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DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Executive, FT Employee
Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria, VA)
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Bishop Ireton High School
Position Summary: Founded in 1964 by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop Ireton High School, a Roman Catholic school of the Diocese of Arlington, is rooted in the 400-year-old Salesian tradition. Ireton’s mission is to educate young men and women to grown in their knowledge and love of God through learning and service. With the School on the threshold of its 50th anniversary, we are looking for a new Director of Advancement to lead the school’s development initiatives toward and through a capital campaign in conjunction with the semicentenary.
The Director of Advancement is appointed by and reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the Senior Administrative Staff. In collaboration with the Head of School and Board of Governors, the Director of Advancement’s primary duty is the responsible stewardship of the assets entrusted to Bishop Ireton. The Director of Advancement will manage the Advancement Office staff in leading a comprehensive program that attracts maximum gift support to meet the needs of the operating budget and longer-term capital expenditures.
The Director of Advancement’s primary areas of responsibility include fundraising; departmental operations; annual giving; alumni relations; information technology and data management (Raiser’s Edge); prospect research; and staff training and development.
• Design, implement, and manage all development activities including the
Annual Fund, major gifts, alumni relations, prospect research, parent and class-based giving, foundation/government grants, corporate giving, direct mail and web-based giving, special events, capital campaigns, planned giving, and other school-related solicitations.
• Develop a successful cultivation and solicitation program that increases
participation rates of alumni, current and past parents, and local community organizations in meeting school leadership involvement, gift revenue, and voluntary support goals.
• Manage all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and
relations. Provide leadership and offer support to all staff engaged in
individual, institutional, and annual fundraising programs and events.
• Work with Executive Assistant to the Head of School to schedule Head of
School to be present at as many fundraising events as possible.
• Manage Raiser’s Edge database and other development technologies.
Evaluate current system and update as needed in order to maximize efficiency in the Advancement Office and interdepartmentally.
• Process data requirements including: research and donor information; prospect management (planning and recording of prospect information); program performance management (tracking of progress of initiatives and related financial results); gift acknowledgement; and stewardship. Develop and implement process improvements where necessary.
• Ensure members of Advancement Office are trained in Raiser’s Edge and
determine ongoing training needs.
Board of Governors Relations
• Collaborate with the Development Committee of the Board of Governors
and the Head of School to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive
• Develop fundraising training for Board members and other leadership
• Assume responsibility for all Advancement reports to the Board and the
Diocese, and attends all Board meetings.
• Assist the Board with recommending and researching potential new
• Manage and work closely with Director of Alumni Relations to organize
and support the Alumni Association and all contacts with alumni, including
alumnae from St. Mary’s Academy. Actively cultivate positive
relationships with alumni.
• With Director of Alumni Relations organize and attend alumni events.
Schedule Head of School to be at as many of these events as possible
and attend events at which Head of School cannot be present.
• Keep accurate records of the School’s alumni and oversee maintenance of alumni database.
• Work with the PTO, Mother’s Club, Father’s Club, and other parent
organizations to identify and train a core group of volunteers to assist in
the Annual Fund and other fundraising programs as needed.
Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
• Work closely with the Director of Communications, Director of Admissions,
and the Head of School to develop public relations plan and an advertising
• Create and implement a comprehensive, coordinated marketing and
communications program using applicable print and digital media to
effectively communicate the School’s messages and goals to all
stakeholders including publications, website and social media pages,
student recruitment materials, and press releases.
• Design and oversee production of all major publications, including
newsletters, the Annual Report, the School’s website, and working with
designers and printers to promote the school’s fund and friend raising
goals and activities.
• Ensure that all special events with various constituents are captured on
film and cataloged accurately for future use in publications.
• Collect news and information about alumni, donors, parents, students,
faculty, staff, and others for publicity of the School’s programs.
• Create and implement a communication and promotional plan for
• Ensure that all promotional materials maintain a consistent messaging and
branding, particularly as they should flow from and toward the School’s
• Develop and implement strategies to promote Bishop Ireton High
School’s mission to both the internal constituencies of the School and the
community at large.
• On occasion, write copy for Head of School for public addresses and
Internal Communications and Management
• Manage inter-office communications, particularly with Head of School
Office, Finance Office, and Athletics. Work collaboratively with members
of the administrative team in order to adhere to gift processing, accounting,
and reporting policies.
• Lead in the preparation of all development related information and reports
needed by the Head of School, Board Advancement Committee, Diocesan
officials, and other stakeholder organizations as assigned.
• Maintain positive relationship with various offices of the Arlington Diocese.
File requested reports to these offices in a timely manner. Attend all
meetings, workshops, and conferences expected by the Diocese. Develop
positive relationships with development offices in schools within the
Diocese as well as other area schools.
• Provide leadership and direction to the Advancement staff. Develop and
motivate staff to ensure a high degree of work proficiency, professionalism
and high performance; supervise the recruitment, management,
development, and retention of professional and support staff.
• Ensure the effective utilization of personnel, establishing appropriate levels of accountability, and evaluating performance. Develop a strong sense of teamwork and communication to establish an environment that fosters mentoring and support.
• Keep the Head of School and applicable Board and Diocesan leaders
informed with current, accurate reports as directed of the progress of all
advancement programs and activities.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
• Must be a practicing Roman Catholic. Bachelor’s degree is required. A
Master’s degree is preferred.
• At least 10 years of progressively responsible advancement services. A
broad background in annual giving, alumni relations, and advancement
services within a not-for-profit organization, academic enterprise, or other
environment of similar complexity with multiple stakeholders. Experience
as a senior development professional with a record of progressive
accomplishment in the operational management and support of complex
development (or analogous) organizations.
• A thorough understanding of complex, large-scale fundraising operations
and the infrastructure that supports them. Must have planned and
administered at least one capital campaign with proven success. Capacity
to build a campaign within a longer term strategic plan.
• Knowledge of industry-standard development software platforms,
specifically, possessing a strong proficiency in Raiser’s Edge, and superior
capability in creative database management. Proven expertise in
technology and other innovations that can streamline the development
process and contribute to the integration of advancement functions.
• Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and
direction with at least five years of supervisory experience.
• Superior interpersonal skills; an engaging manner, and the capacity to
inspire and motivate staff, faculty and administrative leaders, volunteers,
donors, and prospects. Ability to develop trust and strong collaborative
working relationships. Must have a strong record of recruiting and
developing exceptional people.
• Superior presentation skills, including the presence to deal effectively with
senior level administrators. Excellent communication skills, including the
ability to write and speak clearly and effectively and deliver an effective,
coherent, and consistent message. A communication style that is open,
cordial, and issues-focused. Able to manage donor relations confidentially
and maneuver in high-end environments with aplomb.
• Must possess a passion for Bishop Ireton’s mission as a Catholic school in
the Salesian tradition. Commitment to a service-leadership institutional
• Unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness. (103)
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