The Diocese of Des Moines

Diocesan Openings


Where it may not always be a requirement that an individual be Catholic for a position, employees are expected to support the teachings of the Catholic Church in public forum.  Fulfillment of the employee's job responsibilities should be consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  

 

Please see the Diocesan Application for Employment here

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Director of Development

Summary

To lead fundraising, development and stewardship efforts for the Diocese of Des Moines by educating parishioners and donors on the needs for the financial support of the mission, goals and programs of the Diocese of Des Moines and soliciting current and planned giving support for the assigned areas of ministry. Responsible for budget and management of the office.  Provides leadership to various departments and ministries on fundraising.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinates all fundraising activities of the diocese, including appeals and special events for various offices of the diocese including, but not limited to, the Annual Diocesan Appeal and special appeals benefitting the programs and Offices of Vocations, Communications and Schools. 

 

Oversees the collection of all capital campaign pledges including the Sharing God’s Gifts campaign and the Pastoral Center Renovation campaign.

 

Performs administrative duties related to acknowledgement letters, year-end tax letters, and all other development-related duties.

 

Manages long-term development activities including major gift and planned gift cultivation and solicitation for all diocesan programs and offices.

 

Maintains close working relationship with all diocesan entities (parishes, schools, Catholic Charities, etc.) to ensure coordination and collaboration in all areas of fund development.

 

Serves as staff liason for the Bishop’s Council.  Communicates, organizes and plans quarterly meeting in conjuction with the Bishop and Council Chairman.

 

Establishes links with parishes, schools and diocesan programs ensuring the Development Office is a resource for all internal constituents on issues related to fundraising, planned giving and stewardship.

 

Serves as a member of the Directors’ Committee and as an ex-officio member of the Catholic Tuition Organization Board of Directors. 

 

Provides leadership and guidance for parishes and the diocese in the areas of feasibility studies and capital campaigns while serving as counsel in these areas to the Diocesan Building Commission.

 

Plans and directs departmental activities; provides leadership and guidance within the department; implements programs, guidelines and Diocesan policies.

 

Builds and maintains relationships with constituents throughout the diocese including pastors, donors, staff and other professionals.

 

Oversees and participates in the preparation of budgetary and other reports and records; reviews monthly financial statements, budgets and operating plans.

 

Represents Diocese and maintains ongoing professional education with memberships in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, International Catholic Stewardship Council and the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council.

 

Leads efforts to build knowledge and acceptance of stewardship as a way of life by offering adult-learning opportunities.

 

A complete job description can be viewed here:

 

Qualified candidates are encouraged to send their cover letter and resume to:

hr@dmdiocese.org

Diocese of Des Moines

Human Resources

601 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309


Executive Director – St. Thomas More Center

Summary

The St. Thomas More Center is seeking an Executive Director.   This position is responsible for maintaining, implementing and developing resident camping and retreat programs that are responsive to the spiritual needs of youth and young adults primarily within the Diocese of Des Moines.  The Executive Director fosters a comprehensive and holistic approach to youth ministry in conjunction with diocesan and parish ministries which recognizes the cultural, developmental and spiritual diversity among adolescents and young adults.  The Executive Director will maintain a faith-filled, nurturing, safe and fun community that promotes Gospel values and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Assures that the philosophy and mission of the St. Thomas More Center is apparent in the performance of duties.  Communicates and promotes a strong commitment to the Center’s philosophy, mission, strategic plan, and Catholic identity.
  • Supervises and mentors direct reports to ensure professional competence and skill development.
  • Directs the development, implementation and evaluation of the Center’s strategic plans to ensure collaboration with key stakeholders and other community partners.
  • Oversees the work of others and ensures the effectiveness of the Catholic Youth Camp.
  • Fosters efforts at inclusion of the Hispanic Community and other ethnic groups in the programs and leadership of the Center.
  • Designs and implements a structured, leadership development curriculum for young adults serving in paid and volunteer positions.
  • Oversees and promotes retreat opportunities that meet the needs of youth and young adults and serves the needs of youth ministers and catechetical leaders.
  • Develops and oversees the operating budget and capital expenditures of the organization; including risk management, facilities management, and technology infrastructure.
  • Oversees accounting and cash handling policies and procedures for the organization.
  • Oversees the corporate brand and logos to ensure effective marketing and public relations; including print, website and other media usage.
  • Obtains and supervises the ongoing accreditation by the American Camp Association.
  • Accepts and manages charitable gifts and works with prospective donors to support Center funds held in The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa.  Works with the Advisory Board to solicit charitable support for annual and special needs; including implementation of an annual fund campaign.
  • Promotes vocations to religious life and the priesthood.

Minimum Knowledge/Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Must be a practicing Catholic.
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of five years of successful leadership experience in any of the following: administration; financial and budget management; Catholic youth and young adult ministry; or camp management.
  • Proven experience and skills in directing and supervising staff; including volunteers.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Holds a valid Iowa driver’s license.

This position will maintain two office locations, within the Catholic Pastoral Center in Des Moines, and at St. Thomas More Center near Panora.

 

Significant time at camp location is expected during summer season (overnight housing will be provided to reduce drive time).

 

A complete job description can be viewed here:

 

Qualified candidates are encouraged to send their cover letter and resume to:

hr@dmdiocese.org

Diocese of Des Moines

Human Resources

601 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309


Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa

Director of Planned Giving

Summary of Primary Job Function

The Director of Planned Giving will identify, cultivate and steward individuals and couples who have an interest in supporting a Diocese of Des Moines institution primarily through a planned gift. The Director of Planned Giving will be the primary conduit to execute planned gifts and help the organization reach 100 solidified planned gifts by the year 2027 as developed by the organization’s strategic plan. Related to the strategic plan, the Director of Planned Giving will also assist toward the goal of 50 donor advised funds by the year 2027.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Working with the Executive Director, develop a comprehensive plan to reach 100 planned gifts and 50 donor advised funds by the year 2027.


Assist in the identification potential donors who may have interest in establishing a planned gift or donor advised fund.


Serve as a primary contact for prospects as well as those who already have an established planned gift or donor advised fund.


Responsible for the cultivation of prospects for planned giving and donor advised funds.


Working with the Executive Director, develop a Legacy Society for the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa.


Establish gifts by way of annuities and bequests and insurance plans.


Establish a network of local attorneys and financial advisors who can assist donors in establishing a planned gift. 


Establish annual goals with the ED for planned gifts and donor advised funds.


Attend events in which the presence of the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa is necessary.


Assist marketing efforts in the area of planned gifts.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

There are no supervisory relationships for this position.

 

Position Specific Requirements

            Education and Experience

            Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of experience in the field of advancement/

            development.

 

            Computer Skills

            Proficient with the Microsoft office products as well as donor related programs such

            as Raisers Edge.

           

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk.  Occasionally required to lift 25 pounds and regularly required to lift 10 pounds.

 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be working in an environment that is quiet to moderate in noise level.  This position requires regular travel to parishes throughout the diocese which could include some evenings and weekends. 

 

This position requires a valid drivers’ license and the completion of a background check and VIRTUS training.

 

Qualified candidates are encouraged to send their cover letter and resume to:

hr@dmdiocese.org

Diocese of Des Moines

Human Resources

601 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309