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Director of Development
Lansdowne Friends School
Lansdowne, PA

 Lansdowne Friends School seeks a dynamic, personable, optimistic, and result-oriented Director of Development.

The School

Founded in 1902 and under the care of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Lansdowne Friends School is a thriving Pre-K through 6th grade school that serves a richly diverse student body of 97, just outside Philadelphia. More than half of the current student body identify as BIPOC. The school has a strong, positive relationship with Lansdowne Monthly Meeting and the Lansdowne community, and retains a talented faculty. While enrollment has grown steadily since 2013, tuition has been kept at affordable levels. Scholarship aid is robust, with 48% of children receiving need-based tuition assistance.

The Position

The Director of Development provides a strong, positive community presence and leadership for all philanthropic initiatives and community events. Working closely with the Head of School, the Director of Development is responsible for communicating the mission of Lansdowne Friends School, building connections to constituents, and identifying, cultivating and stewarding donors to foster lifelong relationships that result in connection and philanthropic giving.  The Director of Development reports to the Head of School, works closely with the Advancement Committee, with the School and Community Association, and with the full School Committee, and is a vital member of the Administrative Team.  

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Development officer is responsible for both the strategic leadership of fundraising and the day-to-day operation of the Development Office. This includes:

  • Strategizing, developing, and implementing fundraising strategies
  • Partnering with the Clerk of the Advancement Committee in the development of fundraising strategies, in the organization of the Committee’s work, and in the effective utilization of trustees and other volunteers;
  • Establishing, maintaining, and growing relationships with major donors;
  • Applying for grants to support the school;
  • Promoting donations to the Friends Collaborative, a Pennsylvania tax-credit program;
  • Planning and preparing the development calendar with the Head of School and the Clerk of the Advancement Committee;
  • Coordinating a yearly auction and other community fundraising events;
  • Reporting to and being a thought partner with the School Committee, as well as attending School Committee (trustee) meetings
  • Coordinating with the leadership of the School and Community Association (parents’ association) in the development of community-wide programs and events;
  • Overseeing all development mailings and communications related to the Annual Fund, special funds, and specific campaigns;
  • Maintaining and updating mailing lists and accurate donor records;
  • Preparing the Annual Report as well as acknowledgements of all gifts for the head of school;
  • Serving as representative in professional organizations, such as ADVIS, The Friends Collaborative, and the Friends Council on Education; and
  • Supporting other administrators as needed with problem solving, phone duties, recess coverage, and student supervision.

 

Desired Characteristics and Experience

A successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • A love of children;
  • An engaging, warm demeanor -- someone who connects well with families, teachers, alums, grandparents, students, and who exudes enthusiasm, compassion, and positivity;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Honed organizational and planning skills, as well as leadership experience;
  • Experience in independent school fundraising;
  • Technical skills, including experience with databases and school information systems;
  • Independence and the ability to initiate work independently;
  • Ability to focus on longterm projects despite the interruptions of working in a small school setting;
  • Enthuasiasm about an education rooted in Quaker values;
  • Commitment to bringing the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the school’s development work and into the school overall; and
  • Affinity with and dedication to an experiential, thematically-based pedagogy and curriculum.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Experience in an administrative role in an independent school
  • Prior leadership role in a Friends school is a significant plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google a plus
  • Experience with maintenance of websites and working understanding of Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Networking, Google technologies
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and a philosophy of education statement to Linda Sena, Administrative Assistant at lsena@lansdownefriendsschool.org.

Lansdowne Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation in the operation of its educational programs and activities.

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Director of Admission and Marketing
Lansdowne Friends School
Lansdowne, PA

Lansdowne Friends School seeks a dynamic, personable, and innovative Director of Admission and Marketing. 

The School

Founded in 1902 and under the care of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Lansdowne Friends School is a thriving Pre-K through 6th grade school that serves a richly diverse student body of 97, just outside Philadelphia. More than half of the current student body identify as BIPOC. The school has a strong, positive relationship with Lansdowne Monthly Meeting and the Lansdowne community, and retains a talented faculty. While enrollment has grown steadily since 2013, tuition has been kept at affordable levels. Scholarship aid is robust, with 48% of children receiving need-based tuition assistance. 

The Position

The Director of Admission and Marketing leads the school’s efforts toward maximum enrollment of children and families who would be best served by our school. Working closely with the Head of School, the Director of Admission and Marketing is a key external “face” of the school, a strong communicator of the school’s Quaker mission, a vital leader among the school’s administrative group, and an integral connector with all prospective families, current families, and faculty/staff members. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

These include:

  • Conveying the mission of the school to prospective parents and the community;
  • Developing and implementing a yearly admissions plan in consultation with the Head of School;
  • Setting a calendar for open houses and other admission events;
  • Recruiting and training parent and student admission volunteers;
  • Scheduling admissions evaluations with parents, teachers, and prospective students;
  • Interviewing prospective parents;
  • Meeting with the Admissions Committee to review applications;
  • Notifying families of admissions decisions.
  • Designing and implementing a yearly marketing plan in consultation with the Head of School;
  • Reviewing and updating school publications and online ads and online marketing strategies;
  • Developing and managing a publicity calendar to highlight student, faculty, parent, and alumni achievements;
  • Focusing on best return on investment for the school’s marketing budget;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with area nursery schools.
  • Maintaining the school’s website to best highlight the school to external audiences;
  • Ensuring a smooth integration of the school’s new School Information System with the existing website. 
  • Maintaining and analyzing admission and enrollment data, including information about prospective families, and updated class lists;
  • Serving on the Tuition Assistance Committee with the Head of School and the Business Manager;
  • Contributing to vital decision-making about allocation of internal tuition assistance funds in support of the school’s mission;
  • Preparing the LFS Handbook/Student Directory;
  • Participating in the life of the school and community by attending community events and being a warm and vital presence in classes and on campus; and
  • Supporting other administrators as needed with phone duties, recess coverage, and student supervision. 

 

Desired Characteristics and Experience

A successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • A love of children;
  • An engaging, warm demeanor -- someone who connects well with families, teachers, and students, and who exudes enthusiasm, compassion, and positivity;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Honed organizational and planning skills, as well as leadership experience;
  • Experience in independent school admission and marketing;
  • Technical skills, including experience with databases and school information systems;
  • Independence and the ability to initiate work independently;
  • Ability to focus on longterm projects despite the interruptions of working in a small school setting;
  • Enthuasiasm about an education rooted in Quaker values;
  • Commitment to bringing the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the school’s admission process and into the school overall; and
  • Affinity with and dedication to an experiential, thematically-based pedagogy and curriculum.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Experience in an administrative role in an independent school
  • Prior leadership role in a Friends school is a significant plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google a plus
  • Experience with maintenance of websites and working understanding of Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Networking, Google technologies
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud

Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and a philosophy of education statement to Linda Sena, Administrative Assistant at lsena@lansdownefriendsschool.org.

Lansdowne Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation in the operation of its educational programs and activities.