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Director of Mission Advancement

The Sisters of the Divine Savior (SDS) province based in Milwaukee, Wis. seeks a Director of Mission Advancement to support the ministries of its women religious congregation that serves in 26 countries on five continents. Cultivate and strengthen relationships with friends and donors to build awareness and raise funds to advance the mission of the SDS. Work as a team with the Director of Communications on short- and long-term strategies to engage with donors, raise funds, acquire planned gifts, procure grants, and strengthen digital presence to enhance ongoing public relations efforts. Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum five years’ experience in fundraising using donor relationship management software. This full-time position offers a competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Key Job Functions

  • Direct and implement the annual fund, major and planned giving programs. Create a comprehensive major gift plan for the annual fund, planned giving and special projects that includes prospect lists, cultivation and solicitation plans for domestic and international ministries. Cultivate relationships with donors through phone calls, visits and letters to support the SDS mission. Conduct research on individual, foundation and corporate prospects. Coordinate all recognition and stewardship for major donors and Apostolic Circle members.
  • Work as a team with DOC to oversee newsletters, direct mail, eNews, diocesan mission co-op program, social media presence, website and friend/donor contact points.
  • Manage donor database and update constituent records for accuracy and ease of reporting.
  • Coordinate the mechanics of gift processing with DOC for timely acknowledgements.
  • Oversee and generate Mission Advancement mailing lists.
  • Work monthly with Finance Office to balance and reconcile department accounts and provide reports to Provincial. Construct and generate monthly, fiscal year-end and as needed reports. Track progress of fundraising goals and meets or exceeds annual goals.
  • Serve as the grant writer and coordinator for the annual fund and special projects (domestic and international). Determine the foundation targets for annual giving and special projects. Maintain a tracking document of foundation work completed and in progress. Cultivate relationships with foundation program officers. Write, submit and track grant proposals to foundations and corporations. Complete evaluation reports as required for awarded grants.
  • Direct the supervision and administration of the mission advancement office. Recommend for hiring, train, supervise, does performance planning for and evaluate DOC and Mission Advancement intern. Develop the department budget and monitor expenses. Foster SDS mission-centric environment in the department and among other staff. Use discretion when communicating with friends and donors acknowledging the confidential nature of the Mission Advancement office. Work with Provincial to prioritize funding needs.


Key Requirements

  • Desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote the mission, vision and values of the Sisters of the Divine Savior.
  • Continue to build upon the culture of philanthropy within the U.S. Province and international Sisters of the Divine Savior Congregation.
  • Values relationship-based fundraising.
  • Adherence to the fundraising code of ethics and donor bill of rights along with a thorough understanding of fundraising principles are essential.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in major gift solicitation, and direct mail solicitation program.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills, including strong listening skills.
  • A creative and well-organized self-starter; self-directed and goal-oriented.
  • Ability to supervise, motivate and work as a team.
  • Experience monitoring an office budget.


  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum of five years’ experience in fundraising.
  •  Knowledge of and experience using donor management databases and Microsoft office tools.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in proposal writing to foundations, corporations and individuals.


FLSA Exempt, Salary commensurate with experience

Additional Information

Start Date
Job Category
Other - Catholic Organizations
Employment Type
Full Time
Start date negotiable in fall 2021 to allow for a several week overlap with the retiring Director of Mission Advance.

To Apply

Submit cover letter, resume and names and contact information for three professional references to or mail to: SDS Search Committee SDS Provincial Office 4311 N 100th Street Milwaukee, WI 53222
Contact Name
SDS Search Committee SDS Provincial Office
4311 N 100th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53222

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