The Mission of Marist High School as a Roman Catholic, coed high school, is to make Jesus Christ known and loved in the Marist Brothers’ tradition, while preparing students for higher education and life.
Marist High School opened its doors on September 9, 1963, under the leadership and direction of the Marist Brothers of the Schools, an international order of teaching Brothers founded in La Valla, France in 1817. The school has thrived over the last fifty-four years, and now boasts more than 18,000 alumni. Through the years, Marist has developed an innovative and demanding college preparatory curriculum that serves Chicago-area and suburban students at all academic levels, while keeping its Catholic identity at the forefront of its mission. Academically, Marist graduates have gone on to top universities across the nation and achieved success in a variety of industries. Above all, the past fifty-four years have been a journey in faith, family, and service for the school. The opportunity for young men and women to grow spiritually and live out the mission of the school by serving others has always been the guiding principle at Marist. Marist High School is poised for continued growth in all aspects of school life, and looks to be the leader in Catholic secondary education for “time and eternity.”
Reporting to the President, the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement is responsible for providing leadership and supervision of an experienced Advancement team including two major gift officers, the director of the annual fund, the constituent relations manager, the director of marketing and communications, and support staff and their work for the fundraising, marketing, and communications programs of Marist High School. This individual oversees all fundraising activities relating to annual giving (Marist Fund), planned/major giving, capital and endowment campaigns, special events and programs, donor relations/stewardship, alumnae relations, and other school-related solicitations. Additionally, the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement is responsible for preparing and monitoring the Advancement budget and generating annual goals and objectives for all areas under his/her direction. The Executive Director of Institutional Advancement attends all School Board meetings and supports the Advancement Committee Chair and the committee members.
Management of the Advancement Team
Develops short and long-term strategies, goals, and objectives.
Meets financial goals.
Ensures that all Advancement efforts are directed at increasing donor support.
Collaborates with Admissions and Marketing to communicate consistent messaging across all departments of Marist High School.
Represents Advancement interests at the senior administrative level.
Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major donors along with members of the Advancement team.
With the Advancement Team, personally engages in direct solicitation of major donors.
Oversees major gift campaign strategies and with the Advancement team coordinates the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of top prospects for the Marist Fund and other campaign initiatives.
With the Director of the Marist Fund, oversees the planning, yearly solicitation strategy, and schedule for the Marist Fund.
With the Constituent Relations Manager, oversees all events.
Develops fundraising strategies to achieve long-term endowment goals.
Works with the Advancement team to analyze current event programming to determine those with greatest return on investment.
Reviews annually all funds raised through the Advancement Office and develops strategies for increasing annual fundraising goals.
Writes grant applications and reports as needed.
Communications / Marketing
With the Director of Marketing/Communications, plans and implements a comprehensive long-range communications/marketing plan; determines plan, focus, and potential markets for admissions with annual review; oversees all electronic communications and website requirements for Marist High School; and oversees the planning and production of all external publications.
Attends all School Board meetings.
Prepares Board reports and oversees the writing of individual reports that are prepared by other members of the Advancement team.
Serves as liaison to the Advancement Committee.
Provides the President with research, background information, appropriate materials, and recommended strategies for engaging with specific constituents and donors.
Works with the President and the Advancement team to implement Marist’s existing strategic plan.
Oversees, sets direction, and supports goals for each member of the Advancement team.
Collaborates with staff in a manner that will maximize individual talents and encourage professional growth.
A practicing Catholic.
Commitment to embrace the Catholic and Marist mission and vision of Marist High School.
Ten (10) or more years of experience in advancement programs and campaigns in a Catholic or private secondary school, college or other institution.
Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in developing and accomplishing organizational and financial goals.
Success in all areas of Advancement including, but not limited to capital campaigns, annual giving, major gift solicitation, marketing and public relations.
Ambitious, proactive, resourceful, growth-oriented and results-oriented personality and disposition, willing to develop, guide, and prioritize annual goals for the Advancement program.
Ability to manage a defined portfolio of major gift prospects to closure.
Natural “networker” adept at developing and maintaining relationships with potential and current donors; demonstrated record of success with personal solicitation of major gifts.
Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and support colleagues, staff and volunteers.
Experience working with an Advancement staff and ability to create a team-centered approach with colleagues, volunteers, and the larger school community.
Proven experience in planning, implementing, and managing a comprehensive capital campaign.
Well versed in strategic planning, with skills that include creative thinking, extensive research and analysis, critical reflection, goal oriented, and practical execution.
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work well with both internal and external constituencies, effectively representing Marist High School.
Strong work ethic, evidence of good judgment, outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail, and demonstrable personal integrity.
Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, Marist’s mission, vision, and goals with clarity, passion, and persuasion.
Exposure to and understanding of strategic planning, business planning, investment strategy, resource allocation and financial planning and analysis.
Working knowledge of Blackbaud, Raiser’s Edge and other Advancement-related computer programs and apps; will work nights, weekends, early mornings and overtime, when necessary.