The Waldorf School of Lexington, Lexington, MA
Accredited by NEASC and AWSNA
The Waldorf School of Lexington, now in its 50th year, is seeking a Director of Advancement & Outreach with an immediate start date. This is a benefited, full-time, 12-month salaried position. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The Director of Advancement & Outreach is responsible for advancing the school and its mission with the full arc of constituencies, from prospective families to alumni and donor relationships. The Director promotes and cultivates a spirit of giving throughout the school community and is responsible for achieving the school’s fundraising goals. The Director will lead in the development and implementation of advancement strategies for WSL, working closely with school leadership and the Board of Trustees. Additionally, this position will build relationships to achieve short and long-term financial support as well as to guide others in serving as ambassadors for the school among their professional and personal networks.
- Working with school leadership, Board leadership and the Board Advancement Committee, develop and implement advancement and outreach strategies for both the short-term and longer term; these strategies include unrestricted and restricted giving, endowment and planned giving programs.
- Initiate, plan, and carry out all advancement fundraising campaigns and initiatives, working closely with school leadership and the Board Advancement committee.
- Identify and cultivate individuals within and outside of the school who have financial resources that can advance the school’s mission and development goals.
- In collaboration with school leadership and the Board of Trustees, cultivate relationships with past and present major donors and identify new prospects, who have the resources and interest in supporting WSL and the mission of Waldorf education.
- Create relationships with like-minded businesses, organizations and individuals who see Waldorf education as a catalyst for social change; lay the groundwork for a “Partners Program.”
- Strengthen alumni relations through outreach campaigns and establishing alumni programs for engagement and giving.
- In person events at WSL are limited during the pandemic; efforts to develop alternative engagement events for advancement and outreach will be important. To the extent that event planning becomes significant, or Covid-19 restrictions are eased for in-person events, additional event planning resources will be provided.
- Oversee the processing and recording of gifts and recognition of such within the RaisersEdge fundraising software/database; administrative support is provided for this function.
- Identify charitable foundations whose mission is aligned to support programs, services and facilities development of WSL. Cultivate a relationship with these foundations, assess feasibility and work with a grant writer to solicit financial support.
- Support the development of outreach strategies in conjunction with the Marketing/Communications Department, along with the Enrollment Manager and school leadership.
- The Director cultivates relationships with prospective families who express interest in the school, and promotes enthusiasm and understanding of the school’s mission, curriculum, and culture.
- Works in collaboration with the Enrollment Manager to hand off prospective families into the admissions and enrollment process.
- In conjunction with the School Director and the Enrollment Manager, attends surrounding town community events, school fairs, and other outreach events to establish and further cultivate relationships and WSL’s presence in the area.
- 5-7 years of development experience, preferably in a Waldorf or independent school development or advancement office
- Experience in prospecting, cultivating, and managing donor accounts
- Confident, professional, and friendly person with an outgoing personality
- Demonstrated relationship management and development skills
- Motivated self-starter with a positive, “can-do” attitude
- Strong verbal and interpersonal communications skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly, and persuasively
- Familiarity with Waldorf educational philosophy, values, and methods
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a leadership team
- Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and effectively
- Good organizational skills and problem solving abilities
- Effective partnership-building skills
- Bachelor’s degree required, MA a plus
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Gsuite
To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (written or provide contact information) in a single pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Setting: WSL is beautifully sited in historic Lexington, Massachusetts—an area rich with culture, historic significance, and natural beauty. Abutting our campus is a 185-acre nature preserve, and our site features a sports field, several play gardens, a biodynamic vegetable garden, and beehives.
Pedagogy and Program: WSL is a vibrant, faculty-led independent school for children in preschool through grade 8. Our pedagogy and curriculum, based on Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of human development, includes a full complement of offerings, including parent-child classes, a preschool and kindergarten program, grades 1–8, aftercare, summer program, and storytime programs.
Diversity: The Waldorf School of Lexington is committed to an ongoing process of learning, listening and deepening our understanding of equity and inclusion. With reverence, we strive to create, embrace and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where everyone feels respected, connected and valued. We welcome students, families, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, cultural and religious heritages, socio-economic backgrounds, geographic origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, and family structures. We reject discrimination in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner.
Accreditation: We are accredited by AWSNA and NEASC (the New England Association of Schools and Colleges), and are members of AISNE (Association of Independent Schools of New England), and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).