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Director of Advancement 

About the Organization Mission Statement:

Inspired by the Daughters of Charity and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, in partnership with families, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory's mission is to provide the finest education in an inclusive Catholic community of faith. We prepare our high school students to become service-oriented leaders with a commitment to living the Gospel.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (SHC) is a Lasallian Vincentian Catholic, co-educational college preparatory secondary school located in the heart of San Francisco, California. We provide academically rigorous, vibrant learning grounded in social justice and student centered pedagogy. Our entire community is committed to cultivating each student's unique talents and passions, providing myriad opportunities for students to discern and realize their individual intellectual, artistic, athletic, social, and spiritual potential. SHC is a San Francisco Archdiocesan High School that is cosponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, District of San Francisco New Orleans and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Province of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

As an inclusive Catholic community of faith, we respect and support our students, faculty and staff and their sense of belonging in an increasingly diverse world. At SHC, such respect is grounded by our mission and carried out through our Lasallian Vincentian Catholic educational traditions. In these efforts, we prepare our students as future leaders to model our credo, "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve".  
Category Advancement  

POSITION TITLE: Director of Advancement

SUPERVISED BY: Vice President for Advancement, Communications & Enrollment

FLSA STATUS: Exempt, Full-Time Regular

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 2022

Position Summary: 
The Director of Advancement is a mission-driven, experienced professional leader with a deep passion for Lasallian Vincentian Catholic secondary education. The Director of Advancement is a member of the Institutional Advancement division and collaboratively participates with the SHC Senior Leadership Team, the SHC Board of Regents, and the Institutional Advancement Teams. The key priority is to design, facilitate and implement a comprehensive advancement program (which includes but is not limited to event fundraising, corporate and foundational giving, annual giving, endowment, capital projects, alumni and constituent relations efforts, stewardship and advancement services) in conjunction with the Vice President for Advancement, Communications and Enrollment. The Director of Advancement will develop and manage talented team members focused on the goal of significantly increasing stakeholder involvement and fundraising outcomes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Invest in the mission of SHC and the charisms of the Daughters of Charity and De La Salle Christian Brothers and Department of Catholic Schools formational programs.
  • Provide exemplary personal and professional presence throughout the San Francisco and greater Bay Area community.
  • Promote SHC’s mission, philosophy, and brand among all current and future stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates integrity, spiritual focus, ethical behavior, fiscal responsibility and managerial excellence in support of the mission of SHC.
  • Develop and lead short and long term strategies around integrating meaningful diversity, equity,  inclusion and belonging practices into the annual advancement program (as stipulated by the DEIB strategic plan adopted by SHC Board of Regents in 2021). 

Major Gifts Responsibilities

  • Design and implement annual and long term comprehensive fundraising programs including event fundraising, corporate and foundational giving, annual giving, endowment, capital projects, alumni and community outreach efforts.
  • Engage and carry out direct solicitation of community stakeholders in conjunction with stewardship and advancement programming. Regularly report progress to goals.
  • Engage and carry out direct solicitation of community stakeholders.
  • Participate in major gift fundraising, including solicitation, donor relations and stewardship.
  • Oversee the school’s annual giving and celebratory giving programs, maximizing annual gifts.
  • Ensure the ongoing success of the SHC Parent Pledge Program in achieving annual fundraising outcomes.
  • Oversee and attend fundraising, alumni and stewardship events.

Leadership and Management

  • Actively manage, supervise and support all Advancement Office initiatives and processes (fundraising, prospect research, market research, communications, recordkeeping, alumni affairs, marketing and public relations).
  • Guide, manage and evaluate role responsibilities of  direct reports.
  • Manage advancement operations, including gift processing, acknowledgments, and data management in the areas of Advancement in conjunction with Finance and Business Operations.
  • Ensure that SHC’s vision, mission, values, and culture are positively represented in various communication tools including publications, campaign letters and SHC’s website.
  • Manage Advancement annual budget.

Alumni and Community Relationships

  • Develop and oversee an alumni outreach benchmarked plan to increase engagement and support.
  • Serve as liaison between SHC and its stakeholders. 
  • Be available to serve and maintain a high profile presence  beyond school day hours on behalf of SHC at events across the City/Bay Area.

Managerial and Supervisory Responsibilities: A team of up to 7 FTE  

Position Requirements

Qualifications & Skills: 

  • Strong organizational, supervisory and project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and contribute in a diverse, inclusive work and learning environment and community of faith
  • Effective, engaging and collaborative verbal and written communication skills and abilities
  • A high level of proficiency and experience in management 
  • Proficiency in computer applications, including knowledge of Microsoft Office products, Google Applications, mail merge tools, databases and social media
  • Proficiency in using relationship databases and managing lists and data electronically in Microsoft Excel
  • Candidate will also be committed to ongoing education and professional growth in Lasallian and Vicention traditions

The statements herein describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so assigned. Please understand that work-related presence and responsibilities extend beyond the school day hours and may include evenings and weekends.

Certifications and/or Licensure
Education and/or Experience:                   

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent education and 
  • Role related experience in an educational institution

Physical Demands: 
The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be stationary; use hands and fingers to handle or feel as well as talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to reach, move and use equipment. The employee is required to move about both campuses. The employee must be able to move up to 25 pounds.  

Work Environment: 
The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
EOE Statement Sacred Heart Cathedral is an equal opportunity employer:
The Archdiocese of San Francisco will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation. The Archdiocese of San Francisco will consider, for employment, qualified applicants with criminal histories.
Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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