Director of Development Operations

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Phoenix, Arizona

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is seeking a passionate senior leader to serve on its development team as Director of Development Operations. This position will help lead SVdP’s development team as it provides funds for SVdP’s mission of serving individuals and families in the broader Phoenix community who have nowhere else to turn for help.

About the Position:  

As a key member of SVdP’s senior leadership team, the Director of Development Operations will lead and manage the core advancement team of gift officers, specialists, and support staff to ensure that the organization continues to meet its ambitious annual fundraising goals. The Director of Development Operations will also manage a small portfolio of major donors.

The Director will collaborate with organizational leaders to determine and execute strategic and tactical plans aimed at effectively using and employing resources to reach organizational and departmental goals. Roughly 10% of the position’s time will be out of the office, traveling to meet with internal and external partners. This position requires someone with an energetic personality with elite interpersonal skills, someone who thrives in managing people, making key decisions, and supporting the successful execution of strategic plans and initiatives.

This full-time leadership position is based out of Phoenix, AZ, and will report to the Chief Philanthropy Officer. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience with a full and competitive benefits package.

About the Organization:

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in Paris, France, in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam. In 1845, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul crossed the ocean to St. Louis, Missouri, where the first American conference was formed.

One hundred years later, a group of young Catholics in Phoenix, Arizona, formed the present-day Phoenix Diocesan Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing, and healing individuals and families in the community who have nowhere else to go. SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors with love and compassion. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms that serve thousands daily, food boxes for hungry families, thrift stores throughout the region, bridge housing shelters, and general assistance. SVdP seeks to help people’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs.

Today, the Society’s Phoenix Council is the largest and most active in America, with more than 150 employees, 10,000 volunteers, and annual revenue nearing $50 million. To learn more, visit SVdP’s website at

Primary Responsibilities:

The Director of Development Operation’s primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:       

  • Leading and managing a team of about 10 people.
  • Managing an active portfolio of approximately 25 major donors.
  • Collaborating with organizational leaders to determine goals.
  • Helping determine and manage departmental budgets.
  • Creating reports regularly for organizational leaders and department.
  • Developing and executing strategies for engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and retaining donors.
  • Traveling for face-to-face cultivation and solicitation meetings with existing donors and donor prospects.
  • Supporting gift officers with developing individualized donor plans, goals, and accountability.
  • Creating key proposals, letters, and collateral material for the use of team members.
  • Collaborating with key internal stakeholders to ensure cohesion of message and mission and to ensure that key projects are stewarded to successful conclusion.
  • Working with finance team and program managers to understand and properly communicate the financial and equipment needs of each program, and effectively communicating those high-priority needs to the development team.
  • Overseeing recording and tracking of donor data and communications in Salesforce database.
  • Coordinating fundraising responsibilities as may be necessary.
  • Supporting the SVdP leadership team, as asked.

Key Qualifications:

The successful candidate will

  • Demonstrate deep commitment to, and passion for, the organization’s faith-inspired mission of serving those in need.
  • Have 7+ years’ experience in fundraising and/or nonprofit management, including gifts solicitation.
  • Possess an excellent strategic and tactical mind.
  • Possess the outstanding interpersonal skills needed to form strong working relationships with the team and donors.
  • Demonstrate a positive and collaborative personality.
  • Be highly organized.
  • Be achievement and goal-oriented.
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be comfortable with Salesforce or database oversight, and willingness to learn new software functionalities and programs.

 To Apply:

  • Email your cover letter and resume to Nicole Rizkallah at, using the subject line “SVdP Director of Development Operations” and your last name.
  • Include at least three professional references with your application.

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