The Director of Development works in collaboration with the Head of Schools to successfully promote the mission of Notre Dame de Sion Schools of Kansas City by serving as the primary fundraising officer for all annual fundraising events and activities. Under the leadership and vision of the Head of Schools, the Director of Development is responsible for the strategic planning and successful management of the Annual fund, Gala-Auction, solicitation of major gifts and scholarships, and maintain grant writing opportunities/responsibilities. In addition, all members of the development staff will directly report to the Director of Development, including the Alumni Affairs Coordinator, the Advancement & Gala Events Coordinator and other designated staff.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters or Advanced degree in Non-Profit Management, and Marketing, Strategic Communications and/or Fundraising is preferred.
Provides strong leadership and modeling in support of the School’s mission as an independent Catholic School.
Professional management experience (preferably in an independent school environment) in the following areas; alumnae(i) relations, advancement and fundraising non-profit management, communications, public relations, collegiate alumnae(i)
Experience and proven success in coordinating, mentoring, and motivating staff while managing appropriate expectations and assisting in the professional development of each team member.
Advanced skill and experience in developing and maintaining productive working relationships with Trustees, alumnae(i), donors, parents, administrators and faculty of the school.
Solid experience and knowledge working with school database management software (Blackbaud, Infosnap, Raisers Edge preferred).
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
Proven organization and management skills.
A collaborative leadership style.
Capable of building ‘team’ morale and a shared vision.
Adept at conflict resolution.
Good listening skills.
A strong work ethic.
A sense of humor.
Essential Job Duties:
Develops and implement overall fundraising plan to meet budgeted operational goals to be presented to Head of Schools and Associate Head for Finance and Operations in the first month of each new fiscal year
Meets regularly with the Head of Schools to identify, cultivate, solicit, and facilitate stewardship of major gift prospects. This includes setting up opportunities for personal visits and written/oral communications for the Director of Development, Head of Schools and appropriate Trustees
In conjunction with the Associate Head of Finance and Operations, prepares and provides weekly and/or monthly data reports to the Head of Schools and in preparation for Board of Trustees required reporting
Works closely with the Principals, Senior Director of Enrollment Management, Mission Directors and other appropriate staff on all school marketing and fundraising initiatives as well as student driven fundraising activities. (Fall Festival, Legacy Fund Events, Homecoming, Grandfriends events, Senior Projects, etc.)
Works in collaboration with the Senior Director of Enrollment Management and Alumnae Coordinator to appropriately cultivate and manage prospective families and students who have a Sion Legacy/alumnae connection
In partnership with School Principals supervises/provides staffing and administrative support for all parent organizations; Sion Alliance, Mothers-Fathers Clubs, Athletic and Fine Arts Boosters
Works with Head of Schools, BOT Chair and the BOT Advancement sub-committee Chair to develop, plan, and lead implementation of all Capital campaign Initiatives
Coordinates and manages production and delivery of digitalized annual donor report
Supervises Advancement staff serving both schools
Manages all advancement office procedures and processes for appropriate data collection for fundraising records and donor relations information and ensures cash receipts journal and credit card journal process is managed in a timely fashion (including RE data entry and thankyou letters)
Provides opportunities for advancement team to participate in annual self-evaluation process regarding individual and team performance and provides feedback/coaching to ensure plans are achieved
Supports staff in development and growth of professional development and career goals
Responsible for the management of the Annual Fund including;
Create and implement strategy to meet Annual Fund Drive financial goals
Collaborate with Head of Schools and appropriate Communications staff to develop print/email marketing materials
Cultivate relationships and take primary lead of major gift facilitation to support growth of Annual Fund goals
Provide donor prospect list to Head of Schools for cultivation of new donors
Recruit and oversee current parent and alumnae/i volunteer leadership for Annual Fund Campaign
Work in partnership with Alumni Affairs Coordinator to meet annual fund goals for Alumnae donors
Supervise and mentor Gala Coordinator to meet following objectives;
Create and implement strategy to meet annual Gala Auction financial goals
Successful solicitation of community sponsorships
Successful solicitation of table hosts/organizers
Recruit parent volunteer leaders and committee members
Works with additional Advancement team members to successfully meet all fundraising goals for Car Raffle and other fundraising activities and events related to annual Gala Auction
Coordinate any other special project fundraising as needed.
Serves on the Senior Administrative team, participating in the overall life and leadership of the school and meets regularly with the Head of Schools
Serves on the HOS Senior Strategy Team along with School Principals, Associate Head of Finance and Operations and the Senior Director of Enrollment Management
Is knowledgeable and able to articulate advances and trends in fundraising and advancement best practices in independent schools both regionally and nationally and regularly participates in a variety of professional development opportunities
Provide a compassionate and thoughtful environment in which the community can learn and be a part of adhering to and living the mission
Performs other duties as assigned by Head of Schools
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
Works in school environment dealing with a wide variety of opportunities, challenges and mission directives
Occasionally bend, stoop, and squat
May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time
Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled environment
Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold
Notre Dame de Sion Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion (see Notre Dame de Sion Schools Statement on Diversity). We encourage all qualified candidates who aim to support our mission and actively participate in our diverse and inclusive community to apply.
The above description covers the most significant duties performed, but does not exclude assignments not mentioned.
Please submit the following documents for consideration: cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, statement of educational philosophy and list of references to Gina Moffitt, Director of Human Resources.
Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City is an independent, Catholic school affiliated with the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as well as the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion. The school is owned by a lay corporation and governed by a board of trustees. The campuses include a college preparatory high school for girls and a co-educational elementary and middle school for students pre-k...indergarten through grade eight. The Catholic value of respect for the worth and dignity of each individual permeates the atmosphere and culture of the school and is reflected in the loving, nurturing relationships that form among the faculty, staff, volunteers, parents, students, and visiting Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion. Generations of Kansas Citians can attest to the importance of what Sion continues to provide: a unique learning environment that reflects the love God has for each person in his/her individuality and for each culture in its distinctiveness. For over a century, Notre Dame de Sion has continued to encourage students and their families to believe they can and DO make a difference in the world by “Educating Minds. Expanding Hearts. Empowering Lives.”