The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for further advancing the system by managing donor qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of gifts greater than $10,000. The CDO, while managing a list of roughly 125 prospective and current donors, is responsible for raising both restricted and unrestricted gifts for the annual fund, St. Mary’s Springs Academy Foundation, and capital campaigns. In close partnership with the System President and Board of Directors, the CDO is responsible for enhancing the image of St. Mary’s Springs Academy, communication of the mission and vision of the system, and developing the financial support necessary to ensure a strong vibrant future. Practicing Catholic is preferred.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages a robust portfolio of approximately 125 current and prospective donors.
Develop and execute strategies to continually identify, cultivate and solicit alumni, parents (past and current), and friends capable of making five to six figure gifts. This includes:
Working closely with the System President to identify donors who have capacity to make major gifts and to identify alignments with SMSA gifting platforms. These platforms include: annual fund giving, endowment giving (via the SMSA Foundation), capital campaigns, and special projects.
Devising and executing effective engagement, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies.
Develop expertise and strategies inclusive of all gifting vehicles (i.e. planned giving, on-line gifting, etc.).
Develop and implement donor events to support retention and gift increases and prospect events to secure new major gifts.
Support the Special Events Coordinator on selecting and soliciting annual major sponsors of the System’s primary fundraising events (Ledgerfest and Swing Fore Springs).
Assist in the development of marketing strategies and platforms which aim to better educate, engage and entice prospective donors including collateral materials, SMSA website giving pages, planned-giving seminars/workshops, social media campaigns, e-communication strategies, and special events.
Work collaboratively with the System President and Board of Directors to identify system needs and establish long-term fundraising and campaign strategies and timelines specifically focused on endowment growth, capital improvement campaigns (athletics, performing arts, etc.) and other fundraising activities.
Work in partnership with the SMSA leadership to shape the mission and vision of the institution by serving as a member of the Leadership Team, engaging in development and forward progress of the strategic plan, and being actively engage in the school and broader community.
Three to five years of related experience preferred. Demonstration of successful fundraising and or campaign management also preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package including health insurance, retirement benefits, tuition remission, etc. Benefits subject to eligibility criteria.