Application review will begin on: February 16, 2021
Who We Are:
Lacordaire Academy is an independent, college preparatory school in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Lacordaire offers small class sizes and a challenging curriculum combining academics, athletics, appreciation of the arts and community service to help shape our students into the empowered leaders of tomorrow. The combination of rigor and individualized instruction makes Lacordaire a cutting-edge academic institution with strong community support that lasts a lifetime.
Founded in 1920, Lacordaire Academy started as a selective French-English school for girls by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ. The school was named in honor of Père Henri Lacordaire, a 19th century Dominican priest, educator and member of the Académie Française. The Academy continues to be sponsored by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, and offers a Catholic school education in the Dominican tradition with a focus on service, study, prayer and concern for the planet and humanity.
Today, Lacordaire operates as a single academy with 245 students from ages 4 to 18 in our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. The Lower School and Middle School are both coed and include our Pre-K to 8th grade classes. The Upper School is 9–12th grade and is the young women's college preparatory division. Across the Academy, Lacordaire students learn to think critically and creatively, to problem solve independently, and to communicate effectively. Lacordaire’s engaging, fun, and values-based curriculum prepares students, not just for the next educational goal, but for life. 100% of our graduates receive admission to the private high schools and colleges of their choice and 70% earn academic scholarships to further their education.
To support and promote the mission of Lacordaire Academy by leading all advancement activities necessary to grow and expand the base of financial support from a broad range of sources. The Director of Advancement is responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, alumni, parent association, school administration, community members and other Lacordaire Academy stakeholders.
In addition to management and supervisory duties, the position requires prospecting and cultivation of new and existing constituent relationships aimed at building immediate and long-term support for Lacordaire Academy by strengthening annual philanthropic support, major and planned gifts, fundraising events, appeals and grants.
Major Duties & Responsibilities:
Advancement: Growth of short and long-term financial resources, including annual operating revenue, capital improvements, alumni advancement and scholarship program. Partner with the Office of Admissions to cultivate financially beneficial relationships for the Academy.
Leadership/Management: Management and supervision of Director of Development and Assistant Director of Advancement and Admissions (in conjunction with the Director of Admissions), department operations, and planning/execution of strategic advancement and fundraising plans. Staff also includes a grant writer who will specifically report to the Director of Development.
Development Plan Implementation:
Prepare and maintain an annual development and alumni advancement budget and calendar.
Create and present development reports to the Head of School and Board of Trustees.
Identify and cultivate major donors including individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Implement individual charitable giving campaigns including annual appeals, alumni advancement, planned giving and capital campaigns in accordance with annual development plan.
Develop and implement plans for cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of top donors working with Head of School, Board of Trustees and community members.
Oversee Director of Development in grant seeking.
Implement, manage and supervise stewardship and gift acknowledgement assisted by Assistant Director.
Supervise the Assistant Director as they oversee all School fundraising activities including, but not limited to, Annual Gala, Tricky Tray, Book Sale, Dollars for Scholars, and Parent Giving Program.
In conjunction with the Parent Association and Assistant Director, coordinate and plan family and community events to support development activities.
Develop and manage a robust alumni advancement program that supports and cultivates alumni engagement with the aid of the Director of Development.
Develop and oversee execution of alumni relations, reunions and gatherings with the assistance of the Assistant Director.
Marketing & Communications:
Promote Lacordaire Academy within the alumni, current and past parents, and broader community sectors to meaningfully engage them in the life, mission and vision of Lacordaire Academy.
Cultivate positive relations among alumni, current and past parents, and community.
Create and implement marketing and communications strategies for all fundraising events, admissions, donor cultivation and stewardship.
Provide oversight of annual Donor Report with the aid of the Director of Development and Assistant Director.
Represent Lacordaire in the greater community as needed (parishes, feeder schools, local churches, business/leadership groups).
Work with the Board of Trustees and Head of School to develop and manage a Trustee Development Committee.
Establish relationships with sister schools to share best practices.
Develop fundraising training for BOT and other leadership volunteers.
Organize and manage the advancement office, staff, committees, volunteers and activities.
Serve on the nominating committee for the Board of Trustees
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Understanding of and a passion for Lacordaire Academy’s mission.
Experience developing and executing strategic plans.
Ability to network and develop and cultivate strategic, long-term relationships (individual and corporate), leading to donor involvement and support.
Excellent communications skills, ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in writing and verbally (one-on-one and public speaking).
Experience in marketing and/or communications.
Ability to supervise, manage and direct the work of a small team of professionals as well as provide volunteer leadership support.
Ability to cooperate as a team member with colleagues and administration to meet key initiatives.
Experience managing major events and working with internal staff and volunteers.
Creative, innovative and excellent problem-solving skills.
Detail oriented and excellent time management skills to meet sensitive deadlines; ability to multitask, prioritize and follow through on a variety of concurrent projects.
Customer service or donor relationship experience.
Experience with budgets or record keeping.
Knowledge of grant process.
Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, liberal arts, non-profit management or other related field is required.
Five+ years of professional development experience in positions with progressive responsibilities, a proven track record in major gift fundraising, and supervision and leadership of a development team in non-profit are expected.
Experience developing collaborative relationships and donor cultivation.
Experience with fundraising campaigns.
Experience managing and supervising a development team – staff and volunteers.
Ability and confidence to speak to a wide range of individuals.
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Experience with eTapestry Donor Management System (preferred).