Ursuline Academy of Dallas seeks a highly accomplished fundraising professional to partner with the President and Board of Trustees, lead a staff of eight, and build levels of philanthropic support for the school. Reporting to the President, the Chief Development Officer develops, implements, and supervises appropriate fundraising strategies to meet the financial goals of the Academy consistent with the strategic plan. Along with the President, s/he is responsible for strengthening a positive public perception of Ursuline in the community, communicating the mission and objectives of the school, and obtaining the human and financial support necessary to ensure a strong a vibrant future.
The Chief Development Officer is responsible for all aspects of philanthropic engagement at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, including fundraising, community engagement, volunteer management, communications and messaging, events, and advancement services. The CDO supervises all Development Office personnel, ensuring that activity is outcome-driven and aligned with strategic priorities.
Priorities of the new Chief Development Officer include:
To successfully complete the fundraising objectives of The Campaign for Ursuline.
To lead the planning process for the campaign celebration/building dedication/sesquicentennial kick-off event. Preparation for the building dedication includes finalizing capital project naming opportunities with campaign supporters.
To partner with the President and Board of Trustees to establish post-campaign fundraising priorities, participate in strategic planning, and begin developing the vision for Ursuline's next comprehensive campaign.
To develop and execute a robust post-campaign stewardship plan that actively engages campaign supporters, encourages annual support, and establishes a culture of life-long philanthropy.
To continue to grow the base of philanthropic support across all constituencies (alumnae, parents, parents of alumnae, grandparents, friends, and foundations).
Strong candidates will have 5+ years of progressive professional experience leading a fund development team. The new CDO will be goal oriented, possess a collaborative working style, embrace the Ursuline mission, and be authentically able to advocate on behalf of the school's ambitious vision.
Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women, with enrollment of approximately 860 in grades 9-12. The Academy is the oldest continuously operating school in Dallas, and in 2024 it will celebrate its sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary.
With a distinguished tradition of academic excellence, innovation, and service, Ursuline educates young women for leadership in a global society.
At Ursuline, we aspire for students to meet problems and possibilities with creativity, ingenuity, responsibility, and compassion. As they learn, our students acquire broadly applicable skills and competencies that they can apply flexibly to any challenge. The commitment to the full development of every girl runs deep at Ursuline, through programs that embrace the cherished and timeless core values of an Ursuline education.
Ursuline Academy of Dallas is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and holds membership in a number of other professional organizations including the National Association of Independent Schools, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, National Catholic Education Association, OneSchoolhouse, Texas Associa...tion of Private and Parochial Schools, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Secondary Schools Admission Test Board, and Ursuline Educational Network