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Director of Development

Nazareth Academy High School

Philadelphia, PA

Reporting to the President, the Director of Development will identify and cultivate relationships with prospective major gift and planned giving donors. The Director will develop prospect research and compile information in donor portfolios while developing effective engagement and solicitation strategies.This individual will steward donors throughout the major giving process, emphasizing gifts of $10,000 or greater. The Director will work closely with the President, board members and staff leaders to coordinate an execute long-term fundraising initiatives.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Promotes the essential characteristics and fundamental values of the Catholic school; advances a spirit conducive to prayer and study across the school community.
  • Plan and lead the major gifts program including researching major gift donor prospects.
  • Grow relationships with major gift donors.
  • Develop a donor solicitation strategy for major gift prospects to include the design and operation of a donor stewardship program.
  • Track and assess major gift fundraising metrics.
  • Call and email major gift donors on a regular basis.
  • Determine what donation amounts qualify as a major gift.
  • Draft major gift proposal documents.
  • Use major gift fundraising and marketing tools.
  • Work collaboratively with board members and staff on fundraising.
  • Under the direction of the School President implement a comprehensive Development Plan.
  • Establish short- and long-range goals and objectives based on the school’s plans. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Implementation of a Major Gifts Program for unrestricted giving to the school.
    • Working with the President, maintain a portfolio of major and planned giving donors to discover, cultivate, solicit and steward through the major gifts process.
    • Maintain a portfolio of businesses to discover, cultivate, solicit and steward through the process of soliciting a gift for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program.
  • Collaborate with board members and relevant board committees; assist in development and implementation of strategic planning.
  • Support a plan for communication with all constituencies. Give input on the Development/Alumni sections of the website. Coordinate fundraising communications including the Annual Report. Work closely with the Alumni Association to establish and maintain alumni events that impact fundraising.
  • Coordinate with the Admissions/Marketing Director under the direction of the President regarding public relations efforts and keep the media informed of school news including student accomplishments, special programs, alumni functions and other events.
  • Remain current on fundraising best practices, tax laws and IRS rulings which affect charitable giving.
  • Adhere to Nazareth Academy High School’s policies and procedures.
  • Any other duties as assigned.


The Director of Development must believe in the mission and vision of Nazareth Academy High School. Reporting directly to the President, the Director of Development will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors to advance the mission of Nazareth Academy from all constituencies including the Board of Trustees, committee members, faculty and staff, alumnae, current parents, past parents, foundations, corporations and other members of the community at large. The Director’s focus will be on building a culture of philanthropy throughout the school community. The Director will be responsible for identifying, researching, and spearheading the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies. The Director will staff the President on all matters related to development and will work closely with senior administration and the entire Nazareth Academy community.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of proven experience with prospect development, solicitation strategies, frontline fundraising and a track record of successful cultivation and solicitation of high-level donors.
  • Manifest the traditional Catholic/Christian values and mission of Nazareth Academy High School.
  • A team player and team builder that has a passion for and commitment to achieving excellence in all aspects of Nazareth Academy’s mission while fostering a high level of respect for colleagues.
  • Must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate energetic and service-oriented approach to promoting the institutional advancement needs of Nazareth Academy High School.
  • Strong communication skills that will effectively support the identification and solicitation of all prospects and support the Nazareth Fund and major gifts.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Must have  experience with Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and Adobe Page Maker; mastery of Raiser’s Edge and Target Analytics preferred.
  • Experience with fundraising best practices and donor databases for managing donor and solicitation records.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred and CFRE valued.
  • Hold and maintain a valid driver’s license to attend meetings, conferences, trainings and other events and the ability to work evenings, weekends and during holidays as needed.

The Institution

Nazareth Academy High School began as an idea of Mother Mary Frances Siedliska, Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, and they welcomed 10 students in the Fall of 1928. From the beginning, the academic program of the high school was college preparatory. In the present decade, Nazareth Academy has acquired an additional 59,324 square footage of space within the Provincial building. This has enabled the school to begin converting areas for academic and student activity usage, such as Music and Guidance Centers and a new Student Dining room including a renovated kitchen.

There has been an increase in the Honors programs and AP courses offered as part of the curriculum made possible by the building expansion. In 2014, Nazareth Academy began accepting International students. The most significant change in the governing of the school has been the changeover to the President/Principal Model. Mrs. Denise LePera was installed as Nazareth Academy’s first President in 2017-2018 and in 2018-2019, Nazareth welcomed its first lay Principal, Mr. James D. Meredith.

The school climate continues to be one of a college preparatory curriculum, as well as forming a family atmosphere in which each person is valued and encouraged to grow. The intellectual, cultural, moral and spiritual foundations of a Nazareth Academy High School education have inspired and empowered its graduates, during the past 90 years, to locally and globally serve humankind as personified by its Mission.

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