Apr 11, 2023

Director of Advancement - Basilica of Ste. Anne and Most Holy Trinity Church

  • Daudlin Search
  • Detroit, MI, USA
Full time Business Development

Job Description


The Director Advancement reports to and is under the supervision of the president of the parish incorporation for the Basilica of Ste. Anne and Most Holy Trinity Parishes.

The Director of Advancement will oversee the strategy, structure, and management of the fundraising efforts and is responsible for the planning, organization, and coordination of the efforts that are necessary to raise gift income.


Strategic Planning and Management

  • Draft and implement an aggressive fundraising plan with objectives, goals, methods, and a reasonable timeline.

  • Work with the Administration in formulating annual goals to fund the development needs of the churches and school.

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive annual plan for the raising of funds through individuals, corporations, businesses, grants, and foundations.

  • Develop and maintain reports on the progress toward goals.

  • Provides president a monthly report on Advancement performance.

Event Fundraising

  • MHT School (Championship Day, Annual Dinner, etc)

  • Sharing O’ Green

  • Smelt Fry

  • Italian Night

  • Children’s Christmas Party – staff support

  • Leader for annual novena to Ste. Anne

Major Donor Development

  • Build relationships with a variety of constituencies. Identify and solicit donor prospects, prepare and present proposals to private donors and family foundations

  • Develop and maintain an organized MHTCA Alumni association to encourage their involvement in multiple school functions and activities, and to encourage giving.

  • Supervise gift tracking – acknowledgement and communication with donors.

  • Plan and facilitate activities/occasions to initiate and maintain contact with present and prospective donors.

  • Encourage and appropriately recognize donor philanthropy.

    • Create, maintain, and update a prospect database of current and potential donors.

    • Organize major donor events.

Planned Giving Development

  • Produce Policies and Guidelines

  • Create case statements.

  • Identifies potential planned giving donors.


  • Develops grant opportunities.

  • Supervises any grant writing contract.

Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)

  • Oversees annual CSA appeal at both parishes.

  • Identifies major donors for appeal.

  • Host gatherings of prospective major donors

  • Monitors parishioners’ pledges.

Annual Fund

  • Oversees appeals.

  • Identifies major donors for special needs.


  • Supervises Coordinator of Communications and Marketing

  • Collaborate with Director Basilica Restoration

  • Participates in staff meetings.

  • Anything reasonably requested by the Pastor.


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities (SKA)

  • Committed to the mission of the school.

  • Excellent computer skills (Esp. Microsoft Office and Blackbaud products).

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.

  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards.

  • Knowledge of AOD financial policies and procedures

Education, Training and/or Experience

  • Possesses a B.A. in related field

  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE or CFM) preferred

  • Has a minimum of 5 years experience in Catholic development.  

  • Budget development and oversight experience preferred.

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