Director of Major Gifts

Philadelphia 19130, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (the Prep) is a Catholic, Jesuit, independent four-year college preparatory school located on the northern edge of center city Philadelphia. Founded in 1851, this highly selective, all male school serves nearly 1,000 young men “to become men for and with others.” Students come from diverse economic, geographic, racial and ethnic backgrounds from throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The Prep develops leaders of intellectual distinction, men of faith and integrity, men who are committed to social justice and community service, men open to growth, and men who are loving. At the Prep, classroom and chapel intersect with the religious formation of mind and heart. The Prep is preparing for a $35 million comprehensive capital campaign that will be followed by an additional campaign over a 10-year period.


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Director of Major Gifts will be responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of donors and prospective donors in support of approved funding priorities and outlined initiatives for the Prep. This position will have primary responsibility for growing a comprehensive major gifts program and spending 85 percent of their time meeting high-level donors and soliciting donations for the annual fund, capital and endowment. This individual will sustain connections between the school and key constituents - donors, prospects and leadership volunteers. The Director provides the lead assistance in cultivation of present donors while supporting the School’s fundraising mission. The Director of Major Gifts will play a key role in implementing and executing the School’s upcoming campaign plan.



Qualified candidates will have five (5) or more years of successful major gift fundraising experience, preferably in a nonprofit or independent school environment, capital campaign experience preferred. The Director of Major Gifts will have demonstrated success in achieving fundraising goals and a successful track record of cultivating, soliciting, and securing major gifts in the $25,000 and above range. The successful candidate must possess the ability to lead, take initiative, and work collaboratively as a member of a team. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to build, foster and maintain relationships with both internal and external constituencies including administrators, faculty, trustees, volunteer leaders, students, donors and prospects. Must have strong communication skills to express orally and in writing the mission of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and their fundraising goals with clarity, passion and persuasion. A Bachelor's degree is required. Must be willing to travel and work nights and weekends as needed.


Qualified candidates may send resume and salary history to:

Catharine McGeever

Lambert & Associates

222 S Manoa Road, Suite 201

Havertown, PA 19083

[email protected]

Contact: Catharine McGeever

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