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Vice President of Advancement

Saint Peter's Preparatory School
New Jersey, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 28, 2023

For over 150 years, Saint Peter’s Prep has stood proudly as one of New Jersey’s premier educational institutions and the state’s only Jesuit secondary school. Prep is located in the historic Paulus Hook neighborhood on the Jersey City waterfront and serves a high-achieving student body of 900 young men who represent 140 different communities in 11 counties, plus New York City. In 2018, the school completed a $56 million capital campaign, in addition to receiving some $2.5 million in general support annually during that same period. Prep is currently engaged in its fourth modern capital campaign, Forever Forward, continuing the work of providing cutting-edge educational facilities while respecting the historic fabric of the campus. At this time, coming from a position of strength and accomplishment, Prep is seeking an experienced, talented and inspiring professional to lead the Advancement Office into its next successful chapter. 

The Vice President of Advancement directs a broad-based Advancement program--including annual giving, alumni relations, prospect research, special events, parent relations, and the Raiser’s Edge database. This includes leading a team of Advancement professionals and helping to plan and meet the institutional goals of the Advancement Office. The Vice President of Advancement is tasked with securing major and planned gifts and reports to the President.


  • Oversees an annual fundraising plan and corresponding programs to meet established departmental goals and objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: directing strategic initiatives for securing donations to the Annual Fund and other funds including the capital campaign via interpersonal, direct marketing, and digital channels; implementing alumni, parent and friend giving programs; executing prospect research to support fundraising at both the annual and major-gift levels; and developing new approaches to complement traditional advancement initiatives.
  • Employs data analytics in developing proactive and progressive Advancement initiatives and associated goals; also, establishes and monitors achievement of data-driven performance metrics.
  • Provides daily management of an Advancement staff that (currently) consists of three directors (Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Special Events/Parent Relations), the Database Manager, and a part-time associate. This includes establishing annual goals and providing regular performance reviews.
  • Works in tandem with the Vice President for Planning & Principal Giving regarding acquisition of major gifts.
  • Develops and directs overall donor/prospect cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement, recognition and stewardship activities.
  • Manages a personal portfolio of prospects and donors to cultivate, solicit and secure funds for various Prep initiatives; goals to be set annually. 
  • Works collaboratively with the members of the Finance Office on monthly reconciliations and financial reports.
  • Supervises the development and the execution of the comprehensive alumni relations program, which includes reunions, awards dinners and regional gatherings, as well as an active Alumni Board.
  • Supervises the development and the execution of the parent relations program, which includes on-campus social and/or cultivation events, and stewardship of parent volunteers.  
  • Supervises the development and the execution of the management of gift processing and donor acknowledgements, as well as the broader Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Supervises the development and the execution of major fundraising and cultivation events, including the President’s Dinner, the Fashion Show, the Grand Gala, and the Golf Tournament.
  • Prepares the annual President’s Report, which includes all relevant financial and donor-recognition data, in collaboration with the Communications Office.
  • Meets regularly with the President regarding advancement goals and initiatives; also, serves as the liaison to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees. 
  • Fosters an atmosphere of enthusiasm for the school beyond the Advancement program and, as appropriate, attends Saint Peter’s Prep events and activities.


  • An understanding of Saint Peter’s Prep and its Jesuit educational mission.
  • Proven track record of fundraising results that includes identifying and stewarding 6-figure donors
  • 5+ years of previous experience as an administrator in a successful fundraising environment, preferably in an independent school or similar not-for-profit organizational setting.
  • Proficiency with the Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Proven organizational, writing and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to balance priorities in a multi-faceted environment.
  • Local/regional and occasional national travel is expected. 
  • Ability to lead and inspire the members of the school’s Advancement team, while also serving as a respected and effective leader within the broader Prep community.

Founded in 1872, Saint Peter’s Prep is a Catholic, Jesuit high school of approximately 900 boys in downtown Jersey City, NJ, with a highly diverse population. Saint Peter’s does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnic origin or sexual orientation in any of its employment policies.  

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