Chief Advancement Officer – Bishop Fenwick High School (Peabody, MA)

Institutional Summary:

Founded in 1959, Bishop Fenwick High School was the first co-educational Archdiocesan Catholic high school on the North Shore. Recognized as one of the finest college preparatory high schools in the area, Fenwick is located on a 59-acre campus and educates students from over 40 communities in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Approaching its 60th anniversary, Fenwick remains committed to its original mission of providing opportunity for greater achievement for all students. The faculty and staff are dedicated to creating an academically challenging and nurturing environment in the mandate of the gospel message of Jesus Christ and in the charism of St. Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur whose Order originally staffed Bishop Fenwick. Bishop Fenwick lives its ministry to “teach as Christ did.” The school motto of “Goodness and Loyalty” still rules the day, every day.


Position Summary:

The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive strategy to attain institutional fundraising goals, assisted by and managing a dedicated advancement team. The position reports to the Principal/Head of School and works closely with the Board of Trustees and other volunteers. The Chief Advancement Officer is a visible and active participant at school and community events.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Create, implement and oversee a comprehensive fundraising plan.
  • Provide leadership and guidance for the advancement team’s professional and administrative personnel.
  • Implement systematic efforts to identify, solicit, steward, maintain and upgrade annual giving donors.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major/leadership gift prospects (all constituencies).
  • Collaborate with the Principal/Head of School and Board members to advance relationships with prospects and donors.
  • Serve as point person for the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Provide executive oversight to advancement special events.
  • Promote planned giving opportunities.
  • Provide leadership in relationship-building with a variety of school constituencies (internal and external).
  • Strategize and oversee implementation of external communications (print/publications and electronic/social media) that support the stewardship and growth of relationships between Bishop Fenwick and its constituencies in order to sustain and increase philanthropic support.
  • Utilize metrics to evaluate performance effectiveness of advancement program and personnel.
  • Administer the department’s annual operating budget.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Demonstrated planning ability and quantifiable measurements of philanthropic accomplishments.
  • Understanding of Catholic education and a commitment to embracing Bishop Fenwick’s distinct mission.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience, including direct engagement of donors and Board in a non-profit setting (preferably education).
  • Fundraising skills including relationship-building with different constituencies.
  • Astute attention to detail and the ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Experience and comfort interacting with high net worth individuals.
  • Excellent social and interpersonal skills and proficiency speaking in public.
  • Flexible, skilled problem-solver and self-starter.
  • Ability to work interactively and collaborate with a team.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office, internet applications and donor databases.
  • Driving and primarily local travel required.



  • Competitive and commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include vacation, health care coverage, life insurance and retirement.


To Apply

  • Interested candidates can submit cover letter with salary history and resume to: