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The CCFESD is a 501(c)(3) operating out of Sioux Falls with five satellite offices around the eastern part of the state. The CCFESD strives to strengthen the Catholic community by facilitating philanthropy and offering planned giving resources. Through various programs, initiatives, and connections, we empower individuals to create a lasting positive impact by supporting the mission of the Catholic Church. Join us in our mission to ensure the vitality and continuity of the Catholic community through gift planning. Apply your expertise and passion to make a lasting difference in the lives of countless individuals!

Chief Financial Officer

Position Summary

Are you a Catholic leader that is ready to put your deeply rooted Catholic values to work with a team that is focused on furthering the mission of the Church? The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota is seeking an experienced professional to serve in the role of Chief Financial Officer.

The CFO of the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern SD acts as the chief financial officer and is responsible for all financial, administrative and related operational aspects of the organization. This includes management of the investment portfolio, the expense budget, grant and gift distributions and the developing and overseeing all financial policies and procedures to ensure the smooth operation of the Catholic Community Foundation. Also included are the financial operations of Catholic Community Foundation offices (currently in six locations in eastern SD) and the successful implementation of the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal for the Diocese of Sioux Falls. As Vice President of the Catholic Community Foundation, share in the responsibility for the overall advancement of its mission: to raise, manage and distribute God’s gifts to donor-directed ministries.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help people grow in their understanding of living a Christian stewardship way of life – seeing all as a gift from God and responding in gratitude by generously sharing one’s gifts with others.
  • Manage all financial aspects of Catholic Community Foundation, including cash management, the investment portfolio, expense budget, accounting, audit, financial reports (financial statements, dashboards, accounts, etc.)
  • Provide timely and effective financial information for the Catholic Community Foundation Board of Directors and its Finance, Audit and Investment Committees.
  • Handle all financial and operational aspects of Catholic Family Sharing Appeal, grant review and distributions
  • Member of the Catholic Community Foundation leadership team.
  • Work in partnership with the bishop, the priests of the local parishes and the leaders of the various Catholic ministries in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Essential Qualifications

  • Primary:
    • Willingness and ability to effectively make known the Catholic Church’s teachings through the varied ministry activities expected of this position.
    • Willingness and ability to act as an outstanding personal witness to the Catholic faith and religion by living both one’s professional and personal life in accordance with the doctrines and moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, as embodied in the various documents of the Roman Catholic Church, including, without limitation, the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.
    • Strong operational skills while participating in strategic planning
    • Work closely with administrative and other staff to develop and implement effective procedures and policies.
    • Develop and manage timelines for various projects as needed, including the annual Catholic Family Sharing Appeal.
    • Strong team player, working in partnership with fellow management team staff.
    • Work closely with the Diocese of Sioux Falls Finance office and staff.
    • Responsible for the effective operation of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Community Foundation.
    • Oversee the administrative support of the Catholic Community Foundation’s Board of Directors meetings.
    • Work in partnership with the Gift Planning team to coordinate and strategize financial information to support the cultivation of individual donors.
    • Secure professional input when appropriate, i.e. auditors, accounts, attorneys, financial planners, gift planners, etc.
    • Communicate with and coordinate activity with the pastors of the Diocese of Sioux Falls
  • Experience:
    • Management of a complex financial operation
    • Non-profit foundation financial management
    • Investing, accounting, operations
  • Other Elements:
    • Preferred working knowledge of a charitable foundation.


Required knowledge, skills and abilities

  • An understanding and working knowledge of accounting, financial software and all desktop applications included in the Microsoft Office Suite and various web applications.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment to think strategically, multitask, and conform to shifting priorities, demands, and time lines.
  • Proven communication skills, and ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals while maintaining strict confidentiality.
  • Provide a welcoming, service, pastoral approach to all constituents, understanding that this work is a ministry.
  • Build positive relationships with constituents (inc. priests, parish staffs, prospects, donors, sponsors, vendors, participants, etc.) that build consensus, inspire and motivate.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Provide accurate and complete information
  • Keep good records by completing hard copy and electronic information/letters/memos related to donors, prospects, and corresponding ministries/topics
  • A good understanding of eastern South Dakota
  • Participate in and support special projects/priorities of the bishop as assigned

Job conditions/physical demands
The following are representative of the physical capabilities that must be met by an employee and the working conditions that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to push, pull, lift and carry items up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend, stoop, climb stairs, talk, hear, grasp, reach and perform repetitive motions of the fingers, hands and wrists.
  • Ability to work in an office setting as wells as various venues according to event or activity.
  • Vision abilities required include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Extensive travel required – includes evenings and some weekends – typically eight times per month out of the office.
  • Effective use of computer and other technology

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The employee will work with a large number of individuals, often requiring multitasking and working with deadlines and details to ensure all of the essential functions are performed in a timely and courteous manner.


Director of Development

Position Summary

A Remarkable Opportunity to Make an Impact

The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota is seeking a motivated and experienced professional to join our senior leadership team as a Director of Development. If you are passionate about our mission and possess a strong background in development and gift planning, then this role is tailor-made for you.

About the Position

As the Director of Development, you will play a vital role in securing the future financial stability of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls and its affiliated organizations. Utilizing your exceptional knowledge of gift planning strategies and your ability to build strong relationships, you will be responsible for developing and implementing effective fundraising plans while engaging with donors to facilitate meaningful contributions.

Your Responsibilities Will Include

  • Developing and implementing comprehensive gift planning strategies to increase charitable contributions.
  • Cultivating relationships and engaging with donors to educate them on the benefits of gift planning and the impact they can make.
  • Providing personalized guidance and support to potential and existing donors regarding charitable investments and estate planning.
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders to identify potential gift planning opportunities.
  • Creating and delivering persuasive presentations to promote gift planning initiatives and communicate the mission of the Catholic Community Foundation of Eastern SD.
  • Managing a portfolio of donor prospects, developing cultivation strategies, and facilitating the donation process.
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards in all gift planning activities.
  • Leading educational seminars, workshops, and events to increase awareness and understanding of gift planning strategies.
  • Staying informed about the latest trends and best practices in gift planning by participating in professional development opportunities.

We Are Looking for Candidates With

  • A deep commitment to the mission, values, and teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Proven experience in gift planning, development, or a related field.
  • A track record of successfully cultivating relationships and securing significant contributions.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to inspire and engage donors.
  • A strong understanding of financial and estate planning principles.
  • The ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities effectively.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with a diverse range of individuals.
  • High ethical standards and respect for donor confidentiality.
  • Proficiency in using fundraising software and database management systems.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.