Abington Friends School Abington Friends School (AFS) is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students age three through grade twelve. AFS provides an exceptional program informed by traditional Quaker values and testimonies. Rooted in Friends principles of collaborative inquiry, peaceful resolution of conflict, equality, community and integrity, AFS is a vibrant and diverse learning community. More information is available at www.abingtonfriends.net.
The Assistant to the Head of School provides primary support to the Head in his work with all school constituencies including board members, parents, employees, students, donors, alumni and other external partners. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, be a good problem solver and be able to maintain confidentiality. This is a 12 month, full time position.
Maintain the Head of School’s calendar as well as the All-School calendar
Monitor calls and visitors, problem solve, assist where possible and provide information for those referred to the Head of School
Perform special projects as assigned, including preparing slide presentations and other program materials as needed by the Head of School.
Support the Head of School in achieving fundraising goals
Participate and assist in the planning and execution of events
Communicate with major donors, including scheduling appointments, answering questions and preforming necessary problem solving
Administrative Assistance to the Board of Directors (School Committee):
Coordinate meeting arrangements, including meeting invitations and preparation and distribution of agendas and related meeting materials
Assist committee chairs with meeting preparation
Maintain School Committee records
Communicate with parents and other family members, volunteers, donors and members of the public when there is a perceived problem, concern or question. Attempt to resolve issues before they require intervention by the Head of School and keep the Head of School and others, as appropriate, informed of issues that may become serious issues.
Refer parents and others to Department and Division Directors when possible while keeping the Head of School informed.
Bachelor’s degree preferred, with 5 or more years’ experience in an administrative and leadership role required
High level of interpersonal skills and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information
Ability to demonstrate poise, diplomacy and grace in working with major donors
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to use them effectively in communicating with people at all levels of the organization
Ability to use and learn new software applications, including expertise with Microsoft Office and Google Apps
Attention to detail in composing, typing and proof reading material
Excellent time management and the ability to discern among competing priorities
Interested candidates should submit resume, cover letter and at least three references.
Abington Friends School is an equal opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.