Assistant Head of School for Advancement

Administrator / Full-Time

Fontbonne: The Early College of Boston, Milton, MA

The Assistant Head of School for Advancement, reports directly to the Head of School and serves on the
Executive Leadership Team. The Assistant Head of School for Advancement is responsible for providing
leadership and setting and achieving the advancement program goals set forth in Fontbonne’s overall
Strategic Plan as well as an annual Advancement operating program plan. The position oversees two
direct reports with responsibilities for donor stewardship, major gifts, the Fund for Fontbonne, database
management and alumnae relations.

The Assistant Head of School for Advancement understands and accepts the charism and mission of the
Sisters of St. Joseph, the philosophy and mission of Fontbonne Academy and the Employee Handbook.
The Assistant Head of School for Advancement is a full-time professional position requiring an individual
with a strong belief in the mission of Fontbonne – especially related to and in the environment of all
women’s education. The Assistant Head of School for Advancement will possess a proven record of
success in major and planned giving work in an educational setting, strong relationship building skills,
excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively and in a team
spirit across all constituencies.

The following provides an outline of the roles and responsibilities of the Assistant Head of School for
Strategic Planning and Management
1. Designs, develops and integrates a comprehensive one, two and three-year advancement program
plan in support of the Fontbonne Strategic Plan, including specific fundraising and action goals
for each year.
2. Establishes and manages each area of the advancement program, including: constituent relations
and development, marketing and communications, volunteer management, research, stewardship,
annual fund, special events, major gifts and planned giving.
3. Beyond initial recruiting/hiring of advancement team members (as needed), establishes annual
goals for team members and provides regular guidance, training, and assessment for each
member, including external professional development opportunities, all in support of emplying
best practices to achieve annual program goals.
4. Prepares and provides regular activity, revenue and budget reports to the Finance Committee and
Advancement Committees of the Board.
5. Works collaboratively with the Finance office of the Sponsored Ministries of the Sisters of St.
6. Provides oversight and assistance to the Director of Communications and Marketing in assuring a
strong, consistent brand, image and messaging in all Fontbonne communications, including
alumnae and donor communications.
7. Develops with the Director of Communications and Marketing and Director of Alumnae and
Philanthropy a consistent communication plan for alumnae and donors.
8. Oversees, assists and engages with the CSJ Marketing Manager and Assistant to the
Advancement team to assure fullest potential use and external opportunities for Fontbonne
facilities as well as event coordination.
9. Oversees and manages the Advancement budget and submits budget recommendations to the
Head of School as part of the annual budget process.
Developing Donor Constituencies
10. Identifies, researches and develops philanthropic-focused relationships with alumnae, parents,
parents of alumnae, foundations and other organizations and new friends of Fontbonne
individually or in concert with the Head of School, Director of Alumnae and Philanthropy and/or
the Corporate Relations and Fundraising Manager.
11. Oversees, assists and engages with the Advancement Database and Gift processing manager to
assure the database is up to date and accurate. Takes responsibility for overall processes and donor
records as well as the careful stewardship of each donor and their gifts.
12. Welcomes and engages with neighborhood and community organizations to help others come to
know, understand, believe and participate in the mission of Fontbonne.
13. Designs and manages the Fund for Fontbonne to assure continued growth in unrestricted giving to
Fontbonne in terms of both dollars and donors.

Candidates must possess the following skills and abilities:
● Bachelor’s degree with five years minimum experience in leadership and experience in
fundraising or related field
● Proven track record of developing relationships to garner philanthropic support
● Knowledge of principles and best practices of development
● Ability to think creatively and strategically
● Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
● Excellent administrative, organizational, and time management skills with strong attention to
● Experience managing a team and working collaboratively with various internal and external
● Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, as well as Rediker’s
Sustain, preferred.
● Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and moderate travel as needed


Fontbonne: The Early College of Boston

Milton, MA
High School