Director of Development

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Catholic Near East Welfare Association

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New York, New York


1011 First Avenue

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Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is seeking a Director of Development with a track record of success to spearhead the growth of the development program and advance the organization’s humanitarian mission. This senior leader will serve as a key ambassador for CNEWA, building and managing a diversified donor base to support the organization’s international work.

About Catholic Near East Welfare Association

Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA works with Eastern Catholic churches to serve as a lifeline for the poor in over a dozen countries throughout the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India, and Eastern Europe. Regardless of faith, CNEWA acts as a bridge between the East and the West through humanitarian aid, education, and support for Christian unity, lending a hand where limited resources and overwhelming need collide.

CNEWA works to identify needs and implements solutions for the world’s poor through the following programs:

Affirming Human Dignity and Alleviating Poverty

  • Supports educational, medical, charitable and cultural initiatives through the local churches that serve children, the handicapped, the sick, the indigent, the homeless and the elderly.
  • Rushes basic supplies for the relief of displaced families and suffering people.
  • Provides health care for expectant mothers, newborns, and the elderly.
  • Supports children with special needs, both psychological and physical.
  • Subsidizes microcredit programs and provides scholarship assistance.

Encouraging Dialogue and Inspiring Hope

  • Advances Christian unity and dialogue among all peoples, Christian and non-Christian.
  • Raises consciousness about the churches and peoples of the East.
  • Advocates respect for human dignity, human rights, understanding among peoples, justice, and peace.

Building Up the Church

  • Prepares priests, religious and lay leaders for their roles of service in the church and provides assistance to them to facilitate their ministry.
  • Restores and equips churches and convents, rectories and schools, and assists the work of the worldwide Catholic Church, especially the Holy See’s Congregation for the Eastern Churches and its councils for Promoting Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue.

With headquarters in New York City, CNEWA transforms compassion into action by reaching across the East to provide humanitarian and pastoral support to those places where war and poverty shatter innocent lives. CNEWA is a Catholic organization, but the projects it supports help everyone in need. As one Catholic sister explains, “We don’t help people because they’re Christian. We help because we are.”

About the Opportunity

CNEWA is in search of a seasoned fundraising professional to strengthen the development effort for the organization. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, Brother Gerard Conforti, and working closely with the President, the Director of Development will be charged with leading and managing the systematic growth of a comprehensive development department, with a specific focus on major gifts. The Director of Development will serve as an ambassador for CNEWA, deepening engagement with current constituency groups and driving broader awareness and philanthropic support for the organization.

The Director of Development will manage a team of ten with a focus on major gifts, corporate and foundation support, direct mail and online giving, and planned gifts. The right candidate will have proven success in growing and managing a comprehensive development operation, strength in donor cultivation and solicitation to deepen relationships with existing donors, and engaging new donors to elevate awareness of CNEWA.

Key Qualifications


  • Serve as a key member of CNEWA’s senior leadership team.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive development plan that supports the goals of CNEWA.
  • Provide leadership of the development department, including planning, analysis, implementation, major donor identification and cultivation, and related activities.
  • Coach, mentor and motivate development team members, and draw upon their potential and talent, individually and collaboratively.


  • Manage top philanthropic relationships with a portfolio of leading individual and foundation supporters and prospects.
  • Oversee and manage all development functions, including major and foundation gifts, direct mail and online giving, and planned giving. Ensure effective cultivation and stewardship of donors.
  • Identify donor funding opportunities that match CNEWA’s institutional priorities and operational needs.
  • Develop and implement plan for a more targeted planned giving program.
  • Attend special events as a key representative of CNEWA.


  • Assess current development program and evaluate department performance to ensure achievement of department revenue goals to support CNEWA’s mission and strategic direction.
  • Develop strong and collaborative working relationships with key CNEWA staff to best understand CNEWA’s mission and programs, and effectively articulate this information to donors and the public.
  • Oversee the development of a best practice development infrastructure, including systems, policies, and procedures to ensure effectiveness and accountability across the program.
  • Prepare and monitor the annual development budget.
  • In addition to advancing the fundraising potential of the current staff, create strategies and opportunities to attract talented professionals to join a growth oriented development plan.

Key Qualifications

  • At least ten years of development experience with progressively increasing responsibility in a similarly complex environment, including at least five years of leadership and management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a comprehensive development team that includes major gifts, foundation support, direct mail, and planned giving.
  • Proven ability to grow a donor prospect base with proven success closing 6-figure+ individual and institutional gifts.
  • Sound understanding of development best practices, including individual team member roles and responsibilities as well as the elements required to support a comprehensive development program.
  • Ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to prospects, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Understanding and experience with marketing as it relates to development, including exposure to direct mail mass marketing.
  • Aptitude for metrics and performance goals.
  • Persuasive communicator with excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Capacity and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time, including international travel.
  • Global awareness and an interest in humanitarianism.
  • Passion for CNEWA’s mission and ability to effectively serve as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Currently based in New York or willingness to relocate.

Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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