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Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Reporting to the President and working closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement will serve as the chief development officer for the school implementing a comprehensive development and alumni relations plan with short- and long-range goals and objectives based on the school’s strategic plan.The Executive Director will be responsible for securing support to advance the mission of the school from a variety of sources including but not limited to major gifts, annual appeal, EITC/OSTC programs, board and volunteer management, special events, planned gifts, communications and stewardship.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Implementation of an annual giving campaign, focusing on the annual appeal through direct mail, personal visits, and online communications.
  • Developing and cultivating a Major Gift program and pipeline by working with the President and the Board to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of major and leadership donors.
  • Stewarding and growing the OSTC/EITC Tax Credit program by soliciting alumni and community businesses that are eligible, as well as educate the community on the program and impact of these donations. Work closely with BLOCS and other affiliated organizations to support the Tax Credit effort.
  • Working closely with all scholarship benefactors and organizations as well as monitoring restricted funds to steward gifts, as well as align donor priorities with the school’s needs.
  • Overseeing all communications with alumni and donors by creating and sending out solicitation letters, invitations, thank you letters and calls; organizing thank-a-thons; publishing and distributing the electronic Alumni Newsletter (monthly); monitoring social media outlets; publishing the Annual Report, and other publications.
  • Maintaining alumni and advancement portion of the website.
  • Managing (with Advancement Staff) all Bonner & Prendie alumni events; assist with promotion and marketing, logistics, solicitation, event attendance, and suggest best practices. Examples – Bonner Hall of Fame, Prendie Hall of Fame, Friar Fest, Class Reunions, Beach Blast, Athletic events, Scholarship Benefits, Benefactor’s Mass and Brunch, etc.
  • Providing oversight and direct the management of the Raiser’s Edge database and all donor acknowledgements.
  • Collaborating with multiple administrative offices across the school to best support their efforts, including Enrollment, Facilities, Athletics, Tuition, and Business Offices.
  • Collaborating with Faith in the Future and Office of Catholic Education as needed.
  • Providing direction to the Development office and support staff including performance reviews and the annual review of their job descriptions.
  • Promoting planned giving as a vehicle for support of Bonner & Prendie.
  • Serving on/work with committees of the Board, such as Admissions, Facilities, and others as needed.
  • Working closely with both the Board of Directors and Development Committee to promote Bonner & Prendie and our fundraising needs and initiatives.
  • Collaborating with active and influential alumni and community members to promote the mission, vision, and values of Bonner & Prendie.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the President.


  • An appreciation and passion for the mission of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School and a commitment to the value of Catholic education.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in development, fundraising, nonprofit or related field.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact in a positive manner with all the constituencies of the School community: President, administration, staff, faculty, Board of Directors, alumni, parents, and friends of the School.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • A high degree of integrity, confidentiality, strong work ethic and a willingness to quickly and continuously gain knowledge of the mission of Catholic education.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and CRM databases with a demonstrated knowledge and proficiency with the web and social media; experience with Raiser’s Edge database preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to make group and individual presentations.
  • Ability to organize and establish objectives, prioritize and achieve goals.
  • Excellent public speaking skills complemented by a demonstrated ability to interact in a social setting with ease and grace.
  • Preferred experience in management, budget development and financial oversight.
  • Knowledge of the PA EITC and OSTC programs and the workings of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, work nights and weekends as needed and maintain a valid driver’s license.

The Institution

Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, located in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was originally two schools on one campus. In 2005, the decision was made by the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that Monsignor Bonner High School (Bonner), the all-boys school, and Archbishop Prendergast High School (Prendie), the all-girls school, would be a co-institutional model with one administration. The new administration would include a single President, Principal and Assistant Principals for Academic Affairs, Student Services, and Student Affairs for both schools.

The school faced a difficult time in January 2012 when Archbishop Charles Chaput announced that Bonner and Prendie would close in June, due to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission. Soon after the announcement was made, the Administration began the appeal process which outlined plans for the improvement of Bonner and Prendie. With the support of students, faculty, parents, and Alumni, money was raised to support the schools. Days before the final decision regarding the school was to be made, a group of business people came forward to help not just Bonner and Prendie, but the other high schools destined to close as well. On February 24, 2012, Archbishop Chaput announced that Bonner and Prendie would remain open as one combined school.

Although combined, Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School has worked to keep many of the traditions that both schools have had for years alive. The school is still represented by Bonner’s mascot, the Friar and Prendie’s mascot, the Panda. Homerooms remain single sex as do Theology classes as well as gym/health classes. The school has received a tremendous amount of support from parents and Alumni and continues to do well as a merged school.

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