Advancement Director

Mt. Irenaeus
Advancement Director

Mt. Irenaeus, a Franciscan Mountain retreat community, is an independent non-profit organization located in Western New York. Its primary service is to the St. Bonaventure University Community, but our reach goes well beyond. From our mission statement, we are a community committed to simple, joyful, healing communion with God and all creation through contemplation and the communal experience of God’s justice, love and peace in contemporary everyday life.

Mt Irenaeus is currently looking for an Advancement Director to join its team supporting the Life and Ministry lived out at Mt. Irenaeus. We recently completed a strategic planning process that will have us looking at welcoming others into the community, building new facilities, and acquiring land. These initiatives call for us to hire a seasoned advancement professional to engage our friends and donors to support this expanded way of life.

The Advancement Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Mountain’s fundraising efforts, including the Annual Fund, Mountain Auction, Giving Tuesday, Major Gift campaigns, and Planned Giving, as well as other initiatives that arise. Working closely with our friends and donors, the candidate would be expected to develop a relationship with major gift prospects and enter into a process of qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The candidate will report to the Executive Director, and work very closely with all members of the team, including the resident community, staff, board of trustees, and volunteers.

More about Mt. Irenaeus can be found at

Essential Job Functions:

Manage a portfolio to move donors through all phases of fundraising.
Responsible for a yearly fundraising goal.
Responsible for a regular monthly schedule of personal solicitations with major donors.
Works closely with Mountain Leadership to cultivate and solicit major gifts.
Leads content direction and creation of all campaigns, with the support of staff and volunteers.
Works closely with the Advancement Committee of the Board.
Works closely with Communications and Advancement Services Coordinator on broadly distributed communications and moves management data in Raiser’s Edge database.
Other duties as assigned.
A strong appreciation and attraction to the life and ministry of Mt. Irenaeus.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

A commitment to the mission of Mt. Irenaeus (see mission statement below) and a willingness to enter ongoing formation into the Mountain life.
Bachelor's degree with 3 years of experience successfully soliciting gifts.
Proven success in fundraising and major gift solicitation.  
Perceptive, empathetic, energetic and positive personality and must enjoy meeting and developing a rapport with people.  
High motivation for success coupled with diplomacy, tact and consistent follow through. 
Demonstrate excellent communication skills, analytical abilities, and technical competence. 
Willingness to travel and work outside traditional hours. 
Professional training in development, graduate degree and/or CFRE certification is preferred.
Fully adept at Microsoft office tools, and ability to use Raiser’s Edge donor management system.  

Typical Work Conditions:

This position may be performed remotely, from our offices located on St. Bonaventure University’s campus, or at Mt. Irenaeus.
If working remotely, in order to authentically speak to prospects and donors about the life and ministry, candidate will be expected to spend time at Mt. Irenaeus, located in Friendship NY, with some frequency.
Travel required for local, regional and national donor meetings, On the Road prayer gatherings, and other events.
Use of personal devices (cell phone, personal computer, etc.) may be necessary to maintain business operations.

If you have an interest in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to

Mike Fenn at

The Position will remain open until filled.

Mt. Irenaeus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants for positions are considered without regard to race, creed, color, country of origin, sex, age, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristics established by law.

Rooted in the Franciscan tradition, the Mt. Irenaeus community is committed to simple, joyful, healing communion with God and all creation through contemplation and the communal experience of God’s justice, love and peace in contemporary everyday life. Life at Mt. Irenaeus is centered on attending to what is primary: presence to God, others, one’s self and earth. All who participate in the mission of the Mountain join with Jesus Christ in “making all things new” by creating and nourishing a community that transcends a particular place, opening to all peoples, ages and cultures.

Company Name: 
Mt. Irenaeus, Franciscan Mountain Community
Contact Information & Applicant Instructions: 

Michael Fenn:

See job description for other instructions.