ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL
Vice President for Advancement
St. Francis High School (SFHS), an independent Catholic college preparatory school in Wheaton, IL, seeks a dynamic fundraising professional who is passionate about advancing the mission of Catholic education. This professional is charged with providing strategic and operational leadership in the development of a comprehensive, high-performing advancement program and in building a culture of philanthropy in preparation for a capital campaign.
Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Advancement is responsible for strategic planning, organization, and leadership of fundraising (annual, major, planned, capital gifts), alumni relations, special events, donor relations and advancement services. This institutional leader plays a critical role in building relationships and securing financial resources from external constituents to advance the mission of SFHS. This professional will also build strong, working relationships with SFHS faculty, staff, board, and volunteer leadership while serving as a vital member of the President’s Council.
As the chief advancement officer, the successful candidate will be a data-driven decision maker and dynamic relationship-builder adept at strategically building new relationships and strengthening existing ones to expand the school’s base of support. The new Vice President for Advancement will have the opportunity to make a significant, and personally rewarding contribution to a successful and promising future for St. Francis High School.
OVERVIEW OF ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL
St. Francis High School is a Catholic, co-educational college preparatory learning community that fosters each student’s spiritual, intellectual, and social potential. The school currently enrolls approximately 700 students (49% male/51% female) in grades 9-12 and is distinguished for its exceptional academics, distinctive community spirit, and a wide range of co-curricular opportunities. Minds and spirits thrive inside the classroom as well as on the stage and field.
In the last academic year, students attended from 111 different grade schools and 59 zip codes, some commuting as many as 25 miles. SFHS welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds, and students matriculate from private, public, Catholic schools as well as home-schools. The school’s successful International Student Program hosted 14 students from Asia and Europe. Currently, 20% of students receive tuition assistance, although the need is much greater.
With a student/teacher ratio of 13:1, SFHS provides an optimal educational environment critical for both individualized and group learning. An extraordinarily committed faculty assure the ongoing success and stellar reputation of SFHS. Curricular and co-curricular opportunities for the students abound. Since its inception 63 years ago, St. Francis High School has continued to thrive and is supported by a dedicated and committed Board of Directors, many long-standing faculty and staff and engaged parents.
St. Francis High School offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary range will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY
St. Francis High School has retained Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt (TW&B) to assist in this search.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Resumes with cover letters as well as confidential inquiries, nominations, and referrals, should be submitted via email to the two TW&B consultants supporting this search:
Heidi Waltner-Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace J. Cichomska at email@example.com
St. Francis High School is an equal opportunity employer.
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