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Posted 3/26/2018

Job Title:

Director, Principal Gifts


Stewardship and Development


Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030


Full time


Position – Director, Principal Gifts

Type - Full time

Location – Quigley Center

Be part of our mission. The Archdiocese of Chicago (“the Archdiocese”), the third largest Catholic Archdiocese in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 344 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese's 217 elementary and secondary schools comprise the largest U.S. private school system, and have garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees.

The Director, Principal Gifts will lead the effort to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors who have the capacity and interest to qualify for Cardinal’s portfolio of donors. Work in partnership with Cardinal and Stewardship and Development senior staff to create a cadence of meetings for Cardinal with potential donors. Prepare detailed donor proposals for these meetings that align the respective donors’ interests with the most important initiatives for the Archdiocese.  Prepare impact statements for donors to provide details and specifics on the use of donated funds.  Manage logistics and details for meetings between Cardinal and donors.  Provide Cardinal with detailed briefings on donors prior to these meetings. 

This position will lead Operations Meetings along with Stewardship and Development senior staff to update Cardinal on donor solicitations and development initiatives.   

The Director, Principal Gifts will contribute to the development of performance metrics for the Major Gifts team and will assist in the development and execution of strategy for the broader Stewardship and Development Department. 

Given the importance of the Renew My Church initiative, it is expected that the Director, Principal Gifts will coordinate and collaborate with other vicariate resources/personnel interacting with parishes.   

The Director, Principal Gifts will receive regular updates from the centralized development team lead for Planned Giving, Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal in order to be equipped to provide counsel and advice to his/her assigned parishes. 

The Director, Principal Gifts will provide best practice information to his/her parishes and offer concrete examples of successes that other parishes are experiencing.  To effectively manage the relationship, he/she will be out visiting parishes and convening meetings/trainings regularly.



  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution of higher education.  Master's degree or CFRE preferred.
  • 5+ years of institutional fundraising experience
  • Willingness to mentor junior staff
  • Conversant in tax advantages to charitable giving
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Knowledgeable in latest computer technology with proficient skills.
  • Professional demeanor
  • An empathy with the ethos of the Catholic Church.  Affinity with the overall mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago

The Archdiocese of Chicago offers an attractive salary and comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision and 403(b) retirement plan.  In addition, we offer paid vacation, holiday, sick and personal time.

If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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