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Vice President of Strategic Advancement
Erie Catholic School System

Position Summary:

The individual in this position is responsible for leading advancement activities for the Erie Catholic School System and supervising school-based advancement staff.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 4+ years relevant experience in development, including annual appeals; familiarity with faith-based or education sector preferred
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Understanding of database management, gift processing, and donor relations practices
  • Excellent analytical and fundraising skills
  • Ability to manage and work with teams to develop strategy and coordinate messaging
  • Must be willing to support the mission of Catholic education.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Results-oriented
  • Trustworthy, personable and professional
  • Works well in in an environment of change
  • Self-directed and collaborative
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft Office, photo editing software/apps, content management and social media platforms to support objectives and other modern technologies
  • Strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Practicing Catholic


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with school system and diocesan leadership on a strategic advancement plan
  • Lead a collaborative advancement team for ECSS; set formal performance goals and evaluate performance against goals.
  • Assist in creating and maintaining strong donor and alumni databases and developing appropriate donation acknowledgement communications
  • Identify and apply for appropriate grant opportunities.
  • Contribute to the development of fundraising policies and procedures to implement best practices; ensure ECSS compliance with legal reporting requirements and diocesan fundraising policies
  • Coordinate the development of advancement collateral and appeal materials; contribute advancement perspective to the ECSS communication plan/activities
  • Perform website maintenance to further advancement goals
  • Document and report on the progress and results of appeals
  • Coordinate EITC efforts for ECSS, collaborating with diocesan offices and STAR Foundation
  • Develop a signature ECSS fundraising special event
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


Performance Factors/Job Competencies:

  • Must be able to exercise discretion
  • Must be able to uphold the AFP Donor Bill of Rights and Code of Ethical Standards
  • Must have verbal skills to communicate effectively with the public.
  • Must have auditory acuity to listen to other people on telephone and in person.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a collaborative team and fast paced environment.
  • Must be flexible and able to tolerate many situations and personalities.
  • Must be able to organize and maintain data
  • Must adapt to new and emerging technologies
  • Prioritize and efficiently complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate adherence to the highest moral standards at all times.


Work Environment:   This job operates in a professional office environment.  Incumbent must be able to sit at desk for extended periods of time.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment with a vast majority of the time utilizing computers to complete daily tasks.  


Physical Demands: (% of time)

Standing: Occasionally (<20%)

Sitting: Frequently (<60%) 

Lifting: 0-20lbs. Occasionally (<20%); 20-50 lbs. Occasionally (<20%); Over 50 lbs. Rarely (<10%)

Travel: Rarely (<10%)

Pushing/Pulling: Occasionally (<20%)

Manual Keying/Data Entry: Often (30-60%)


Property and Confidentiality Requirements:

All property, including intellectual property, materials, equipment or actual products and services developed or accrued as part of the job duties and responsibilities listed above is the property of the Erie Catholic School System.  It may not be used for personal profit or gain and will be relinquished to ECSS upon termination of employment from ECSS.  In addition, the person employed in this position shall maintain confidentiality with regard to the personal and private information about students, families, faculty, co-workers, administrators, programs and services, and any other proprietary information accrued as a result of ECSS employment or as required by applicable state or federal laws and regulations.


Note:  Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Submit applications to: 

Or mail to: 

Dr. Ann Marie Lathan, Director of Human Resources

Erie Catholic School System

1531 East Grandview Blvd.

Suite 100

Erie, PA  16510

posted 7/24/20


Sarah Reed Children’s Center, Erie, PA


Seeking a President/CEO who is energized by the vision and mission of the Sarah Reed Children’s Center, a regional leader in trauma-focused behavioral health services for children and families.  Established in 1871, the Children's Center is a JCAHO-accredited, Sanctuary© certified, private non-profit organization, located in the “City by the Bay” on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in northwest Pennsylvania.  With over 300 staff members, a $20 million operating budget, and a solid continuum of services, the Children's Center is well-positioned to respond to emergent needs within area schools and communities, as well as for children and families across the state.  The organization is supported by a highly committed volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of individuals with diverse professional backgrounds, drawn from the surrounding community.


The ideal candidate will be responsible for leading multi-facility organization to include working with the leadership team to develop and maintain effective business objectives, while driving strategic and operational planning, business development, and fund development initiatives to support the continued growth of the organization.    


Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop a shared vision for the future of the organization, promote the mission, and develop appropriate goals and initiatives to advance the mission.
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility, including accurate reporting, compliance and budget management
  • Communicate the financial and operational status of all aspects of the organization in regularly scheduled full Board of Director and Executive and Finance Committee meetings
  • Direct the day-to-day operations; develop and cultivate an effective leadership team, assuring high quality care, sound fiscal operations and compliance with regulations
  • Actively engage and energize the staff, board members, funders, stakeholders, and community groups around the organization’s mission.
  • Cultivate relationships and partnerships with external constituents to further the Center’s mission. Those partners include donors, governments, schools, corporations, civic organizations and other community charitable and nonprofit agencies.
  • Cultivate a work environment that reflects diversity, equity and inclusivity
  • Ensure a strong referral base and while continually evaluating the organization’s services and delivery systems.
  • Focus externally on core mission delivery, and for building strong relationships with key organizations and community leaders.



  • Creative, idea-generating thinking, with excellent follow-through
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in an entrepreneurial fashion, yet thrive within a highly collaborative team setting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to express oneself in writing and orally with clarity and professionalism;
  • Working knowledge of behavioral health management practices and clinical operations preferred
  • Experience with data management and analysis; technical literacy
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a senior management level position, preferably in a non-profit organization, field of philanthropy, healthcare, human services, fundraising development, not-for-profit management or governance.
  • Proven track record in raising significant financial resources


This position offers:

  • The opportunity to lead Sarah Reed into its 150th year and beyond
  • Challenges related to expanding an organization beyond its current success
  • Opportunities to develop new collaborations and partnerships to further the Center’s mission
  • Competitive compensation and employer-sponsored benefits
  • 401k with basic and matching benefits
  • Generous paid time off
  • Membership dues and fees for trade, professional and social organizations deemed supportive of the Center’s mission and development
  • Relocation benefits
  • Car Allowance



To apply, please send a letter of interest and current resume to Mary Barr, Assoc. VP of Human Resources, at