Vice President of Advancement - July 2017
Bishop Lynch High School
In the early sixties, on the far eastern side of Dallas, a few enterprising parish pastors and parents founded a high school intended to serve a wide diversity of children – budding scholars and those with learning differences, athletes and thespians. All who sought truth and knowledge were welcomed. From this early vision has grown a truly outstanding Catholic educational institution. Twice awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence, Bishop Lynch High School now stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best private schools serving the youth of Dallas and its suburban communities.
As a strong, highly respected college preparatory school with some 11,000 alumni dating back to 1966, Bishop Lynch High School is blessed with an enrollment of nearly 1,040 students, balanced budgets, beautiful and expansive facilities, enthusiastic parents, talented faculty and staff and alumni who are coming of age and success to play a growing philanthropic role in support of the school. The next Vice President of Advancement will be expected to bring the visionary leadership, data-driven strategic planning, and proven capacity to engage of alumni, parents, parents of alumni and friends in support of implementing the vision.
The Vice President of Advancement is responsible for leading the advancement team and for the development and strategic implementation of all aspects of fundraising including, but not limited to, capital, annual, alumni and community affairs and communications. Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Advancement is a key member of the President’s leadership team and advances the mission, values, and strategic goals of the school through the collaborative efforts of the department. The Vice President of Advancement will supervise the Director of Communications, Community and Alumni Relations Officer, Community Gift Officer, Advancement Services Coordinator, as well as the Auction Coordinator while establishing a team approach to supporting advancement operations. Additionally, a respected and longtime member of the school’s advancement team will become the new Senior Director of Strategic and Planned Gifts, reporting directly to the President.
With the support of the President and the School Board, the Vice President of Advancement will implement a multi-level Advancement plan that will include alumni, corporate and business, foundation, endowment, special event and direct engagement efforts. The Vice President of Advancement is responsible for strengthening and diversifying Bishop Lynch’s funding, and will be supported by a dedicated and gifted Advancement Committee. With the support of the President, the Vice President of Advancement will lead the team responsible for raising accessibility and sustainability awareness challenges to its respected and valued Catholic education and the vital role that Bishop Lynch High School plays in serving the ambitious students and families throughout the greater Dallas region.
While the Vice President of Advancement must have a demonstrated capacity for broad institutional advancement leadership in a Catholic college preparatory environment, it is possible that the prospective candidate could have attained this experience through a variety of different career paths, including primary, secondary, or tertiary education; non-profit management; or work in the corporate or public sector. Regardless of the career path, the next Vice President of Advancement must have expert knowledge of and a proven record of institution advancement by identifying, cultivating, and developing stakeholder partnerships and philanthropic support that will ensure Bishop Lynch’s continued accessibility to all, success and excellence in executing its mission, and sustainability for future generations. An advanced degree in education or business related fields is strongly preferred.
The next Vice President of Advancement will be expected to bring the energy, charisma and both the executive administration and advancement skills necessary for this school-community to build on its extensive traditions and storied legacy, while delivering excellence in a Christ-centered and faith-filled college preparatory education. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2017. Candidates are expected to be available to assume the responsibilities of the position as soon as August 1, 2017.
Michael Furey, Partner
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