Accepting Applications for Advancement​ Officer

The Pontifical College Josephinum is accepting applications for an Advancement Officer (AO). The AO is a full-time fundraiser within the Josephinum’s Advancement Office who reports to the Vice President for Advancement.


Candidates should have a fluency in the donor continuum with 2+ years of experience in relationship management; face-to-face asking; and Annual Fund direct-mail appeals and telethons.


The AO contributes to coordination of the seminary’s annual awards dinner (including securing table sponsorships); annual donor recognition dinner (virtual event experience a plus); alumni reunions and receptions; and the annual gathering of estate giving society members. The AO contributes to the Advancement section of the seminary’s website, and to authoring content, growing followers, and making asks on social media platforms. Additional responsibilities include arranging and hosting other donor recognition activities, such as personal seminary tours, and serving as the seminary’s liaison with the Friends of the Josephinum volunteer organization which organizes seasonal fundraising events that support seminarians. Some travel is required.


Specific performance measures will include the addition of new donors; donor retention rates; upgrading existing donors; growth of recurring-gift donors; and growth of alumni-giving rates.


Qualifications include: A bachelor’s degree; 2+ years of development experience, including a proven track record of independently staging annual fundraising appeals and closing gifts between $1,000 to $10,000; comfort with speaking in front of groups, leading seminary tours and virtual meetings with donors; and familiarity with estate giving and engaging donors for bequest intentions. Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser's Edge is desirable.


The Advancement Office requires a personal commitment to the mission of the Josephinum and the magisterium of the Catholic Church, as well as the ability to be a persuasive advocate for private philanthropy in support of seminarians being formed for the priesthood. The Josephinum offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2021. Applicants may send a cover letter, any examples of fundraising appeals, and resume to:


Search Committee: Advancement Officer

Pontifical College Josephinum

7625 North High Street

Columbus, OH 43235

Fax: 614-885-2307