Archdiocese of Omaha

JPII Newman Center Advancement Officer

General Information
Location  1221 South 71st Street
Omaha, NE 68106
United States
Employee Type  Exempt
Job Category  JPII Development
Contact Information

POSITION TITLE:             Advancement Officer

REPORTS TO:                    Director / Pastor, St. John Paul II Newman Center

EFFECTIVE DATE:            1 July 2017

POSITION STATUS:          Exempt





The St. John Paul II Newman Center (Center) calls young people to respond to Christ’s invitation to live an abundant life (cf. John 10:10b) that was embodied by our patron saint. The Advancement Officer is charged with advancing this mission by effectively communicating it and our activities with constituents and by inviting their financial support of the Center.  The initial development goal will be to complete our initial capital fundraising. Further development goals are to invite regular annual financial support through the JPII Annual Fund and to encourage donors to remember the Center in their estate planning.





In collaboration with the Stewardship & Development Office of the Archdiocese, the Center Director / Pastor, and the Center Development Committee, create and implement strategies to raise $1.5 million in gifts and intentions by June, 2018 to complete the overall capital fundraising goal of $11M for the construction of the Center.  Strategies will include personal visits, direct mail, and informational receptions at the Center.  The goal for new cash gifts to be received during FY 2017-18 is $300,000.


Build on the success of the initial JPII Annual Fund to assist with ongoing operational costs of the Center.


Design and execute a system to acknowledge donors' intentions and gifts, in cooperation with the relevant archdiocesan offices.


Based on the Director's priorities and donor interest, solicit special capital gifts for items not included in the initial construction, such as bells, artwork, etc.


Develop and implement a plan that promotes and invites planned gifts to support the Center. This will include maintaining a portfolio of current and prospective donors to cultivate, invite and manifest their support in their estate plans.


Effectively communicate to the public and constituents the activities of the Center and the opportunities provided to college age students.  This will include quarterly emails and holiday greetings to donors and other supporters and creating new content on our website and social media channels.


Assist the resident manager in his/her communications efforts to reach out to area high schools and parishes to invite students to consider the Center as their college housing choice in Omaha.


All other duties as assigned by the Center Director / Pastor.




Practicing Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church, with demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Church and fidelity to her teachings, with an enthusiasm for the new evangelization as articulated by recent Roman Pontiffs.


Ability to form relationships and relate effectively to prospective donors, staff, and students.


Strong understanding of the essential components of development.


Ability to ask prospective donors for gifts to support the Center.


Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and leading programs, especially in marketing and development.


Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including social media.


Enthusiastic, positive, articulate, and able to sell the mission of the Center.


Detail-oriented with proven administrative and organizational skills.


Proven collaborator and team player who can contribute to a positive work environment.


Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, social networking and database software (e.g. eTapestry or similar).






Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communication or other related field.


Minimum of five years of experience in nonprofit development work.