Director of Development

Director of Development

Philadelphia, PA


About The National Catholic Bioethics Center

The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) reflects on the ethical dimensions of medicine and scientific development and works to uphold the dignity of the human person in health care and biomedical research. All of the NCBC’s work is done in conformity with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, teachings drawn from a moral tradition that acknowledges the unity of faith and reason and builds on the solid foundation of the natural law. The NCBC works to achieve its mission by providing education, guidance, and resources. The NCBC’s education draws on the deepest resources of the Catholic faith to help people address the most challenging ethical issues in clinical practice and research. The NCBC’s guidance helps individuals, institutions, and leaders to apply Catholic moral principles to specific situations with integrity. The NCBC is a leading publisher of books and articles on Catholic health care ethics and produces a wide range of electronic resources for professionals and the public. We are frequently interviewed by Catholic and secular media outlets.


Position Summary:

The Director of Development will work closely with the President and other leadership and donor constituents to plan, implement, and supervise a comprehensive strategic development program, including major gifts, online fundraising, planned giving, and events. The Director of Development will work on prospect strategies, donor and gift reporting, and stewardship and relationships for individual and major-gift donors as well as other sources.


In addition to developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with individual donors, major donors, and prospects, the Development Director will oversee online fundraising, planned giving, and fundraising events to grow the base of support and increase revenue. This role also will work collaboratively with NCBC staff from multiple departments to execute an effective marketing and communications plan and will perform additional duties as assigned.


Core Duties and Responsibilities:

§  Work closely with the President and Executive Leadership to develop strategic fundraising plans

§  Manage a portfolio of individual major gift prospects and donors, including research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship

§  Collect, organize, and maintain databases of donors and donations received

§  Lead and implement digital fundraising strategies

§  Develop and lead planned giving programs

§  Plan and represent the NCBC at fundraising events

§  Assist NCBC leadership and staff on effective marketing and communication campaigns


Education and Experience, and Skills

§  Active practicing Roman Catholic who is in full communion with the Church.

§  Bachelor’s degree or higher in business or related equivalent experience. Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification is a plus

§  Experience successfully managing a fundraising team

§  Minimum of five years of progressive experience in fundraising, development, or sales, preferably in a non-profit environment

§  Demonstrated understanding of fundraising best practices

§  Demonstrated success in major gift fundraising

§  Exceptional written and oral communication skills, especially in public speaking

§  Strong organizational and financial management skills

§  Availability to work and travel outside regular business hours

§  Ability to work independently and with limited supervision

§  Experience collaborating and communicating with Catholic bishops

§  Ability to respect and uphold Catholic teaching concerning faith and morals, including those that address human sexuality

§  Passion for the NCBC’s mission

§  Compatibility with NCBC’s organizational culture

§  Proficiency with customer management (CRM) software like Sugar CRM

§  Familiarity with data analysis tools like R, SQL, and Tableau preferrable

§  Salary competitive and dependent on qualifications, full complement of competitive benefits.



To Apply:

This search is being conducted by Ruotolo Associates, Inc. Interested applicants are requested to submit a resume and cover letter to:  [email protected]

Please include “National Catholic Bioethics Center” in the subject line. References will be requested of all finalists but may be submitted along with a resume and cover letter.

References will be requested of all finalists but may be submitted along with the requested documents.