Downers Grove, IL

(Full Time)

Diocese of Joliet; Catholic CharitiesDowners Grove, Illinois


Do you want to use your skills and talents to make a lasting difference in the world? At Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet we are mission-driven, focused on positive results for people and believe that people should be treated with dignity and respect. If you feel the same way we encourage you to join us in making a difference!

If you desire a better work/life balance and can work in a fast paced environment with excellent growth potential, we would like to hear from you.


  • Responsible for securing funding which meets or exceeds annual budget goals as determined by the Director.
  • Effectively managing relationships with major donors, corporate partners, and key constituents.
  • Identifying new and potential funding sources.
  • Providing public and community relations to churches, civic clubs, and businesses.
  • Other duties as assigned within the guidelines of this position.


  • Independently initiates, builds, and manages successful relationships with donors, major donors, prospects and key constituents recommending and implementing specific objectives resulting in increased funding and improved donor relations.
  • Initiates well-planned and strategic funding requests with donors resulting in increased revenue that is used to help programs meet their needs.
  • Researches, prepares and executes detailed, individualized solicitation plans with major donors and corporate partners resulting in significant, consistent financial support.
  • Conducts, prepares and secures research and pertinent information regarding donor abilities and giving potential through multiple, professional sources including but not limited to Wealth Engine, Donors Forum resources, web-based searches, Raiser’s Edge (RE) notes, etc.
  • Attends all fundraising events and actively engages participants, especially those to whom they are assigned.
  • Attends appropriate fundraising seminars and participates in formalized philanthropic networking groups.
  • Represents the Agency at functions and meetings, including but not limited to the local Chamber of Commerce meetings and events, civic club meetings, etc.
  • Creates and presents key fundraising initiatives and specific endeavors that identify new and additional sources of revenue for the agency, as well as effectively persuade current donors to the next level of giving.
  • Maintains the Panas Points System of Contacts in RE meeting minimum contact requirements as established by the Director.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date contact relationship notes in RE and utilizes other reporting tools as designated by the Director.
  • Initiates and manages personalized forms of donor recognition and communication.
  • Cooperatively interfaces with Board members, staff and others in facilitating relationships and identifying avenues of economic support.
  • Examines ways of packaging and marketing programs and needs to potential financial supporters in a diplomatic, sensitive, professional and effective manner.
  • Initiates and prepares quality presentations in order to encourage financial support to the organization and increase agency visibility.
  • Meets on a regularly scheduled basis with the Director and the Development Team.



  • Work/Life Balance Time-off: 12 Holidays – 15 Days’ Vacation -3 Personal Days-9 Sick Days
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Health Insurances
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • 403B Retirement Plan with employer contributions
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in development solicitation/sales; or a High School Diploma and a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in development solicitations/sales. All degrees must come from a regionally accredited educational institution which has U.S. Department of Education approval.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest and motivation in fund raising.
  • Demonstrated success in multi-tasking and meet strict deadlines. Must be energetic and demonstrate an ability to follow through/complete projects with minimal supervision while maintaining quality results.
  • Must demonstrate high comfort level working with donors and asking for financial support in face-to-face meetings or other effective, interpersonal ways.
  • Results-driven, creative individual with proven capability to work independently in an organized, detail-oriented and efficient manner in a multi-task, fast paced team environment.
  • Proven ability to independently, professionally and strategically interact with key constituents and handle confidential information discreetly.
  • Ability work effectively with individuals from all racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Teams.
  • Exceptional communicator with excellent written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal communication skills; able to easily engage others.
  • Passage of complete background clearance, physical and Tuberculosis (TB) Test.
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, has adopted and follows the Codes of Ethics established by Catholic Charities USA, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. As an employee of the Agency you are expected to support these codes to the extent doing so is consistent with and allowed by applicable law.
  • A valid driver’s license, reliable means of transportation and proof of liability insurance is required.

If interested, APPLY HERE.