Development Director

The English Province of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) seek to appoint a full-time Director of Development

Closing date    07/02/2013
Location Oxford OX1 3LY
Salary £45,000 per annum

A challenging new role

The Dominicans in England and Scotland seek to appoint an experienced full-time Development Director to build and develop a fundraising strategy working closely with the friars to support their growing mission in the United Kingdom. This vibrant mission includes Blackfriars Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University which specializes in Philosophy and Theology, the associated Catholic Study-Centre or Studium at Blackfriars, Oxford, the provision of Catholic chaplains to ten UK universities, seven parishes, and a small but growing youth ministry.

The Development Director will mastermind and deliver a fundraising strategy. He or she will be based at Blackfriars, Oxford, where he/she will be supported by a PA. The Director will liaise closely on a weekly basis with the Provincial, Fr John Farrell O.P., and with the Province’s recently appointed Promoter of Fundraising, Fr Richard Finn O.P. External supervision will be provided by a Development Board with the ability to negotiate external support.

During the first six months the Director will be expected draw up a strategic plan based upon the emerging priorities of the Province, which will then be subject to peer review by a Fundraising Committee comprising both friars and external members with appropriate expertise. During the second six-month period, the Director will be expected to work closely on literature in support of appeal goals amongst other tasks. The Fundraising Committee in discussion with the Director will set aspirational targets for the first three years, and there will also be a quarterly review by the Committee of progress towards those targets. The successful candidate should be able to mastermind a campaign to raise a minimum of £1 million in the first 5 years, with an aspirational target of £1.5 million.

The Director’s role is expected to include:

  • Establishment of a Development Office and recruitment of a PA
  • The strategic approach to benefactors and grant-awarding bodies
  • Management of, and literature for, legacy campaigns
  • Representation of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, at the Oxford University Development Forum
  • Meetings with friars in local Priories and communities to develop, support, and monitor local fundraising strategies
  • Development and management of alumni databases for Blackfriars Hall and Studium, chaplaincies and parishes
  • Establishment of a network bringing together 'Friends of the Dominicans in England and Scotland'
  • Collaboration with the editor of the Provincial Newsletter

Person specification

The successful candidate will have worked at a senior level in planning and management, and will possess the excellent interpersonal skills required to facilitate good relations with private benefactors and grant-awarding bodies, together with an excellent and sympathetic knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church in the United Kingdom. He or she will demonstrate excellent writing skills, and also show experience relevant to fundraising at a national level, including familiarity with the protocols of the Code of Fundraising Practice, though he or she need not have been a professional or specialist fundraiser. The person will be expected to travel throughout the country on a regular basis to work in close collaboration with friars in the different houses of the Province as well as the Provincial Promoter of Fundraising.


You are encouraged to find more information about the Dominicans in England and Scotland on-line at

Recruitment process

Application materials may be requested by email to If you have further questions about this post on receipt of these materials, you are welcome to email Fr Richard Finn O.P. at Applicants will be expected to submit a CV and supporting letter together with the names and contact details of two people who agree to act as referees. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in late February 2013.

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