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Executive Director Mission Advancement




As Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, we serve God’s people through ministries focusing  on environmental and social justice, care and advocacy for people in need, education, health care and  spiritual growth. Since 1840, more than 5,200 women have entered our Congregation. We are Roman  Catholic sisters who minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia.

Based in proximity to Terre Haute, Indiana, we have a history and alliance with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods  College and Providence Health Care. Our mission statement is; “The Sisters of Providence are a  community of Catholic women religious who collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled  world through prayer, education, service and advocacy.”


The Executive Director will be a positive force in inspiring the Congregation in a unified vision and culture  of philanthropy to support and sustain their mission. This will require a high degree of “emotional  intelligence”, inclusivity, sensitivity and diplomacy combined with demonstrated success in raising  significant philanthropic revenue.

Reporting to Council, the executive director leads a 10-person advancement team focused on engaging  donors and raising significant philanthropic revenue through marketing/communications, donor and  volunteer engagement, annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, stewardship, data processing and  advancement operations.


  • Assumes overall responsibility for strategic planning, goal setting and operations for Mission Advancement and its various programs, including annual giving; planned giving; major gifts; alumni relations; volunteers; stewardship, marketing/communications, grant writing, personnel, finance/budgeting, and technology.
  • Builds and fosters a culture of philanthropy that includes a unified vision for philanthropy and an increase in the Congregation’s personal involvement. Meets regularly with leadership, attends events and builds trust across the Congregation. Develops “cases of support” in partnership with  stakeholders including the general officer liaison, general superior and chief financial officer.
  • Assumes overall responsibility for the Congregation’s fundraising efforts and carries a personal portfolio of donors. Implements goals and metrics for team members to achieve annual philanthropic revenue goals.
  • Recruits, develops and mentors team members. Implements an assessment program.
  • Responsible for managing budget preparation, revenue goal setting, donor gift accounting, tax reporting, planned gift processing and other financial tasks. Works closely with the finance department.
  • With staff, develops engagement events for alumni and friends.


  • In partnership with senior leadership, leads and manages capital campaigns.
  • Develops and maintains a good working relationship with advancement teams at Providence Health Care and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, both sponsored by the Sisters of Providence.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience with faith-based organizations preferred.
  • Advancement Leadership 5 years minimum.
  • Knowledge of communications and marketing preferred.
  • Change management and transformation experience.
  • Demonstrated success in building a culture of philanthropy and increased giving and engagement.


  • Collaborative leadership style with high degree of EQ and inclusivity.
  • Strategic planning and implementation with the ability to unify people around a vision and mission.
  • Ability to build lasting relationships with constituents, staff, donors, associates and sisters of all ages and stages.
  • Desire to work in a mission and women-centered organization and committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion.
  • Evidence of good judgement, demonstrable personal integrity, powerful work ethic, and a results oriented personality and disposition.
  • Excellent communication skills and business acumen.
  • Recruitment, development, and assessment of staff. Delegation and accountability required.
  • Personable traits — organized, approachable, warm, outgoing, welcoming, compassionate, open to suggestions and change with the ability to move forward with decisions. Ability to navigate in consensus driven organizations.


Please send a cover letter and resume to laurie@woodhousesearch.com


To apply for this position

You may apply via online application or send resume and cover letter to hr@spsmw.org. If mailing your application, send to Sisters of Providence, Attn: HR Department, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876. You may be asked to complete additional application materials if you are called for an interview. All persons hired for positions with the Sisters of Providence are asked to complete an application.

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