Concord Academy is a school community that relies on a strong partnership between faculty, staff, administrators, and parent volunteers. We are seeking a service-oriented individual who loves working with volunteers and finds joy in supporting their important work.
The Parent Program Officer is a full-time, year-round position in the department of Advancement and Engagement, reporting to the Director of Engagement (DOE). This role is responsible for actively managing a multi-faceted program and supporting a vibrant community of parent volunteers who play a critical role in the life and culture of Concord Academy. The incumbent will staff the CA Parents Committee and its sub-committees, including a growing peer-to-peer Annual Fund committee across all four classes. Working closely with the DOE and other colleagues across the school, this externally facing role will identify, recruit, and steward CA parents as partners and advocates on behalf of Concord Academy. This position will play a vital role in helping the Office of Advancement and Engagement achieve its parent engagement and fundraising goals.
The Parent Program Officer will work with the Annual and Leadership Giving teams to coordinate and execute a successful peer solicitation program, managing an evolving network of over 40 parent solicitors. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to assess the current peer solicitation program in support of CA’s Annual Fund and determine an optimal structure to enhance the volunteer experience and further develop the culture of philanthropy at CA. This role will work to establish sound processes and strategies to meet engagement and fundraising goals as part of a holistic parent program.
Plan, implement and promote parent programs that support the school’s mission as well as the goals of The Centennial Campaign in collaboration with colleagues within the Office of Advancement and Engagement and across campus.
Work with colleagues to identify, recruit, train, and support parent volunteers and leaders.
Manage events and programs including working committee meetings, local and regional community events, and other parent gatherings.
Establish and build relationships with a wide range of parents, locally and across the globe.
Work closely with the DOE and the President of CA Parents to further enhance the goals of the CA Parents Committee. This includes actively staffing its committees and ensuring strong and productive relationships between its members, the school, and the wider parent community.
Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Office to develop and maintain regular, meaningful communications with parents via email newsletters, focused email content, CA’s website, print communications, and social media.
Develop processes, strategies, and systems to implement fundraising activities for parents in order to meet annual fundraising goals; Manage an evolving peer-to-peer solicitation program, which currently involves a group of 40 parent solicitors.
Qualifications and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree required.
Proven ability to work effectively with colleagues and volunteers in support of shared goals.
Strong time-management and project-management skills.
Willingness to embrace CA’s culture and be a visible member of the community.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues, parents, and other constituents.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and purposely about volunteer management.
Fundraising experience with sound understanding of best practices in annual giving.
Flexibility and initiative; ability to thrive in a team environment focused on continuous improvement.
Ability to organize and complete a wide variety of tasks in alignment with team goals; care for the quality of outputs, and constant attention to optimizing the volunteer experience.
Database experience, proficient in MS Access, Excel, and Word; and ability to learn new software. Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
Ability to work some evenings and weekends during the academic year.
Interested candidates, please submit a letter of interest and a resume to:
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
About Concord Academy
Concord Academy is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school renowned for world-class faculty, passionate students, and graduates who make their mark on the world. Founded in 1922, Concord Academy has long balanced high academic standards with a focus on educating the whole student through the arts, athletics, and engagement in the world. Our community thrives on a love of learning, thanks to the care and partnership of teachers who support our students as individuals and challenge them every day to think critically and creatively.
Innovative teaching drives our wide-as-you-can-dream curriculum. Our rigorous approach to the sciences, arts, and humanities is infused with opportunities for intellectual growth, experimentation, and hands-on learning. CA students are honest, dedicated, and self-driven — some of the brightest, most curious, and inventive young people you’re likely to encounter. Within a structured framework, our experienced teachers afford them the flexibility to learn as they do best — while achieving personal goals, whether building a robot or directing a mainstage performance. Creative problem-solving and creative expression are at the core of the CA e...xperience.
Our 39-acre campus on Main Street in Concord, Mass., is home to nearly 400 students in grades 9 through 12 from nearby towns and around the globe. We bring students out into the world, and the world to our campus. In our close-knit community, we prize collaboration over competition. Our daily interactions are shaped by uncommon levels of trust. At CA, we do more than embrace diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We foster independent thinking. We invite passionate dialogue and debate. We believe that living attentively, questioning assumptions, and speaking one’s own truth are essential elements of an engaged and active learning experience.
When our students graduate, they’re prepared not only for college but also for lives of service and impact. Our alumnae/i are authors and ambassadors, entrepreneurs and engineers, dancers and doctors. This is a place where students love to learn, where creativity and trust are abundant natural resources, and where the history and literature of New England enrich us every day.
Concord Academy engages its students in a community animated by a love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust.
Students and teachers work together as a community of learners dedicated to intellectual rigor and creative endeavor. In a caring and challenging atmosphere, students discover and develop talents as scholars, artists, and athletes and are encouraged to find their voices.
The school is committed to embracing and broadening the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents of its people. This diversity fosters respect for others and genuine exchange of ideas.
Common trust challenges students to balance individual freedom with responsibility and service to a larger community. Such learning prepares students for lives as committed citizens.
Create + Innovate: The Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy
“As Concord Academy approaches 100 years, we recognize the school’s strengths as a dynamic living and learning community, rooted in an environment defined by innovation and creativity. Looking toward the future, we aspire to strengthen this foundation to make Concord Academy the very best school it can be…The Centennial Campaign is a blueprint for academic, programmatic, and capital priorities. The campaign will free students and faculty to question deeply, take intellectual risks, and dream bigger than ever before.” – Rick Hardy, Head of School. www.concord100.org/progress-priorities/