Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA) High School is a Catholic college preparatory high school for young women that excel at developing the whole person. Sponsored by the Sisters of the Divine Savior and grounded in their mission to make known the goodness and kindness of Jesus Christ, DSHA develops its students into capable young women of faith, heart and intellect who accept the gospel call to live lives that will make a difference.
DSHA’s student body comes from over 125 of the metropolitan area’s grade schools, these young women learn together in the all-girls environment and form a sisterhood, where they are challenged and encouraged to make the most of their God-given gifts. Each year, 100% of our graduates continue their education at an impressive array of our nation’s best colleges and universities, entering with the qualities of a DSHA graduate: believer, self-advocate, critical thinker, communicator and leader.
DSHA’s vision for its students is to be No. 1: recognized as the premier choice for a girl seeking to grow into her full potential as a woman of faith, heart and intellect. DSHA offers an environment in which young women thrive without distractions or compromises. Each girl is fully allowed to be herself, focusing on life-long learning, rooted in courage and integrity. An educational approach based entirely on girls and the way they learn best, coupled with exemplary, college preparatory academic and co-curricular opportunities, inspire students to explore and realize their passions.
The DSHA experience would not be possible without the time, talents, and resources of our volunteers and donors. In this role, the Senior Director of Development has the privilege to work with generous individuals and families whose support is transformative and helps DSHA achieve its vision as a school: to be the number one standard of comparison for other schools seeking to effectively educate young women of faith, heart and intellect, who accept the gospel call to live lives that make a difference, ready to actively invest in the world around them. Through gifts of time, talent, scholarships and more, contributions from the community make a world of difference for the young women attending DSHA.
The Senior Director of Development is primarily responsible for the cultivation and solicitation of prospects drawn primarily from the high school’s alumnae, past parents, grandparents and long-term friends of DSHA. External outreach is approximately 75% of position time.
The initial emphasis with many of these prospects will be cultivation as the high school has numerous people in these constituencies about whom little is known. Solicitations will support the high school’s annual fund, major gifts and planned giving goals, depending on the potential donor’s capacity, propensity and relationship with DSHA.
This position shares responsibility with the President for strategic planning, implementation, operation and evaluation of the institution’s resource development programs; to include annual, capital, major and planned gift strategy, solicitation and alumnae relations. The Senior Director of Development will work closely with the President in solicitation planning of major gift prospects and often will accompany the President on these calls. This position will also perform many annual fund meetings soliciting support from current parents.
The Senior Director of Development will work closely with the Development Assistant who manages the database, conducts prospect tracking and performs prospect research. The Senior Director of Development will also work closely with the Director of Annual Fund and Alumnae Director as they coordinate cultivation strategies and identify parents, past parents and alumnae who can provide philanthropic support to DSHA. Incumbent also works closely with the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications and with all volunteers and committees involved in fund-raising.
Manages a portfolio of personal visits to assigned prospects in the alumnae, past parent, grandparent, friend constituencies. At least 65 - 75% of time will be out of the office with donor visits and/or contacts.
Works closely with the President to plan, implement and evaluate major gift solicitation strategies, including staffing key volunteers or volunteer groups, soliciting major gifts, identifying appropriate fundraising techniques and vehicles.
Identifies, cultivates, solicits and closes leadership and gap gifts. Maintains an active pool of prospects in this category and ensures that President, Board members and other key volunteers are used properly in this process.
Works with President and Alumnae Director to identify alumnae donor opportunities and determine personal visit or other contact activity. This will include out of state travel.
Works with members of the Board and the Board’s Development Committee to solicit leadership gifts from Board member’s contacts and other assigned prospects. Also works with members of the Board involved in fund-raising, capital and special projects and reports regularly to the Board on the progress of all fundraising activities.
Supervises the consistent improvement and refinement of the institution’s database, including its ability to track key donors, provide necessary donor research and record relevant alumnae characteristics and accomplishments.
Oversees all operational aspects of the development effort to ensure the highest levels of integrity, efficiency and consistency in the posting and personal acknowledgement of all gifts through the establishment and adherence to gift policies and procedures.
Stays abreast of current research, trends and innovations in all areas of responsibility and provides pertinent information to the President, the Development Team and the appropriate committees of the Board.
Works closely with the President and Senior Director of Marketing & Communications to manage the work flow and production assignments of the department in order to ensure that standards are maintained.
Supervises the Data Services & Prospect Research Manager, Director of Annual Fund, Alumnae Director and Development Assistant
Coordinates two planned giving events yearly for prospects and one annual event for the Cornerstone Society members.
Assists in the alumnae phone-a-thon and planned giving direct mail activities, in coordination with Director of Annual Fund and Alumnae Director.
Assists in donor research and analysis, works in coordination with other development team members to determine donor visit schedule, mailing schedule, and other scheduling activities.
Manages call report process and works with Advancement Team on process analysis each year.
Identifies compelling stories for donor communication, Word magazine, campaign and planned giving newsletters.
Attends specific DSHA activities during the weekends and evenings, as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Formal Education and/or Professional Experience
Bachelor’s degree required.
10-15 years of work experience with 5-7 years in fund raising required.
Demonstrated success in cultivation and personal solicitation is a must.
Experience with Raiser’s Edge software or other fundraising software is required.
Analysis and fundraising plan development, preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to demonstrate dedication to the mission and vision of DSHA is required.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to all high school constituents is essential.
Highly effective oral and written communication skills are required.
Experience with organization and management of a prospect portfolio, execution of personal donor visits and the ability to multi-task is required.
Must be extremely organized, detail oriented and able to take initiative on projects, work independently or with a team.
Proficient computer skills using MS Office software, the internet and email is required.
Must have the ability to maintain confidential information is required.
Must have valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
Guidelines for Applicants
For full consideration for this position, all of the following materials must be sent, electronically, combined into one document, to: DSHA@leadingtransitions.com, no later than 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 11, 2019:
A letter describing your qualifications for the Senior Director of Development position and your interest in DSHA’s mission including a description of your salary parameters;
B. A detailed and updated resume and,
C. The names of, your relationship to, and contact information for three professional referenc
Attention: Mindy Lubar Price President & CEO Leading Transitions LLC 1345 North Jefferson St., Suite 350 Milwaukee, WI 53202 www.leadingtransitions.com
References will not be contacted until a candidate has been notified.
Background checks will subsequently be performed, with candidate permission, and are required to be hired for this position.
All inquiries and interactions with potential candidates are kept in confidence.
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