Director of AdvancementCompany: Marist Brothers Center at Esopus
Date Posted: February 19, 2016
Director of Advancement
The Marist Brothers Center at Esopus (MBCE)
The Marist Brothers of the Schools, a Roman-Catholic order of religious brothers, were founded in 1817 by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, a young French priest who founded the order to combat the illiteracy and spiritual poverty in post-Revolutionary France. Marcellin believed God called him to help young people, especially those in need. He responded by forming a religious community of Brothers dedicated to educating youth and conveying the love of Jesus Christ. There are more than 3,000 Marist Brothers serving in 79 countries throughout the world making Jesus known and loved through the education of young people, especially those who are most neglected.
The Marist Brothers Center at Esopus, a 120-acre property on the west bank of the Hudson River in Esopus, NY, was acquired by the Brothers in 1942. Originally a preparatory school for young men interested in a religious life as a Marist Brother, during the 1970’s the Esopus property began to be used for summer camps for youth with special needs and for retreats for high school students. Currently each year nearly 4,000 young people spend time at the retreat house and another 1,500 attend summer camps.
The Director of Advancement
The Director of Advancement is a newly created position reporting directly to the Executive Director of the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus. A member of the leadership team, the Director of Advancement has the opportunity to build upon a strong foundation of loyalty and support to formally establish an Advancement Office for MBCE from the ground up, planning and implementing the fund development, marketing and communications activities of the Center.
Working in partnership with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees, the Director of Advancement’s responsibilities include:
- Creating a culture of philanthropy through developing and strengthening relationships with the various constituencies of the Center
- Developing appropriate policies and procedures for fundraising, gift management, prospect research/management and data management.
- Establishing formal programs to secure increased levels of unrestricted annual support, restricted support for programs and facilities, and endowment.
- Identifying sources of foundation and corporate support and developing funding proposals.
- Conducting board, staff and volunteer training to support increased fundraising.
- Developing and implementing marketing and communications plans through a variety of media.
- A minimum of three years fundraising experience preferably within an institutional advancement setting.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and judgement for exercising appropriate discretion when dealing with confidential information, constituents, colleagues, volunteers and the public.
- Experience with constituent database systems and skills in word processing, spreadsheets, data entry, database management.
- Experience with websites and social media platforms a plus.
- Must be able to fulfill responsibilities with high ethical standards in support of the mission of the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus.
- This position may occasionally require travel and an ability to work evenings or weekends.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree a plus.
This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits including medical, dental, life insurance and retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Email letter of application, resume and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three current professional references to:
MTH Fundraising Consulting LLC
24 Mitchell Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
For more information about the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus visit: www.maristbrotherscenter.org