Sep 09, 2022

Development Director

  • Catholic Sports
Full time Fundraising Mission Work Nonprofit

Job Description


About Catholic Sports

Catholic Sports is a Denver-based, national young adult recreational sports outreach organization. Our mission is to build authentic community through recreational sports. “We define authentic community as one that fills the void of emotional and spiritual loneliness (Gen Z. 18-25 year-olds are the loneliest generation according to 2018 Cigna Health research) by living our core values (Hospitable Outreach, Catholic Orthodoxy & Vulnerable Intimacy) while remaining rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our recreational sports leagues allow players to enter this authentic community, through which they will be invited into our Bible Studies, so that they may continue to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus.”

We have seen incredible fruit in our apostolate, and through our partnership parishes, we are providing a community of belonging and conversion for young adults. Numerous marriages, re-conversions, and conversions have happened as the Spirit works through our missionaries and volunteers. This work is bearing fruit…is God inviting you to the harvest through Catholic Sports?

Are you the Ideal Candidate?

The ideal candidate will be striving for holiness by continuing to grow spiritually and intellectually in their orthodox Roman Catholic formation (Byzantine, Lithuanian, or other rites in union with Roman Catholicism included). A desire to lead and create a new department that will make sustainable fundraising for Catholic Sports’ future growth a reality.

Are you comfortable with taking risks, have a good self-confidence level, connected with the Catholic donor scene, and willing to ask boldly for building Christ Kingdom? You will also need to be outgoing towards new people. The position requires social media and in-person networking, being detail-oriented in work, and making decisions quickly under pressure. Must be able to perform public speaking or emcee roles. All potential candidates will embody Catholic Sports’ core values: Hospitable OutreachCatholic Orthodoxy, and Vulnerable Intimacy.

Position Summary

The DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR serves at the direction of the Catholic Sports President in Denver, CO, and will be responsible for building and advancing meaningful donor relationships for all of Catholic Sports and building an effective development department with coaching/training provided by a third-party contractor.


Position Skills

  • Interpersonal skills are critical for managing and recruiting a team of volunteers (gala committees, board development committee, and other volunteers to help at events or with mailings).
  • 100% Catholic Missionary minded (all work should have eternal salvation at the forefront)
  • Organization, Detail Oriented, Time Management, Good Communication, Courage, and Self Discipline
  • Lives out the Catholic Sports Core Values
  • Hard work ethic, self-motivation and a desire to exceed expectations
  • Ability to handle well benefactor privacy, organization financial/project data that may be confidential, and the profoundly personal sharing involved in relationship building

Position/Department Responsibilities

  • Event Planning & Coordination: Work with the President and volunteers to plan and execute multiple fundraising events throughout our nationwide locations.
  • Grant Funding: Continue to develop our grant-seeking process, working with current staff to learn and grow our grant requesting abilities and follow-up process to seek continued funding from existing foundations. This will include detailed editing/writing and communications for grants, letters of inquiry, follow-up writing, sending thank you letters/cards, phone calls, and meeting with foundation directors.  
  • Corporate Appeals: Expand and customize the corporate appeal process for Catholic sports. This includes annual appeals to benefactors & participants via email, US mail, and follow-up with lapsed donors to recommit. coordinating donor events to update them on our mission, and calling/appealing to one-time gift-givers to become recurring donors and managing corporate-level donor communications.
  • Reporting: Write and send annual reports to all foundations, benefactors, and critical stakeholders. As well as monthly reports for the Board/Executives. Consistently maintains donor software to report valuable donor information and activity reports.
  • Large-Gift Donor Appeals: Network and appeal for key donors and potential/current board members to give generous support to Catholic Sports. This is not a currently developed process, but one in need of being developed.
  • Department Goal Setting and Tracking: Collaborates with the President and Board committee on setting fundraising SMART goals.
  • Donor Stewardship & Development: Will actively solicit donations from the organization’s database of benefactors and participants that give when registering—cultivating, interviewing, and stewarding donors toward an increased level of giving and involvement.
  • Collaboration: Work with missionaries and our marketing staff to develop/create materials for promoting the mission of Catholic Sports to advance donor relations. Attends key area events to meet with donors and influencers.

Compensation & Professional Development

The Development Director will receive a second family…a team of great missionaries passionate about evangelization and living joy, and a supportive leadership team that wants to see the Church grow and transform the culture through all of their efforts.

You will be coached by an incredible contractor of highly qualified development officers that will help you become a top-notch Development Director and build skills that will help you lead anyone and anywhere…but we’ll convince you that Catholic Sports is the best team and best mission in the Church so you’ll want to stay with us after you become an expert.

The Development Director will begin with a salary of $40k+ with expectations that bonuses and achieving department development goals will grow significantly with success.



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