Position Description: Title: Director of Development Status: Non-Faculty, 12-Month, Full-Time Department: Development Reporting to: President Availability: Immediately
Organization Description: Loyola Blakefield, founded in 1852 in Baltimore, Maryland, is a Roman Catholic Jesuit independent school for boys in grades 6-12. Loyola is inspired by the principles of St. Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus. Our mission is to form men for others who are open to growth, intellectually ambitious, religious, loving, and committed to diversity and doing justice.
Since 2012 Loyola Blakefield has increased financial support of operations by 62%, becoming one of the region’s premiere academic fundraising institutions. This growth and the engagement of Loyola’s alumni and parent communities enabled the school to initiate the silent phase of Loyola’s most aggressive comprehensive campaign: IGNITE, THE CAMPAIGN FOR LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD. The Director of Development will serve as the lead officer in the successful execution of all annual, capital, and endowment fundraising initiatives.
Since 2012 Loyola Blakefield has increased financial support of operations by 62%, becoming one of the region’s premiere academic fundraising institutions. This growth and the engagement of Loyola’s alumni and parent communities enabled the school to initiate the silent phase of Loyola’s most aggressive comprehensive campaign: Ignite, The Campaign for Loyola Blakefield. The Director of Development will serve as the lead officer in the successful execution of all annual, capital, and endowment fundraising initiatives.
The Director of Development reports directly to the President and oversees several important aspects of the President’s responsibilities with respect to donor cultivation and mission-driven fundraising: annual fundraising and cultivation efforts; readiness for, and successful completion of comprehensive campaigns; strengthening the endowment, and increasing the stature of Loyola Blakefield as an outstanding and worthy philanthropic cause.
In annual responsibilities, the Director of Development will:
Engage the global Loyola community by traveling to steward relationships.
Interact with Board members, senior leaders, and volunteers in the Development process.
Serve as the staff liaison to the Board’s Development Committee and will, as needed, serve as a resource to the Board’s Buildings and Grounds and Strategic Planning Committees.
Engage in the cultivation and solicitation of higher-level donors and prospects, especially at the President’s Club ($1,200 and above) level.
Oversee hiring and oversee staff responsible for annual giving, planned/major gifts, alumni relations, database management and prospect research.
Ensure the integrity of the School’s database management, especially as a foundation for capital, endowment, deferred, and comprehensive campaign priorities.
Establish annual written department and staff goals for all areas of Development to include annual, mid- and long-term goals.
Lead regular reconciliation of Development gift data with the Business Office and work closely with the Director of Business Services.
Establish and review fundraising and gift policies on a regular basis.
Communicate Development program objectives to internal constituents and seek their advice and assistance in achieving those goals.
Lead data analytics efforts to ensure a deeper, broader prospect pipeline among graduates, parents, alumni parents, grandparents and other friends of Loyola Blakefield.
Expand participation in the Greater Glory Scholarship Program for top benefactors.
Participate in Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) programs and events.
Oversee the planning and execution of donor related activities and special events.
Focus on building viable volunteer structures to accomplishing the broader department goals, especially in annual giving, major gifts and the Blue & Gold Gala.
In long-range development responsibilities, the Director of Development will:
Lead and take responsibility for Ignite: The Campaign for Loyola Blakefield.
Lead and oversee identifying, prioritizing, cultivating, requesting support, and stewarding major gift prospects and donors.
Assist in executing and updating Campus Master Plan process and fulfillment.
Oversee all prospect research, data analytics, and predictive modeling efforts.
Implement creative plans to enhance Loyola Annual Fund, major gift, and planned gift efforts.
Continue to develop a process for prospect development (moves management) strategies.
Expand the ways to utilize technology to communicate with constituents.
BA/BS, MA/MBA preferred
12 to 15 years of non-profit experience in fundraising/marketing/sales preferred.
Excels in the leadership, relationship, and data analytic elements that are required in a robust and successful development and alumni relations program.
Will understand and demonstrate commitment to the mission and vision of Loyola Blakefield; knowledge and experience of Jesuit education is advantageous.
Be a collaborative leader who is skilled in building the structures, and attracting the volunteers, to accomplish the complex tasks associated with fundraising in a non-profit environment; demonstrate the ability to actively solicit and secure donations.
Proven leadership and management experience with demonstrated success as a development professional.
Possess outstanding communication skills, demonstrate exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, and must be a self-starter.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite of products, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge products.