Manager of Mission Programs
Catholic Extension
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Catholic Extension

A national fundraising organization building faith, inspiring hope and igniting change

Founded in 1905, Catholic Extension is one of the leading faith-based nonprofits in the United States. Catholic Extension works in solidarity with people in America’s poorest regions to build up vibrant and transformative Catholic faith communities. With the generosity of individual donors and local and national foundations, Catholic Extension raises funds to help these poor, forgotten, and often isolated communities to flourish.

  • Catholic Extension invests in buildings by supporting the construction and renovation of churches and church facilities.
  • Catholic Extension invests in leaders for the Church by providing education and training for Church leaders.
  • Catholic Extension invests in ministries by supporting outreach to the poor and marginalized throughout the country.

Since 1905, Catholic Extension has distributed more than $1.3 billion in today’s dollars to build strong communities of faith, so that Catholic communities in these areas have the tools to inspire hope and ignite change. Activities and programs supported include: southern border initiatives, post-hurricane rebuilding in Puerto Rico, support for college campus ministry and youth outreach, funding migrant farmworker ministry, and supporting the pastoral efforts of religious sisters.

Catholic Extension has a full-time staff of 45 employees based at its headquarters in Chicago or in one of its regional offices located in: Boston; Dallas; Monterey; Naples, FL; Nashville; New York City; Richmond, VA; St. Louis, and San Diego. Its staff is comprised of talented and experienced professionals working in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment and team-focused culture.

Manager of Mission Programs

Catholic Extension’s mission department develops strategic relationships with Catholic community leaders to nurture, optimize and implement funding programs and projects that have a transformative impact on their faith communities and the populations they serve.  Annually, Catholic Extension processes over 1,200 grants for a total of approximately $20 million in funding.

Comprised of seven full-time positions reporting to the Vice President of Mission, the mission team is in charge of grant making but also works closely with the fundraising staff to ensure that current and potential donors are aware of how their support makes a difference. The mission team also collaborates closely with Catholic Extension’s marketing, communications, and public relations team – to share program results, major social and pastoral trends and information about the good work of the Church in the communities we support.

The Manager of Mission Programs will play a key role in coordinating and implementing existing funding initiatives, especially focused on the Hispanic community, that allow Catholic Extension to have an enormous impact on the future of the Church and society.

Specifically, the Manager of Mission Programs will coordinate emerging funding programs that primarily support immigrant and Spanish-speaking communities. In addition, the manager will be responsible for supporting Catholic Extension’s Mission Immersion Programs with pastors, donors, and parish partners by creating experiences that result in donors feeling educated about and “immersed in” the projects and people they support or plan to support.

Reporting to the Vice President of Mission, the manager will:

Coordinate existing programs and initiatives, especially those focused on Church leaders – (45%)

  1. Build strong relationships with communities around the country through in-person visits to understand their unique needs and opportunities. Recruit participation in the various initiatives and create a network.
  2. Communicate and encourage participation in the various initiatives to source dioceses that can meet the standards of the program.
  3. Serve as the primary contact for the participating dioceses to build trust and strengthen bonds between Catholic Extension and the organizations and individuals who are participating in these initiatives.
  4. Liaise with national and regional Catholic organizations to create a network of support for Catholic Extension’s various programs.
  5. Create and maintain partnerships with outside partners to provide cost-effective programs and additional educational resources for participating leaders.
  6. Work with funding recipients to develop strategies to support the continuation of programs after Catholic Extension’s grants have concluded.
  7. Organize logistics, prepare content, & provide follow up for gatherings of Latino leaders.

Work cooperatively with other teams at Catholic Extension to strategically develop and maintain a vibrant Mission Immersion Program (30%)

  1. Identify appropriate opportunities for donors, parish partners and pastors to participate and engage in mission projects and programs. This includes supporting our Mission Immersion Program for Pastors.
  2. Execute logistics and all the hands-on work needed to lead a successful experience, which might include participating in or leading a mission trip.
  3. Provide strategic input on logistics and content of immersion experiences that inspire donor passion for the mission.
  4. Identify and engage external mission experts who deepen the immersion experience through education and preparation of donors before their trip.
  5. Track and evaluate mission experiences so as to continually improve the program over time.

Analyze the impact Catholic Extension is having and identify ways to improve, adjust and inform future Mission strategies (20%)

  1. Arrange trips and meetings in the communities supported through these initiatives to collect information, perform outcome assessments, diagnose areas of success and improvement, and ensure diocesan/parish compliance with the terms of a particular funding agreement.
  2. Gather and manage data on these initiatives and prepare quarterly outcome reports that provide insightful quantitative and qualitative information for Catholic Extension’s stakeholders.

Contribute to strategy (5%)

  1. Collaborate with the Vice President of Mission as well as other members of the team, to make meaningful contributions and help formulate strategy and creative direction for Mission programs.
  2. Maintain a thorough knowledge of Catholic Extension Mission initiatives, funding requests, and impact stories to serve as an integral leader on the mission team and ensure a strong department.
  3. Work with team members to help research and design and implement emerging initiatives.
  4. Over time, lead other new initiatives that, if well executed, will have substantial national impact and allow Catholic Extension to forge new opportunities.

Additional expectations of the Manager of Mission Programs include:

  • Frequent travel*, to primarily U.S. destinations, with occasional travel abroad. 
  • Ability to drive and transport others while on work-related travel.
  • Serve as a valued member of the team, working cooperatively with others
  • Be a role model for integrity, fiscal responsibility, ethical behavior and managerial excellence that supports Catholic Extension’s mission
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

*Note: Travel is currently restricted due to COVID-19 regulations.

Candidate Qualifications

Catholic Extension seeks a professional with a minimum of 5 years’ work experience, preferably with some experience in a midsize or larger nonprofit, university or Catholic organization. A bachelor’s degree is required.  Ideal candidates will have some history of working with the Hispanic community as a leader in the Hispanic community or as a service provider.

Professional and personal attributes of sought-after candidates include:

  • The individual must be Spanish-English bilingual, spoken and written.
  • The individual will work in our Chicago office.
  • The ability to travel regularly is required (an estimated 5-10 nights per month depending on workflow). Travel is domestic, but some international travel may be required.        Note: Travel is currently restricted due to COVID-19 regulations.
  • Possess business acumen in the areas of program and project management, marketing/communications, fundraising, grantmaking or recruiting. This is not a ministry role.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial sensibility.
  • Ability to be creative and provide new ideas and fully execute them.
  • Strategy-driven person; yet can deal with ambiguity, unstructured tasks and evolving situations.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to details.
  • Track record for exercising sound judgment.
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Perceptive and energetic.
  • Demonstrated skills in listening, engaging and building rapport with a variety of audiences, including donors, church hierarchy, pastors and parishioners of various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to interpret the mission and programs of Catholic Extension to various external constituencies.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the Catholic Church’s work and ministry among under-resourced populations.
  • A commitment to and understanding of the mission and teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to drive long distances in a variety of weather, road and traffic conditions.

To Apply

We are eager to hear from you! To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to To inquire or if you have questions, please call our search partner Margie DeVine at 773-892-2993.