The Director of External Relations is responsible for initiating and managing relationships, representing the community and its philanthropic needs to corporate and foundation communities, and attracting resources for institutional priorities. The Director reports to and partners with the Head of School and Board of Trustees in the overall planning, integration, and oversight of all institutional development programs. The Director will also be responsible to align the School’s communication and marketing efforts.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Reports to the Head of School and serves as a “thought leader” with the Head and senior administrative team
Oversees all development, admissions, communications, constituent relations and marketing activities of the school including supervising the Director of Admissions/Financial Aid and Director of Communications
Develops a unified communications and marketing strategy for the school
Hires, trains, manages and evaluates all Advancement Department employees
Partners with the Board of Trustees Advancement Committee Chair to set agendas to optimize philanthropy for annual fund, endowment and capital projects and possible capital campaigns
Develops fundraising strategy including theme for 8 week parent annual fund and cultivation of major gifts
Meaningfully engages parents and alumni with today’s school; strengthens and renews relationships with alumni and parents of alumni
Manages all major gift solicitations and case loads
Forms deep working relationship with Chief Financial & Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Division Heads.
Develops a planned giving program
Serves on the Admin Council, the senior administrative team
Responsible for other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
How to Apply:
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include “Director of External Relations” in the subject line of the e-mail.
Excellent management and interpersonal skills
10 – 15 years of progressively responsible management experience
Proven success with strategic planning and fundraising for a non-profit
Experience with developing and implementing a communications/marketing plan
Outstanding written and oral communication skills
Experience with relevant technology systems and applications
Commitment to diversity, equity and social justice
Strong organizational skills
Bachelors degree required and master’s degree preferred
Ability to use discretion and to handle confidential matters
A minimum of standard business hours Monday – Friday
Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends as necessary
Additional Salary Information: Salary Range: $165k to $175k
For ten decades, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 500 students (B-8) and seventy-five full- and part-time teachers, has been a leader in progressive elementary education. The year-long central subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. The school’s program allows children ...to explore their worlds and test their powers. We seek to develop independent, joyful, and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. This same philosophy guides our curriculum in mathematics, science, world languages, physical education, and the arts.
We strive to be a community whose values are strong and which is unafraid to engage students in important questions. As a diverse school, we believe that a varied and inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to working in a diverse community.