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Assistant Director (Development — Annual Appeal)

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Los Angeles)







This individual will administer and oversee multiple direct mail projects, serving an integral part of the management for both planning and. implementing campaigns, with a high degree of customization and emotional appeal.

This individual will help manage the day-to-day operations within the office.


  • Work closely with the Director to help develop and lead a comprehensive annual appeal program, including strategies to focus on securing new donors.
  • Working with key advancement staff to assist implementing other Archdiocesan wide initiatives.
  • Assist in developing strategies to develop giving societies, alumni groups, and incorporate electronic giving campaigns.
  • Responsible for working with outside vendors- specifically, printers & mail fulfillment centers.
  • Work with creative team on concepts for campaigns
  • Provide oversight and strategic vision to fund raising activity.
  • Develop and implement staff performance measures.
  • Responsible for the overall strategic development of the major donors, especially in the context of multi-year, multi-faceted and donor-centric approaches to fundraising.
  • Oversee budgets, progress, deadlines, goals and objectives related to specific campaigns.
  • Manage the content and updates to the Department’s websites.
  • Provide support to, and training of staff as needed.
  • Organize annual training sessions for parish leadership.
  • Organizes and coordinates all of the training, lead gifts, clergy solicitation, direct mail, in-pew, and mail/phone follow-up phases of the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal, including preparation, production and distribution of the taped homily, the opening and closing tabloids, training, promotional and solicitation materials.
  • Administers the Business Unit, including timely and accurate processing of all pledges, payments, corrections and record updates, and regularly schedule total updates of parish rosters.
  • Oversees the design and production of all required materials and assures their timely delivery to the Archdiocese and to the parishes.
  • Oversees the preparation and distribution of the kickoffs and final report tabloids
  • Researches state of the art campaign implementation techniques and recommends appropriate trials and/or full implementation of those that would be appropriate to the Annual Appeal.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Development.


​Education and Experience

Any combination of experience and education likely to provide the required knowledge, skills and ability, typically:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration or related field.
  • Minimum 3 year’s professional experience in either: non-profit fundraising, commercial sales or experience in marketing, selling and customer service.
  • Experience in direct mail appeals.

Knowledge of

  • Active members of a Roman Catholic faith community.
  • Major gifts fundraising, giving campaigns, constituent relations, event management and/or volunteer management
  • Must possess knowledge of fundraising principles and practices.
  • Aptitude for the effective use of information systems in support of a development program.
  • Maintain a professional, polished demeanor.

Skills in

  • Initiative and independence in carrying out responsibilities.
  • Identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gift prospects
  • Commitment to maintain confidentiality and a high degree of accuracy in donor records.
  • Marketing and stakeholder/constituent relations
  • Proficiency with basic accounting principles.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, both written and oral which transcend diverse audiences.
  • Excellent organization skills with an ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and a variety of demands.
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to work as a team member.
  • Must be able to work in an environment of constant demands and frequent interruptions.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational, analytical, and planning skills.

Ability to

  • Problem solving capabilities with a high degree of integrity, ethics, and dedication to the mission of the Archdiocese.
  • Demonstrated ability to work accurately and effectively with data systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working environment, spirit of cooperation and positive reactions to change and conflict resolution.
  • Must be able to work an irregular schedule, evenings or Saturday as needed, additional hours during peak times or as required.
  • Occasionally lift up to 20 pounds
  • Sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Bend, stoop or walk as needed
  • Sustain frequent movement of fingers, wrists, hands and arms
  • Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain).

How to Apply:

Information/Application Contact:

Development – Annual Appeal
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90010
FAX: 213-637-6116

Information/Application Contact

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

3424 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, California 90010