Development Director

Job title: Development Director
Organization: St. Francis Seraph Ministries
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Industry: Faith-Based Nonprofit

Job Description

Position: Development Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Total Employees: 13 | Direct Reports: 0
Salary Range: $65,000 – $70,000 results and experience-dependent
Location: Over-the-Rhine in the St. Anthony Center
Status: Exempt

About St. Francis Seraph Ministries
A plea from Archbishop Purcell to the Franciscans of St. Leopold Province in Austria led to the formation of The
Franciscan Friars in 1854 located in Over-the-Rhine. During the 1980’s, the Friars with support from the parishioners of St. Francis Seraph Church, sponsored The Sarah Center, an empowerment center for women seeking educational and spiritual nourishment. More recently, the Soup Kitchen (known today as Mother Teresa of Calcutta Dining Room) was created. In 2012, St. Francis Seraph Ministries (SFSM) was established as a separate nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors. Today, SFSM continues to serve individuals who are homeless and low income, nourishing and nurturing all those in need through several programs. Visit for more information.

Position Summary
The development director leads the philanthropic strategy in collaboration with the executive director and the board development committee. This position will play a vital role with the organization’s sustainability goals in terms of revenue, expanded donor base, fundraising plan design, development and execution, and all of the tactics that produce results. They will be responsible for establishing strategies and executing programs outlined below that are aligned with the vision, mission, and core values of SFSM.

Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Serve as the primary liaison for the development committee, with support from the executive director
  • Create an annual fundraising plan, leveraging the talents of the development committee and the executive director
  • Proactively seek grant opportunities, prepare written requests, track information, and collaborate with program staff for outcome reports
  • Collaborate with executive director to identify, cultivate, make a request, and steward a portfolio of individual donors to be determined after hire
  • Design, develop, and implement the annual appeal and summer appeal to secure unrestricted revenue
  • Oversee organization of special events with staff and board
  • Solicit local businesses and corporations for financial and in-kind gifts
  • Provide oversight for communications and marketing materials developed for SFSM programs, including social media


  • Serve as a member of the leadership team and attend meetings as requested
  • Collaborate with the appropriate SFSM staff for all tasks related to Salesforce (agency’s CRM) such as data entry, report generation (analytical and other), donor cultivation notes, fund reports for development committee, and any other tasks for a robust development program
  • Create a donor recognition/cultivation/stewardship system that can be utilized by any one person connected with fundraising; once system in place, implement the plan. Coordinate with relevant staff members for this project

Looking Ahead

  • Once the development program is established and in operation, put into motion a robust major gift and planned giving program that will transform the way the agency is funded

Any other duties as assigned including occasional help on weekends or evenings at agency-sponsored events

Qualifications & Expectations

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field with at least five years of successful experience in nonprofit fundraising and all aspects connected with the craft
  • Outstanding relationship management skills including the volunteer/staff and staff/donor partnerships
  • Strategic and forward thinker – recognize the need for diverse fundraising methods, including annual campaigns and planned giving
  • Clear communication – both written and oral, as well as listening
  • Prioritization – able to determine priority and understand sometimes tight deadlines
  • Confidentiality – this is the bedrock for SFSM in terms of client/guest and donor information
  • Lifelong learner – appreciate professional development and is open to new ideas
  • CRM (Salesforce) and Microsoft Office suite of products – knowledge of and ability to learn more
  • Goal-setting – understand the process and with whom to collaborate
  • Passion for the mission, vision, and values of St. Francis Seraph Ministries

Timeline & Resume Submittal Process
Recruitment: October 3, 2022 – November 2, 2022.
Phase I (screening interview with consultant via Zoom): October 6, 2022 – November 5, 2022. Phase II (interview with the consultant and executive director): November 14, 2022.
Phase III (interview with the staff, executive director, and development committee): November 18, 2022 or November 21, 2022.
Offer letter: Week of November 21, 2022 (before Thanksgiving holiday).
Reference/background checks: Week of November 28, 2022 (after the Thanksgiving holiday).
On-board: On or near January 4, 2023.

St. Francis Seraph Ministries reserves the right to adjust the timeline and the process at any time.

Cover letter and resume submission instructions – all candidates’ interest and submission will be held in confidence. Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to: Anne M. Maxfield at, who is assisting St. Francis Seraph Ministries with this search. All candidates’ cover letters and resumes will be carefully reviewed and each will receive confirmation of receipt from Anne. Only those candidates who will be invited to Phase I interviews will receive a second communication. Thank you for your interest in St. Francis Seraph Ministries and driving their purpose.