Title: Vice President of Institutional
Status: Full-Time, 12 Month, in person, 20%
De La Salle Institute is currently accepting applications for
the position of Vice President of Institutional Advancement. This
position reports directly to the President and is a part of the
Leadership Team that is comprised of the Principal, Vice President
of Finance, and Vice President of Operations and External
Relations. The Vice President of Institutional Advancement will
work in conjunction with the Development Director, Events Manager,
Marketing/Communications Director and Board Development and
Marketing Committees to implement advancement efforts inclusive of
The De La Salle Fund for Excellence, Major Gifts, Capital
Campaigns, Special Events, Planned Gifts, Grants, and Corporation
and Foundation gifts.
De La Salle Institute is an independent Catholic secondary
school rooted in the tradition of Christian education begun by St.
John Baptist de La Salle. Founded in 1889, its mission has been,
and is, to foster a desire for excellence in education. Young
people from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds are given
the opportunity to fully develop their abilities so they may be
active, contributing members of our complex changing society.
Lasallian educators strive to model the values expressed in the
Five Principles of Lasallian education: respect for all
persons, inclusive community, faith in the presence of God, concern
for the poor and social justice, and academic excellence.
General Position Summary
The Vice President of Institutional Advancement oversees and
manages the organization’s fundraising strategy, development and
execution. The Vice President of Institutional Advancement role
requires an individual who is a strong leader, understands and is
passionate about communicating the mission and vision of De La
Salle Institute to donors and prospects in a way that both educates
and compels them to give. The successful candidate will have
experience meeting 7-figure annual fundraising goals utilizing
multiple fundraising channels. The successful candidate will be an
experienced advancement professional with progressively responsible
managerial and leadership positions in advancement; a proven track
record in principal and major gift fundraising; and a broad
understanding of the various roles, functions and responsibilities
of the different units within the Office of Advancement. The
successful candidate will continue building relationships with
vital constituencies and securing the financial resources necessary
to ensure the school’s vitality. The successful candidate will also
be an engaged, analytical, and entrepreneurial leader with a
demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, student success,
innovative enrollment growth, and the art and science of
philanthropy to support a 133-year old school, its educators and
Successful candidates will possess:
- An appreciation for De La Salle Institute’s mission as a
Catholic, Lasallian, college preparatory school serving a diverse
- A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree and CFRE credential
- Significant experience conducting or managing prospect
discovery and pipeline development, as well as cultivating and
soliciting major gifts from individuals, foundations, and/ or
- Successful experience participating in the planning for, or
implementation of, a multi-faceted comprehensive campaign.
- Demonstrated experience in developing traditional and virtual
alumnae/i and constituent engagement efforts while unapologetically
championing philanthropic participation.
- History of identifying, cultivating, and retaining trustee
candidates and other key volunteer committee members.
- Ability to serve and add value to the senior leadership of the
- Experience managing and mentoring staff to effective,
metrics-driven performance, leading with a sense of confidence and
honesty, and challenging them to meet aspirational goals and
outcomes in a cooperative, inclusive, and competitive team
- Models and embodies a personal values system that promotes and
celebrates a collaborative workplace climate that recognizes and
- Demonstrated ability to act with discretion and maintain
- Proven ability to multitask with strong time management skills
and the ability to address competing priorities in a dynamic,
The Vice President of Institutional Advancement is responsible
to work with and for the President in the successful advancement of
the mission of the Institute. In order to accomplish this, the Vice
President’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the
Crafting a vision for the advancement program in support of the
strategic plan’s goals and strategies by:
- Promoting and actively supporting a culture of philanthropy at
- Developing and successfully executing a long-range,
data-driven, aggressive strategic plan for Advancement that
supports this vision, updating the plan annually.
- Ensuring all annual plans, goals, action plans, timelines,
budgets, and outcomes for each of the advancement departments are
completed and implemented.
- Crafting and implementing a vision and plan for an innovative
alumnae/i engagement strategy reflective of the diversity of the
Fostering a strong and collaborative partnership with
school leaders by:
- Serving as a member of the Leadership Team, gaining broad
awareness of school operations while educating faculty, staff and
students on the school’s culture of philanthropy.
- Actively supporting the President’s work with major and
principal gift generation and cultivation.
- Attending Board of Directors meetings and serving as a school
liaison to the Development Committee and Marketing/Enrollment
Committee of the Board; including, and in conjunction with the
Chair and internal staff of the Committee, developing an agenda and
relevant materials for review at such meetings.
- Strengthening the policies, processes, and procedures that
facilitate collaboration within the school operations including but
not limited to school communications; finance and administration;
enrollment; and financial aid.
- Identifying and cultivating new relationships with alumnae/i
- Further developing and stewarding established relationships
with alumnae/ and friends.
- Demonstrating a culture of transparency, collaboration, and
open communication about philanthropic and alumnae/i strategies
with the school community, key volunteers, etc.
- Drafting and implementing a vision and plan for an innovative
alumnae/ engagement strategy reflective of the diversity of the
- Developing and successfully executing long-range plans.
Providing effective leadership by:
- Overseeing all aspects of the Advancement Office including
annual, major, and planned giving activities; engagement of
alumnae/i, current parents, Board and Former Board, friends, and
other constituencies; stewardship and reporting; endowments;
prospect research and management; advancement services; and event
- Managing the staff, supervising the creation of measurable
outcomes through annual operational plans with key performance
indicators, and evaluating performance.
- Developing and implementing an effective prospect management
system to ensure productive donor identification, cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship, working closely with the President,
Trustees, and others who can assist with this process.
- Working with advancement to develop and implement complex and
sensitive strategies and plans for solicitation of individual,
corporate, and foundation prospects.
- Managing a focused personal portfolio of 50 principal and
leadership gift prospects and donors.
- Providing executive leadership to key volunteer
- Creating within the department a commitment to team unity and
success while allowing for the praise of individual performance
contributing to such success.
- Providing professional development and performance
- Representing the Institute at events and functions, traveling
as necessary to achieve the school’s goals.
- Possesses a growth and builder mindset, entrepreneurial spirit,
and a commitment to continuous quality improvement.
- Demonstrates strategic leadership and an energetic, driving
personality that proactively pursues collaborative teamwork and
partnerships, both internally with school leadership and externally
in the community.
- Ability to successfully implement a comprehensive alumnae/i
relations program with the use of Class Representatives, Reunion
Giving Chairs, Reunion Committee Chairs and Alumnae/i Board.
- Understands the requisite groundwork for organizational
transformation and change management.
- A persuasive communicator who is able to listen effectively,
has strong oral and written communication skills, and a
demonstrated ability to compellingly and comfortably communicate
with a variety of audiences, inspiring support, involvement, and
- Has a proven ability to initiate and nurture highly effective
interpersonal relationships with individual trustees; prospects and
donors; faculty, staff, students; and other external
Applications should consist of:
- A detailed cover letter addressing the expectations of the
position and your qualifications in meeting them.
- A current curriculum vitae (CV).
- Contact information for five professional references, including
three direct supervisors, with a brief description explaining the
Please submit your application to:
Anne Marie Tirpak
De La Salle Institute
3434 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60616
De La Salle Institute is an equal opportunity employer and
does not discriminate.