Employment Opportunities

Director of Resource Development

Reports to:  Executive Director

Salary Range:  Salary is competitive and based on experience and education

Benefits:  Health, dental and life insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation, retirement, paid holiday/sick leave, mileage and parking reimbursement, supported training opportunities (internal/external).

Job Summary:
The Director of Resource Development reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for advancing the agency’s mission via direct development and implementation of the annual fund development and marketing plans, stewardship of major donors, foundation grants, overall department oversight, and strategic planning, as well as supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator and Resource Development Assistant.

Job Duties:
The following are key responsibilities of the Director of Resource Development, with additional duties that may be assigned to ensure effective teamwork within The Cathedral Center:

1.Lead the development and implementation of all Cathedral Center’s fund development activities, including annual giving, major donor giving, special events, foundation giving, special projects and other activities.

  • Maintain and oversee systems for the identification, management and recognition of volunteers, donors and sponsors, including the development of a major donor cultivation plan.
  • Ensure accuracy, maintenance and proper implementation of donor database.
  • Cultivate corporate/community support beyond special events.
  • Identify, coordinate, submit and ensure appropriate reporting for foundation grant applications on behalf of the Cathedral Center.
  • Oversee all special event activities for the agency, specifically annual Fall Celebration, third party events and others.
  • Ensure effective interaction with volunteer services, recognizing human resources as a part of the overall fund development plan.

2.Develop and implement marketing and public relations strategies to support fund development and program goals:

  • Develop and implement plan for marketing publications, including quarterly newsletter, annual report, brochures and flyers.
  • Serve as agency’s point of contact for external communications (media, promotional events)
  • Represent and serve as a spokesperson for The Cathedral Center in the community.
  • Ensure best practices for staff and volunteer outreach activities.
  • Maintain and develop agency web site.
  • Facilitate / oversee effective use of social media to meet agencies goals.
  • Ensure ethical and best practices for all elements of the agency’s marketing program and revenue generating streams, including upholding the Donor Bill of Rights.
  • Effective, professional collaboration with appropriate board committees.
  • Assist with the development of appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Ensure internal training as needed to ensure best practices in marketing/PR and accountability to donors.
  • Directly supervise one full time Volunteer and Development Coordinator and one part time Resource Development staff.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.

Skills and Qualifications: 
The Director of Resource Development must be able to prioritize: meeting urgent deadlines, keeping track of recurring funding due dates and focusing on long term goals for the agency, while remaining true to Cathedral Center’s mission to provide a safe environment for women and families, while working to end homelessness one life at a time. The ideal candidate will have earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Business Management or related field.  A valid Wisconsin driver license is required with regular access to a reliable and insured vehicle.  A familiarity with vulnerable populations is helpful.  CFRE certification is a plus.

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated success in fund development, especially annual appeals, donor cultivation and stewardship and grant writing/reporting.
  • Must be a confident public speaker and professional in writing.
  • Demonstrated budget and project management skills.
  • Ability to build, maintain and manage long-term relationships with fundraising constituents – as well as work cooperatively with board, staff and volunteers.
  • High energy, flexible and creative strategic thinker
  • Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, fund development software, databases and management information systems, and various social media and website platforms.

This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates.  Internal candidates must have reached six months of continuous employment at the time of application.  Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) a plus.  Occasional evening and weekend hours will be required to meet the needs of the agency.  Candidates must be able to sit, stand, stoop and walk for extended periods of time, and be able to lift 15 pounds. All staff at The Cathedral Center are expected to work effectively both independently and in a team environment, and to become familiar with and utilize a trauma-informed approach.

Full disclosure of past residency at Cathedral Center is required before a candidate can be considered for this position.  Candidates for all paid and volunteer positions at The Cathedral Center must have been separated from services here for at least one year. All candidates for paid and volunteer positions at The Cathedral Center must be willing to have a background check conducted.

DRM 02/2018


Please send your resume, cover letter, 3 professional references and salary requirements by:

– Email (preferred): Laurie Busch


– Mail: The Cathedral Center
845 N. Van Buren St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

– FAX: (ATTN: Laurie) 414-831-0439


The Cathedral Center, Inc. does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin. At the same time, The Cathedral Center cherishes its right and duty to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its mission and goals.

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