This is a full-time (40 hours a week), mostly in-person position located in St. Paul, MN.
Salary commensurate with experience. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until
the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications submitted by December 3, 2022.
The Aim Higher Foundation is seeking a Director of Advancement to manage and implement the foundation’s fundraising initiatives to drive continued growth of the scholarship programs. The Director of Advancement will primarily be responsible for developing and stewarding a portfolio of major donors, overseeing fundraising initiatives, and, with the President and the Associate Director of Advancement, expanding and diversifying revenue streams and partnerships. The position will serve as a visible public advocate for the Aim Higher Foundation and the children we serve by cultivating and building external relationships and partnerships as appropriate and necessary. In addition, the Director of Advancement will also support the President and the Board of Directors by serving as project manager for the Foundation’s financial operations. Aim Higher Foundation team members are committed to putting people first, delighting in service to others, recognizing the dignity in all people, and knowing the small things matter. Successful candidates will possess an established history of success soliciting major gifts, outstanding interpersonal and writing skills, exceptional problem solving capacity, the ability to think strategically and imaginatively, and a commitment to personal and organizational growth. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: o With the President and the Associate Director of Advancement, share the responsibility for the success of all fundraising initiatives and partnerships. o Work closely with the Aim Higher Foundation team and volunteers to identify, research, cultivate, and steward donors and prospects—helping execute an effective moves management system, and supporting and positioning the President to ensure fundraising targets are achieved. o Solicit donations from major-, mid-, and entry- level donors. o Lead fundraising events including the Night of Light, the Aim Higher Foundation’s premier gala. o Serve in both a strategic and tactical role in financial budgeting, reporting, and modeling to ensure immediate impact and long-term sustainability.
o Facilitate the connection between fundraising efforts and financial reporting. Serve as liaison to the Foundation’s accountant and to the Board of Directors. o Other duties as assigned
Essential Experience and Qualifications: o Deep respect for and commitment to the work to provide educational opportunities to children from all backgrounds. o Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills and a high emotional intelligence. o Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel and a strong understanding of the Microsoft Office and Google Tools suites. o Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and stay organized while providing an acute attention to detail at all times. o Enthusiasm for working closely with a small, highly motivated team and ability to work occasional weekends and evenings, as needed. Preferred Experience and Qualifications o Experience leading fundraising initiatives, overseeing fundraising events, and soliciting major gifts. o Experience forecasting and managing long-term and short-term budgets. o Proficiency using donor database systems and CRMs. Ability to manage and create database reports.
Application: Interested applicants must submit a resume that is no longer than two pages and a cover letter that includes: 1) Why you are interested in the Aim Higher Foundation’s mission 2) A specific reference to one past experience that has prepared you for this position Please combine the resume and cover letter into a single PDF and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Aim Higher Foundation helps more children access the proven benefits of a Catholic education by making tuition more affordable at K-8 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We provide $1,000 scholarships to children from families with demonstrated financial need.