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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO CONTACT LEGISLATORS AND THE GOVERNOR BECAUSE YOUR EFFORTS RESULTED IN AN INCREASE IN THE CEILING FOR NONPUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM $884 TO $1000. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Director of Advancement and Admissions

Our Lady of Hope Regional School
420 South Black Horse Pike
Blackwood
, NJ 08012-2806
(856) 227-4442

 About the Organization

Our Lady of Hope Regional School is a private, coeducational Catholic elementary school committed to the fulfillment of the educational ministry of the Church. Founded in 2009 through the merger of St. Agnes and St. Jude parishes, Our Lady of Hope Regional School empowers students from Pre-K through eighth grade with the knowledge to excel academically, faith to grow spiritually, and compassion to mature socially. Our faculty and parents work together to provide a nurturing environment, rooted in Sacred Scripture and Catholic tradition, where each child can achieve his or her full potential. At Our Lady of Hope Regional School, students develop the knowledge, talent and lifelong skills required to succeed and contribute meaningfully to their school, parish and community.

Job Summary

The Director of Advancement and Admissions fulfills the mission of Our Lady of Hope Regional School by developing, implementing, and overseeing the advancement, admission, and fundraising efforts of the school. The primary responsibilities of this position include achieving enrollment goals, fundraising, annual fund appeals, marketing, event planning, grant writing, alumni affairs, and public relations activities.

The Director acts as a liaison between the school, member parishes, and local communities and businesses to support the philosophy of Catholic education, Gospel values and the mission of the school. This is a full time office position which is hired by, reports to, and is evaluated by the principal of Our Lady of Hope Regional School. Occasional nights and weekends are required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Plan the overall advancement program in keeping with school needs, the Strategic Plan and budget objectives.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement the school’s fundraising initiatives and activities.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with local businesses to promote and enhance the school’s enrollment and fundraising objectives.
  • Plan and implement a comprehensive admission program, including admission events, student visits, and orientations for prospective and/or new families.
  • Prepare, publish, and distribute admission material utilizing the school website and other outlets as appropriate.
  • Manage the pre-registration process for current students.
  • Organize inquiries and communications with local pastors regarding parishioner eligibility and enrollment.
  • Collaborate effectively with the principal, advancement committee, school associations, committee chairs, and volunteers.
  • Ensure that practices are in compliance with school, Diocesan, city, county and state regulations.
  • Communicate effectively with the faculty and staff to keep them informed of upcoming development activities.
  • Ensure effective work practices in financial accounting and reconciliation, database management, gift recording, donor acknowledgement and stewardship.
  • Maintain records on current and prospective donors.
  • Maintain the accuracy of the school’s student/family database and serve as the school’s resource for questioning and training.
  • Initiate the new student cumulative record during the enrollment process.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in conduct, demeanor, and work habits.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding school matters.

Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Experience: 2-5years documented work experience in advancement, business development, fundraising, sales and/or marketing.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Proficiency in communication using current and emerging social media channels.
  • Ability to oversee production and manage vendors for outgoing direct mail or other marketing initiatives.
  • Basic knowledge of website content management and graphic design is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church.

Did you know?

  • Governor Christie has proposed flat or reduced funding for non-public school students in the 2017-18 school year. The final budget will be approved in late June.
  • In his plan, the per-student allotment for bus transportation will remain $884 – an amount that has not changed in 10 years.
  • Funding for school nurses and technology will be reduced, and funding for non-public school security will be eliminated altogether.

What can you do?

  • Be informed. For more information, read the Action Alert and talking points from the New Jersey Catholic Conference.
  • Be heard. Through Voter Voice, ask your representatives  to reach out to their counterparts who serve on the Budget and Appropriations committees.

With language from  Voter Voice, you can also reach out directly to the three individuals who will make budget recommendations. Urge them to fight for our school students:  

Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez       
(Camden County and Gloucester County residents)
Phone: (856) 547-4800
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Senator Jeff Van Drew 
(Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland County residents)
Phone: (609) 465-0700
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Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli      
(Salem and Gloucester County residents)
Phone: (856) 251-9801
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Now is the time when committee representatives are preparing to make recommendations for the final budget vote in June.

Now is the time to fight for fair distribution of funds for expenses that affect children at all schools. Public school students never have to leave a school because they can’t get a bus ride. This is the most important issue on the table, even for families who don’t need busing services. Our schools cannot thrive if students are unable to get there.

Remember, every Catholic school student saves taxpayers an average $19,000.

Our children deserve basic services no matter where they go to school. On behalf of your children, and all Catholic school children, thank you for making sure your voice is heard.

Dear Parents,

            During Back to School Night we asked each parent to sign a letter addressed to the Governor, Senator and Representative asking them to increase the nonpublic transportation ceiling cost which has not been increased since 2007.

            We are grateful to all our families who helped in this initiative, however, we believe that more needs to be done to motivate the Governor and legislature to make this increase a reality.

            Many of you lost bussing this year because the cost was not increased for this year. In an effort to continue to make contact with the Governor and the legislators it is imperative that they hear how this has impacted your family. So we are asking all our families but especially those who have lost bussing over the past two years to write a personal letter to the Governor sharing your story how this has affected your family and the sacrifices you have made because you want your child/children to attend Catholic School.

            Your letters should be mailed directly to the Governor at the following address:

The Honorable Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

            Your family may not have been affected by this but as we move into the future there is always the possibility that more of our families will experience the loss of transportation.

            I believe that the more we make contact with those we have elected to represent all families in New Jersey the better we will be in the long run.

            If you would like additional information or facts please let me know.

                                                                                    Sincerely,

                                                                                    Sister Paula M. Randow,Principal

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