St. Mary's Academy (SMA) is seeking a Director of Advancement. This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position reporting directly to the President of SMA.
The Director of Advancement provides leadership for all fundraising efforts and with Advancement Team members coordinates community wide fundraising and friendraising events. The Director of Advancement identifies, cultivates and coordinates solicitation of gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and others including one on one solicitation. The Director of Advancement serves as a member of the Administrative Team and works closely with the Board of Trustees and Finance/Endowment Committee, Capital Campaign Team, Academy Parents Board and the Alumnae Board. The Director of Advancement is comfortable in a team oriented, collaborative decision-making environment.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Direct, coordinate and monitor activities of the Advancement Team to achieve agreed upon goals.
Effective, cooperative member of the Administration Team working in a collaborative environment within the Loretto School Values.
Responsible for meeting fundraising goals and managing budgets effectively.
Lead and develop fundraising efforts including Capital Campaign, Annual Fund, Endowment and Events (Golf and Gala) resulting in successful goal achievement. Build and develop new fundraising initiatives for major gifts and planned giving.
Direct new donor prospect identification, cultivation and solicitation efforts.
Provide leadership to Advancement Team members including:
Manager of Admissions and Advancement Database
Advancement Events Coordinator
Annual Fund/Alumnae Coordinator
Provide leadership and work with team members to ensure:
Planning, development and implementation of quality events and activities
Accurate and up-to-date database records and files
Accurate financial reports related to fundraising efforts and events
Timely donation processing, tracking and donor recognition
Quality, effective communications to donors and prospective donors including mass mailings, acknowledgments and electronic/social media
Carry out staff leadership responsibilities in accordance with SMA values and policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, new hire recommendations, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints.
Education and qualifications should include the following:
Bachelor’s degree in business, finance or related area
An understanding of and appreciation for the challenge of fundraising and volunteer management
Commitment to employing a positive, growth mindset to fundraising
Demonstrates history of personal fund-raising success
Successful Capital Campaign experience
Demonstrated ability in successfully planning, organizing and directing the work of fundraising/development staff to accomplish objectives
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written, with others from diverse backgrounds
Ability to develop, implement and maintain efficient and effective processes
Willingness to build and maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues and parents
Ability to effectively lead and motivate staff within the Loretto School Values
Ability to interact effectively as a team member and independently with school, faculty and staff
Proven experience and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database
A sense of resonance with the St. Mary's Academy mission
Bachelors/Master’s degree (MA/MS) or equivalent from an accredited university in business, management or related field; and a minimum of five years related experience and/or training in fundraising or donor development or equivalent combination of education and experience.