Director of Development ($65,000 – $75,000 + benefits)

Job Summary: 

To work with the Executive Director, the Director of Conference Formation, and the Board of Directors to enhance, cultivate and grow a comprehensive development and fund-raising program that meets the short- and long-term goals and needs of the organization, and to enhance the mission established by the Board of Directors.  Responsibilities will include strategic and analysis planning, fundraising campaigns, managing major gift development and memorial/tribute planning, and demonstrating management leadership as part of the senior staff of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Central Council of Pittsburgh (SVDP) responsibilities while supporting the organization mission and policies. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

Manages and collaborates with the Executive Director in planning of development activities; oversees execution of strategic development plan that includes managing portfolios of corporate, foundation, and individual prospects. 

  • Establishes annual monetary goals and provides regular updates to Executive Director. 
  • Writes proposals for funding and manages efforts of internal and external grant writing.  
  • Participates in vendor partner selection, control, and management for organizational developmental and marketing, accounts for disbursement of all funds.  
  • Manages actual fundraising and development process, ensures accurate records of receipts and accounts for disbursement of all funds. Reconciles development revenue with accounting office. 
  • Serves as key development liaison to the Board of Directors and the Development Committee to provide direction and support for board fundraising efforts. 
  • Assists with developing fundraising literature suitable for individual and corporate entities. 
  • Works with the Executive Director to identify, cultivate and solicit major gifts, planned giving prospects, corporate and foundation grants. 
  • Analyzes donor database to develop and oversee individual Major Gift prospects and donors, and corporate and foundation grants. 
  • Plans and manages a planned giving program, gifts, memorials, tributes, and other recognition of donors including managing in-kind donations.  
  • Manages direct mail program management, database issues, database development and administrative support for major donors and grants. 
  • Builds strong relationship with individuals, corporate sponsors, and other partner organizations and businesses. Acts as the United Way liaison and speaker.   
  • Travels, when necessary, for donor relations. Work venues may vary (office, social events, presentations, meetings, individual interactions) including some evenings and weekends.  

 Core Value and Competencies: 

 Vision: To visualize and articulate a future for the organization and to consider this view in decision-making. 

  • Understands and articulates the vision for the Society
  • Communicates the vision and strategy to employees, the board, volunteers, and customers
  • Maintains a focus on the vision while balancing day-to-day operations 

Business Acumen: Critically identifies, analyzes, and uses performance indicators that directly and indirectly affect the sustainability of the Society.   

  • Identifies and manages against key performance indicators 
  • Understands and considers the financial dynamics of the Society and the industry in making decisions
  • Weights the costs and benefits of decisions and adjusts appropriately
  • Balances short term costs with long term viability 

Leadership: Positively impacts others by generating commitment and high performance. 

  • Consistently demonstrates servant leadership and lives the SVDP’s values 
  • Inspires others to make a difference and contribute
  • Creates an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration: listens, fosters dialogue, and facilitates joint problem solving
  • Recognizes and respects individual differences, treating others with fairness, courtesy, and good faith
  • Admits mistakes, accepts feedback, demonstrates the capacity to work as part of a team
  • Understands the impact of his/her own style and adjusts appropriately 

Communication: Skillfully uses interpersonal influence and creates relationships through dignity and respect. 

  • Keeps self and others informed and up to date on projects, customers, volunteers, Board decisions and state of the Society 
  • Skillfully manages conflict, demonstrating and encouraging open, honest, and respectful communication and seeking the common good 
  • Understands and empathizes with others 
  • Communicates with and responds to customers, volunteers, fellow workers, and others in a professional, timely, helpful, and courteous manner 

Results Orientation: Prioritizes and focuses on getting things done efficiently, effectively and in a timely way. 

  • Sets challenging and realistic goals for self and others 
  • Prioritizes work to focus on the most important items 
  • Pitches in to help others get things done 
  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for achieving goals and results 
  • Supports others in achieving results and shares responsibility and accountability
  • Adheres to SVDP’s Employee Handbook in all applicable aspects of it 

Continuous Improvement: Ensure personal and organizational competitiveness through ongoing improvement. 

  • Stays up to date on advances in the industry to improve Society operations 
  • Shares expertise and knowledge to support the growth and development of others and enabling them to grow and improve in performance 
  • Consistently applies knowledge and expertise to ensure high standards of performance.
  • Seeks and takes advantage of opportunities to increase knowledge and expertise of self and others 


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Possess excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in a non-profit organization strategizing and implementing fundraising activities, securing public and private grants, soliciting organizations and businesses for donations and services for the betterment of the organization, or equivalent.  

 Physical Demands:  

  • The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 10 pounds.  
  • The employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and have close vision for electronic and paper detail work.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, and be able to sit and operate a vehicle.  

 Note: As a member of the SVDP executive staff, management reserves the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation which would enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions or for other reasons.  This job description describes the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be construed as a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position. 

 To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Ricardo Luckow, Executive Director,