DEERFIELD ASSOCIATES has been retained by Convent of the Sacred Heart, located in New York City, toconduct a national search for a Director of Institutional Advancement. This high visibility opportunity is available in early 2020.
Established in 1881, Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st Street is New York City’s oldest independent school for girls – but the school’s history goes back farther than that. Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat established the first Sacred Heart school in France in 1801; within fifty years, there were two dozen Sacred Heart schools throughout North America. Sacred Heart is a Catholic school and is part of the Network of Sacred Heart schools. For more information please visit www.cshnyc.org
The school currently has an enrollment of 720 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The curriculum is recognized for its rigor and depth, and the academic program is accredited by both the National Association of Independent Schools and the New York Association of Independent Schools. The school’s mission has five primary goals. Briefly, they express a commitment to the following: a personal and active faith in God; a deep respect for intellectual values; a social awareness which impels to action; the building of community as a Christian value; and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
The annual operating budget for the school is $32.5 million. The school’s endowment is currently valued at $46.4 million. In 2018/19, Convent of the Sacred Heart received $2.9 million in annual giving. The current capital campaign goal is $25 million, S.T.E.A.M. Center and Endowment. There are 2400 living alumnae.
This position reports directly to the Head of School, Joe Ciancaglini. The start of the 2019-20 school year marks the beginning of his 13th year at 91st Street. Mr. Ciancaglini arrived at 91st Street in 2007 with an impressive list of accomplishments, including seven years of service as the head of the Sacred Heart school in Atherton, and 21 years prior to that as a teacher, administrator and Headmaster at Gonzaga in Washington, DC. Under his leadership, the school's campus has expanded by over 50%; the academic program has grown in nearly every area and division; and the school has raised nearly $100 million dollars. Most important, every decision Dr. Ciancaglini has made has been grounded in Sacred Heart's Goals & Criteria, infusing new life into 91st Street's mission.
The Director of Institutional Advancement serves as the chief fundraiser at Convent of the Sacred Heart, while also ensuring the health of the school’s community through vibrant programs for alumnae relations and special events. Reporting directly to the Head of School and as a member of Convent of the Sacred Heart's leadership team, the director contributes to the broad strategy and helps to support all areas of school life. Convent of the Sacred Heart seeks a senior advancement professional who will lead, manage and inspire a positive culture of fundraising with donor constituents, trustees and the school’s internal community. Convent of the Sacred Heart seeks an ambitious fund-raising professional who will assess the school’s current operation and potential and how best to position Advancement for future success. The ideal candidate is a thoughtful, articulate and experienced leader who demonstrates the ability to organize a dynamic constituency towards a common goal. This is a high-profile position which requires a strong ability to build consensus and continue promoting the advancement culture on behalf of the school and its loyal constituency, including managing a staff of four. The Head of School values an advancement professional who is strategically oriented, knowledgeable about capital campaigns and communications, enthusiastic, genuine, an effective manager and leader of people, a team player and one dedicated to the mission of a girl’s school. The Director of Institutional Advancement must be able to develop strong relationships with school constituents and to secure annual, capital, endowed, and planned gifts that support Convent of the Sacred Heart. The Director of Institutional Advancement will be an active partner in interactions with senior members of the faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, and members of the community.
Convent of the Sacred Heart offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including, a retirement plan, paid vacations, and medical insurance. Convent of the Sacred Heart is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis please send resume, letter of interest and references (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to:
Doug Cooney, Executive Search Consultant, DEERFIELD ASSOCIATESExecutive Search, Inc.
572 Washington Street, Suite 15, Wellesley, MA 02482 Telephone: 781-237-2800.
An equal opportunity employer, Sacred Heart seeks to hire outstanding and diverse staff and faculty who work together harmoniously toward the common mission of the school.
Internal Number: 1186
About Convent of the Sacred Heart
The Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City’s oldest independent school for girls, established in 1881 by the Society of the Sacred Heart. Part of a worldwide network of over 150 schools committed to the mission of Sacred Heart education, the school is housed in two landmark buildings on 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. Since its inception, Convent of the Sacred Heart has been governed by a strong commitment to the education of the whole child, addressing her intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional development.
Convent of the Sacred Heart is an equal opportunity employer. As an equal opportunity employer, Sacred Heart seeks to hire outstanding and diverse faculty who work together harmoniously toward the common mission of the school.