Apr 01, 2021

Director of Development - National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica

  • Daudlin Search
  • 2100 12 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073, USA
Full time Business Development

Job Description


The Director of Development of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica is responsible for planning, initiating and managing all Development activities for the Basilica as well as acting as a Development Consultant to the President of the Shrine Catholic Schools. 

As the lead development officer, this position reports to the Parish Pastor.  The responsibilities include identifying, qualifying, cultivating and assisting the Pastor in soliciting major donors; advancing Planned Giving; managing Annual Appeals/Basilica local and national campaigns; assisting with Capital Campaigns; and supporting weekly offering initiatives.


  • Utilizing a donor database comprised of approximately 5,000 donor records, the Director of Development will identify, screen and rate major gift prospects, and work with the Pastor to develop strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of individual prospects

  • Assist in the creation and achievement of specific measurable objectives with reports provided on a monthly/quarterly basis to track goals and progress

  • The Director of Development will work closely with the Head of Schools on a coordinated fundraising approach while keeping in mind the overlap of donors made up of parishioners, school families and alumni

  • Supervise, train, develop and evaluate the Development Assistant whose role will provide support to the Director of Development and the department

  • The Director of Development leads the Development Committee whose primary responsibility is assisting with the  fundraising for the Parish

  • An ongoing responsibility will be to develop and implement a plan to recruit, train and activate volunteer fundraising leadership and administrative help as needed

  • Ensures all gifts from donors are accurately and promptly acknowledged.  Further, that all gifts are promptly recorded and tracked in the appropriate database(s)

  • Works with the Pastor and the Shrine Director of Communications to ensure all Development Appeals/Programs are conducted in a timely manner. Ensure results of programs are communicated in a timely manner to the donors and any other appropriate/interested parties

  • Actively support the Mission, Vision and Values of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica and the Catholic faith


  • Candidate must be a practicing Roman Catholic


  • Bachelor’s Degree required


  • A minimum of six years’ experience fundraising with three years’ experience in major gift work

  • A strong record of closing major gifts (6 – 7 figures)

  • Evidence of successful fundraising/successful campaigns conducted. Capital campaign experience preferred

  • Leadership experience specifically with volunteer committees and support staff positions is preferred


  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships across several generations and diverse demographics to motivate people to make significant gifts

  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize information and communicate it in an accurate and compelling form, both oral and written

  • Demonstrated ability to project a polished and professional appearance using appropriate manners and etiquette

  • Working knowledge of planned giving techniques

  • Ability to work as a valued team member while maintaining a strong sense of responsibility for achieving individual fundraising goals

  • Proficient in computer application skills including donor tracking, spreadsheets, word processing, planning, scheduling and database programs

  • Maintains strict confidentiality and adherence to audit/compliance requirements

  • Actively demonstrates morals, values, integrity and ethics consistent with the Catholic faith/the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica

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