Development Officer

Development Officer

Development Officer 150 150
The Basilica of Saint Mary
November 4, 2022
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Heather Craig


Purpose of Position: 

Support the vision, mission, and values of The Basilica of Saint Mary and The Basilica Landmark by managing a portfolio of donors and prospects. Secure annual, major, and planned gifts for The Basilica and The Basilica Landmark.

This full-time exempt position is eligible for benefits including Medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance; HSA/FSA plans; employer matched 403(b) plan; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. Hybrid work arrangements will be considered. Salary commensurate with experience (Range $70,000 - $80,000/year)

Position Qualifications:
As a Traditional Church with a Modern Message, a high level of comfort with the mission of The Basilica of Saint Mary and The Basilica Landmark Fund is vital. Must have a demonstrated commitment to working in a collaborative, faith-based environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least five years experience in planned/major gift solicitation or equivalent
  • Proven effectiveness in prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the solicitation, transfer, and management of charitable gifts
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the ethical, legal and tax-related issues regarding the solicitation, transfer, and management of charitable gifts


  • Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge 7 and RENXT

Primary Job Responsibilities

Manage a dynamic portfolio of donors and prospects.  Identify, cultivate, solicit and close major and planned gifts for the growth of The Basilica of Saint Mary and The Basilica Landmark.

  • Maintain a full schedule of personal meetings with donors and prospects
  • Manage a portfolio of 125-150 major gift prospects
  • Match donor philanthropic goals with institutional needs
  • Identify planned giving prospects and strategize for long-term engagement
  • Meet weekly with the Director of Development and provide a summary of donor initiatives
  • Enter contact reports into RE7 / RENXT within 48 hours of all appointments
  • Work with development staff to evaluate and prioritize donor prospects
  • Conduct on-going cultivation and stewardship practices to recognize donors and donor prospects
  • Use Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge / RENXT to maintain contact and gift records for all prospects and major gift donors/prospects
  • Attend and assist with cultivation and fundraising events (some nights and weekends required)

Secondary Job Responsibilities

Maintain gift administration policies and reports and coordinate with Director of Development, Advancement & Research Coordinator, Finance Director and support staff.

  • Stay informed on legislative and tax changes affecting major and planned.

*Designation of Essential Functions

Employment in and by the Church is substantially different from secular employment.

Church employees/volunteers must conduct themselves in a manner, which is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the Church. This position does not require that the employee/volunteer be a Catholic.  However, as a parish community rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church, employees/volunteers are expected to be knowledgeable of core tenets and respectful of the mission, purpose and teachings of the Catholic faith.

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Audra Johnson, Director of HR & Finance.