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Development Director

St. Paul’s Newman Center
Fargo, ND

St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fargo, which serves as a “home-away-from-home,” for the daily spiritual needs of North Dakota State University students, is seeking a Development Director to lead and expand the development program to help fuel the ministry on NDSU’s campus.

The person in this role will work closely with the Director of the Newman Center and will be responsible to personally represent St. Paul’s Newman Center and ignite benefactors and potential benefactors to continually support the work. As one of the top 10 Newman Centers in the United States, it is essential for the Development Director to understand the value of campus ministry at a state university and be effective in communicating that to current and future benefactors.

The Development Director will be immediately responsible for the successful close out of the current capital campaign with an anticipated groundbreaking in the spring of 2019. Ongoing responsibilities will include Fundraising/Development, Donor and Student Engagement, Community Outreach, Administrative Oversight, and Event Planning.

This role will be challenging and rewarding for the right person. It requires independence, vision, personal accountability, driving results, community-focus, and relationship-building skills.


Fundraising/Development – See the current capital campaign through to completion, specifically working with current and future benefactors who have supported the mission in the past. Beyond the current campaign, the Development Director will establish and ensure the implementation of a practical and measurable fundraising strategy to acquire new donors and increase engagement from existing donors.
Donor/Student/Faculty Engagement – Get a kick out of representing and sharing the Newman Center story externally to parishes, groups, and individuals to gain support for the growth of the mission through financial contributions. On a campus level, the director will engage students and faculty to advance the Newman Center funding model through participation in the Newman Knight program, conducting presentations, participation in fundraising events, and active top-tier caseload management.
Event Planning – Plan, lead, and expand current fundraising events (Banquets, Bike Race, Giving Hearts Day) as well as evaluate and establish new fundraising event opportunities.
Administrative Oversight – Oversee Development staff, and volunteers to ensure success of initiatives, including the accuracy of donor information, and tracking of event results, and data collection.


Bachelor’s degree is required
Extensive knowledge and experience with major and planned giving, with a strong track record of proactive relationship building
Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently, with strong personal accountability and self-management
Attention to detail, organization, problem-solving, and time management skills
Ability to travel (minimum of one 3-night trip per month)


The benefits package for this position includes:

Competitive salary based on experience
Single payer health/vision/dental
6% 401K Match


Sagency, a Fargo, ND executive search and leadership consulting firm, has been retained by St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fargo to conduct this search for the Development Director. Sagency consultants will review and evaluate all interested parties to help the Newman Center review a final group for consideration. The search will be facilitated by Tami Kilzer of Sagency.

The search will be conducted in a professional manner and all potential candidates will be given consideration. Candidate conversations and information will be handled with great discretion and confidentiality. Sagency and Newman Center are equal opportunity employers.

If after reading this Opportunity Profile you believe your experience, skills, and passion may be a strong match for this role and the Newman Center, we would like to engage with you. Please read below for the first part of the application and selection process.


Step 1: Interested candidates complete the online application.

Copy and paste a cover letter and resume (one attachment)
The online application will be posted until the position is filled. If you are interested in the position, please inquire as soon as possible.
Step 2: A Sagency Search Consultant may schedule an initial 15-20 minute phone call with qualified applicants.

Step 3: A Sagency Search Consultant will schedule a 60-minute interview with specific candidates.

Step 4: After this initial interview process with Sagency, qualified candidates may be asked to complete an online assessment prior to scheduling an interview with the Newman Center.

Step 5: First round interviews with the Newman Center representatives.

Please contact Tami Kilzer at 701.371.3324 or with any questions.

Thank you for your time and interest in this position.