Sandy Spring Friends School seeks candidates for the position of Advancement Assistant. This full-time position supports the advancement goals of the School by providing administrative and event support to the advancement team. SSFS is eager to consider candidates from underrepresented groups; those who value the importance of diversity; and a willingness to share, teach, and appreciate differing points of view.
Note: In order to objectively gauge technology and writing competencies, candidates will be asked to complete a skills assessment during the interview process. When deciding to apply, please be mindful of these requirements.
Supporting the four members of the Advancement Office: Director of Advancement, Director of Stewardship, Associate Director of the Annual Fund, and Associate Director of Alumni Relations.
Entering gifts and processing acknowledgements.
Scheduling meetings, conducting donor research, performing donor database maintenance, and creating queries and reports using the Senior Systems database modules.
Assisting with events such as the Auction, Alumni Weekend, Grandfriends Day, and other special events. Duties related to events include assisting with budget tracking, running invitation lists, taking RSVPS, placing catering orders, and preparing nametags.
Researching and ordering office supplies and materials.
Performing general clerical duties, including but not limited to photocopying, mailing, proofreading, phone coverage, and filing (hard copy and digital).
Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years related work experience, preferably in an independent school or other non-profit setting. He/she will be an elegant writer, meticulously organized, comfortable juggling multiple priorities and meeting deadlines, and able to work independently.
Knowledge of the Senior Systems database modules is helpful.
Requirements include a bachelor’s degree or other relevant experience, a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel and Word), and a demonstrated facility with mail merges.
Physical Requirements: Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer and phone time; ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; bending and squatting to access files; lifting/carrying boxes weighing up to 25 pounds; and the ability to rearrange furniture for events is also required
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
Interested applicants should include a letter of interest, resume, completed application, and contact information for three professional references by selecting the link.
About Sandy Spring Friends School
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and p...eaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.