Director of Institutional Advancement
Norwood-Fontbonne Academy (NFA) is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and ambitious Director of Institutional Advancement (DIA) to serve as an integral member of its dedicated leadership team. NFA is a pre-k through grade 8, Catholic, independent, co-ed, elementary school sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph and located in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. The DIA is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive, high-touch institutional advancement program for NFA.
The DIA identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors to advance the mission of NFA from within all its constituencies, including the Advisory Board, Development Committee members, faculty and staff, alumni, current and past parents, grandparents, foundations, corporations, and other members of the community at large. The successful candidate's focus is on building a culture of philanthropy and engagement among all constituencies.
The DIA oversees the Office of Institutional Advancement and related personnel. The DIA serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and works closely with its members, as well as with all school constituencies.
This position is an on-site, full-time, 12-month position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Leads and manages all aspects of a comprehensive advancement program, including fundraising, advancement services, development communications, and alumni and constituent relations.
With the support of the President, maintain a portfolio of major and planned giving donors to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward through the major gift process.
Effectively manage, mentor, and support the Institutional Advancement team.
Interact with school leadership, administrators, faculty, and Advancement staff to consult on school needs; formulate proposal strategies and identify high-level donors.
Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in cultivating and stewarding top donors.
With the support of the President, maintain a portfolio of businesses to discover, cultivate, solicit, and steward through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC).
Support and collaborate with Advisory Board members and the Development Committee of the Board; assist in development and implementation of strategic plans.
Implement a plan for communication with all constituencies. Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to coordinate all constituent communications, including the Annual Report.
Develop, design, and execute a portfolio of annual events that effectively serve to steward and cultivate relationships and raise funds in support of NFA's mission.
Manage the departmental budget, ensuring appropriate allocation and usage of resources.
Essential Skills, Requirements, Education, and Experience
Demonstrates a commitment to embracing Catholic education, specifically the mission of NFA and the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
A minimum of 5-7 years in a leadership role in development/advancement with primary experience in major gifts, annual fund, and alumni relations in an educational setting or other relevant organization. Preference for independent school experience.
Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.
Proven experience with cultivating and closing major gifts.
Strong knowledge of development databases, systems, and reporting.
Exceptional personal integrity, accountability, and commitment to results.
A team player and team builder that has a passion for and commitment to achieving excellence in all aspects of the school's mission.
Proven success developing, managing, and building relationships with a focus on alumni, current parents, alumni parents, any major donors, faculty and staff, foundations, and corporations. Experience with boards is valued.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and editing experience.
Strong ability to identify and resolve issues. Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in developing a long-term strategic vision and accomplishing organizational and financial goals.
Results-oriented, able to see concepts and ideas through to implementation with the assistance of key constituencies; demonstrates a strong ability to set and meet deadlines.
Self-motivated with a strong work ethic, requiring minimal direction for completing assignments and projects.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of introduction and resume to Dr. Ryan Killeen, President c/o [email protected] No phone inquiries, please.