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Director of Philanthropy & Engagement, Elyria Catholic

Company: Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
Location: Elyria
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Director of Philanthropy & Engagement, Elyria CatholicElyria Catholic High SchoolThe Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland was founded on April 23, 1847. Under the leadership of the Most Reverend Edward G. Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland, it is the twenty-third largest Diocese in the United States. The Diocese encompasses the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Wayne, and Ashland. With more than 692,000 Catholics in the Diocese, the Catholic Charities- Diocese of Cleveland is one of the world's largest diocesan systems of social services. The Diocese includes 185 parishes, 110 Catholic schools, one pastoral center, and one mission office. The cathedral is the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, located in downtown Cleveland. Please go to our website, www.dioceseofcleveland.org , for more information about our Diocese's mission, persons, and ministries.The Office of Catholic Education provides expertise, experience, and energy to lead and assist those who carry out the education ministries of the Diocese of Cleveland. In steadfast support of our over 40,000 students and their families, the Office works to ensure that each School can deliver strong, positive, vibrant Catholic education for continued growth in academic excellence and faith formation.The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and Elyria Catholic High School are pleased to accept applications for Director of Philanthropy & Engagement.Founded in 1947 by Monsignor William Newton, Elyria Catholic is celebrating its 75th anniversary. As the only co-ed Catholic high school in Lorain County, Elyria Catholic has educated three generations of families with a nurturing environment and a personalized approach to education. With an ever-increasing enrollment, currently at 475 students in grades nine through twelve, Elyria Catholic High strives to advance its mission "to empower young adults to identify and use their God-given gifts to learn, worship, and serve guided by Catholic tradition." Our school is thriving, as evidenced by enrollment, philanthropic giving, student engagement, and the launch of a strategic plan rooted in our pillars of Excellence, Compassion, Faith, Tradition, and Community.Diocesan-owned and operated high schools function under a President/Principal model of school administration. The Principal is the school's chief academic officer, supported by an Assistant Principal, Dean of Academics, and other staff, including guidance, athletics, and all faculty. The President serves as the chief of business operations, supported by the Director of Director of Philanthropy & Engagement, Director of Finance, Director of Marketing, Director of Buildings & Grounds, and additional staff members responsible for marketing, communications, building maintenance, and advancement.OverviewAs an integral member of the Elyria Catholic High School leadership team, the Director of Philanthropy & Engagement is responsible for leading the advancement team and for the development and strategic implementation of all aspects of fundraising and stewardship activities, including, but not limited to, comprehensive campaigns, annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and alumni engagement. Reporting to the President, the Director of Philanthropy & Engagement is a key member of the executive leadership team and advances the mission, values, and strategic goals of the School through collaborative efforts with the President, Elyria Catholic Advisory Council, and its Philanthropy & Engagement committee.The Director of Director of Philanthropy & Engagement is anticipated to come on board as Elyria Catholic prepares for a feasibility study and comprehensive campaign. The Director will be expected to bring visionary leadership, data-driven strategic planning, and proven capacity to engage alumni, parents, parents of alumni, and friends in support of implementing the five-year strategic plan.The successful candidate is expected to possess many of the following qualities and qualifications:

  • Faith-filled and Christ-centered servant leader who embraces, models, and champions the values of a Catholic education.
  • Minimum of five years of executive-level experience in Advancement/ Development with staff management, annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, comprehensive campaign, event planning, and marketing or public relations experience preferred. An advanced degree in a related field is a plus.
  • Ability to be an extension of the Office of the President and to represent the President's aims and objectives at all meetings and activities.
  • Executive presence to inspire confidence, passion, and persistence among all stakeholders in an ambitious, fast-paced, and results-oriented period of organizational change.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills while serving as a highly visible leadership team member in building constructive relationships with all stakeholders that inspire crucial support across all school advancement initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience with goal setting at the School, department, and individual level; establishing measuring, monitoring, and reporting systems for the department and individuals; budget and fiscal management.
  • Leads and administers Moves Management concerning major donors and prospects
  • Ability to design, implement, and manage effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies at the individual, family, corporate, and foundation levels.
  • In conjunction with the President, maintains a portfolio of major donor prospects for cultivation, stewardship, retention, and increased donor giving.
  • Positive, energetic, accessible, and approachable, with a willingness to relate to all constituents and stakeholders.Ability to relate comfortably with students while being visible and interactive on campus and at school events.
    • Develops and maintains an annual advancement plan. Supervises the production of regular reporting of results against targets with detailed analysis of variances to the Advancement Committee of the Advisory Board.
    • Strong leadership and team-building skills with expert knowledge of best practices in managing a robust advancement department operations, processes, and functions.
    • Experience in being a part of strategic planning for an organization and implementing advancement initiatives in conjunction with established strategic plans.
    • Skilled at identifying, attracting, developing, and retaining high-quality mission-driven advancement professionals and volunteers with a commitment and passion for achieving organizational goals.
    • Competent computer skills with proven knowledge of Raisers Edge, Blackbaud, and related philanthropic software platforms.
    • Fair, fun, and compassionate individual who embraces collaboration while leading with zeal.The search committee is on a fast track to identify and secure a Director of Philanthropy & Engagement. Interested and qualified individuals are invited to contact Annie Heidersbach, President of Elyria Catholic High School, in confidence at heidersbach@elyriacatholic.com to talk further about the position.FOR CONSIDERATIONCandidates choosing to apply should submit a cover letter, resume, and completed Diocese of Cleveland Employment Application to Paul Hudak, Human Resources, at phudak@dioceseofcleveland.org . In the subject line, please enter: Elyria Catholic Director of Philanthropy & Engagement.The formal review of all completed, submitted materials to identify and interview candidates will begin on November 15, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.Subscribe!
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