Director of Development

Website Ignatian Solidarity Network

Network, educate, and form advocates to work for justice

The full-time Director of Development is responsible for directing the development functions of a growing national, faith-based, nonprofit organization. Reporting to the executive director, this director will also work in collaboration with ISN’s assistant director of development, communications director, administrative assistant, and other staff, as well as ISN’s board of directors, national advisory council, consultants, volunteers, etc.

Ignatian Solidarity Network is a national social justice network inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working in partnership with Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes, along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners across the U.S. With over one-hundred member institutions in thirty-four states, ISN engages students, faculty, staff, parishioners, alumni, current and former Jesuit volunteers, etc. through in-person programs and online outreach.

Ideal candidates for this position will possess at least five years of experience in nonprofit development or a related field and a passion for the faith-based social justice mission of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

The ISN national office is located in Cleveland, Ohio, but we have staff members who work remotely from various locations around the country. Local, relocating, and remote (U.S. mainland only) candidates will be considered. If hired as a remote candidate, additional travel may be required. The candidate’s desired work location (city and state) should be clearly stated in their cover letter. 


Planning and Strategy

  • Preparing an annual development plan that provides strategies for meeting the fundraising goals of each fiscal year, to be reviewed by the executive director and board development committee;
  • Preparing and ongoing management of major gift outreach strategy (prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgment, and stewardship) and working with the executive director and other appropriate staff to collectively implement the strategy;
  • Staffing of ISN Board of Directors Development Committee to cultivate collaboration between board members and development staff;
  • In collaboration with the executive director, educate, equip, and mobilize the ISN Board of Directors, in fundraising activities and roles to provide income for the organization;
  • Research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation and other grant support;
  • In collaboration with the executive director, educate, equip, and mobilize the ISN Board of Directors, especially the board development committee, in fundraising activities and roles to provide income for the organization;
  • Lead ISN Institutional Membership efforts, including outbound communications, recruitment of new members, stewardship, and ongoing relationship building.

Management and Supervision

  • Provide oversight and support to the Assistant Director of Development to ensure the following:
    • Efficient and meaningful donor acknowledgment in print and digital forms;
    • Annual giving campaigns (St. Ignatius Appeal, End of the Year Appeal, and Spring Appeal);
    • Annual major fundraising event (Ignite: A Celebration of Justice);
    • Individual membership cultivation and stewardship;
    • Program sponsorship of programs and initiatives, including the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice;
  • Provide oversight and support to the Database Consultant and Administrative Assistant to ensure the following:
    • High-level oversight of donor information in the ISN database, including inputting donor information and gifts, and producing donor reports;
    • Highly accurate donor information for ISN annual report and other publications;
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, oversee major gift consultants or part-time staff as appropriate;

Network and Partner Cultivation

  • In partnership with director of integrated marketing, provide guidelines and oversight regarding ISN staff collection and management of constituent information in the ISN database, including obtaining information about new constituents and building profile information for existing constituents;
  • Identify and coordinate ISN presence at networking events in the Jesuit, Ignatian, and Catholic social justice networks;
  • Oversee implementation of Solidarity on Tap events in partnership with related staff;
  • Coordinate local friend-raising events in partnership with ISN board members and “Friends of ISN” event at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Additional Responsibilities

  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by the executive director;


  • Minimum five years of experience in nonprofit development or related experience
  • Openness to ISN mission grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and Ignatian spirituality
  • Familiarity with Catholic Church, particularly Ignatian/Jesuit institutions in the U.S.
  • B.A. or B.S. required, Master’s Degree preferred


  • Successful management of fundraising campaigns, annual funds, or other relevant development experience;
  • Professional writing and editing skills, including the flexibility to write in different styles for various audiences;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a multi-level context;
  • Ability to communicate and work with a wide range of constituencies;
  • Attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, and ability to produce high-quality work;
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals;
  • Experience with Salesforce NPSP or other fundraising database software;
  • Experience with WordPress or other website content management systems;
  • Experience with MailChimp or other e-mail marketing tools;
  • Experience with or other project management software;
  • Experience with Wufoo, Gravity Forms, or other form creation software;
  • Experience with Google Suite


  • Articulate and professional demeanor with strong work ethic, self-confidence, and initiative
  • Committed to collaboration with both fellow staff members and other constituencies
  • Comfort with working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Interest in continuing to develop skills and learn from others
  • Flexibility and willingness to contribute when necessary on projects outside of own responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and build relationships
  • Sense of humor


  • 20% of the year, including the ability to staff the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (fall conference) and Ignite: A Celebration of Justice (spring fundraising event)


  • The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $84,000 and is dependent on experience and geographic location.
  • Full-time staff members have access to benefits such as:
    • Medical, dental, and vision coverage, generous employer contribution
    • Employer-paid life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
    • 401(k) plan including 6% employer contribution, including access to a retirement/financial adviser
    • Flexible spending accounts – medical and dependent care
    • Vacation, sick, and personal time and the ability to carry a portion of vacation over to the following year
    • Pre-tax commuter transportation program
    • Employee assistance program (EAP)
    • Relaxed casual / business-casual office environment

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume (both are required) at this link. Questions should be directed to

Ignatian Solidarity Network is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices. In order to build the strongest organization possible, ISN actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation) to apply.

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