Chief Development Officer (CDO)

  • Philadelphia
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • This position has been filled

Company Details

Reimagining Catholic Education






Independence Mission Schools (IMS) is a non-profit network of 15 Pre-K to 8th grade elementary schools re-envisioning urban Catholic education in and around the city of Philadelphia.  IMS schools are mission driven to provide a rigorous academic education to students of all faiths. Our schools have approximately 4,800 students and have been beacons of hope for families from all backgrounds for generations.  Located in neighborhoods that have historically been underserved by other schooling options, IMS schools offer a faith-centered and academically rigorous alternative for our families. Today, our team works tirelessly to prepare our students for world-class high schools and Heaven.

IMS is focused on creating a system where academic rigor thrives, and where our schools play an important role in transforming our communities.




The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for all fundraising activities in support of the IMS’ mission including annual, capital and planned gifts and properly managing the organization’s systems and database to record all donor records.


Creates an overall development strategy and implementation plan for major and planned gifts, capital campaigns, foundation grants, individual giving, membership and fundraising events.
Works collaboratively with the President, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Staff, Development Committee and Board to seek and solicit funding opportunities and manage relationships with the network’s top supporters.
Identifies and participates in the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts prospects. Organizes and oversees a systematic approach to the identification and tracking of major individual prospects.
Ensures that all necessary correspondence, reports and proposals to support individual stewardship efforts are provided; manages reports and actuarial calculations for planned gifts.
Oversees strategies to develop a pipeline and cultivation activities for Annual Giving and ensures the growth of individual philanthropy through direct mail, social media implementation and other marketing tactics.
Develops and oversees all fundraising and cultivation events.
Partners with the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees to oversee prospect development.
Hires, manages, and develops the development staff; provides performance management of staff including goal setting and performance standards, and monitoring and measuring performance.
Responsible for the fiscal management of the department, including the development of project plans and budgets on an annual basis. Accountable for achieving financial goals.
7-10 years development management experience preferably in an educational setting
Exceptional interpersonal skills and proven ability to network across diverse groups of stakeholders.
A strong respect for the philosophy, mission and core values of Catholic education;
An ability to formulate aggressive strategic planning to raise funds for the IMS schools including endowment, capital campaign, annual fund, planned giving and special projects;
A successful record of achievement in the solicitation of major gifts;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and proven leadership at the managerial level.
Demonstrated ability to create multi-year plans, set objectives and achieve goals.
WORK LOCATION: 1012 W. Thompson Street, Philadelphia PA 19122



EOE: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!