Development Director - Catholic Memorial High School

AFP SE WI Administrator
November 22, 2017

Position Description

The Development Director is responsible for institutional fundraising and is responsible for creating the development plan and successfully implementing development activities for Catholic Memorial High School.   In collaboration with the President, applicable school committees and board, the director will implement the school development program and cultivate relationships with key constituent groups. The development plan, under the director's supervision, will advance the mission, vision, and values of the school.  Development Director reports to the President.

Duties and Responsibilities

Direct and Implement the School Development Program

  1. Work with the administration of the school to establish goals and objectives related to fundraising; including planned gifts, major gifts, grants, annual gifts, endowed funds, special event and capital campaigns.
  2. Create, publish and present various development reports.
  3. Create and promulgate the development calendar.
  4. Maintain, rate and update a current prospect database of all constituents groups to include current and potential donors, alumni, grandparents, parishioners, foundations, businesses, religious orders and friends.
  5. Collaborate with the Archdiocesan Development Directors group.
  6. Participate in the administrative team planning and coordination.
  7. Maintain and update a current stewardship database to acknowledge and track gifts, correspondence and communication with donors.
  8. Serve as a resource and coordinator for any events or other school fund-raising activity and serve as liaison with CMH Development Committee and Development & Alumni Sub-Committee.
  9. Solicit, recruit, and organize fundraising volunteers.
  10. Direct alumni relations coordinator and provide assistance and materials to alumni planning committees.
  11. Lead, direct and motivate parents, students, faculty and staff in development events and activities.
  12. Educate teachers, parents, parishioners in the mission and ministry of philanthropy.
  13. Write, publish, and mail an alumni magazine two times a year, including annual report.
  14. Monitor Development budget.

Implement the Annual Fund Program

  1. Design and execute the annual fund direct mail campaign.
  2. Conduct a telephone follow-up to the annual appeal using volunteer callers of parents, alumni and students.
  3. Make personal solicitation call to selected major donors.
  4. Provide creative direction in the theme, branding and collateral used to promote annual fund.
  5. Create and publish annual fund reports.

Plan, organize and execute special events

  1. Execute Legacy Dinner, Golf Outing, Auction, Homecoming Tailgate/Fifth Quarter, Presidents Circle, and other events directed by the President.
  2. Coordinate and lead volunteer efforts for events.  Research and investigate cost effective options for successful events.
  3. Create follow-up reports on event outcomes.

Identify and Manage Grants

  1. Identify projects to be funded, obtaining input from the President and the Principal.
  2. Research foundations that match CMH funding priorities.
  3. Contact the appropriate foundation officers for grant guidelines and applications.
  4. Write and submit grant proposals.
  5. Network with the community and family foundations.

Execute and Coordinate a Planned Giving Program

  1. Using screening and rating information, develop a planned giving prospect database.
  2. Create Planned Giving materials.
  3. Identify, cultivate and solicit Planned Giving prospects.
  4. Develop and hold informational sessions on the topic of Planned giving.

Education, Training and/or Experience

  1. Bachelor's degree in a related field required.
  2. Three years of development experience required. Demonstrated accomplishments in fundraising, grants, planned giving, writing and special events. 
  3. Computer literate in MS Office and database management required. 
  4. Proficiency using Blackbaud Raisers Edge or comparable donor data base required
  5. Knowledge of and experience in management, planning, program development and execution.  Demonstrated ability to support and promote teachings of the Catholic faith and the mission of a Catholic high school.

Position Specifications/Requirements

  1. Experience in directing and implementing a development program.
  2. Understanding and experience in the fundamentals of development; funding, major gifts, annual fund and special events.
  3. Proficient in written and verbal communication, specifically technical and promotional writing skills.
  4. Ability to develop trust and establish credibility.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  6. Ability to work independently.
  7. Knowledge of and adherence to ethical standards of the development profession.
  8. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  9. Proficiency in MS Office and database management, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
  10. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to present publicly and represent the mission of CMH.
  11. Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  12. Ability to research and write grants.
  13. Ability to assemble team and direct work of others.
  14. Ability to drive to multiple locations and transport other staff.
  15. To articulate, lead and conform departmental goals to coincide with the school’s vision.
  16. Understanding of the teaching of the Catholic faith and Catholic school operations particularly the theology of stewardship.
  17. Passion for the value of and need to support Catholic education.
  18. Bilingual abilities are a plus.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

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