The Executive Director of Advancement is responsible for the creation and implementation of the overall fundraising and donor cultivation for the Academy, Abbey, Guatemala Mission and Abbey Farms. The ED leads major gifts, planned giving and annual giving programs. The ED will also manage a portfolio of prospects and donors in every stage of the major gifts cycle (qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship) with a focus on building relationships. The ED leads the Advancement Office to meet and exceed fundraising and enrollment goals and to implement Marmion’s marketing strategy.
Abbey/Guatemala/Abbey Farms - Abbot Academy – Head of School
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Philanthropic Studies, Business, Marketing or Public Relations. Master’s Degree or CFRE Preferred.
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of fundraising and supervisory experience in a leadership role, preferably in education. Campaign fundraising experience a plus.
Proven Knowledge of:
Donor moves management system and fundraising principles;
Strategic planning principles, goal setting and accountability systems;
Executing gift agreements for endowments, developing proposals and other written donor documents;
Prospect research, cultivation and stewardship;
Education system policy and procedures;
Donor Management System.
Highly developed interpersonal communication skills;
Outstanding writing and analytical skills;
Strong creativity and problem-solving skills;
Ability to identify new prospects for and fully engage with the community;
Work with many constituents including faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, Board of Trustees, business and community leaders;
Ability to translate priorities into strategic fundraising plans;
Proven leadership skills and managerial expertise with the ability to motivate and empower direct and indirect reports to achieve priorities and fundraising goals;
A clear understanding and appreciation of the role of a Catholic institution and commitment to its philosophy, mission and objectives.
About Marmion Academy
Marmion Abbey is a Roman Catholic Benedictine Abbey of 26 monks (priests and brothers) that conducts Marmion Academy, San Jose Priory and Seminary in Guatemala, and parish ministries in the greater Aurora area.
Marmion Academy is a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men with a current enrollment of 540. Founded in 1933, Marmion Academy is situated on a 325-acre campus and located in the western suburbs of Chicago in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois.