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Director of Advancement

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About the Position


West Catholic High School is seeking a Director of Advancement who will be responsible for West Catholic’s fundraising strategy, alumni relations and development of funds to support operations. The Director of Advancement will work collaboratively with other areas of operational vitality at West Catholic as we further the school’s mission.

The following are characteristics of an ideal candidate:
Passionate about West Catholic and the mission of Catholic education
Innovative and responsive to manage a hard-working team and build a strong rapport with colleagues and members of the community
Collaborative through effective listening and proactive communication
Eager to promote the mission of West Catholic to form disciples of Christ through a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Holidays and Paid Time Off benefits, student tuition discount benefit of up to 80% after 1 year of service.

Job Duties

Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy to support the financial needs of the school, including annual giving campaigns, major gifts, planned giving and special events
Lead a team of employees for their hiring, onboarding, training, scheduling, supervision and performance reviews
Establish standard operating procedures, work performance standards, work schedules and basic job descriptions for development staff
Develop procedures for the processing of gifts to the school
Coordinate meetings with benefactors
Collaborate with the school leadership team for the cross-departmental work of events, communications and relationship management
Maintain databases of all donor information, alumni information and data trends of philanthropic giving to the school
Stay informed on emerging practices in nonprofit institutional advancement strategy
Manage and enhance the school’s alumni relations, fostering connections and engagement with former students through events, newsletters, social media and alumni networks
Attend major events in the Greater Grand Rapids area for the development of alumni relations and donor relations
Work in conjunction with the development committee of the governing board
Meet regularly with the President/CEO and attend all appropriate meetings with the Diocese of Grand Rapids
Create, maintain and implement a development plan that includes communication timelines, development strategy and avenues for maintaining donor relationships
Uphold the mission of West Catholic to form disciples of Christ through a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education, with value placed on the dignity of work and the dignity of the human person
Performs other duties as assigned by the President/CEO or Principal


Job Qualifications and Requirements:
Dedication to the mission of Catholic education
Three years of relationship management experience
One year of supervisory experience
Maintain, or willing to become and maintain, certifications and training necessary for Catholic school institutional advancement
Minimum bachelor’s degree in a related field
Practicing Catholic preferred

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete an application for employment or send resumes to:
Don St. Andre
Human Resources Director
Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools
Deadline: Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.