Chief Advancement Officer
ABOUT MERCY HIGH SCHOOL Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, Catholic, college preparatory community enlivened by the Gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy. We are the “Social Advocacy Based Learning” Catholic school of the San Francisco Bay Area where women graduate with fierce determination to improve their world. For more information about Mercy High School, visit www.mercyhs.org. POSITION OVERVIEW The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) oversees all external relations and philanthropic efforts for Mercy High School San Francisco, including development, alumnae relations, marketing and communications. The CAO has primary responsibility for directing a comprehensive development program and building a philanthropic culture designed to ensure the sustainable fulfillment of Mercy’s mission. REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS The Chief Advancement Officer reports to the Head of School and sits on the Executive Leadership Team with the Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, Associate Head of School for Academics, and Associate Head of School for Mission. The CAO oversees all staff in development, alumnae relations, and marketing/communications and works closely with volunteers, faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, community members, and the Board of Trustees. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES • Design and implement a comprehensive advancement program which engages a culture of philanthropy to build a sustainable, resource rich organization. • Work in partnership with the Head of School, Advancement staff, and Board of Trustees to define Mercy’s fundraising goals and direction. • Oversee and manage all fundraising and marketing/communications efforts. • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of prospects and major donors. • Cultivate new prospective donors through a comprehensive engagement program. • Collaborate with the Board to help develop trustees as fundraisers. Cook Silverman Search Mercy High School Chief Advancement Officer • Update the Head of School and Board of Trustees on key metrics regularly, using data-driven analytical reporting. • Partner with the Head of School and Board members in the solicitation of major gifts, participating as appropriate. • Oversee the rebranding/messaging of the school and the consequent development of new marketing and solicitation materials. • Build and maintain a robust planned giving program. • Manage the endowment in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer. • Present to various constituencies (e.g. faculty and staff, parents, etc.) at the request of the Head of School. • Represent the school to various constituencies in accord with the school’s mission, vision, values, and plans. • Supervise, manage, and evaluate annually all members of the Advancement team. • Establish, maintain, and periodically evaluate all Advancement policies, procedures, structures, communications, and documents in accordance with best practices in the field. • Attend and support school events and activities on a regular basis. • Employ best practices in fundraising, data maintenance, capital campaign planning, communications, and all Advancement operations. • Support and articulate the mission of Mercy High School. QUALIFICATIONS • Seven to ten years of progressively challenging fundraising experience with demonstrated results, preferably in an educational environment • Dedication to the mission of Mercy High School, San Francisco and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy • Passion for empowering of young women • Proven, successful experience managing both high-functioning teams and multiple, simultaneous projects • Excellent leadership, management, organizational, and entrepreneurial skills • Experience managing capital campaigns preferred • Proficiency with information technology including G-Suite, Microsoft Office Suite and Raiser’s Edge • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred • Flexibility, sensitivity, diplomacy, and the outstanding interpersonal skills necessary to work collaboratively with multiple constituencies required • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as attention to detail required TO APPLY Cook Silverman Search is conducting this search on an exclusive basis on behalf of Mercy High School. To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter (pdf format preferred) to Victoria Silverman at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications and inquiries will receive a response and be kept strictly confidential. Mercy High School, San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer.