Director of Advancement

Sacred Heart High School

Sacred Heart High School                                                                                                                                                            Yonkers, NY
Director of Advancement

Position Description

Job Overview:

Sacred Heart High School is seeking a full-time Director of Advancement who will be responsible for creating and executing Sacred Heart’s alumni relations and capital raising strategies. The Director will oversee fundraising efforts that involve the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major and planned gifts.


This individual will play a key role in securing essential resources to support our mission. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated and resourceful individual with excellent communication, relationship-building, event-planning, and marketing skills. This individual will be instrumental in facilitating the cultivation of major donors and the solicitation of gifts.

The role requires someone who is highly analytical, strategic, detail-oriented, and thinks creatively. The position entails managing and overseeing all aspects of running events division, with the communication and sales skills to ensure operational and financial success.

  • Responsible for the creation, implementation, and expansion of:
    • The strategic advancement plan (in close collaboration with the school leadership team, Board, & key volunteers)
    • Alumni and donor relationships
    • Existing activities and events to raise capital for SHHS’s mission-driven initiatives
    • New funding opportunities with active and potential donors
  • Maintain routine connections and strong relationships with key funding partners and peer organizations:
    • Engage with internal and external advisory boards, cabinets and committees
    • Generate development and alumni communications content as well as marketing and branding pieces
    • Cultivate relationships with individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors
  • Lead marketing efforts to promote events and drive ticket sales, leveraging a mix of traditional and digital marketing.
  • Understand and represent to donors the full array of gift vehicles available including: outright gifts, pledges, trusts, bequests, gifts of stock or property, etc.
  • Track and analyze fundraising data to measure progress and inform future strategies.
  • Generate and distribute acknowledgement letters and end-of-year tax documents as applicable.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required (advanced degree preferred) and a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in fundraising, event-planning, grant writing, or related fields is preferred .
  • An understanding of donor constituent database systems (TrailBlazer and/or is preferred).
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the Google Suite for Education (Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.).
  • Experience with diverse communities and stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).
  • Experience in writing and obtaining grants (preferred).
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends, as required.
  • Ability to fluently speak, read, and write in Spanish is welcome but not required.


  • Must satisfactorily complete required criminal background and reference checks.
  • Must complete the Diocese-sponsored Safe Environment Training.