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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $90,000-115,000
  • Organization Type: Education

Lift For Life Academy

Lift For Life Academy is seeking an Assistant Deputy Director of External Relations. The Assistant Deputy Director of External Relations must embrace the mission of LFLA with the vision to lead and execute a comprehensive, aligned external strategy to maximize our external positioning and presence to significantly increase community awareness and philanthropic support for Lift For Life Academy. This position is responsible for leading all external-facing work, including oversight of Marketing/Communications, all aspects of Fund Development, Alumni Relations, and volunteer management teams, including primary responsibility for the Academy and Foundation Board of Directors.

Essential Skills:

· Track record of success in all aspects of fund development including annual, major, and planned giving, capital projects, and comprehensive campaigns.

· Experience managing and staffing high-level volunteers, including board members, major donors, and other key volunteer leaders.

· Track record of managing and motivating diverse teams.

· Passion for the mission of Lift For Life Academy.


Donor Cultivation, Stewardship, Solicitation

Work in close coordination with the Executive Director, Development Consultant, and Board to:

· Develop and implement a strategic plan to secure, annual, major, and planned gifts, including funds for ongoing capital needs, in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.

· Develop productive relationships with board members, donors, and other stakeholders to expand a qualified prospect pool for LFLA.

· Manage the development team and oversee all development activities.

· Manage a portfolio of major donors, both individual and corporate.

· Oversee the development of fundraising events and campaigns.

· Monitor fundraising activities to ensure ethical and legal compliance with regulatory bodies.

· Prepare and present reports on development activities to the Board of Directors.

· Staff the Development committee with focus on strategically expanding their work to create continued growth of all fund development activities, including the Annual Fashion Show fundraising committee.

· Ensure integration with marketing/communications, alumni relations, and volunteer programming to develop a strong external presence for LFLA.

· Oversee creation of a pipeline to identify leadership annual and campaign prospects capable of making gifts and grants at $1,000+ levels.

· Advise on Development strategies, participating in weekly Campaign/Development planning meetings, including implementation of a Moves Management model involving all External Relations team members.

· Maintain awareness of all planned and proposed capital and special projects at school to be a knowledgeable resource for donors.

· Attend all fundraising events and be a visible presence and resource for donors.

Volunteer and Board Oversight

· Supervise Marketing and Volunteer Manager

· Oversight for annual Marketing/Communications planning to ensure case for support and all external messaging is consistent across all platforms.

· Oversight of Volunteer activities including training, recruitment, and expansion of opportunities to engage key external stakeholders.

· Primary support to the Academy Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Directors.

Marketing/Communications Oversight

· Supervise Marketing and Volunteer Manager

· Drive the implementation of a recently completed strategic plan to ensure all external metrics are achieved.

· Annually update and build on the Marketing Plan.

· Support the Manager in their role to staff and expand the Marketing committee.


Proven experience as a Chief Development Officer or similar senior fundraising role.
A proven track record of developing and implementing fundraising strategies.
Experience with a variety of fundraising campaigns including, but not limited to, annual giving, major gift programs, and planned giving.
Excellent communication, presentation, and leadership skills.
Proficiency in major donor relations and grant writing.
Able to manage time effectively, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
Excellent knowledge of and commitment to the mission/programs of LFLA.
Experience working with people of various backgrounds and educational levels.
Must enjoy working with and forming relationships with students.
Strong sense of creativity, initiative, and enthusiasm
BS/BA degree in Business Administration, Fundraising, Marketing, or related field; MS/MA or certification in fundraising will be a plus.
Salary to commensurate with experience. 100% paid Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance. Pension and 403b retirement plans. Generous paid time off, holidays, and many other perks.

Please email a resume and cover letter to Julie Derby, HR Director at

Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $90,000.00 – $115,000.00 per year
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision and Life insurance
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Generous Paid time off
Pension and Retirement plan
Tuition reimbursement
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Education: Bachelor’s Required Master’s Preferred
Experience: Fundraising: 8 years (Preferred)
Work Location: In person