Job Title: Major Gifts Officer
Job Status: Exempt
Location: El Paso TX
The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to direct and grow the Catholic Legacy Fund and Planned Giving Program.
Catholic Foundation Background
The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is a non-profit organization created in 2001 to support the financial needs of the Catholic community. Working closely with and in support of the Diocese of El Paso, the Catholic Foundation manages six programs: the Catholic Legacy Fund, Planned Giving Program, the Progress: Catholic Ministry Appeal, Stewardship Development, Foundation Scholars, and Grants Development to support the immediate and long-term needs of the Diocese of El Paso and its parishes, schools, charities, and ministries.
A seventeen-member Board of Directors oversees the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso. The directors come from a variety of backgrounds and have professional experience in a number of fields. The common ground for all Directors and the Catholic Foundation staff is the Catholic faith and active involvement in their parishes.
Major Gifts Officer
The Catholic Foundation is seeking an experienced professional to serve as a Major Gifts Officer reporting to the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for growing the Catholic Foundation’s endowment program called the Catholic Legacy Fund and Planned Giving Program. The Major Gifts Officer will direct the development, planning, and implementation of fundraising activities for major gifts and planned giving by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding current and prospective donors within the Diocese of El Paso.
1. Achieves quantifiable fundraising goals as established by the Board of Directors.
2. Develops, designs, and implements an annual comprehensive major gift and planned giving program, as approved by the Chief Operating Officer.
3. Develops strategies, goals, and objectives for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift prospects to grow the Catholic Legacy Fund. These strategies will recognize the unique motivations and individuality of each prospect and will be developed in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer.
4. Identifies, qualifies, cultivates, and solicits planned gift prospects.
5. Reports success toward achieving monthly and annual objectives, on a timely basis.
6. Maintains and updates individual prospect/donor files with appropriate records, reports and gifts details and communicates this information to all necessary individuals within the organization.
7. Protects privacy and confidentiality of donor information.
8. Creates, inspires and maintains donor loyalty, interest and enthusiasm through stewardship communication and activities designed to express recognition of the impact of individual gifts and prepares communication of Catholic Foundation and Diocesan priorities and giving opportunities.
9. Creates, promotes and develops partnerships with Vicars, Pastors, Parishes, Schools, Principals, and Diocesan Ministry Directors in order to identify prospects and meet fundraising goals.
10. Creates marketing campaigns designed to promote highlighted funds and solicitation of gifts.
11. Represents the Catholic Foundation to the Catholic community and serves as a resource to the parishes and pastors to strengthen and grow the donor base through the development, implementation, and monitoring of education programs, workshops, and cultivation events and attends professional training and meetings as required.
12. Coordinates special events and fundraisers to engage and educate the community about the work of the Catholic Foundation.
13. Coordinates and schedules the external communication content of the Catholic Foundation, ensuring brand “voice” is consistent and maintained in e-newsletters, website, and social media.
14. Participates in the establishment of the annual operating budget. Works within annual budget as approved by the Board of Directors. Ensures good stewardship of Foundation resources.
15. Works collaboratively with Catholic Foundation staff to ensure that the organization’s fundraising and community relations programs and initiatives are successfully implemented, administered, and monitored according to its mission.
16. Participates in the development of organizational policies and procedures. Complies with the policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors.
Specific Qualifications and Skills
1. Minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience and proven success in fundraising, with an emphasis on major gift acquisition or comparable professional experience.
2. Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced Degree preferred. Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) preferred. 3. Highly motivated, self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
4. Ability to involve, effectively engage and communicate with the all levels of staff, the Board of Directors, donors, and all key stakeholders of the Diocese. 5. Superior organizational and leadership skills.
6. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and external relations expertise.
7. Position requires travel throughout the diocese. Must have a valid driver’s license.
8. Demonstrates exceptional customer service and team-focus in all day-to-day responsibilities.
9. Ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities, to work well under pressure and coordinate and manage many projects simultaneously.
10. Excellent computer skills required (Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat) with experience with donor databases, including Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge NXT, preferred.
11. Spanish language fluency preferred.
12. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing, with a fully supportive and energetic attitude toward the Catholic Church, her teachings, and her work.
Full-time, year-round position with competitive salary, benefits, and paid vacation.
Physical Performance Abilities:
Ability to work nights and weekends (on occasion)
Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.
Must be willing to travel within the Diocese of El Paso and attend at least one out of town conference
Submit resume with cover letter by email to
Linda Caro, Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso
Application Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2022
All available jobs must provide a resume and a letter of intent and emailed to VSalas@elpasodiocese.org or Plopez@elpasodiocese.org
Our employees will provide an example to the community by maintaining good standing in the Catholic Church through adherence to the laws of the Church and through practice of the Faith by living a sacramental, moral Catholic life including regular Mass attendance.
Because all Diocesan employees represent the Roman Catholic Church, they are expected to conduct themselves according to the goals and missions of the Church in performing their work. This entails actively supporting the philosophy and goals of the Church; participating in Church activities including attending services and encouraging others to do so.
NOTE: The Diocese of El Paso adheres to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Safeguard the Children, VIRTUS, and related programs of the Diocese. As such, prospective employees are required to complete VIRTUS training, fingerprinting and a background check before employment.