Saint Francis High School is in the midst of the school's largest comprehensive campaign in its history. The $100MM campaign, started in 2019, will allow the school to achieve its master plan of adding a $60MM Innovation Center, Welcome Center and Dining Commons, as well as continue to build on the strength of the Saint Francis Fund and increase the school's endowment for tuition assistance, academic support, student activities, spiritual engagement, and innovation. It's an exciting time to lead this significant advancement effort. The incoming Chief Advancement Officer will bring leadership and oversight to this effort, while at the same time, coordinate the efforts of the entire advancement team, including communications, fundraising, events and community building. Please watch this 1-minute video to hear about the impact of a Lancer education on our students.
The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) is responsible for creating and administering a comprehensive program of fundraising and constituent relations efforts to advance the mission of Saint Francis High School. The CAO will oversee all fundraising strategy and efforts, including the annual fund, capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, alumni relations, communications, grant writing, foundation support as well as broad engagement to support the school. This position reports to the President, is an integral member of a highly collaborative executive administrative leadership team and reports to the Board of Directors on advancement status and progress. The CAO also supervises and develops advancement and communications staff with a strong orientation to executing the strategic goals set by the Board.
Essential Job Requirements
Provide the highest level of support to the President as a key fundraiser, serving as a co-strategist and partner in cultivating and soliciting gifts
Grow and foster the school's major and principal gifts portfolio
Enhance short and long-term advancement goals, strategies, and objectives to achieve growth, sustainable participation and fundraising commitments
Work closely with the Board of Directors and President to strategically cultivate and solicit campaign gifts
Work with the Campaign and Principal Gifts Director on all aspects of the comprehensive campaign
Collaborate with the Major Gifts Office to further identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts from current prospects, donors, volunteers and board members
Support the Director of Alumni in fostering alumni relations through reunions, class giving activities and events
Partner with the Community & Family Engagement Director to oversee a robust Lancer Family Connections program
Work with the Advancement Events Manager in the execution of successful donor engagement events
Support the Director of Marketing and Communications on strategic initiatives to ensure messaging is consistent and compelling
Partner with Admissions to integrate volunteerism and community support at the initiation stage of family outreach and engagement
Enhance SFHS communities awareness and understanding of philanthropy to support the school's efforts now and into the future.
Cultivate strong working relationships with administrators, faculty and staff
Proactively manage the advancement budgeting process, anticipating costs and prioritizing needs
Establish and maintain best practices as it relates to policies, systems, and procedures
Represent the school to its various constituencies
Perform additional duties as requested by the President
Bachelors and/or Master's Degree in applicable field or ample professional experience to support the needs of the position
A minimum of eight plus years experience in the advancement/development field, preferably in an independent school environment or a comparable non-profit, mission driven organization
Ability to strategically develop and execute fundraising projects independently with the cooperation of advancement team members
Highly organized, capable of balancing and prioritizing concurrent projects and deadlines, while inspiring and motivating team members to deliver exceptional results
Experience managing a team of diverse individuals and supervising functions such as events coordination, advancement data management and communications
Superb strategic planning skills with attention to detail
Excellent team player and interpersonal skills
Experience with executive level interactions, meetings, and committees
Awareness and ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality
Outstanding and professional written and oral communication skills
Experience with comprehensive and capital campaigns preferred
Willingness to work as needed to accomplish set objectives which may include evenings and weekends
Demonstrated proficiency with technology including Raiser's Edge/NXT, MS Office products, Google docs, and other marketing tools
Demonstrated work ethic of integrity, honesty and compassion
Deep commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity
Demonstrated passion for the mission of Saint Francis High School
Strong references that convey a track record of success in the fields of development, fundraising, or public relations
Must be able to operate a keyboard and mouse
Must be able to use a telephone head or handset
Work requires visual acuity
Must be able to focus on highly detailed tasks for long periods of time
Able to stand for long periods of time
The ability to lift 25 pounds
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
Saint Francis High School demonstrates a commitment to the continued creation of a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Applications for this position will be accepted online only through Monday, August 22. During the application process, you will be required to upload your resume, cover letter and at least 3 professional references as well as answer questions to help us get to know you better. You must complete, sign and submit your application to be considered. We will reach out to all candidates who complete the application process no later than Monday, August 22 regarding next steps if applicable. Questions may be directed to Elisa Cauchi, HR Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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