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Director of Advancement, Ecclesiastical Schools

The Catholic University of America
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 22, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Advancement, Ecclesiastical Schools

Job ID: 2021-10755
Category: Advancement

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Advancement, Ecclesiastical Schools, the Director of Advancement will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major gift prospects for the Schools of Canon Law, Philosophy, and Theology (Ecclesiastical Schools). S/he will serve as a member of the Advancement team in the division of University Advancement. His/her primary focus will be to solicit and close major gifts (defined as gifts of $50,000 and higher) for the benefit of the Ecclesiastical Schools. The position collaborates closely with the central University Advancement team, which provides resources and strategic counsel, and uniform metrics to help drive results within the schools and across the University. The Director also participates in the collaborative efforts of building alumni engagement and communicating the School’s mission, vision, and achievements to key donors, alumni, and additional external constituencies. He/she participates in setting annual targets and long-term philanthropic strategy for the Ecclesiastical Schools, and helps to execute the Schools’ philanthropic priorities in order to maximize external support.

  • Build, grow, and manage a portfolio of approximately 125 major gift prospects based on new and past donors including Ecclesiastical School Alumni. Major gift prospects are defined as having the capacity to make a $50,000 or higher commitment to the School of Philosophy. The Director of Advancement will be expected to conduct at least 100 prospect visits annually, soliciting and closing 15-25 major gifts and qualifying the same number of new major prospects each year. While yearly gift revenue goals will vary, the Director must build upon a program that currently generates 6 figure revenue annually, to achieve the aspiration of an seven-figure program by the end of the campaign.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Dean to develop an annual work plan, consistent with prescribed practice in the Division of University Advancement. The work plan will include a personal fundraising goal, goals for number of new major gift prospects identified, number of major gift and annual fund solicitations and number of prospect visits sufficient to meet established fundraising targets.
  • Collaborate with, and successfully guide academic partners through the major gift prospect development process; supporting them in building lasting and productive donor relationships.
  • Build and maintain volunteer leadership alumni or external constituencies key to the School's fundraising success. Actively manage and recruit for the School's Board of Visitors, currently at 4 members.
  • Participate in the school efforts in planning, executing and marketing events and special initiatives aimed at cultivating donors, engaging alumni, and enhancing the visibility and reputation of the school.
  • Supports the Division of University Advancement in achieving its strategic and fundraising goals, as well as Campaign goals, through positive and productive interaction and collaboration with all departmental staff, University liaisons, and external constituents.

Bachelor’s degree required and at least five (5) to six (6) years of professional experience with 3 of those in major gift fundraising, including personal solicitations with a documented record of productivity. Knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Church and its mission is preferred. Higher Education experience and is preferred.

Skill in using development-related database systems. Possession of current and valid U.S. driver’s license appropriate to the type of university vehicle and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR) as stipulated in the Vehicle Guidelines and Procedures Manual administered through the office of Environmental Health and Safety. Annual clearance of MVR check through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

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