Chief Advancement Officer
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy seeks a mission-focused, innovative, Chief Advancement Officer to lead its successful fundraising and communication efforts into its twenty-fifth year and beyond.
School and Results
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy is an independent, tuition-free, Jesuit middle school for boys from low-income communities. The children we serve lack access to high quality schools and support programs that can change the trajectory of their lives. Through our innovative educational program, the Academy offers a path of hope and resolve to young men in Baltimore City. The educational experiences and opportunities the Academy provides are designed specifically to address the needs of urban boys by developing the intellectual, physical, and social qualities of each student leading to their success in high school, college, and adult lives. Our results speak to that future. Over the school’s 24-year history, 98% of graduates have received a high school diploma. Eighty-eight percent of graduates go on to immediately enroll in college or other post-secondary education, surpassing the Maryland and national rates. The Academy is a private institution with a very public purpose.
Founded in 1993 and located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood, Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy is an extended day and eleven-month school year program for 115 fifth through eighth grade students representing 23 zip codes across Baltimore. Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy graduates attend exemplary public and private high schools, both day and boarding, in Baltimore and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Our Graduate Support Program provides counseling and advising support to over 180 graduates who are attending outstanding regional and national high schools and colleges. The Academy is an independent Catholic Jesuit school accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) and sponsored by the Maryland Province of Jesuits. Grounded in that educational tradition, the Academy’s faculty and staff educate deserving young men to be intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious, and committed to doing justice. Learn more about our excellent educational program and the exceptional results we achieve at www.saintignatius.org.
It is an exciting time in the Academy’s history after a five-year period of growth that included a successful capital campaign and expanding enrollment by adding a 5th grade class to serve more children. The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for building on that momentum by his/her leadership and oversight of all aspects of fundraising, stewardship, and communication at the Academy. The CAO works with a team of two development professionals to meet the Academy’s annual fundraising goal. For the 2017-2018 school year, that goal is two million dollars.
Because the Academy’s program is offered tuition-free to qualifying students, the resources to operate the school must come from philanthropic gifts. All students at the Academy are annually sponsored by an individual, team, or organization who provides a scholarship gift. The Academy’s other major sources of revenue are through annual giving and grants. In addition to the CAO, the Office is comprised of a Director of Communication & Annual Giving and a Director of Events & Volunteer Engagement. While the CAO leads and supervises the two directors, the office is an engaging and enthusiastic team of mission-driven professionals. Along with developing the annual fundraising plan and providing strategic direction for advancement activities, the CAO advises the Academy’s President, oversees major gifts, leads the student sponsorship gift program, writes grants, and serves as the liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.
The successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible fundraising and advancement experience, including knowledge of major gifts, grant writing, annual fund, planned giving, endowment fundraising, major donor stewardship and solicitation
- Remarkable communication skills with the ability to write and speak passionately and persuasively about the Academy and its mission to various constituencies
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience using Google cloud based applications
- Experience with a comprehensive donor database software application, like Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge
- Experience supervising and managing others
- Understanding the importance of social media in the overall communication and development plan
- Ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships with various constituencies
- Strategic thinking skills that are creative and solutions oriented
- Strong organizational skills with keen attention to detail
- Experience in and an understanding of the philanthropic landscape of Baltimore
The Chief Advancement Officer is a 12 month, full-time, salaried, exempt employment position with a traditional business day schedule and hours plus occasional early morning and evening responsibilities. The CAO reports directly to the Academy’s President and is a member of the Academy’s leadership team. The CAO will begin her/his duties in September 2017.
Salary is highly competitive relative to the Baltimore area independent school market. The Academy offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid leave, vacation time, health benefits, life insurance, a technology device allowance, funding for continuing education, and an employer matching 401K retirement plan.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter explaining why her/his professional experiences have prepared them to be the Academy’s Chief Advancement Officer along with a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy actively seeks diversity in all categories of employment and at all employment levels. Individuals are treated without discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or any other impermissible factor in accordance with federal, state or local law.
Intern/Americorps Teacher Program
We are no longer accepting applications for the Americorps Teacher Program for the 2017-2018 school year. Please check back in January 2018 to apply for the 2018-2019 school year. Read more about the Americorps Teacher Program below:
Are you interested in teaching? How about in an environment with small class sizes and a dedicated, supportive faculty? Are you looking for an opportunity to coach and be an advisor to a small group of students?
The Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy intern teacher program is a two-year program where you will work with highly motivated inner-city boys who attend the Academy on full scholarships and who are aspiring to attend competitive, college-preparatory high schools and colleges.
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy actively seeks diversity in all categories of employment and at all employment levels. Individuals are treated without discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other impermissible factor in accordance with
federal, state or local law.