Director of External Relations

The Learning Project Elementary School, Boston, MA

Accredited by AISNE

The Learning Project is an intentionally small, K-6 school committed to diversity, academic excellence, character development, and financial accessibility.  A hallmark of The LP is its warm and close-knit community where each student, teacher, staff member and parent is known to one another. 

Our school is small and so administrators typically wear several hats.  The person in this position enjoys that variety and applying cross-over skills to different domains. The skill set we are looking for includes: working well with others; strong organization and strategic thinking; learning and discerning through close listening; an effortless ability to help others feel comfortable and appreciated; openness to differences; insight about different personality types; fluent and clear writing ability; and excitement about The Learning Project as an idea, a mission, and an unfolding reality.

Specific job responsibilities focus in three major areas where all of these skills are equally applicable:  admissions—describing (not selling) the school to others and helping them discern whether this is the right fit for them and their child; fundraising—describing (not selling) the school’s financial needs to others and helping them decided if they want to contribute; and alumni and parent engagement --communicating with alums and parents to participate in the wide ranging ‘life of the community.’

The Director is supported by the Development and Admissions Associate and the Development, Publications and Events Coordinator, and oversees their work in the assigned areas.

The Director reports to the Head of School, is a member of a creative and collaborative Senior Administrative Team, and supports the Advancement and Marketing Committees of the Board. 

The Learning Project seeks a dynamic individual who enjoys ‘wearing many hats;’ who looks to engage in strategic thinking as part of a close, supportive staff; and who looks to become an integral part of the current and extended school community.

Admissions Responsibilities

  • Plans and manages recruitment activities, including open houses, preschool outreach and marketing.
  • Oversees the maintenance of application materials and admissions files.
  • Interviews prospective families evaluates applicants in small groups with the Assistant Head and other staff.
  • Serves with the Head and the Assistant Head on the Admissions Committee to select  students for the entering class and to fill any openings in upper grades.


Fundraising responsibilities

  • Plans and implements an Annual Fund program.
  • Creates and executes cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities to reach all school constituencies.
  • Develops and implements a Leadership giving strategy to increase the number and size of Annual Fund gifts in the higher Circles.
  • Develops and implements a donor recognition program to include Annual Report/Giving Circle recognition, an annual “major donor” event, recognition of solicitation volunteers and participation by constituencies.
  • Plans and implements special projects and endowment giving programs as appropriate.
  • Oversees the processing of receipts, matching gift forms and acknowledgment of all gifts.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Outstanding interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Keen analytical skills and a detail-oriented work style.
  • Ability and willingness to engage in high level strategic thinking and problem solving, while also managing the hands-on aspects of the job. 

The Learning Project is a community that celebrates the racial, ethnic, cultural and gender diversity of its students, families, staff and friends.

Application instructions and additional information can be found on the website:

The Learning Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin.


  • External relations