Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (FSHA) is a Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding school whose mission is to educate young women for a life of faith, integrity and truth. We are currently seeking an innovative and accomplished visionary leader as our new Director of Advancement. Reporting to the President, the Director of Advancement (DoA) will lead a team and program ready for executing significant growth in revenue as the school embarks on a $16MM capital campaign. The DoA will be charged with the strategic direction and leadership of the vision, mission and strategy for the advancement function. He/she will be responsible for increasing FSHA’s fundraising capacity through a strengthened culture of philanthropy.
The new DoA will have a demonstrated track record of institutional vision and implementation of leadership, with an emphasis on mentoring staff, and establishing and overseeing organizational systems, measures, forecasting, and accountabilities. He/she will be a chief spokesperson representing the school to constituencies, both internal and external. The DoA will function well in a balanced culture which combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.
Essential Job Functions:
Serves as a member of the Academy Administration, the senior management team of the school.
Works in collaboration with the Director of Admissions to maintain image, set direction and refine marketing outreach to external constituencies.
Serves as staff for the Board of Directors to report updates on advancement and other strategic initiatives.
Serves as staff for the Advancement Committee of the Board to coordinate the advancement directions and efforts.
Provides supervision and leadership to the eight-person advancement department, setting the vision and priorities for the team.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
Participate with the President, staff, and Board of Directors to lead the school’s advancement strategies and continue to chart the school’s course in fund development.
Provide general oversight of all of the school’s advancement activities, and monitor adequacy of such activities through coordination with the President, staff and appropriate committees.
Lead, manage and direct a comprehensive fund development plan to enhance the short- and long-term diversified funding base.
With the President manage the development and cultivation of a strong Board of Directors.
Assist the Board of Directors to determine accountabilities for board members and fundraising volunteers and help evaluate performance regularly.
Ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.
Develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
Broaden and develop a robust major and planned giving programs.
Provide leadership to staff and volunteers in mounting large scale campaigns for facilities and endowment.
Personally and with others cultivate and solicit constituents for major gifts.
Oversee an annual Golf Tournament for the Johansing Scholarship Fund and an annual GALA fundraising event each year.
Oversee an Alumnae Program that seeks to attract and involve alumnae in the successes of the school. The office collaborates with the Admissions Office on developing outreach that can benefit both the alumnae effort and the recruitment effort.
Oversee communications and marketing efforts designed to create awareness of the FSHA’s mission, vision and goals, attract applicants, and foster support for the school.
Assess the advancement staff to ensure that the school is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees.
Oversee performance measures, monitor results and help the President and Board of Directors evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s advancement program.
Team with the finance department to assure sound fiscal operation of the advancement function including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of philanthropic contributions income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation.
Oversee and manage development and writing of proposals and solicitation materials.
Assure design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management systems, and informational reports.
Assure appropriate prospect research.
Assure design and implementation of acknowledgment, stewardship and recognition programs with feedback and necessary check off systems.
Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.
Execute all other reasonable duties as assigned by the President.
We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:
Passion, imagination, vision, leadership, and integrity.
A demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build support for the school's mission and goals, to develop and strengthen fundraising infrastructure, to inspire staff, to develop strong working relationships with Boards of Directors, and to develop effective fundraising programs.
A minimum of seven years of fundraising experience with three years of management experience with increasing levels of responsibility, and with direct stewardship of Boards of Directors.
Significant experience in and a successful track record of obtaining major gift, capital campaign and annual fund gifts through the development of deep relationships.
A demonstrated track record of fundraising management and operations leadership, implementing development processes and systems to measure activity and accountability as well as forecasting.
A strategic approach to development, with significant experience in cultivating and managing donors.
Experienced at motivating and developing staff.
A record of quantifiable success in donor segmentation, research, and cultivation.
Exceptional financial, organizational, and administrative skills.
Demonstrated ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize, and implement to completion.
A strong interpersonal and communication skill set and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of the Academy's constituencies including faculty, staff, Board members, parents, grandparents, alumnae, alumnae parents and other key stakeholders.
A track record as an effective communicator skilled at writing and public speaking; adept at writing proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence, and other types of materials to enhance fundraising.
Ability to juggle many responsibilities at once, and to operate both independently and with the flexibility to be part of a team.
Computer literate: Working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and experience with fundraising database software. Raiser’s Edge a plus.
Bachelor’s degree required.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
Commitment to the mission and work of the agency with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others.
A manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the school.
An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills.
A doer who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic and fair minded.
A decisive and resourceful individual who will accept responsibility and take charge of results, as well as work successfully with limited resources.
A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, to forge ahead when appropriate and hold back when necessary, with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others.
An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy offers a rich, nurturing environment, competitive salary and benefits, and a chance to make a difference in this important position. To find out more about us, visit our website at www.fsha.org. Ideal candidates must be willing to work weeknight and weekend events as needed. If this sounds like the career move you’ve been looking for, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the job title in the subject line.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage minorities, females, disabled and qualified veterans to apply. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.