ABOUT THE HISTORY AND PRESENCE OF THE BASILICA
Affectionately referred to as “America’s Catholic Church,” the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has been a century in the making.
Although its foundation stone was laid in 1920, this great shrine was conceived of as early as 1846, the year the Bishops of America declared the Blessed Virgin Mary the patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception. The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in North America and is among the ten largest churches in the world. With its unique blend of Romanesque-Byzantine architecture and sacred art, it is neither imitative nor duplicative of any other sanctuary on earth.
The Basilica contains the world’s largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art with its brilliant mosaics, stained glass windows, and polished stone carvings. It is home to more than 80 chapels and oratories honoring the Mother of God and representing peoples from every corner of the globe, reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the United States and the unity and universality of the Catholic Church.
The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception truly is the embodiment of the people who are the fabric of the Catholic faith and mosaic of our great nation.
The Basilica is proud to reflect this rich heritage of America and to stand as our nation’s preeminent Marian shrine and patronal church, whose beauty, dignity, and sanctity are a witness to all who pass through its doors. The Basilica hosts nearly one million visitors every year, is open 365 days a year, and offers Masses and the Sacrament of Reconciliation daily.
Saint John Paul II, the first pope to visit the National Shrine, expressed its essence when he visited in 1979:
“This Shrine speaks to us with the voice of all America, with the voice of all the sons and daughters of America, who have come here from the various countries…When they came, they brought with them in their hearts the same love for the Mother of God that was characteristic of their ancestors and of themselves in their native lands. These people, speaking different languages, coming from different backgrounds of history and traditions in their own countries, came together around the heart of a Mother they all had in common.”
ABOUT THE POSITION
The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is expanding its development efforts and is seeking a leader to develop and oversee its major donor relations program. The Deputy Director of Development - Major Gifts is primarily responsible for growing and sustaining a pool of major individual and foundation donors.
The Deputy Director of Development - Major Gifts will execute a strategic plan which prioritizes prospects who, through personal cultivation and relationship building, will form the core of support in sustaining the Basilica now and for future generations. The Deputy Director will oversee and develop donor recognition structures for major gifts, stewardship strategies, and cultivation and solicitation practices. The successful candidate will have experience in moves management and a proven track record in analyzing existing donor records to identify and prioritize donors who would be inclined to move up the giving ladder or would consider providing for the Basilica in bequests and/or annuities. The Deputy Director will embody a strong vision for a healthy fundraising culture and be able to effectively utilize fundraising tools and metrics to drive strategy.
This position requires exceptional interpersonal skills, as much of the time will be spent personally meeting with existing and prospective donors. Importantly, the Deputy Director will be a positive advocate for the Basilica and capable of inspiring others of diverse interests in supporting its mission—which at times will include a model of encouraging donors’ own relationship with Christ and understanding and connecting their needs and charitable objectives to the mission of the Basilica and the Catholic Faith. The ideal candidate will have experience in Church or nonprofit fundraising and a passion for the Catholic Church. The Basilica has a large pool of active donors for the Deputy Director to immediately engage—and for the industrious and motivated individual, opportunities are primed for cultivation.
This position is based out of the Basilica’s administrative offices inside the Basilica itself in Washington, D.C. and reports directly to the Interim Director of Development. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes a full benefits package, pension program, and annual bonuses.
The Deputy Director’s primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
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