Assistant Director of Development

Elon Catholic Campus Ministry
Employment Type
Full Time
Elon, NC
Posted Date

Hours per week: 40+

Position Summary:

Elon Catholic Campus Ministry is seeking an Assistant Director of Development to join its team. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Fundraising (60% of time)
    • Work with the Director of Catholic Life to prepare and execute an annual advancement calendar.
    • Increase the total number and amount of donations to Elon CCM, hitting set benchmarks per year.
    • Work with Director of Catholic Life and Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life to cultivate donor relationships and solicitations:
      • Identify, establish, and maintain personal contact with current and prospective donors, both locally and in other geographic areas
      • Maintain an active pool of prospective benefactors with ability of high-level giving and/or Advisory Board membership
      • Conduct a minimum of ten (10) face-to-face visits monthly in the form of cultivation, solicitation, or stewardship meetings
      • Encourage Elon Society level annual gifts ($1,500-$25,000), monthly recurring giving, and multi-year pledges
      • Assist in coordinating Associate Chaplain’s face-to-face visits with top-level current and prospective donors
    • Coordinate details of the Annual Fund Campaign:
      • Two primary annual mail appeals to parents of current Catholic students, alumni, past donors, and other constituents
      • CCM’s annual Elon Day efforts:
      • Assist in setting up all gift matches and challenges
      • Establish teams/captains to champion efforts
      • Smaller appeals such as Giving Tuesday, Calendar Year-End, Fiscal Year-End
      • Organization and segmentation of mailing lists
      • Printing and mailing of appeal letters and remittance materials
  • Operations (25%)
    • Ensure proper stewardship of gifts:
      • Record donor and gift information, including offertory donations, in a timely manner
      • Print and mail gift acknowledgment letters on a weekly basis
      • Bring gifts to Elon’s Office of Advancement Services
      • Seek new methods of thanking donors
    • Maintain Raiser’s Edge donor database:
      • Enter/import all parent information when lists are received from the university
      • Keep track of outstanding pledges
      • Update donor information and activity notes when necessary
      • Reconcile gift accounts to ensure accurate data
      • Export and prepare reports as needed
    • Establish relationship with Elon’s Office of University Advancement (UA):
      • Meet monthly with a liaison from UA
      • Update UA on CCM’s needs and priorities at least twice a year
      • Ensure necessary lists are received according to CCM’s advancement calendar
  •  Engagement & Strategic Leadership (15%)
    • Attend weekly CCM staff meetings.
    • Work with the Director of Catholic Life to plan and implement two CCM Advisory Board meetings per year.
    • Collaborate with staff on donor-facing events such as Move-In Weekend, Family Weekend, Homecoming, and Commencement.
    • Provide creativity and strategic thinking to propose new initiatives to advance overall donor engagement.
    • Assist in development communications:
      • Three annual newsletters (Fall with annual giving report, Winter, Spring) to parents of current Catholic students, alumni, past donors, and other constituents
      • Regular email newsletters
      • Production of printed fundraising materials such as proposals, brochures, cards, etc.
    • Assist with the planning and implementation of a future capital campaign.
    • Other duties as requested.
  • Personal Development
    • Develop personal skills as a Catholic leader
      • Pursue and maintain an active, growing relationship with God through daily prayer.
      • Regularly celebrate the sacraments.
      • Read Scripture and other Catholic works to further knowledge of the faith.
      • Attend or participate in one continuing education program each year.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church
  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Two (2) + years prior experience in professional fundraising work preferred
  • Passion and enthusiasm toward the mission of Elon Catholic Campus Ministry
  • Good teamwork skills with an aptitude for continuous learning
  • Thoroughness in planning and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to be flexible and work independently on a variety of projects
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to work with staff, students, board members, and donors.
  • Proficiency using database software (Raisers Edge NXT), Microsoft Office (especially Excel), and Google Workspace.
  • Employment is contingent upon applicant satisfactorily passing criminal background and reference check.
  • Must complete diocese-sponsored Safe Environment Training. 

Working Environment

  • Students are at the heart of our ministry. All development efforts support the work and spiritual growth of our students.
  • Our ministry is collaborative by nature; much time is spent working together with our students, and as a staff.
  • Elon University is a private, secular, liberal arts college with high-achieving students, a large Greek life presence, and a commitment to multi-faith efforts

Position Start Date: 07/01/2024