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West Catholic High School

Director of Major Gifts

Job Description

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.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience 
  • 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 

To Apply: 

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.  

Please submit materials to Ms. Theresa Malandra, Director of Institutional  Advancement at 
Deadline for applications is May 8, 2023 

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.