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Director of Advancement $101,000 – $140,000/yr

Flintridge Sacred Heart (La Canada)






Job Title: Director of Advancement

Salary Range: $101,000 – $140,000/yr

Status: Regular, Full-Time

Work Year: 12 months

Classification: Exempt

Supervisor: President

Summary: Reporting directly to the President, the Director of Advancement (DOA) is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the advancement department. The DOA is responsible for increasing Flintridge Sacred Heart’s fundraising capacity by identifying, attracting and securing non-tuition revenue in support of the goals of the school. The DOA also serves as a member of the Academy Administration, the senior management team of the school.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity is a vital element of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s mission to educate young women for a life of faith, integrity and truth. At Flintridge Sacred Heart, we seek to create and sustain a vibrant, inclusive community and we value and appreciate the uniqueness contained within each person so as to honor the diversity of God’s creation.


The DOA oversees a department of three, including direct supervision of the Director of Annual Fund the Special Events Coordinator, and the Advancement Coordinator. Supervisory responsibilities are full scope including recruiting, assisting in hiring, training, staff development, team building, evaluating, counseling and terminating.
The DOA is expected to foster employee development, engagement and retention.

Essential Job Functions:


Oversight of development operating functions described above.
Serves as co-moderator with the Principal of Parent Groups (Parent’s Guild, Friends of the Arts and Booster Club) with regard to fundraising initiatives.
Prepares and implements annual advancement plan to ensure achievement of school strategic and operating goals.
Ensures that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the school’s values, mission, vision and plans.

Board Administration

Manages the advancement committee of the Board of Directors and serves as staff for the board to report updates on advancement and other strategic initiatives.
With the President, determines fundraising accountability for board members and helps empower board engagement.
Capital Campaign and Major Gifts

Serves as the senior strategist in the development and implementation of major capital campaign program upon implementation.
Assures appropriate prospect research; develops a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the school that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
Manages a substantive portfolio of major gift prospects ($25,000 and above).
Manages prospect management and tracking system, including ensuring documentation of all initiatives with major gift prospects.
Manages the development and writing of proposals and solicitation materials.
Assures the design and implementation of acknowledgment, stewardship and recognition programs with feedback and necessary check off systems.

Marketing and Communications

Works collaboratively with marketing and communications efforts designed to create awareness of Flintridge Sacred Heart’s mission, vision and goals, attract applicants, donors and foster support for the school.
Performance Management

In coordination with the CFO, oversees performance measures, monitors results and helps the President and Board of Directors evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s advancement program.
Budget Administration

In coordination with the Director of Finance and Operations, assures sound fiscal operation of the advancement function including goal setting, budget analysis, projections and variance analysis.

Other Job Functions:

Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.
Executes all other reasonable duties assigned by the President.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

Microsoft Office: Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook functions.
Database Software: Strong working knowledge of windows-based donor software packages such as Raiser’s Edge and Greater Giving.
Fundraising: Successful track record of obtaining capital campaign gifts, including major gifts and endowment gifts through the development of deep relationships; adept at writing proposals, solicitation letters, donor correspondence and other types of materials to enhance fundraising. Ability to travel locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Must be willing to work weekends and weeknight events, as needed.
Management: Experienced in managing, motivating and developing staff.
Problem Solving and Analysis: Strong ability to identify problems, conduct appropriate analysis and reach effective solutions.
Goal Attainment: Demonstrated ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize and implement to completion.
Working Characteristics:

Mission: Must possess a spirit open to the pursuit of faith, integrity and truth.
Organization: Must possess ability to multitask, attend to detail, organize work effectively, meet deadlines and report status of work in a regular and systematic fashion; strong project management skills are essential.
Communication: Must possess excellent written and verbal communications skills; ability to develop and present presentations to both small and large groups.
People Skills: Strong interpersonal and social skills. Must seek to create and maintain positive relationships with employees, parents, alumnae, donors and other school constituencies encountered.
Initiative: Must possess the ability to proactively initiate, participate and follow through in strategic planning matters and on work assigned. Positive attitude and teamwork perspective is essential.
Learning Posture: Must maintain a learning posture, embrace change and individual and institutional growth. Expected to participate in professional development training and the annual employee retreat.
Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Requires a majority of time (up to 70%) to be spent sitting.
Some standing required and the ability to lift, carry and/or pull at least 10 pounds.
Adverse movements required such as reaching overhead, bending, or crouching.
Simultaneous/repetitive use of both hands is required for writing and data entry.
Excellent sensory skills are important (sight, hearing and speech).

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Flintridge Sacred Heart is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, Flintridge Sacred Heart maintains a strict policy prohibiting unlawful discrimination and retaliation. This policy applies to all employees of Flintridge Sacred Heart, including supervisors and non-supervisory employees. All aspects of employment with Flintridge Sacred Heart will be governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by an individual’s race, ancestry, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, marital status, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability (physical or mental including HIV/AIDS diagnosis), pregnancy (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), age (40 or over), military and veteran status, or exercising the right to any legally provided leave of absence in the application of any policy, practice, rule or regulation. All decisions made with respect to recruiting and hiring, evaluations and promotions for all job classifications will be based solely on individual qualifications as related to the requirements of the position. Likewise, all other personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, transfers, lay-offs, training, educational opportunities and programs will be administered free from any illegal discriminatory practices.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $101,000.00 – $140,000.00 per year


Dental insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
Vision insurance

8 hour shift
Ability to commute/relocate:

La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Fundraising: 5 years (Required)
Microsoft Office: 5 years (Required)
Work Location: One location


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required. Higher or professional degrees and/or advanced fundraising certificate preferred.
A minimum of seven years of fundraising experience with three years of management experience with increasing levels of responsibility; direct stewardship of Boards of Directors.
Substantive experience with planning, managing and successfully implementing a major capital campaign, including making cold calls, developing cultivation and solicitation strategies and closing major gifts.

Wage Range
The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget. New hires are commonly paid at the minimum of the wage range or within the lower part of the range. We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training and other department needs.

Information/Application Contact

Flintridge Sacred Heart (La Canada)

440 Saint Katherine Dr.

La Canada, CA 91011