Founded in Chicago in 1876, Sacred Heart Schools at Sheridan Road (Hardey Preparatory for Boys and Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls) are independent, Catholic, single-sex elementary schools committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian, faith-based community. The educational mission is deeply rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart and shared with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools located in 30 countries; including 25 schools in the United States and Canada. The essence of this tradition is the total development of each child: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Our girls and boys are taught in single-sex classrooms, but follow a similar curriculum and share in many activities. With a total enrollment of approximately 650 students, the Schools are organized into three academic divisions each led by a division head.
The offices of Admissions, Development and Marketing/Communications comprise Sacred Heart Schools’ Department of Institutional Advancement. The Institutional Advancement team works collaboratively to build understanding and support of the Schools’ mission and programs, to invite families to join the school, and to secure resources to enhance the Schools and ensure its future. Collectively and individually, the team strives to model the values expressed in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education.
Sacred Heart Schools requires a strong professional to lead the Schools’ institutional advancement programs. The School operates within the framework of an integrated advancement model focusing on both earned and contributed lines of revenue. Candidates for the position should have a successful track record in driving philanthropic support, marketing and recruitment outcomes, and enrollment growth. The Head of Institutional Advancement reports to the Head of Schools, is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and interfaces with, supports, and advises various leadership and volunteer groups, including the Board of Trustees.
Essential Job Functions:
Casts a strategic vision for the Institutional Advancement Department, integrating enrollment, marketing/communications, constituent relations, and development functions in support of the Schools’ on-going mission and programs
Provides collegial leadership and effective direction for the Institutional Advancement Team – the directors of Admissions, Marketing/Communications, and Development and their respective staffs – developing individual potential and superior teamwork and ensuring the best use of resources for achieving the Schools’ goals
Develops annual and multi-year plans for the advancement of Sacred Heart Schools, identifying opportunities and challenges, and aligning Institutional Advancement activities with the strategic plan
Ensures implementation of “best practice” policies as articulated by professional and accreditation organizations
Recommends annual enrollment and fundraising goals to Administration and Board of Trustees; monitors and reports progress toward achieving these goals; tracks all expenditures related to Institutional Advancement
Engages Trustees, senior administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers in consistent messaging and marketing of the Schools’ mission and programs
Cultivates positive, long-lasting relationships with the Schools’ main constituencies -- current parents, past parents, former trustees and alumnae/i – to ensure strong support of the Schools’ mission and programs
Promotes the visibility of the Schools with the general public -- prospective parents, neighbors, the media, and members of the Chicago philanthropic, educational, and Catholic communities -- to strengthen the Schools’ identity and position
Serves as principal liaison and support to the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee and Enrollment Management Committees as well as supports the Governance Committee in Trustee and Committee nominations
Represents the Schools to professional and membership organizations, including the Archdiocese of Chicago, various regional and national associations of independent and Catholic schools, and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools
Recruits, manages, and supervises Admissions, Development and Marketing/Communications directors
Ensures adherence to operational and strategic plan
Provides annual reviews for Institutional Advancement directors and works with them to create professional development plans to enhance their skills