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Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Chaminade College Preparatory School

Saint Louis, MO

Posted: 04/19/2022 Job Category: Education Job Number: 1035

Job Description





Chaminade College Preparatory School (“CCP”) is an independent, Catholic day and resident school, sponsored by the Marianist Province of the United States. Dedicated to developing the inherent spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical potential of young men in grades 6-12, Chaminade strives to provide a holistic and high-caliber education, grounded in a community of faith and Marianist values to prepare students for success in college and beyond. Learn more at


Poised for continued growth under the leadership of Dr. Todd Guidry, Ed.D., CCP seeks a Vice President of Institutional Advancement who thrives on making the next chapter of an organization’s vision come to life. Reporting directly to the school’s president, the VP of Institutional Advancement will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team, drive strategy for fundraising and alumni relations, and motivate a talented team of development professionals to support the school’s mission.


Founded by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in 1817, the Society of Mary (Marianists) is a global religious congregation with 230+ members serving across 30 countries in sponsored ministries, including 18 secondary schools and three universities. Dedicated to social justice and environmental preservation, the Marianist charism emphasizes community, inclusivity, faith, and service to the poor and youth. Learn more about the five characteristics of Marianist Education at





  • ADVANCE THE MARIANIST MISSION IN EDUCATION [Strategic Leadership] – Serve as a key member of senior leadership and collaborate closely with the Board of Trustees, facilitating strong engagement and frequent communication on all relevant fiduciary and strategic topics. Ensure excellence in data-driven internal operations, manage the advancement budget, and drive overarching strategy for advancement, including major prospect identification and solicitation in partnership with the President. Identify opportunities to elevate resources and relationships to better serve core mission.


  • INSPIRE TALENT & FOSTER A COLLABORATIVE CULTURE [Team Leadership] – Lead and align a high-performing team of 5+ advancement professionals, including specialists in development, alumni relations, advancement services, marketing, and events. Create a collaborative culture that promotes teamwork, trust, transparency, and accountability. Foster professional development and evaluate performance while encouraging the team to maximize strengths and interests.


  • BUILD & EXPAND INSTITUTIONAL RESOURCES [Fundraising & Development] – Identify opportunities to generate funds for the ongoing sustainability of the school and to ensure Chaminade is financially accessible for all students. Drive donor identification and directly participate in cultivating relationships and soliciting support. Oversee and support staff in developing annual and long-term fund development strategies. Oversee the annual event strategy and all donor cultivation efforts, including alumni relations, parent participation, endowment growth, major gifts, annual giving, memorial gifts, planned gifts, grant opportunities, designated scholarships, and capital campaigns.





  • You have a strong passion for the mission of CCP, including the importance of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical development, an understanding of Catholic values, and the benefits of Marianist-sponsored education.


  • You have gained 8-10+ years of progressive leadership experience, including a demonstrated record of success in the development of people, processes, and organizational resources. Experience must include 3+ years of leadership for a team of five or more direct reports, including an ability to inspire and motivate, to manage conflict, and, to foster a healthy organizational culture through teamwork and collaboration.


  • Your experience includes a proven track record and/or aptitude for identifying key resources and developing funds. Familiarity with best practices in annual giving, endowments, events, grants, and major gifts is strongly preferred.


  • You are well-versed in proactively communicating with internal and external stakeholders. You confidently interact with team members at all levels and react with diplomacy and tact. You bring experience communicating a vision and prospective road map to key stakeholders and community constituents.


  • You are a servant-leader with the ability and desire to flex between strategic and tactical priorities required. Superior project management skills and a proactive mindset is required.


  • You have developed a solid business acumen, including strong technology skills and a data-driven approach to advancement.

  • Four-year college degree required. Advanced degree and/or CFRE certification ideal. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar industry technology is also preferred.





  • MAKE A FOREVER IMPACT IN MARIANIST EDUCATION – Build the future of CCP through the creation of long-term financial security, ensuring that generations of young men will be prepared to use their gifts to serve others. We are seeking a leader who is passionate about making a difference and is seeking to transform the world through Marianist education.


  • PASSIONATE & DEDICATED TEAM MEMBERS – You will join a team ready for growth and innovation. The advancement team is poised to use its talents and best practices in fundraising and development in support of CCP’s Marianist mission.


  • OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD & INNOVATE WITH BEST PRACTICES – You will lead with the freedom to build, innovate and guide the school’s advancement strategy with creativity and best practices to achieve success in mission advancement efforts.


  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES – Across the organization, CCP faculty and staff are equally passionate about their own professional and spiritual growth. You will participate in formation programs sponsored by the Marianist Province and be encouraged to select professional development opportunities to further your own education.


  • COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE – CCP offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including fully-paid medical and dental insurance for each employee; 403(b) matching program; a tuition reimbursement program; professional development opportunities; tuition benefits for dependents at Chaminade and at select Catholic high schools.





This position must be based on-site in St. Louis, Missouri. The position will collaborate with the local team and partner closely with school leadership, key donors, and other stakeholders. Evening and weekend events and minimal travel are required.





Apply now and upload your resume here at Please direct all questions, referrals, and applications to our retained search consultants at Occhio Search & Recruitment.

Contact Sarah Krueger ( and Hannah Phillips ( with questions. All resumes, referrals and inquiries will be held strictly confidential.

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Sarah Krueger
Founder & Lead Search Consultant

As Occhio’s founder and lead search consultant, I look forward to getting to know you! My recruiting experience spans a wide range of industries ranging from manufacturing and distribution to CPG and retail to nonprofits, associations, banking and financial services, construction, real estate, healthcare, transportation, technology, education, and legal.

I've recruited across all leadership functions, including HR, sales and business development, marketing and communications, operations, finance, legal, and technology. I've led over 150 retained search engagements, primarily supporting privately-held, family-owned, and non-profit organizations in the Saint Louis area.

When not recruiting, I love spending time with family and friends, attending hockey and basketball games, traveling, volunteering and amateur cooking and gardening. I believe that recruiting key talent into leadership roles is my small way of helping to ensure a bright and positive future for the Saint Louis region and beyond!

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