Washington International School (WIS) is seeking an ambitious advancement professional to lead a healthy annual giving program, invigorating it with creative new ideas and assuring best practices in independent school fundraising. The Associate Director will also bring organizational strength to events management, finding efficient and effective ways to engage volunteers and grow net contributions.
WIS is an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. From Preschool to Grade 12, the School enrolls 900 students from families representing more than 90 nations. The academic program, inspired by innovators around the world, is taught by faculty from more than 30 countries, over 70% of whom have advanced degrees. WIS offers French and Spanish immersion from Preschool through Kindergarten and a dual-language program in Grades 15; students continue to study at least two languages through upper school. On average over 60% of WIS graduates earn the prestigious bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (compared to about 30% of worldwide IB Diploma candidates).
Head of School Suzanna Jemsby and the WIS Board of Trustees are devising a new strategic plan, which will be unveiled in Fall 2019 and will lead the institution into its next phase as a preeminent international school. The new plan will drive the priorities for the next phase of the advancement program.
The Associate Director of Advancement is a true leadership position, an opportunity for an experienced fundraiser to advance her/his skills as well as the institution’s fundraising program. The successful candidate will demonstrate intellectual curiosity, perceptive analytical skills, and a desire to be a dynamic member of this global community of learners is essential. The ideal candidate will have these characteristics:
Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of experience in development/fundraising.
Proven record of donor cultivation and solicitation and understanding of the full range of fundraising methods.
Highly organized and detail oriented, yet adaptable to changing circumstances.
Strong volunteer management and coaching skills; experience supporting high-level volunteers.
Experience with personal solicitation of donors.
Experience with fundraising event management and implementation.
Excellent writing skills, including the ability to craft effective personal letters, compelling proposals, and other marketing/communication products.
Ability to manage staff in a highly collaborative setting.
Proficiency with The Raiser's Edge or comparable fundraising management database.
Availability and willingness to occasionally work outside the normal schedule, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends to accommodate volunteer and donor meetings, and School/departmental events.
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.