Chief Advancement Officer – Carmel Catholic High School (Mundelein, IL)

Status:  Full-time, Exempt

Reports To:  President

Department:  Office of Institutional Advancement


Institutional Summary:

Founded in 1962, Carmel Catholic High School is jointly sponsored by the Order of Carmelites (O.Carm.) and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM).  For more than 50 years Carmel Catholic has been committed to providing a quality Catholic education and forming young men and women to make a positive impact in society.

Carmel Catholic enrolls approximately 1,200 students, drawing from more than 100 elementary and middle schools throughout Lake, McHenry, Cook, and Kenosha Counties.  More than $1.5 million is offered in assistance to families, based on need.  This commitment enables students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to attend Carmel.  The school occupies a fifty-acre campus with 73 academic classrooms and premier athletic facilities.  A new $6.2 million Fine and Performing Arts Center and Information Commons opened in 2013.

Carmel Catholic High School empowers students to be reflective thinkers, grateful stewards, and responsible leaders as an expression of faith.


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 President and works closely with the Board of Directors 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 President and Board members to advance relationships with prospects and donors.
  • Serve as point person for the Advancement Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Provide executive oversight to advancement special events, including but not limited to Street Scenes and Carmel Catholic’s fall event.
  • 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 Carmel Catholic 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 accomplishments.
  • 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 (Veracross).
  • Understanding of Catholic education and a commitment to embracing Carmel Catholic’s distinct mission.
  • Driving and primarily local travel required.
  • Be detail-minded, with the ability to accomplish tasks in a timely and accurate manner; following-up on all projects until completed.

Committee Memberships- Participates in the following:

  • Long Range Planning Committee
  • President’s Administrative Team
  • Committee on Directors
  • Marketing Committee
  • Advancement Committee
  • Board of Directors
  • Other ad hoc committees as necessary


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

To Apply

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