Vice President of Advancement & Chief Development Officer

Reports to: President/CEO of Cristo Rey Richmond High School

About Cristo Rey Richmond High School
Cristo Rey Richmond High School is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Through a rigorous college
preparatory curriculum, integrated with relevant work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.

Cristo Rey Richmond High School is a part of the largest network of high schools in the country that exclusively serve families of limited economic means. We employ a unique, proven educational model that prepares youth
with limited economic resources for college and career.
The bulk of each student’s tuition is funded by a work program outlined at the following link: Corporate Work Study Program. For more information on
the Cristo Rey National Mission and business model, please visit

Job Overview
The full-time Vice President of Advancement leads all Advancement and Marketing/Communications activities for both Cristo Rey Richmond High School, Inc. and the Cristo Rey Richmond CWSP, Inc., and serves as the Chief
Development Officer. The position reports to the President/CEO and works as a member of the CRR executive leadership team.

The position is responsible for developing relationships with donors, prospects, corporations, and the surrounding community to support the financial and material needs of the school.

The position provides supervision of the community outreach and marketing communications/public relations programs of the school; and activities that
create a supportive climate for enrollment and fundraising.

The primary responsibilities include: 

  1. Plan, manage, and implement all development fundraising initiatives; 
  2. Plan, manage, and implement annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants, and events. This includes, but is not limited to: prospect identification and research, cultivation, solicitation, gift processing, and acknowledgments; 
  3. Recruit, train, manage, and mentor Advancement staff. Continually review departmental infrastructure to ensure support of the school’s revenue growth goals.
  4. Support the marketing, recruitment, and retention of students by the Recruitment staff. This includes, but is not limited to, open houses, school visits and tours, and marketing materials; 
  5. Promote understanding, acceptance, and support of the vision, mission, values, and objectives of the school; 
  6. Work closely with the Advancement Committee of the Board to achieve goals and objectives; 
  7. Provide leadership for the marketing and communications functions of the school with external resources.
  8. Support the Corporate Work Study Program by securing work-study angel funders for all non-profit jobs at local companies.
  9. Partner with the Business Office to sustain efficient, effective, and transparent financial tracking and reporting processes.
  10. Develop clear processes and collaborate within the school to create an understanding of and appreciation for the Advancement function. Foster an environment of cohesiveness and collaboration.
  11. Overseeing all matters of legal compliance for the Advancement program. 
  12. Other duties as assigned by the President/CEO.


  •  Commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of CRR.
  •  Sensitivity to the ethnic, cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds of the students and their families.
  •  Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. CFRE or Master’s degree preferred with a minimum of 8-10 years of successful major gift development in an independent school or nonprofit organization.
  •  Proven track record of success leading a major gifts campaign.
  •  Capital campaign experience is preferred, but not necessary.
  •  Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in developing and accomplishing organizational goals 
  •  Ability to build a team, effectively recruiting and managing volunteers
  •  Superior communication skills, ability to conceptualize and execute strategic plans, the ability to interact confidently and effectively with school staff, students, donors, trustees, school administration, the media, and alumni
  •  Working knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and the Internet
  •  Ability to work at a strategic level and hands-on operational level simultaneously.
  •  Skill set to develop and manage a variety of programs from visioning through strategic planning, funding, marketing, fiscal responsibility, implementation, and evaluation.
  •  Demonstrated ability to work on a team that requires humility, integrity, tolerance, a desire for continuous improvement, and openness to feedback.

Salary and benefits
Commensurate with experience

To Apply: Qualified candidates should send their cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and three professional references as a PDF to the attention of our school President, Deacon Peter
McCourt, [email protected].

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