Director of Philanthropy


Reports To: Headmaster
Location: Bethlehem, PA
FLSA Status: Exempt
Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time
Closing Date for Applications: February 28, 2023

About the Employer:

Newly opened, St. John Chrysostom Academy is an Orthodox private school providing a classical, Christian education for students based in Bethlehem, PA. Chrysostom Academy currently offers education from 1st through 9th Grade, with the intention of adding one grade per year until the 12th Grade.  Chrysostom Academy provides a vigorous classical curriculum, steeped in the greatest texts and wisdom of the past. It supports the ongoing conversation of great minds throughout history. 

Position Summary:

The Academy seeks a highly motivated and purpose-driven leader as Director of Philanthropy. Working with school leadership and the board of directors, the Director of Philanthropy will be responsible for crafting the organization’s fundraising strategy and effectively identifying, qualifying, and soliciting major gifts from private donors and foundations in support of Chrysostom Academy’s strategic plan. 

This position plays an important role in supporting a well-aligned organizational culture that is grounded in shared goals and outcomes. The Director of Philanthropy will assume responsibility for an existing campaign to raise $2.5M (by end of calendar year 2023). The position then transitions into fundraising for the future needs of the school. 


Fundraising/Advancement Duties:

  • Develop a giving program strategy, including but not limited to, campaigns, planned giving, major giving, annual appeals, and special events.

  • Manage the Academy’s most important individual donor relationships while working closely with the Board and ensuring timely and effective donor relationship building, strategic solicitations, and appropriate donor stewardship.

  • Lead individual prospecting efforts to attract new donors to Chrysostom Academy, particularly those capable of making gifts of five to seven figures.

  • Manage existing external communications, assess current efforts and available organizational capacity; recommend future communications strategies and tactics to participant, volunteer, and donor engagement.

  • Participate as an ex-officio member of the Chrysostom Academy  Board of Directors, regularly communicating the current initiatives, needs, and status of the organization to the Board of Directors.


Chrysostom Academy has made faith, high academic standards, and the formation of the whole student its priorities for the organization. The Director of Philanthropy will integrate these priorities throughout our advancement functions. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign-oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of our staff – our greatest asset.

  • Must be a practicing Orthodox Christian, in good standing with his/her home parish.
  • Must display a growth mindset and a team-first outlook and be motivated by a passion for holistic education.
  • Proven success in educational fundraising; 3+ years minimum experience in major gift fundraising.
  • Experience working with a board of directors for strategic planning and fundraising campaign development.
  • Must have familiarity with the theology, traditions, and structure of the Orthodox Church.
  • Must be able and willing to work with and include individuals from diverse backgrounds and various Orthodox jurisdictions.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate volunteers and donors.
  • Must be authorized and eligible to work in the United States.
  • Computer and technological proficiency, including office applications, Salesforce or other donor management system to track gifts and ensure complete, secure, and private records.

Desired Attributes:

  • Charismatic and personable.
  • Incentive-aligned and motivated.
  • A passion for education and the pan-Orthodox nature of Chrysostom Academy’s vision.
  • Confident in giving feedback to other team members and receiving feedback from them.


Competitive and negotiable, based upon experience. Benefits will be provided. Base salary will be complemented with strongly incentivized, objective-specific additional remuneration.  


The Director of Philanthropy is a leadership position that operates in parallel to the life of the Academy. In-person interactions are encouraged, in order to steep the Director of Philanthropy in the daily life of the school and keep them integrated with Chrysostom Academy’s school culture and student experience. Most daily work will be performed from Chrysostom Academy with the flexibility to travel and work from home or on the road when needed.

ADA Requirements:

This job operates in a school campus environment. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


All materials below should be sent to by Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter explaining your interest in working with St. John Chrysostom Academy, as well as your goals as the Director of Philanthropy.
  3. Three (3) references. At least one reference must be from a current or previous supervisor, and one from a parish priest.


This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to include or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other tasks as needed.

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St. John Chrysostom Academy

395 Bridle Path RdBethlehem, PA 18017

Phone: 5709775449

Posted on: January 26, 2023