Reporting to the Chief Advancement and Business Development Officer (CABDO), the Assistant Director will further the work and mission of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) to lead, learn, and proclaim the good news of Catholic education in the United States to Catholic schools and supporting donors and partners, according to Association strategic plans.
Position will be responsible for developing new facets of the institutional advancement program, with primary focus on expanding the basic fundraising activities and increasing grant revenues for the Association. Responsibilities will include increasing and diversifying organizational revenue streams, enhancing relationships with the philanthropic community, including past, current, and future donors, expanding the Association’s online giving capabilities, report preparation, and interaction with members and potential partners. Successful candidates will possess extensive development and fundraising experience, deep intellectual curiosity, well-developed solicitation and cultivation abilities, strong technology skills, excellent interpersonal skills, multiple project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and outside stakeholders and vendors.
Work closely with the CABDO to set fundraising strategy consistent with Association’s goals.
Increase and diversify revenue streams to help build programmatic and organizational capacity.
Develop innovative ways to expand net revenue.
Identify opportunities and effectively execute strategies for enhancing relationships with the philanthropic community, including past, current, and future donors.
Perform research on foundations and donors to evaluate prospects for foundation grants and philanthropic gifts.
Collaborate with other organizational staff to execute high-level cultivation and stewardship events.
Work collaboratively with the CABDO to refine and execute the Seton Gala, expanding gross revenue in the program in excess of 2.5% per year.
Assist in the cultivation of Seton Award recipients and gift solicitation.
Direct solicitation of gifts of $5K+ from individual donors.
Expand the Association’s online giving capabilities and gross receipts.
Provide stewardship to current donors, including providing regular written updates to corporate and foundation donors.
Work with Association services departments to secure large, multi-year grants.
Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
Ensure development records are reconciled with accounting records, timely acknowledgements are sent, donor and prospect files are maintained, and database records are maintained.
Provide consultation to Association members regarding best practices related to enrollment management and fundraising.
Provide webinars, workshops, as well as online and print resources to members regarding enrollment management and fundraising.
Other duties as assigned by the Chief Advancement and Business Development Officer.
Minimal to 25% depending on time of year
Preferred: Advanced Degree
A minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in development and fundraising activities for a non-profit or educational organization
Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing gifts and developing annual fundraising strategies
Experience and expertise in major gift cultivation in a Catholic organization preferred
Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
Ability to organize and prioritize work
Ability to work independently with little supervision
Excellent interpersonal skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint & database management experience
Relish working in a dynamic Catholic environment that is mission driven. Takes full responsibility for results. Demonstrates creative and critical thinking skills. Strong business analytics, relationship management, strategy development, and project management expertise.
Capable communicator with strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to capably present to both small and large groups. Demonstrates effective listening and interpersonal skills.
Integrity & Trust
High-energy individual who is self-motivated and confident. Has the ability to work independently and collaboratively with others. Builds positive relationships with NCEA staff as well as targeted individuals. Ability to maintain confidentiality with privileged information.
Warm, outgoing, and professional personality. Ability to interact with a diverse population across the country
Inspires, motivates and guides others toward shared goals. Coaches and challenges staff to work collaboratively to achieve advancement goals and objectives that are aligned with NCEA’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
About National Catholic Educational Association
NCEA is the largest, private professional education association in the world. NCEA works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Our membership includes more than 150,000 educators serving 1.9 million students in Catholic education. As a professional association whose focus is Catholic school education, NCEA’s focus is to lead, learn and proclaim by developing current and future leaders, providing educational resources and strategically expanding professional development opportunities for those committed to the mission of Catholic education, and serving as the national voice for Catholic schools.