Chief Philanthropy Officer

Position: Chief Philanthropy Officer
Location: Dallas, Texas
Status: Full-time
Company: St. Philip’s School & Community Center 
Specialty: Philanthropy; Foundation; Fundraising; Major Gifts
 Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.


Chief Philanthropy Officer 
Job Description

St. Philip’s School and Community Center (SPSCC) is a noted private, non-denominational school in Dallas, Texas, committed to developing bright and compassionate leaders of tomorrow. Located minutes from downtown Dallas, our school provides a rigorous faith-based education to students from Pre-K to 8th grade. Students receive a robust academic experience enriched with project-based learning, differentiated instruction, STEM, robotics, and fine arts.

To continue this trajectory, the Department of Philanthropy at St. Philip’s School & Community Center invites nominations and applications for the full-time position of Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO). The CPO is a member of the leadership team, reporting to the Headmaster/CEO, and will play a leading role in one of the most impactful and financially strong private schools in the greater Dallas area. Apply now to join our team!

Job Summary: 

The Chief Philanthropy Officer manages all aspects of the Philanthropy program to achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals in conjunction with the strategic plan Foundation and Board goals. This position reports to the Perot Family Headmaster/CEO, Dr. Terry Flowers.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develops and implements fundraising strategies to meet annual and long-range goals including alumni, major gifts, foundation, planned, endowment and online giving and special campaigns, including capital campaigns (as needed).
  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the Philanthropy department ranging from donor relations to computer database management and acknowledgment letters.
  • Leads and supervises Philanthropy department staff and their projects including events and fund drives.
  • Oversees the ongoing process for research and submission of grant proposals targeted to prospective funding sources and manages through the Philanthropy department the proper cultivation of these entities and their follow up and reporting.
  • Identifies potential sources of foundation, individual and organization major donor support including the development and maintenance of viable portfolio and prospect lists.
  • Leads Philanthropy staff to develop management strategy for each of the donors included in their Major Donor Portfolios.
  • Serves as member of the organization’s internal “senior management team” and advises the Headmaster/CEO on matters related to fundraising and philanthropy.
  • Develops and maintains effective communication and relationships with past, current, and potential donors.
  • Prepares regular written status reports on the implementation of the philanthropy/fundraising plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The Candidate: 

The Chief Philanthropy Officer must possess the following qualifications:  
Minimum Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or a related field.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of development experience major gift giving, corporate support, foundation grants, annual campaigns, and charitable annuities.
Desired Skills and Abilities 
  • Candidate must have specialized training in fundraising. Certifications may include Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Certification as Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE); or CSPG (Certified Specialist in Planned Giving) offered through college-sponsored certification program.
  • Candidate must have exceptional strategic thinking abilities and strong professional decision-making skills. Candidate must have superb written, analytical, presentation, and public speaking skills. Strong computer skills and data management knowledge or experience.
Technical Skills 
  • Experience or familiarity with Raiser’s Edge Software, preferred. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Excellent proofreading skills are required.
  • The ideal individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, and can deal with change or unexpected events. Familiar with DFW area, preferred but not required.

St. Philip’s seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve our diverse community and to build on the success of our students, faculty, and staff. St. Philip’s is committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming environment.

Application Instructions: 

Applicants are asked to apply with an updated Resume, a letter of interest, and an unofficial transcript(s) by December 1, 2023. All applications and inquiries must be emailed to Trey Wright and Heather Fubelli:     

Contact Information: 

Trey Wright 
Managing Partner & Practice Leader 
Kaye/Bassman International Corp. 
Phone: (972) 265-5338 – Direct  
Email: / 

Heather Fubelli
Search Consultant
Kaye/Bassman International Corp.
Phone: (972) 265-5348 – Direct

Salary is commensurate with experience. St. Philip’s School & Community Center offers competitive pay and a full benefits package that includes a Retirement Plan, Health, Dental, and Vision insurance, paid vacation, sick and holidays. 

St. Philip’s School & Community Center has partnered with Kaye/Bassman to provide executive search services for the Chief Philanthropy Officer position at St. Philip’s. St. Philip’s School & Community Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of the positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. The employer actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.