and within a team framework.
  • Good decision making skills and ability to function under flexible and changing conditions.
  • Ability to work on a variety of critical projects under strict deadlines, make good judgments and perform effectively under pressure.
  • Capable of balancing multiple priorities, with limited resources, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Advanced computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Access and donor database management software is required.
  • Experience with a broad range of executive administrative duties.
  • Willing to work flexible hours as needed including evenings and weekends.

 Other Requirements:

  • The candidate must be a practicing Roman Catholic and in good standing with the Church.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background investigation.
  • Must have good driving record, current Colorado Driver’s License and automobile insurance.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Employment in and by the Church is substantially different from secular employment. Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with and supportive of the mission of the Church. Their public behavior must not violate the faith, morals or laws of the Church or the Diocese of Pueblo such that it could embarrass the Church or give rise to scandal. It is expected that all employees respect Roman Catholic doctrine and religious practices. The Diocese of Pueblo expects that all employees respect Roman Catholic doctrine and religious practices. In some cases, reasonable accommodations for the religious practices of employees who are not Roman Catholic may be provided, but some positions will require that the incumbent be an active Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church.