Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the Senior Administrative Team, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement will build on the accomplishments of the recent campaign, and lead a thoughtful planning process to design a strategic fundraising plan. S/he will articulate and orchestrate a development strategy aligned with the President’s vision. The VPIA will collaborate with President Regan to establish priorities, objectives and best practices for comprehensive engagement programs including major and planned giving, annual fund, alumni and parent engagement and donor relations. The VPIA will build a culture of high achievement and accountability ensuring that BC High’s 15,000 alumni, current parents, friends, local and civic leaders are inspired and engaged. The ideal candidate brings a track record of outstanding leadership success, creating efficient and effective advancement programs. S/he will be forward thinking, and will embrace the opportunity to shape and position BC High’s continued but evolving role to new levels of growth.
The VPIA will possess a collegial and team-building leadership style with demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire individual and departmental outcomes.
Preferred qualifications and characteristics of the ideal candidate:
Experience working in a collaborative environment where leadership is shared, and opinions of others are valued and respected.
Proven professional success leading development, communications, public relations, alumni and board relations.
Leadership practice that includes mentoring, and motivating staff while holding team members accountable.
Ability to build and sustain productive working relationships with board members, donors, parents, administrators and faculty.
Exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills. Sense of humor and inclination to recognize and celebrate team success.
Authentic commitment to advance the mission of an institution that exudes Catholic values.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) and a minimum of 10–15 years of experience in alumni relations, annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, communications and community building.
Familiarity with the Boston philanthropic landscape and independent school experience are strongly preferred.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement candidates will be results-driven with a broad and deep knowledge of development.
Qualified candidates will have the ability to engage effectively and earn respect across the varied constituencies comprising the school community. S/he will demonstrate a proven ability to implement strategies for growth by building and stewarding robust, meaningful partnerships with constituents of BC High representing graduates, families, friends and international advocates of Jesuit education.
The VPIA will be a bold thinker who will build and lead a best-in-class development program, overseeing a team of 10 fundraising professionals. S/he will possess excellent communication skills, integrity, confidence, accountability and initiative.
Candidates will have a passion for and understanding of the importance of fostering relationships to enhance the potential interest of donors and prospects. Additionally, candidates will recognize the strength of the BC High network and utilize it for focused cultivation initiatives that drive fundraising opportunity.
Design and lead a comprehensive and strategic development effort aligned with the new President’s vision.
Advance annual and capital fundraising initiatives—emphasizing strategy and metrics in support of key priorities.
Implement best-in-class advancement practices for fundraising, alumni relations, events, communications, stewardship and database management.
Collaborate with senior leadership and key stakeholders to build and sustain excellent relationships at multiple levels with varied constituencies.
Enhance a prospect management program executing cultivation and solicitation of annual and major gift donors.
Develop and oversee systems and practices for the high level management of BC High’s robust scholarship endowment program.
Elevate, maximize and drive increased philanthropy to the $77.5 million endowment.
Enhance and grow the membership of the St. Ignatius of Loyola Society, BC High’s planned giving program.
Maintain all research and benchmarking activities.
Devise strategies to enhance the potential interest of foundations and corporations.
Focus on strategically assessing and reviewing board structures and entities that can enhance philanthropy.
Identify opportunities to build regional alumni and affinity engagement programs, translating increased engagement into gifts, and building momentum around key initiatives.
Job Type: Full-time
Advancement: 10 years
About Boston College High School
Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic college preparatory school.
We strive to challenge our students to become young men of integrity, educated in faith and for justice, committed to academic excellence and service to others. As a Jesuit, Catholic high school, we strive to reflect the diversity of our church and community.
Our mission since 1863 has been to form leaders of competence, conscience and compassion who seek to do all things ad majorem Dei gloriam – for the greater glory of God.