Director of Major Gifts
The Director of Major and Planned Gifts applies operational leadership and creative thinking to execute a comprehensive development program in support of West Catholic’s long-term strategic goals. Develops and implements major giving and planned giving strategies (along with Director of Advancement) designed to attract the maximum gift support possible to the school. Embraces West Catholic’s mission and core values in all facets of the development process.
Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Major and Planned Gifts will be responsible for managing a portfolio of 150 major gift prospects including alumni and friends of West Catholic Preparatory High School. The Director of Major and Planned Gifts will work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement and Marketing Manager to identify and qualify prospects, and to design and develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies that match donor’s interests.
Duties and Responsibilities
Maintains an active portfolio of 150-175 major giving, EITC/OSTC, and planned giving prospects and works to exceed annual visit, solicitation and realized gift goals.
Stewards and grows the Brother Richard Kestler Legacy Society Membership • Increases contributions and gifts by directly and personally engaging in active stewardship, cultivation and direct solicitation of planned and major gift prospects.
Forges strong relationships with alumni, and other potential supporters to influence and maximize contributions
Maintains accurate and timely records of meeting and donor interactions in CRM • Assesses the quality and efficiency of the development process by keeping relevant reports and statistics on all aspects of the role. Continuously evaluates and evolves planned giving programs and major gift strategies.
Collaborates closely with Development team members to reduce duplication and inefficiencies.
Keeps up-to-date with innovative developments and trends in relevant fields. • Displays the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards, acting as a role model.
Makes the most of all opportunities to continue developing as a professional; acts to keep self professionally competent.
Proactively acts as a community liaison and supports public relations and fundraising activities of Development.
Actively participates in internal and external meetings, such as department, administration, school meetings, etc.
Builds and maintains a professional rapport with a broad audience – alumni, donors, and all other staff.
Interacts and participates with the school community as a whole, attending games, fairs, school events, etc.
- Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree
- Knowledgeable on database management, especially Raiser’s Edge • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback well
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work productively and positively with staff, alumni, and community. • Motivated and self-starter
- Three years of professional fundraising or other related fields
- Two years of major gift experience preferred
Candidates interested in the position are invited to submit a resume and a cover letter expressing interest in the position and, reflecting on the vision and mission of the school and how your experience, either personal or professional, would contribute to West Catholic Preparatory High School’s inclusive and diversity community.
Interviews will be granted to the most qualified applicants.
PA required clearances and Safe Environment Certification and official transcripts will be required before employment can begin.
As a religious organization, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is also bound by Canon Law and Catholic teachings. For this reason, there may be occasions when an employee’s failure to adhere to the truths of the Catholic faith are a factor in employment-related decisions. In the event an employee fails to adhere to, or takes a position publicly that is contrary to, Catholic doctrine and teachings, or any policy or procedure maintained by the Archdiocese, the employee may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Employment practices will not be influenced by an individual’s legally protected status or any other basis as may be required by local, state and/or federal law as those laws apply to the Archdiocese.
Any employee with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace is encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of Human Resources. Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.