The Director of Advancement of Guardian Catholic School is responsible for fundraising activities and efforts to support Guardian Catholic School and serves as the principal spokesperson and face of the organization to donors. The Director of Advancement is expected to be active and visible in the Jacksonville community, an established and recognized leader in the nonprofit sector, experienced in leading fundraising activities, and able to secure major gifts from individuals, corporate partnerships, and foundations.
The Director of Advancement will be expected to create and implement a program from the cultivation and acquisition of a new donor to the stewardship of long-time donors. The Director of Advancement must maintain a strong line of communication with the Head of School and Principal of Guardian Catholic School consistently asking for direction and advice on all areas of fundraising initiatives to assure that all initiatives are in line with the needs of the school and above all, aligned to the Mission of Guardian Catholic School.
Essential duties and responsibilities
1. Develop and maintain a portfolio of existing major donors. 2. Identify and cultivate new major gift prospects. This effort will require working with the Board to help identify new opportunities and develop new relationships with these potential new donors. 3. Lead fundraising efforts for the entire body of current and past donors, regardless of the size of the donation. 4. Identify foundations and grants that are appropriate for Guardian Catholic School and assist other staff members with writing the proposals, utilizing the Board to open doors and introduce Guardian to the funding sources. 5. Manage an active school tour program for donors and prospects always with the approval of the Head of School and Principal of Guardian Catholic School. 6. Create, manage and oversee the development of revenue and operational expense budgets with the Program Manager of Finance and Development. 7. Advise the Board at each meeting, and more frequently if asked, on the status of fundraising appeals and activities. 8. Manage all public relations efforts with donors, in coordination with the Diocesan Communications Office, for the Guardian to create greater awareness of the Guardian’s Mission, and the School. Efforts to include newsletter development, creation of other forms of media and related informational pieces, article preparation and distribution of materials resulting in the goal of increased funding. 9. Develop recognition programs for donors that will both thank the donor and encourage future donations. 10. Manage and oversee all events that recognize donors, showcase the school and students, or encourage donations such as the annual golf tournament. 11. Cultivate relationships with other nonprofit organizations, foundations, intermediaries and agencies for the advancement of Guardian Catholic School. 12. Supervise the Guardian office team.
Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 10 years of experience in the nonprofit development sector are required. Experience must include demonstrated accomplishments with fundraising and stewardship. Prior supervisory experience is also a must. A practicing Catholic is preferred. The successful candidate will possess the ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail, possess superior organizational skills, and effective communication skills; both oral and written. A high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required. Prior experience with donor software, such as Raiser’s Edge, is a plus. The leader in this role must consistently demonstrate a positive, friendly and respectful attitude with colleagues, the public, our students, our student’s parents, our School staff, and the general public ensuring to project a welcoming and faith-based atmosphere to all who visit the Guardian Office, School, or elsewhere.
According to education and experience.