Job Description

Catholic Charities is looking for a Chief Development Officer to join the Development & Marketing team in Denver.


Directs and coordinates activities for all fundraising, marketing, and communications functions.  Responsible for developing and leading division programs, services, staff and resources to achieve goals.  Prospects, develops, and interacts with high net worth donors in an effort to build and grow an engaged and supportive benefactor community.


  • Directs, coordinates and monitors activities of the Development & Marketing department to achieve goals.
  • Effective member of the Senior Leadership Team tasked with overseeing the overall health and success of the Agency.  The team has a strong emphasis on positive culture, high energy, communication, collaboration, and problem solving.
  • Dedicated to learning, understanding, and promoting the Agency’s leadership model in all interactions. Committed to adhere to this model in all aspects of performing job responsibilities. The leadership themes: (1) Mission Alignment; (2) Driving Effective Change; (3) Building High Performing Teams; and (4) Building One Catholic Charities Identity.
  • Responsible for meeting revenue targets and managing budgets effectively.
  • Lead and develop a new major gift fundraising team to support the CDO in meeting donor objectives. Integrate this team with existing fundraising strategies including: events, campaigns and appeals, and online giving like Colorado Gives Day.  Build and develop new fundraising initiatives for major gifts, corporate philanthropy, ecumenical partnership giving, and planned giving.
  • Oversee a very talented marketing and communications team that includes: marketing strategy, collateral development, internal and external communication, public relations, website and social media strategy and implementation, and branding.
  • Teams with CFO to manage day-to-day operations of donation processing, tracking and donor recognition to ensure accurate and timely handling.
  • Oversees communications to donors and prospective donors, including mass mailings, acknowledgments, and electronic/social media.
  • Oversees and coordinates the planning, development, and implementation of events, activities and associated activities that enhance or increase donations.
  • Directs new donor prospect identification and solicitation efforts.
  • Responsible for oversight of database records and files to ensure data is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Interacts with donors and prospective donors to cultivate, acknowledge and increase support.
  • Coordinates and produces a range of financial, budget, and ad hoc reports, proposals, and analyses for management. 
  • Represents the Agency as appropriate on Board, management, civic and professional committees.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Agency’s values and policies, and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.                                                                                                                            


  • Participates in staff trainings and programs as required.
  • Good steward of Agency human, financial and capital resources.
  • Regular and predictable attendance.
  • Maintains confidentiality of client and agency information.
  • Any other tasks or duties as assigned.


            Directly supervises gift officers, marketing, communications, events and donations staff.


  • Demonstrated ability in successfully planning, organizing and directing the work of fundraising/ development staff to accomplish objectives
  • Demonstrable history of personal fund-raising success and closing major gifts.
  • Ability to develop, implement and maintain efficient and effective processes
  • Proven experience in accurately managing Raiser’s Edge database
  • Ability to effectively lead and motivate staff through application of Agency values
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written, with others from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of appropriate techniques and practices for the client population.
  • Ability to interact effectively as a team member and independently with Agency staff and with a diverse client base.


Master's degree (MA/MS) or equivalent from accredited university in business, management or related field; and six to ten years related experience and/or training in fundraising or donor development or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Valid Driver’s License, proof of insurance, satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) for local travel. 


As a principal messenger for conveying to others the values and social teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to Catholic Charities, must be a fully initiated Catholic in the communion of the Catholic Church and/or intentionally living out the five precepts of the Church (CCC 2041-2043). Must also refrain from public promotion or approval of, or the living out of, any conduct or lifestyle that would reflect discredit or disgrace on, or cause scandal in relationship to, the Archdiocese of Denver, or considered to be in contradiction with Catholic doctrine or morals.

Important Notes

Full time position 40 hours/week 

We conduct background checks as part of our hiring process.

Drug-free workplace


Our benefits include 3 PPOs to choose from with 90% of employee's premiums Agency paid. We currently pay 75% of dependents. Also: dental, vision, Paid Annual Leave, retirement Plan with generous agency match, life insurance, St and Lt disability.


We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. Consistent with applicable laws, Catholic Charities makes all decisions involving any aspect of the employment relationship without regard to race, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, citizenship, the presence of any physical or mental disability of someone otherwise qualified, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law. Discrimination and/or harassment based on any of those factors are inconsistent with our philosophy of doing business and will not be tolerated. This policy of non-discrimination applies to all aspects application procedures, hiring, advancement, transfers, reductions in force, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.