Chief Advancement Officer

Benilde-St. Margaret’s School

| Saint Louis Park, MN |  October 24, 2018

Benilde-St. Margaret’s School is a premier Catholic, college-preparatory school. Located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota,we educate students in grades 7-12.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to by November 26, 2018 to be considered for this position.

Position overview:

The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive advancement plan to support all aspects of philanthropic giving and to create a best in class Development team. Reporting directly to and working closely with the President of BSM, they will have full responsibility for donor engagement, fundraising, stewardship and management of the day to day functions of the Development Department team. Coordinating all activities for annual giving, special events, major gifts, alumnae programs, research, donor relations, corporate and foundation relations and planned giving. Additionally, they will provide support to the Board of Directors Advancement Committee to foster and enhance the overall giving.

Support in word and action the mission and philosophy of the school. Will possess a high level of professionalism and integrity; the ability to inspire and effectively manage staff and volunteers; the ability to build and lead teams; excellent writing skills, creativity, intelligence, a sense of humor and flexibility.

Responsibilities to BSM as a Catholic School:

Except in the teaching of religion, it is not an essential prerequisite that all employees be Catholic. However, all employees are expected to respect the teaching of the Church. As a leader, ensure that all areas of responsibility are operated consistent with the Catholic mission of the school.


Actively participate in relational individual donor cultivation and solicitation
Develop the vision, strategy and mechanisms of giving to support the School and strategic plans.
Design, implement and manage all philanthropic activities including but not limited to annual fund, special events, major gifts, alumnae relations and planned giving to meet the agreed upon goals.
Responsible for the preparation and management of the annual department budget.
Manage all strategies and activities for donor cultivation including individuals and corporations, solicitation and stewardship for annual and long-term financial support of the school.
Manage the research, writing and submittal of grant proposals to foundations and corporations. Ensure the timely reporting and management oversight of each.
Leverage the President and other key members of the school leadership team as instruments for donor engagement and solicitation.
Use independent judgment to determine appropriate use of resources for travel to priority destinations nationally, to meet with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations for the purpose of building relationships leading to financial support of the School.

Advancement Committee Relations

Work with the Advancement Committee of the Board of Directors and the President to foster and enhance philanthropic giving.
Provide training opportunities for Board Members and other leadership volunteers.
Assume responsibility for all reports to the Board of Directors, attend Board of Director meetings as needed.

Development Department Infrastructure

Establish and maintain policies and procedures that ensure the integrity and confidentiality of all donor data.
Ensure donor records and software systems are maintained with other advancement services to optimize school-wide advancement activities
Oversee the data collection and analysis efforts to assure that fundraising efforts are data-influenced, that efficiencies are maximized, and that efforts are properly evaluated.
Oversee the management of databases and all records, files and gift processing.
In partnership with the Chief Financial Officer, monitor legal and compliance issues as mandated by federal and state regulations
Oversee the monthly and annual giving analysis to meet management and Board of Director needs for planning and decision making purpose

Alumni Relations

Oversee the design and implementation of a comprehensive strategic program to encourage and enhance alumni participation, support and giving for BSM.
Manage the alumni relationship building and donor stewardship activities including reunions, special events and other activities.
Manage the oversight and organization of alumni events, collecting news and information about the members of the alumni for publication and keeping accurate records of alumni.

Parent Relations

Work with all parent organizations to identify and train a core group of volunteers to assist in philanthropic efforts to support the school.


Develop a high performing team that promotes innovation, accountability and excellence.
Directly supervise employees in the Development Department in accordance with the school’s organizational structure, policies and applicable laws.
Interview, hire and train employees; plan, assign and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems.
Oversee all department administrative considerations and ensure the accuracy and timeliness of all prospect, donor and volunteer communications, lists, reports.
Serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.


Willingness to work flexible hours in a variety of tasks, including evening and weekend work when necessary.
Perform additional duties as assigned

Education / Experience

Bachelor’s Degree
Five years of academic or non-profit development/advancement experience.
Five or more years of experience in team management.
Proven record of fundraising.
Discretion in handling sensitive and/or confidential information and situations.
Team player; ability to work effectively with and through others inside and outside the School.
Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines; results oriented.
Ability to clearly articulate the vision and mission of the School.

Job Titles Reporting Directly to This Position:

Annual Fund Director
Advancement Director
Director Alumni Relations & Community Events
Director of Alumni Relations & Parent Stewardship
Database Manager
Advancement Specialist

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