Job Description – Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Mission Statement: The NativityMiguel Middle School (nativitymiguelbuffalo.org) is a faith-based middle school transforming the lives of underserved students in a secure and nurturing environment on single gender campuses. In partnership with our families, we deliver a uniquely effective education that includes an extended school day and school year, dedicated and caring teachers, personal mentoring and continuing support through high school graduation.
Unlike most non-public schools, NativityMiguel does not rely on tuition income to fund operating expenses but relies instead on the success of the school’s advancement efforts and the generosity of the community including both donors and volunteers
Position Summary: The Vice-President of Institutional Advancement is responsible for creating and executing the comprehensive annual giving program known as the NativityMiguel Fund. This includes direct response solicitations and campaigns (both traditional mail and online strategies); special events including the Scholars Awards Banquet, Junior Board and other outside fundraising events; and growth of the school’s major gifts and planned giving programs.
The Vice-President of Institutional Advancement works directly with, supports, reports to and is accountable to the school’s President in meeting the school’s fundraising goals. This is a full time, 40 hour per week, exempt position requiring the flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Job Functions Include:
- Create and lead execution of the comprehensive institutional advancement strategy needed to attain the school’s fundraising goals, including outcomes and results.
- Effectively engage school leadership, the Board of Trustees, and other volunteers in achieving fundraising goals.
- Co-ordinate and implement direct response solicitations and campaigns. This includes fall and spring direct mail appeals, social media support, phone-a-thons, and days of giving.
- Cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of annual fund donors with the capacity to increase their gifts to the NativityMiguel Fund.
- Develop, articulate, establish, and implement a Major Gifts Moves Management System. Provide the President with a steady flow of prospective donors to cultivate, solicit and steward. Establish solicitation priorities and develop targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for major gift prospects. Prepare and provide materials and information for distribution to the President, key board members and volunteers for solicitations. Ensure timely updates have been entered for all fundraising activities including timely and accurate information management of data in the donor data base related to all donors and prospects.
- Work collaboratively with the Special Events Coordinator and the Junior Board to plan for and manage all NativityMiguel Fund events, including the Scholars Awards Banquet.
- Assist with and attend a variety of NativityMiguel Fund activities and events including receptions and tours.
- Grow the planned giving program.
- Responsible for monthly, quarterly and annual reporting of NativityMiguel Fund progress, including Major Gifts.
- Serve as liaison to the Advancement Committee. Prepare agendas, reports and meeting summaries. Participate on sub-committees.
- Carry out other agreed upon duties needed to meet the goals of the school’s strategic and fundraising plans.
Qualities, Skills, and Abilities
- Demonstrated knowledge of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and techniques.
- Demonstrated success in effectively supporting and engaging school leadership, Board of Trustees and volunteers to attain fundraising outcomes and results
- Demonstrated initiative, resourcefulness and problem-solving capabilities
- Goal oriented and self-motivated
- Excellent care and attention to detail
- Demonstrated written, oral, electronic and presentation abilities
- Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with management, donors, volunteers, students and staff
- Demonstrated organizational and project management skills including ability to prioritize, focus, manage multiple tasks and anticipate and meet deadlines
- Working knowledge of donor data base management software such as eTapestry and OneCause or a willingness and ability to learn
- A willing learner with a strong work ethic, able to work both independently and as part of a team
- Absolute commitment to accuracy, timeliness and confidentiality
- Comfortable with the school’s faith-based mission to break the cycle of poverty through education
- Compliance with the Safe Environment Program of the Diocese of Buffalo
- A valid New York State driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Willing and able to work occasional weekends and evenings
- A Bachelor’s Degree is required.
- After visiting the school’s website, email a cover letter describing your interest in the position and a current resume to Nancy Langer, firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will remain open until filled.