Sep 12, 2019

Development Officer

  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Full time Other

Job Description

Development Officer

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is seeking a Development Officer to serve on its development team. The Development Officer will support SVdP’s mission of serving individuals and families in the broader Phoenix community who have nowhere else to turn for help.

About the Position:  

The Development Officer will be a key member of the St. Vincent de Paul development team. The position requires someone interested in and comfortable with meeting new people, cultivating relationships, and learning how to make asks. The successful candidate will be able to form strong relationships with volunteers and donors to achieve philanthropic goals. Roughly 50% of the position will be spent out of the office and traveling locally to meet with donors and prospects at various locations in state.

This position requires commitment to developing and executing prospecting, cultivation, and solicitation strategies, in addition to collaborating with colleagues to execute successfully those strategies. It will be an especially good fit for an industrious, personable, and resourceful person who enjoys not only supporting development efforts, but also identifying ways to improve ongoing efforts.

The Development Officer will be a member of a collaborative, creative, and hardworking team, and should be able to learn, and eventually anticipate, the expectations of senior leadership. This full-time position is based out of Phoenix, AZ, and will report to the Director of Development. Salary is commensurate with experience with a full and competitive benefits package.

About the Organization:

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in Paris, France, in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam. In 1845, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul crossed the ocean to St. Louis, Missouri, where the first American conference was formed.

One hundred years later, a group of young Catholics in Phoenix, Arizona, formed the present-day Phoenix Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing, and healing individuals and families in the community who have nowhere else to go. SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors with love and compassion. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms that serve thousands daily, food boxes for hungry families, thrift stores throughout the region, bridge housing shelters, and general assistance. SVdP seeks to help people’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs.

Today, the Society’s Phoenix Council is the largest and most active in America, with more than 150 employees, 10,000 volunteers, and annual revenue nearing $50 million. To learn more, visit SVdP’s website at

Primary Responsibilities:

The Development Officer’s primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following: 

  • Managing a personal portfolio of 100–150 major donors.
  • Executing basic donor research for all new/prospective leadership donors.
  • Writing, calling, and meeting with major donor prospects.
  • Traveling up to 50% to meet with donors and donor prospects.
  • Working closely with the leadership team to develop and execute individualized donor plans.
  • Collaborating with internal and external partners to steward successfully.
  • Representing the organization in meetings with community partners.
  • Tracking and recording all donor data and communications in Salesforce.
  • Executing or supporting donor-facing events.
  • Taking on other fundraising responsibilities as may be necessary.
  • Supporting the Director of Development and members of the SVdP leadership team, as asked.

Key Qualifications:

The successful candidate will

  • Demonstrate deep commitment to, and passion for, the organization’s faith-inspired mission of serving those in need.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess the mature interpersonal skills needed to form strong working relationships.
  • Demonstrate diligence and follow through in cultivating prospects.
  • Be comfortable making asks and taking initiative in learning fundraising skill set.
  • Be goal-oriented and highly organized.
  • Demonstrate a positive, collaborative, and service-oriented personality.

To Apply:

  • Email your cover letter and resume to Nicole Rizkallah at, using the subject line “SVdP Development Officer” and your last name.
  • Include at least three professional references with your application.

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