Senior Director of Philanthropy

Mission Development Department

Department: Mission Development
Location: Golden, CO

The Main Thing: “Inviting college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered Evangelization, Discipleship, & Friendship; in which they lead others to do the same.”

FOCUS Mission Statement: To know Christ Jesus, and fulfill his Great Commission, by first living and then communicating the fullness of life within the family of God, the Church.

Position Overview

The Senior Director of Philanthropy (Sr. DOP) personally represents FOCUS and ignites benefactors and potential benefactors to passion and action in support of our work. The Sr. DOP cultivates major and principle gifts to allow FOCUS to grow and enhance our apostolate. They also provide leadership for junior development officers, as assigned. This position requires experience in development or related field, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a desire to grow in understanding of the fund development field. Additionally, this position requires the ability to work as an effective team member in a fast-paced, result-driven environment.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains a portfolio of 75 FOCUS Fund potential benefactors (i.e. potential benefactors with the capacity to give between $25,000 - $1,000,000 annually). Makes personal gift solicitations of these prospects and directs a solicitation to all prospects in the portfolio for the FOCUS Fund. Records all contact with potential benefactors in the FOCUS constituent database
  • Shares the mission of FOCUS and the joy of the Catholic faith with benefactors in order to encourage their own relationship with Christ
  • Schedules and conducts face-to-face benefactor visits; Expects to travel 12-15 days per month, and 8-10 nights per month
  • Develops and implements strategy and tactics regarding the development system in assigned region. Leads in the discovery, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts.
  • Works in collaboration with other Development Officers on relationships with potential key benefactors
  • Leads Directors of Philanthropy and junior Development Officers as assigned
  • Meets regularly with supervisor and attends all appropriate meetings within the Mission Development Department and the Denver Support Center
  • Provides strong, creative and energetic leadership and works selflessly to help the mission attain identified success factors
  • Practices Catholic faith, and displays an operative understanding of how the Catholic Church is organized and be in good standing with the Church
  • Attends FOCUS and community events as required
  • Takes on additional responsibility as liaison for projects with other departments within the organization

Fiscal Year Goals

  • Conducts 240 - 360 face-to-face benefactor visits each year (20 - 30/month)
  • Achieves benchmark revenue objectives from national and regional goals
  • Introduces planned giving to potential benefactors


The Senior Director of Philanthropy position is compensated within the guidelines of FOCUS’s funding model. Total compensation will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.