Create and sustain positive relationships between the school and its constituents, both internal and external, leading them to support The Cooper School as donors, volunteers, and advocates in fulfillment of our mission.
Oversee four major areas of school activity: fundraising, constituency relations (chiefly parents and alumni/ae families), volunteer management, and special events. The ADVANCEMENT COORDINATOR AND COMMUNITY LIAISON must effectively and smoothly integrate these functions with each other and with all other school activities.
Work with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to determine the funding required to meet current and future institutional needs, providing direct support to the Head of School and the Board of Trustees in all fundraising initiatives.
Direct all fundraising programs to support school operations and growth, specifically the Annual Fund and any future Capital or Major Gift campaigns. Oversee/manage other fundraising efforts and activities as needed.
Utilize a database management system to ensure timely and accurate documentation and reporting of philanthropic gifts, acknowledgement letters, volunteer/donor lists and the like. Design processes and procedures to allow easy access to and retrieval of constituent data by other administrators and key volunteers.
Cultivate and steward current donors and prospects, creating a climate of future generous giving to The Cooper School.
Build a program of ongoing cultivation of foundations, businesses/corporations and other local organizations, increasing awareness of The Cooper School and its programs, creating a philanthropic climate for additional support of the school.
Organize and inspire a strong sense of community and pride in the school on the part of parents, alumni/ae, faculty, staff and other constituent groups through donor recognition events and special celebrations, such as The Silent Auction, End of Year Celebration, and Pass It On.
Manage The Cooper School’s communications, publications and public relations programs so they support the school’s marketing efforts in the greater Charleston community, as well as meeting the needs of various internal constituencies and informing them about school initiatives including scheduling and organizing events such as the Harvest Festival, the Art Walk, Family Fun Nights and the like.
Serve as the primary point of contact for parent volunteers. Help coordinate volunteer events, admissions events, and all school sponsored events.
Organize and manage administrative duties as needed, as determined by the Head of School. This may include transportation management, carpool duty, and occasional front desk management.
Reports to the Head of School
Works collaboratively with the Advancement Team (Head of School, Director of Admissions, Business Manager)
Serves as an active member of the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees
One to two years of successful non-profit/development experience
Ability to handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
Ability to work collaboratively and independently
Must possess exceptionally strong writing, speaking and interpersonal skills
Computer skills essential; familiarity with fundraising software a plus
Bachelor’s degree required
About The Cooper School
The Cooper School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school that values the participation of families from diverse backgrounds. Founded in 2007, The Cooper School is a 501(c) 3 non-profit institution. A progressive school, The Cooper School offers and exceptional holistic education for children in grades K-5. Academic excellence, stewardship of the environment, activity and creativity are all hallmarks of The Cooper School Curriculum. The school is governed by a nine member board of trustees comprised of parents, community leaders, and school leadership.