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Development Officer

Saint Vincent Academy
New Jersey, United States
$60,000.00 - $80,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 18, 2024

Job Title: Development Officer


About the Position:

Saint Vincent Academy (SVA) is seeking a Development Officer for a full-time position. The Development Officer will work with the development team to diversify and grow the current fundraising program, which includes donor research, recruitment, cultivation, retention, stewardship, and donor recognition. The role includes frontline fundraising and administrative responsibilities.

A successful candidate for this position is a self-motivated individual with outstanding organization and interpersonal skills, proven attention to detail and follow-through and enthusiasm for SVA’s mission.



The Development Officer is a part of SVA’s development team and is responsible for supporting the mission and strategic priorities of SVA to secure funding from their community.

Support all aspects of major gift fundraising, including campaigns along with working in collaboration with the other development team members to identify and qualify prospective donors to ensure the implementation of timely cultivation and solicitation strategies. Responsible for maintaining the major gift prospect pipeline, plan, and timeline, fundraising progress reports, and goals, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities in support of fundraising goals and priorities.



Identify, qualify, and develop prospective individuals, corporations, and foundation donors to expand existing prospect pipelines.

Work together as a team to execute a systematic, strategic plan to diversify, strengthen and increase the funding base to create new opportunities for funding, for both capital projects in addition to other major gift fundraising initiatives.

Support the development team, board members and school leadership by developing existing and new donors.

Take lead on creating a strong solicitation strategy, including preparing development-related communication materials in support of SVA’s fundraising activities, such as briefing/proposal materials, case statements, reports, and others.

Conduct in-person development, briefing and solicitation meetings, independently and in partnership with the development team, principal, board, and school staff.

Maintain detailed records of all donor contact information, history and moves management tracking. Provide accurate and timely reports, data, and supporting information, as needed.

Develop ongoing relationships with key prospects and donors.

Assist with creation of SVA’s marketing and collateral pieces; distribute as appropriate to donors, potential donors, and partners.

Participate in community relations activities as necessary to promote SVA and develop donor relationships.

Assist the development team in planning, organizing, and implementing annual special events to support fundraising needs and promote continuous donor development.

Perform other duties as required or assigned.




Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

3-4 years of development/fundraising experience.

Demonstrated ability in securing grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and/or other private funding sources.

Demonstrate knowledge of development/fundraising best-practices, protocols, procedures, and data management – Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.



Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Must be able to take initiative, maintain good communications and develop effective relationships with donors, board members, prospects, and colleagues.

Ability to work effectively in a team focused environment, independently and as a development team member.

Ability to work with Microsoft Office Suite products, especially Word and Excel.

Database management skills, specifically Raiser’s Edge.

Dedicated individual to support the legacy and mission of Saint Vincent Academy.

Extended knowledge of Newark business, professional, educational, and community organizations.



To apply, please submit your resume along with a cover letter describing your interest in the position. Please combine the resume and cover letter into one attachment.


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