Archdiocese of Denver

DATE: November 20, 2019

REPORTS TO:  Director of Development

ENTITY: The Archdiocese of Denver serves the Catholic Community of Northern Colorado and its various parishes, ministries and schools.


Do you want to make a true difference in the world? Come join our team.

The Archdiocese of Denver is seeking a passionate and dynamic person to serve as a Major Gift Officer advancing the mission of Christ’s Church in Northern Colorado. This exciting position is responsible for developing meaningful relationships and soliciting gifts from the larger donors across the Archdiocese of Denver (AOD). Major Gift Officers are called upon share the vision and needs of AOD ministries and initiatives and invite donors to support our causes.

By encouraging donors to join in the mission of the Church, a Major Gift Officer fulfills an extremely important ministerial role. Your efforts will make a lasting and meaningful impact on the Catholic Church and the entire community. Come join our team as we help support underprivileged students receiving a Catholic education, facilitate the training of young men for service as priests and deacons, help care for clergy as they retire and share the gospel message of Jesus Christ. We need your passion and energy as we encourage the people of Northern Colorado to embrace and advance the mission of our important ministries.


The AOD Office of Development operates on a consolidated model where development efforts on behalf of the various diocesan ministries and initiatives are conducted in a coordinated and cooperative fashion. Development activities include direct gift solicitation, management of donor cultivation events, donation processing, database management, grant writing and coordination of campaigns and appeals across various ministries and appeals including:

  • Seeds of Hope;
  • St. John Vianney Seminary;
  • Redemptoris Mater Seminary;
  • Prophet Elijah House;
  • Bishop Machebeuf High School;
  • Holy Family High School;
  • Centro San Juan Diego (Hispanic Ministries);
  • Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal.

Major Gift Officer compensation is comprised of a fixed salary component with a significant and meaningful bonus that is dependent upon a number of factors including:

  • Individual fundraising performance against mutually established soft and hard goals;
  • Total gifts received from assigned donor base in annual period;
  • Increase on annual basis from prior years with assigned donors;
  • Increase on donations from assigned donors as correlated with donor activity;
  • Performance of the specific ministry or initiative-related fundraising team to which Major Gift Officer is associated or aligned for both gifts and event revenue (if applicable);
  • Overall performance of the development department toward goals and objectives;
  • Individual performance against pre-established metrics for cultivation and reporting.



  • College degree required; advanced degree preferred;
  • Five (5) years successful experience in fundraising.




  • Collaborates with Chief Development Officer and Director of Development in the preparation of annual fundraising projections, including the creation of work plans with targets, objectives and goals for the assigned regions or ministries of existing and prospective donors.
  • Prepares regular reports on impact of development efforts to the Development Director and Chief Development Officer.
  • Keeps track of crucial development issues and develops long-term strategies and plans.
  • Systematically and consistently utilizes donor software (Raiser’s Edge and other programs) for capture of donor information (including meetings, asks and other correspondence).
  • Takes strategic direction and assistance from Director of Prospect Management and Research regarding donor cultivation, population of database.

Donor Relationships

  • Identifies and develops individual and corporate/foundation prospects for the AOD’s fundraising priorities. Conducts face-to-face meetings with donors to learn more about their interests and goals in supporting the Ministries and to educate them about the work of the AOD.
  • Assumes personal responsibility for relationships with a designated number of donors;
  • Undertaking direct individual donor solicitations as appropriate with support from the Chief Development Officer and Director of Development.
  • Attendance at 20 or more evening and weekend scheduled events per year (i.e., private dinners, major fund raisers, etc.).
  • Implements a structured program to foster strong, long-term relationships with targeted donor constituencies.
  • Actively solicits and closes gifts of $10,000 and above.
  • Works with AOD, ministry, and church leadership to effectively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors toward increased level of giving.
  • Coordinates visits with major gift prospects, donors, and key individuals for the Chief Development Officer, Director of Development, certain Board Directors and lay and church leaders as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with Events staff to ensure donors are included in various events that target audiences of the ministries.
  • Works with committees for the purpose of carrying out major fundraising events.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and demonstrate each competency satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Catholic Faith:

  • Is articulate in the Catholic Faith, in good standing with the Church;
  • Has a dedicated and concerted personal prayer life.


Team Culture:

  • Is a team player, inclusive and flexible, energetic and fair minded; confident in expressing opinions, employing sensitivity to opinions of others.
  • Has creative initiative, strong organizational skills, is resourceful and willing to take charge.
  • Confident yet collegial; flexible in balancing immediate needs with long-term goals.
  • Capable of working well with outside ministry directors, board members, volunteers, other diocesan executives and ministry event chairs.


  • Exhibits the highest levels of confidentiality regarding donor personal information and AOD policies and procedures.
  • Fosters the highest level of professionalism; high level of ethics, integrity and professional demeanor.
  • Exudes excellence and objective fairness in customer orientation.
  • Independent Worker:
    • Is a self-starter and can work independently and collaboratively;
    • Hard worker with high energy;
    • A “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of development and advancement activities.
    • Takes initiative to identify prospective donors, establish meaningful relationships and schedule sufficient meetings, phone calls and interactions with prospective and existing donors.


  • Be a fully initiated Catholic in the communion of the Catholic Church and intentionally living out the five precepts of the Church (CCC 2041-2043);
  • Refrain from promotion or approval of, or the living out of, any conduct or lifestyle that would reflect discredit or disgrace on, or cause scandal in relationship to, the Archdiocese of Denver, or considered to be in contradiction with Catholic doctrine or morals;
  • Ability to present ideas in a cogent, understandable and compelling manner both orally and in writing;
  • The ability to respect confidences when dealing with sensitive issues;
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Job Type: Full-time

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