Connelly School of the Holy seeks a bold and accomplished leader to become its Chief Advancement Officer.
About the School
Holy Child is a Catholic, college preparatory school, committed to the intellectual, spiritual, artistic, physical and social development of young women in grades 6 through 12. The school emphasizes academic challenge, joy of learning, and education of well-rounded women of faith and action. The Holy Child community welcomes students and families of different faiths and diverse backgrounds. In keeping with the philosophy of our founder, Cornelia Connelly, Holy Child values the uniqueness of each individual and fosters a life of service to others.
The school is a part of the Society of Holy Child Jesus, an international community of Roman Catholic sisters founded in England in 1846 by Philadelphia-born Cornelia Connelly. With the Society, we are part of a network of 10 Holy Child schools in the U.S. and more than 30 in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus worldwide.
Over the last few years, Holy Child has seen an extremely positive shift in terms of enrollment and awareness. Some highlights just for this year include:
Fully enrolled for grades 6 through 12 for the 2018 – 2019 school year
Currently overseeing a renovation to our main building thanks to a successful capital campaign, Innovate the Space
Surpassing our Annual Fund goal (which was increased from last year)
Accolades for our athletic teams and art programs
Passing the AIMS and Mission Effectiveness accreditation processes
The Chief Advancement Officer will provide expert direction for the adoption of benchmark best practices and the development of creative strategies that continue to expand Holy Child’s major donor base and revenue sources as well as keeping the momentum going with current donors.
The Chief Advancement Officer will embody the highest standards of professionalism in developing fundraising systems and executing high-touch frontline fundraising: s/he will serve as an influential member of the leadership team, an effective partner to the Head of School and Board of Trustees, a mentor for a team of development professionals and support staff, and a lead ambassador to high-level partners and donors.
Candidates should have proven fundraising, admissions, and/or marketing leadership experience to evaluate, strengthen, and modernize our program. This position oversees all areas that fall under the umbrella of Institutional Advancement, including Development, Enrollment, Alumnae Affairs, the Holy Child Parents’ Association, and Fathers Club. This position reports to the Head of School.
Strategy and Direction
Understand and become an authoritative voice on Holy Child’s mission, history, values, culture, policies, programs, and finances.
Serve as a key member of Holy Child’s administrative team, ensuring alignment of development initiatives with the school’s vision, mission, and strategic plans.
Evaluate the organization’s internal and external environment to design and implement short-and long-term fundraising plans and program.
Refine and maintain well-designed, integrated major and planned giving programs for all constituencies, including individuals and families.
Build upon our nascent effort to secure funding from foundations and corporations.
Develop processes and relationships to ensure that targeted fundraising strategies are effective, lifting Holy Child to new levels of giving.
Take the lead role in developing a comprehensive campaign, strategizing with the Head of School on giving capacity and solicitations.
Plan, implement, and complete periodic major gift initiatives.
Lead all efforts to meet annual and campaign goals for Holy Child’s operations, programs, and endowment.
Take a prominent role in personally cultivating and soliciting high-level prospects for major gifts across a broad spectrum of priorities— from capital projects to faculty positions to student programs and student scholarships.
Design broad best practice as well as prospect-specific strategies for all stages of donor pipeline management, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, gift negotiation and stewardship, with the objective of broadening the prospect pool, increasing the number of active Holy Child donors, and growing annual revenue.
Create strategies to diversify prospects from new donor segments, including strategies to build relationships with a next generation of millennial donors with unique relationships to modern media.
Analyze and develop outreach efforts to dramatically improve the level of alumnae engagement and giving. Build a major gifts program designed to cultivate and engage high capacity alumnae, featuring scholarship support among other priorities.
Analyze donor motivations among all constituencies and oversee the development of a wide range of gift mechanisms that encourage and facilitate giving.
Maximize a high capacity database through the adoption of sophisticated approaches to donor pipeline development and moves management techniques.
Engage and leverage Holy Child’s Head of School and Board of Trustees in the fundraising process through relationship mapping, introductions, personal visits, events, advocacy, and regular communication.
Collaborate with, guide, and support the Holy Child’s financial and programming staff to ensure the effective design and execution of back-end and frontline fundraising processes.
Design ways to deepen volunteer engagement in the identification and cultivation of new volunteers and donors.
Act as a high-level ambassador in all interactions with external supporters, volunteers, partners, and donors.
Provide direction and oversight for a growing team of direct reports. At present these include the Director of Development and Stewardship, the Annual Giving Manager, and the Office Systems Manager.
Strengthen and retain an outstanding fundraising team capable of exceeding the school’s financial goals.
Together with the Chief Finance Officer, generate, monitor, and manage the annual development budget.
Work in partnership with Director of Communications to implement the marketing and communications strategy for Holy Child that advances development and raises the school’s profile.
Ensure best-in-class development operations and stewardship to ensure cost-effectiveness of all fundraising activities.
Perform ongoing evaluations of team performance and share results in a way that educates the staff and faculty on the impact of relationship building and philanthropy at Holy Child.
Provide training, guidance, and support to the Board, Board Committees, and staff as needed regarding development activities.
The ideal candidate will excel at building and leading all aspects of highly successful fundraising programs. S/he will be accustomed to using these skills to successfully manage and grow a major gifts program. The candidate should able to work effectively with people from all backgrounds and at all levels, from trustees and corporate executives, to journalists and artists, to major gift officers and interns. S/he will bring:
12 years of progressively responsible experience in a non-profit organization; experience in a mission driven organization is highly desired.
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a comprehensive set of innovative fundraising strategies that lead to diversified funding and sustainable growth.
Experience designing and/or implementing world-class fundraising operations and donor stewardship programs with demonstrated impact on revenue.
Record of personally securing major and planned gifts.
Experience in planning, leading, or implementing a large fundraising campaign is highly preferred.
Keen understanding of the evolving nature and dimensions of philanthropy, including motivations for giving and for volunteering.
Current knowledge of best fundraising practices, including research, qualification, cultivation, and stewardship as well as face-to-face solicitations and proposal generation.
Evidence of the ability to balance creative thinking, strategic planning, and tactical execution.
Ability to anticipate opportunities and to act quickly and resourcefully to take advantage of them.
Record of building and leading a high-performing fundraising team that has achieved success and continuous growth.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with senior management teams, trustees, volunteers, leaders, staff, donors, prospects, and other key stakeholders.
Exceptional communication skills, including listening, writing, and public speaking, with the ability to deliver compelling presentations to internal and external audiences.
Good judgment and integrity necessary to serve as an internal role model and brand ambassador.
Strong business and fiscal management skills.
Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree or record of continuing education is preferred.
Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating interest to Shannon Gomez, Head of School, at email@example.com.
About Connelly School of the Holy Child
Connelly School of the Holy Child Founded in 1961 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus as a college preparatory school for girls grade 6-12. The school is part of a network of 33 Holy Child schools in the United States, Europe and Africa, which is guided by the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly. Holy Child enrolls approximately 300 students every year from the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as across the globe. Holy Child creates a personal learning experience with an 8 to 1 student to faculty ratio and offers fine arts programs as well as competitive sports teams in soccer, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, cross country lacrosse and more.
Service is part of the Holy Child curriculum and students last year completed 5,000 hours of community service.