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Academy of the Holy Cross
Kensington, MD, United States
22 days ago
Academy of the Holy Cross
Kensington, MD, United States
22 days ago


The Academy of the Holy Cross is accepting resumes for a Director for Advancement.

The Academy of the Holy Cross, a Catholic College preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross since 1868, is dedicated to educating young women in a Christ-centered community which values diversity.  The Academy is committed to developing women of courage, compassion and scholarship who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual and intellectual challenges of the world.

All faculty and staff must demonstrate a commitment to the Core Values of the Academy: community, Catholic identity, academic excellence, educating the whole person, tradition, diversity, leadership, single-sex education, environment, and communication.


Institutional Advancement encompasses traditional resource development, including fundraising and constituency relations.  Its exclusive function is to advance the mission of the Academy through the strategic procuring of philanthropic support.  Institutional Advancement at Holy Cross seeks to forge stronger partnerships and deeper relationships between the institution and its potential supporters-alumnae, parents, community partners, foundations, business partners, and friends.  The focus of all activities must be consistent with the mission and vision of the Academy.

Effective advancement processes and activities promote market awareness of the school's competitive strengths and identity, and create broad and deep relationships leading to increased philanthropic funding and increased strategic partnering.  The outcome will secure the long-term health of Holy Cross and provide increased annual and capital funding.  These crucial resources buffer Holy Cross' reliance on tuition increases to cover increasing costs of operations.

The Director of Advancement oversees three support staff, is responsible for working with other members of the advancement team, coordinating work and strategies with the Director of Philanthropy and Stewardship (who is leading and executing major gift campaigns) and the school President.

A complete position description can be viewed at


  • College degree
  • 5-10 years of experience in school fundraising
  • Personal commitment to the mission of Holy Cross and to Catholic, all-girls education
  • Action-oriented with a sense of urgency in implementing departmental strategies
  • Professional experience and proven effectiveness in the areas of fundraising (including annual fundraising, major gift solicitation, planned and deferred giving); alumnae relations; advancement communications.
  • Comfort and experience with effective social media communications
  • Personal integrity and maturity
  • Self-motivated and willing to take the lead on difficult projects
  • Effective communication skills-speaking, listening and processing, writing
  • Strategic orientation with a vision for the future
  • Ability to create strategic department plans, with clear objectives goals and tactics
  • Create and forward thinking, with an ability to successfully implement new ideas
  • Ability to analyze and prioritize time and resources under direct control and supervision
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, and to lead by example
  • Ability to coordinate complex projects involving several people, and to lead others around important tasks and deadlines
  • Comfort in meeting with and speaking with a variety of people in a variety of professional and social situations

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57178817
  • Location:
    Kensington, MD, United States
  • Position Title: Director for Advancement
  • Company Name: Academy of the Holy Cross
  • Mission / Industry: 4-Year College or University/Higher Education Institution
  • Job Function: Advancement Management,
    Annual Fund & Giving,
    Donor Relations & Stewardship,
    Planned Giving
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Management
  • Required Travel: None
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