St. Anne School, an independent Catholic School in Laguna Niguel, is seeking an exceptional director of advancement. We are looking for a talented, energetic, hard-working, team player to join our strong faculty. This person is charged with working with the advancement committee to create the vision and strategy for the school's development initiatives. A member of the senior management team, this person in partnership with the president and the Board of Directors is responsible for the generation and management of major gifts, annual giving, and special events.
Acts as a role model of professionalism in a Catholic environment.
Supports the philosophy, policies, and goals of the school, as well as the decisions made by the Board of Directors and administrators.
Insures the health, safety, and welfare of all students.
Holds in strict confidence all matters pertaining to the school.
Adheres to all policies and procedures as outlined in the parent/student handbook and employee handbook.
Attends faculty and administrative meetings as needed.
The director of advancement will implement and supervise all aspects of the school’s development and fundraising work. The director works closely with the president and the Board of Directors to provide leadership for the development program as it builds a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school community and beyond. The major goal of the director of advancement is to design programs of giving that attract the maximum gift support possible for the school. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Possess a passion for working in an independent Catholic school environment.
Create, direct, and implement all the fundraising and development strategies of the school.
Collaborate with the admissions office on PR initiatives and the director of marketing and communications to create/produce fundraising-related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.
Identify, cultivate, and solicit select individuals, businesses, and foundations that are prospects for philanthropic support, and be intimately involved in soliciting all levels of gifts.
Develop professional business resources and relationships in the community to benefit support of the School and its programs.
Lay the groundwork for creating a robust alumni program.
Oversee donor record keeping and reporting systems to ensure accurate tracking of fundraising and accounting.
Ensure productive working relationships with other school administrators, aligning and integrating advancement work with the other areas of the school.
Supervise, direct, and strongly support SAPA to ensure productive and positive volunteer/school interactions.
Work closely with the president in implementing development strategies that reflect the mission and strategies of the leadership group.
Work with the Board of Directors to foster involvement and understanding of the development process.
Develop, direct, and implement the School’s annual fund campaign, capital campaigns, and other fundraising events.
Serve as staff liaison and oversee special event committees including the Festival of Knights committee, and golf tournament committee. Provide support and coordinate with other School departments, as needed.
Attend volunteer meetings as needed.
Attend all SAPA Board and general meetings.
Provide accurate and timely communications to prospects, donors, and volunteers.
Develop and implement appropriate donor/volunteer recognition programs.
Prepare financial reports to the president and Board of Trustees, as required.
Oversee and manage the department budget.
Attend Board meetings when requested.
Perform other duties as assigned by the president.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Hours: Twelve-month, exempt salaried employee, Schedule A
Reports to: President of the School
This is a full time, salaried exempt position. Salary Range: $80,000 -$100,000 commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter, resume, and references to the Director of Human Resources, Melissa Vergara at email@example.com.
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent experience.
Minimum 5 years progressive experience in fundraising, event planning, donor relations and alumni relations (independent school experience preferred)
Outstanding interpersonal skills with a strong customer service focus (internal and external).
Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders of the school.
Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts.
Proven experience in foundation research and grant writing.
Ethical and discreet team player.
High-energy, self-starter with ability to successfully prioritize and multi-task in an atmosphere in which time sensitive deadlines are the norm, as are interruptions.
Outstanding knowledge of fundraising data software and database management software.
Able to work evenings and weekends.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience and education