Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr | Bryn Mawr, PA | Director of Advancement

The DOA reports to the Head of School, manages a three-person staff, works closely with the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, and serves on the School’s seven-member senior leadership team. The DOA creates and implements all aspects of the stewardship and fundraising program, including the annual fund, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, special events, and alumnae relations to support the School’s strategic vision and to cultivate a culture of philanthropy and gratitude across all constituencies.
The next DOA will demonstrate a proven track record in high-level fundraising with a focus on individual giving and major gifts; excellent understanding of principles and techniques of development, including endowment; experience in the design and implementation of identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies; and a minimum of five years of experience directing institutional development programs in a mission-driven context. This is an essential and highly visible role in the School’s leadership. Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and impeccable organizational skills are key.
Date Posted: 09/09/2022

Date Accepting Applications Through: 10/15/2022

Job Title: Director of Advancement

Full or Part Time: Full Time

School Name: PA - Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr

Essential Responsibilities
Formulate and oversee a comprehensive development program in consultation with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees
Oversee and manage all aspects of the Advancement Office (AO) with focus on fundraising, event planning (both in-person and virtual), and alumnae relations
Developing and overseeing AO policies and procedures as well as providing oversight for the AO database (Raiser’s Edge) and internal systems for gift processing
Manage, mentor, and provide constructive and timely feedback to direct reports - Assistant Director for Annual Giving, Alumnae Relations Coordinator, and Database Administrator - and guide AO volunteers
Provide direction and support to the Head of School in fulfilling her advancement responsibilities.
Oversee the Annual Fund including educating volunteers, coordinating communications, and managing other related activities
Serve as the director for any capital and major gift campaigns
Lead the School’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Programs in collaboration with trustees and other community members
Cultivate and solicit major gift prospects personally and work closely with the Head of School, trustees, and volunteers, supporting them in all their fundraising responsibilities and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate
Act as the staff liaison to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees, including the organization of fundraising and stewardship training for the Board
Provide data, analysis of advancement program results and projections, and recommendations to school leadership and the Board of Trustees
Coordinate the design and publication of the Annual Report
Work closely and collaboratively with the senior leadership team in order to advance the mission and priorities of the School
Collaborate on marketing and communication initiatives to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation, including collaborative work on the School’s publications
Oversee and collaborate with the Parents’ Association
Remain current with advancement trends and cultivate professional standards and development by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining professional networks, and participating in local, regional, and national professional organizations
Participate in Development sessions offered by the Sacred Heart Network

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in nonprofit management or CFRE certification preferred
At least 10 to 15 years of relevant experience in an advancement office with a considerable portion of those years leading advancement programs, managing staff members, and spearheading a capital campaign(s); in an educational environment preferred
Direct experience and proven success in building relationships, directly soliciting and closing major gifts, leading a capital campaign, and managing a portfolio of major gift prospects, individually and as part of a team
Leadership experience with managing and motivating staff members and volunteers
Willingness to be part of a collaborative environment and to work closely with colleagues, board members, alumnae, and parents
Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work with all School constituents with a professional and empathetic approach while maintaining strict confidentiality
Superior communication skills both written and spoken with strong interpersonal, organizational, and managerial skills
Solid knowledge of various social media platforms and the ability to use social media to promote philanthropy and fundraising efforts.
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
Positive attitude, flexible approach, and a sense of humor
Eagerness to contribute positively to the Sacred Heart Academy community and uphold its Mission including a commitment to the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria.
Commitment to the diversity, equity, and inclusion work at the School
Strong knowledge of fundraising data software and database management software
Must be willing and able to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends
Experience with grant writing preferred

How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume to

Link to Full Description:
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.