Founded in 1818, St. Louis University High School (SLUH) is one of the leading Catholic, Jesuit college-preparatory schools in the United States. We are committed to our presence in the City of St. Louis and dedicated to building Christ’s kingdom of truth, justice, love and peace. We serve young men based on their ability to succeed, rather than their economic circumstances. Through a rigorous academic program, we help our students develop critical minds and a life-long devotion to learning that informs moral choices and transforms lives. In addition to the intellectual, aesthetic, social, and physical formation of our students, we help them develop compassionate hearts by fostering habits of personal prayer, reflection, and service for the Greater Glory of God.
About the Position: Director of Leadership Giving
St. Louis University High School seeks a passionate, mission-driven, organized, and entrepreneurial individual to play a pivotal role on the advancement team of one of the leading college preparatory schools in the United States.
The Director of Leadership Giving is a visible ambassador of the SLUH community throughout the St. Louis region and in major cities throughout the country, and as such will be fully involved in the life of the school. SLUH is well positioned to achieve continued growth and success in our fundraising initiatives as we celebrate our 200th anniversary in 2018. The Director of Leadership Giving reports to the Advancement Chief of Staff.
The Director of Leadership Giving focuses on the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors, maintaining regular contact through written solicitations, phone calls, outreach events in St. Louis and beyond, face to face visits, special events and other methods (including gift and estate planning vehicles).
Specific responsibilities include:
Manage a portfolio of 150-200 prospects and donors (including individuals outside of St. Louis) with giving potential; report at least 20 documented personal, intentionalcontacts a month, or the equivalent of five contacts per week on average. These contacts would include discovery visits, solicitations, and stewardship to establish long-term relationships.
Maintain regular contact with major donors to ensure a high level of stewardship, so they receive appropriate, consistent recognition and an accounting of the impact that their gifts have on SLUH.
Solicit major gifts based on established campus-wide strategic priorities.
Schedule joint visits when appropriate and work collaboratively and in support of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, President, Board members, key volunteers, advancement office staff, and school leaders to cultivate and solicit donors.
Plan and staff events, which often occur on evenings and weekends; develop donor appointments and alumni receptions in cities with large alumni populations.
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume as a multi-page PDF to Sean Agniel, Advancement Chief of Staff: firstname.lastname@example.org. SLUH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and proud to be recognized as a top workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for five consecutive years.
Ability and commitment to represent the school’s Jesuit Catholic mission; ability to clearly articulate SLUH’s mission.
Absolute confidentiality, professionalism and discretion with highest ethical standards.
Intellectual curiosity, intuitive, adaptable to audience needs, excellent listener, and exceptional responsiveness.
Eagerness to work hard as both a leader and team member with proven fundraising, leadership, consensus building skills, and a positive, passionate, can-do spirit.
Persuasive communication skills; assertiveness and perseverance in soliciting prospects; ability to express appropriate appreciation for gifts.
Flexibility and energy to work evenings and weekends. Some travel required, both for established events and donor appointments.
Ability to deal diplomatically and comfortably with a diverse community of parents, students, alumni, and faculty, leading and motivating groups and individuals.
Exceptional writing, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
High degree of organization; effectiveness at multi-tasking; calmness under pressure.
Passion for accuracy and detail.
Computer fluency (Raiser’s Edge, Google Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, at a minimum); familiarity with social media a plus.
Minimum of five years of successful experience in soliciting major gifts, or relatable and transferable skills and experience, preferably in an independent school, university, or Catholic ministry.
Internal Number: 1818
About St. Louis University High School
St. Louis University High is a Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory school with an enrollment of approximately 1,000 male students. Founded in 1818, the school strives to serve an economically, socially and geographically diverse student population within the St. Louis metropolitan area. Academic excellence is a trademark of the school. We seek men and women of faith proficient in their fields and committed to leading students in co-curricular and pastoral ministry activities. The school expects faculty and staff to participate in spiritual formation programs, retreats, and Ignatian formation in education and spirituality. The person hired for this part-time position will teach one section of Engineering Graphics and a knowledge of proper hand-drafting in the areas of geometric construction, layout of multi-view and pictorial drawings and basic dimensioning is expected. APPLICATION PROCESSPlease send a letter stating your personal interest in the position and a comprehensive resume to Mrs. Lori Figge (email@example.com) in the Office of the Principal. Digital submissions are preferred. Priority will be given to submissions received before October 23, 2017.