Job Summary: Reporting to the Principal, the Director of Advancement is responsible for the school’s comprehensive, relational fundraising program. This position includes providing strategic oversight of the annual, planned, significant gift and capital campaigns, as well as managing alumni relations and stewardship activities. Additionally, the director will oversee external communications and community relations to ensure that the school has a clear and consistent voice internally and externally.
The Director of Advancement is a senior-level administrator who works closely with the Principal, the leadership team, and the Board of Directors, to establish funding relationships, and secure resources that support the school’s mission and long-term strategic goals.
Manage a small team of development and communication staff to plan and execute an effective, comprehensive fundraising program aligned with the school’s strategic goals
Identify, cultivate and enhance funding relationships with donors, foundations, corporations, and businesses
Direct capital campaigns and major gift solicitation activities
Oversee annual giving program, work with Annual Fund and Alumni Relations coordinator to evaluate and improve annual fund drive events and activities, including major ask event (Returning Thanks Breakfast) to reach strategic goals for engagement and donations
Continue to develop and improve the Planned Giving program
Continue a donor recognition plan that includes processes for gift acknowledgment and identifies opportunities to cultivate and enhance donor relationships.
Prepare detailed reports on fundraising performance and all related activities for the Principal and the Board of Directors
Oversee external communications activities; including community relations, events, and public relations announcements
Provide financial oversight for the department, including budgeting, planning and expense tracking
Model faith and service to the community.
Uphold the school’s vision of being authentically Catholic and warmly ecumenical
Collaborate with faculty/staff and students to establish servant leadership opportunities.
Promote a culture of respect for all members of the community
School Overview and Mission
Saint Patrick Catholic School has an enrollment of 405 students in grades Pre-K through eighth grade, with the middle school comprising approximately 160 students in grades five through eight. Our committed faculty and staff, in partnership with parents, serve as role models and mentors. Saint Patrick educates each child in their total formation guided by a mission-driven, curricular framework, The Saint Patrick Catholic School Graduate at Graduation. The staff embraces cognitive psychology expressed by Dr. William Glasser to create a positive, internally motivating, learning environment.
Saint Patrick Catholic School educates and nurtures the whole child - mind, body, and spirit - to be a Christ-centered, compassionate, and courageous servant leader.
Bachelor’s degree in business, communications or other applicable field required, Master’s degree preferred
Seven years of fundraising/advancement experience in independent/Catholic schools preferred
Knowledge and understanding of relational fundraising
Demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams
Proven track record in fundraising, especially major gifts and planned giving
Experience in building a culture of philanthropy within a community
Persuasive writing and public speaking skills
Grant writing experience is preferred
Effective project management and organizational skills
Knowledge/fluency in Bloomerang donor tracking software and Google Classroom/ Google docs a plus
Additional Salary Information: Employment Begins: 1 July 2020
Position: Twelve-month position with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.