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Director of Institutional Advancement

Bishop Garcia Diego High School (Santa Barbara)






Position Description

Reporting to the President, the Director of Institutional Advancement is responsible for directing the school’s comprehensive fundraising program. This includes providing strategic oversight of annual, planned, major and capital campaigns, leading foundation outreach and grant-writing efforts, and managing alumni relations and stewardship activities. Additionally, the Director will oversee the Director of Admissions to ensure recruitment efforts and external communications/community relations have a clear and consistent voice, contributing to achievement of overall growth targets. This is a senior-level role that works closely with the President, the Leadership team, and the Board of Trustees to establish community relationships and secure resources that support the school’s mission and long-term strategic goals.


Primary Responsibilities
• Develops and oversees fundraising strategies, fundraising plan and donor relationships, including donor recognition and stewardship.
• Evaluates current fundraising strategies and methods and recommends changes as appropriate.
• Presents to the President and Board of Trustees an annual development plan for achieving specific
goals consistent with the Strategic Plan.
• Oversees the Annual Fund, Special Events, Major Donor Program and Grants to meet or exceed income goals.
• Oversees the Cardinal Event, Auction, and Golf Tournament and works with the President to recruit parent volunteers to head and serve on the committees.
• Oversees all aspects of the grant-writing program.
• Makes timely and accurate responses to donor concerns, requests, and gifts.
• Develops and maintains relationships with major donors, foundations, alumni and corporate funders.
• Works with the President and Board of Trustees to reach fundraising goals, to engage the Board in fundraising activities, and to identify new individual and corporate funding prospects.
• Identifying and researching prospective donors, including individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations
• Preparing solicitation materials, including direct mail and social media appeals, and newsletters
• Recruiting and training volunteers
• Educating internal stakeholders about fundraising
• Conducting donor recognition and stewardship programs

Minimum qualifications (knowledge, skills, and abilities)
•Candidate must have proven track record of raising funds from individuals and foundations. Minimum of 3 years of Development experience with an emphasis on individual giving.
•Prior experience with major gifts preferred and foundation and corporate grant- writing.
•Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
•Demonstrated senior leadership with strategic, policy, and budget planning experience.
•Excellent understanding of principles and techniques of Development activities, including annual giving,
major giving, planned giving, event planning, capital campaigns, marketing and communications, and
grant procurement.
•Experience in the design and implementation of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for
•Excellent written and oral communications – persuasive, engaging, clear, likeable, intelligent.
•Great people skills – is liked and respected.
•Excellent planning skill – organized, communicates, follows through, evaluates.
•Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to adapt to changing environments and priorities.
•Strong interpersonal, organizational, networking, facilitation and management skills; work both
independently and within a team-oriented structure.
•Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, negotiations and effective communication with diverse audiences, including the ability to speak persuasively about Bishop Diego.
•Innovative and entrepreneurial approach, including solutions to complex issues. Exercise good judgment
and decision making. Has the ability to work well under pressure and the ability to reason, think
creatively, and solve problems.
•Requires some work in evenings and weekends.
•Position requires absolute confidentiality and professionalism in appearance, attitude and presentation.
•A self-starter with the ability to work productively and meet benchmarks and goals timely and without day-to-day supervision.

Bishop Garcia Diego High School offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and demonstrated accomplishments and comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply:
Interested candidates are encouraged to review our school and curricular philosophy at To apply for the position please provide the following to the physical mail or email address below:

• Cover Letter
• Current Resume
• Letters of Recommendation (3 recent, signed letters of recommendation required)

No Phone Inquiries Please
Director of Institutional Advancement
Attn: Mrs. Karen Regan
Bishop Garcia Diego High School
4000 La Colina Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Bishop Garcia Diego High School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

Information/Application Contact

Bishop Garcia Diego High School (Santa Barbara)

4000 La Colina Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93110