April 28, 2017

Cristo Rey Brooklyn HS Director of Advancement

 Job Description and Application

The Organization

Our Mission:

Cristo Rey Brooklyn is a Catholic High School that educates young people of limited economic means and all faiths to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. By offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community, we prepare our students to succeed in college and beyond with the values essential to a fulfilling life. Established in 2008, Cristo Rey Brooklyn (CRB) is a member of the Cristo Rey Network, a national association of 32 high schools that provide a quality, values based, college preparatory education to urban young people of modest economic means from communities with limited educational options.

It is our goal to build one of the best high schools in New York as measured by academic progress and achievement, graduation rates, college acceptance/accessibility and college as well as post-graduate success. We aim to accomplish these goals without being constrained by or resorting to labels, qualifiers, or reduced expectations.

Our Students:

Cristo Rey Brooklyn exclusively serves low-income children from some of the highest poverty, highest crime rate neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and beyond – places such as Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York, East Flatbush, and Crown Heights. 79% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch and a significant majority come from single parent homes and are first generation American. Cristo Rey Brooklyn serves over 300 students of whom 100% are minority, predominantly of African American and Latino descent. Prior to attending Cristo Rey Brooklyn, 51% of the Class of 2019 attended public or charter schools and 49% attended Catholic or private schools. Many students enter 9th grade below grade level, often significantly. In order to bridge the educational gap that the majority of our students face, we have developed various initiatives at every grade level, but especially in the freshmen year, to support our students in math, reading, and writing. Students at all grade levels participate in our Character Development Program with regular opportunities to explore deeper questions around such values as persistence, integrity, citizenship and responsibility.

Our Success and Growth:

After opening its doors eight years ago, at the advent of the 2008 recession, and successfully overcoming the economic and enrollment challenges of its start-up years, Cristo Rey Brooklyn is now poised to emerge as a preeminent and permanent, college preparatory resource for many more underserved students and families in New York City. All six of our senior classes have achieved 100% college acceptance rates, with the Class of 2017 (60+ students) having received 600 acceptances from more than 130 schools and $25M in scholarships and grants, including from Georgetown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, , Holy Cross, NYU and top CUNY and SUNY schools. Our ACT scores are above the national average for minority students with some of the highest growth rates in the Cristo Rey Network. The significant majority of our graduates continue to persist in college. We partner with Boys Hope Girls Hope NY to offer a unique on-campus boarding program for up to 50 young female students and Cristo Rey Brooklyn is endorsed by the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, and provisionally accredited by The New York State Association of Independent Schools with full accreditation anticipated in 2018.

Our goal is to increase our enrollment to 400 – 500 students over the next several years and in the fall of 2013 we moved from our first home in Brooklyn, a 100 year old former elementary school, into a full-fledged high school facility in East Flatbush, complete with significantly greater instructional capacity along with critical resources lacking at our former home.

Our Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP):

The CRB Corporate Work Study Program is an innovative educational and financial model enabling students to earn up to half of the cost of their college preparatory education while gaining valuable real-world experience through immersion in entry-level positions at leading corporations and non-profits.

Five students work to staff one full-time equivalent job. Academic courses are scheduled so that they never miss a class. Working at Sponsors such as Amex, Merrill Lynch, Brooklyn Hospital and JPM Chase, these young people accrue valuable skills, gain exposure and develop confidence and motivation.

The Position

Who We Seek: 

CRB seeks a Director of Advancement (Director) to begin the summer of 2017 (on or about July 1). The Director reports to the President, manages the Advancement department and has supervisory responsibility for the Advancement Associate and the Advancement Assistant/Assistant to the President. The Director also works closely with the school’s independent Senior Development Officer. The Director leads the Advancement department, which generates approximately 45% of the school’s operating revenue. Advancement develops and coordinates fundraising strategies and directs all fundraising efforts. The Director also has school marketing and public relations/communication responsibilities.

The Director serves as a member of the school’s Leadership Team working closely with the President and other directors, collaborates (i) internally with the Director of Operations, the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) operations and sales teams, Finance staff, Academic administration and faculty , and (ii) externally with the school’s Board of Directors, its Young Professional Committee, existing and prospective donors, including individuals, family offices, foundations and other institutions, media and public relations representatives, Boys Hope Girls Hope staff, Cristo Rey Network (CRN) staff, and other CRN schools.

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in development and/or institutional sales and relationships, a successful record of fundraising/business origination, managing professional staff and soliciting major gifts; exceptional interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills, and the ability to develop and implement strategic plans. A bachelor degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. He or she will have a strong personal alignment with the Cristo Rey mission.

Primary Responsibilities:

Research the missions and funding priorities of foundations and other grant-making institutions and HNW individuals in accordance with the mission and overall marketing strategy of the school. Identify targeted donors and establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation and program officers

  • Develop annual and long-term strategic fundraising plan in accordance with the mission and overall marketing strategy of the school for approval by the President and the Board of Directors; work with the President and staff to proactively implement the approved plan
  • Work closely with President and members of the Leadership Team to develop and successfully execute the school’s overall marketing, communications and PR strategy across various disciplines and target audiences
  • Design, implements and manages the grant proposals process. Develop and write grant proposals, persuasively communicating the school’s mission and needs to potential funders
  • Cultivate new and unique fundraising opportunities for school short and longer term needs
  • Manage the planning and execution of fundraising and donor cultivation events.
  • Effectively maintain the school’s donor management system (DonorPerfect)
  • Oversee development of communication plans and marketing materials
  • Provide Management Reporting for President and Board
  • Represent the school at related public functions and develop community relations
  • Staff and assist the Board’s Advancement committee


All interested and qualified applicants with a passion for Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School’s mission are invited to apply.

A complete application will include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter: Please write a letter limited to two pages that answers the following questions:
  • What past experiences in inner city education, youth development, fundraising, sales and/or marketing communications will help you in advancing the successful growth of CRB?
  • What attracts you to the Cristo Rey mission? Why do you believe that you are a match for this unique opportunity to help lead Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School?
  • Describe your philosophy of education for at risk youth and how you would put it into practice in recruiting sponsors and donors for Cristo Rey Brooklyn.
  • References: Please list two professional and one personal reference with their email address and telephone numbers.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please provide salary requirements. Benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance and retirement savings plan are provided. The Director of Advancement is a 12 month position with a three week vacation schedule in year one and four weeks per annum thereafter.

Please e-mail your completed application as an attached PDF to John Infortunio at jinfortunio@cristoreybrooklyn.org. Applying immediately is recommended to be given full consideration.