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North Park Elementary School (NPES) is an independent non-sectarian day school serving students in Preschool-8th Grade located in the North Center-Ravenswood area of Chicago. We nurture curiosity, spark creativity, and cultivate a compassionate, vibrant, and equitable community that supports all members. NPES is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).
NPES is dedicated to creating an inclusive community of students and adults who respect, value, and appreciate diversity in all aspects of human identity, and who work together to advance equity and social justice. NPES does not discriminate in its employment, admissions policies, and school-administered programs. We are looking for exceptional faculty and staff who are passionate about education, committed to our school’s mission, and culturally-responsive in their practice.
Current opportunities to join our team are listed below. We also accept applications for employment on a rolling basis year-round. Please submit your cover letter and resume to Office Manager Kerry Maman at email@example.com. Your application will be retained in active status for two years. Meanwhile, check this page periodically for new listings.
Director of Development and Communications
Director of Development and Communications
A Full-Time, Benefits-Eligible Administrative Position
North Park Elementary School is an independent school accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) located in Chicago’s North Center-Ravenswood community. North Park serves 248 students in Preschool through 8th Grade, and is dedicated to raising confident, self-reliant individuals in partnership with families, instilling a sense of curiosity, a passion for learning, and a commitment to impacting the broader community in positive ways. North Park seeks to nurture curiosity, spark creativity, and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, community that supports all students, helping them become the best version of themselves. North Park believes that diversity is a critical source of strength for all. For more on the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, click here.
The Director of Development and Communications leads all school charitable initiatives, major gifts programs, and annual fundraising events and strategies for NPES. They also cultivate and develop a positive community presence and drive a culture of engagement for all philanthropic initiatives including grants, volunteerism, and in-kind support. The Director of Development and Communications will also develop and execute communications strategies in fundraising and in a handful of other areas, as assigned by the Head of School.
The Director of Development and Communications is responsible for both the strategic leadership of fundraising and the day-to-day operation of development programs and operations. Working closely with the Head of School and Board Development Committee Chair and members, this senior administrator is responsible for communicating the mission of NPES, building connections to constituents, and identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors to meet fundraising goals and foster lifelong relationships. The Director of Development and Communications reports directly to the Head of School. Their work is conducted with the support of and in collaboration with the Head of School, the Board Development Committee Chair and Committee, the Director of Business and Operations, other senior administrators, and parent/caregiver volunteers.
Last fiscal year, under the direction of the outgoing Director of Development and Communications, the school raised nearly $600k in charitable giving, including about $300k in annual giving and $300k from special events. The school raises charitable funds from a strategic mix of digital and in-person direct appeals, peer-to-peer solicitation, an annual spring gala, a handful of smaller community-building events (some including student participation), personalized mid-to-major gift solicitations, and existing relationships with a charitable foundations. NPES is seeking to expand its successful annual giving program, further develop special events where opportunities exist, and grow and sustain a larger major gifts program inclusive of individuals and foundations (gifts of $20,000+). NPES is also wrapping up a successful multi-million dollar capital campaign that made the interior remodeling of the school building possible over the past two years. The school currently is enjoying the highest enrollment in its history, with 248 students across preschool through eighth grade.
Essential Development Responsibilities
- Develop, implement, and assess fundraising strategies
- Achieve annual fundraising goals
- Partner with the Development Committee in shaping the Committee’s work, designing fundraising strategies, and effectively utilizing trustees and other volunteers
- Develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive annual development plan that includes fundraising (specifically, annual giving, capital campaigns, special projects, and other school-related solicitations), special events, parent relations, and alumni relations
- Establish, maintain, and grow relationships with major donors, nurturing and expanding NPES’ nascent major gifts program
- Build a culture of giving that inspires the community to give of their time, talent, and treasure to support the school’s mission and programs
- Apply for grants to support the school
- Help NPES diversify its fundraising support among individuals, foundations, and corporations, as well as asset mixes ranging from gifts of cash, stock, and other planned giving strategies. ● Enter and maintain donor data into the school’s student information system, and develop, maintain and generate regular reports for admin, Board, and auditors
- Plan and prepare the development calendar with the Head of School
- Lead planning for the yearly Gala (auction), Fun Run, and other community fundraising events ● Report at Board of Directors’ meetings and serve as a strategic thought partner to the Board ● Coordinate with the leadership of the school–as well as with NPES parent club officers and other volunteers–to host friend-raising events (VIP Day, for instance)
- Generate monthly development reports for the Board of Directors
- Oversee all development communications related to the annual giving (NPES Fund), special funds, and specific campaigns
- Maintain and update mailing lists and accurate donor records
- Attracting, engaging, and managing volunteers, serving as the school’s liaison to parent clubs and room parents
- Generates all donation acknowledgment and tax reporting letters for donors
- Establishes and enforces gift policies and guidelines
- Engage with NPES alumni
- Prepare and publish the Annual Report, as well as acknowledgements of all gifts for the Head of School ● Prepares reporting for and has physical presence during annual financial audit
- Manage external vendor relationships related to the work described above
This Director is also responsible for planning, executing, managing, and assessing specific aspects of the schools communications, including all development-related communications (campaign-related written and video collateral and an annual report); the weekly Shark Bites e-newsletter for the school community; the school’s branding (on all collateral and the website); and any situation-specific public relations communications as needs arise, per the Head of School. This work is conducted with the support of and in collaboration with the Head of School, the Director of Admission and Marketing, and other administrators. The day-to-day management of the website is not included in this role; that work is carried out by a faculty leader, with the support of the school’s Director of Educational Technology.
Essential Communications Responsibilities
- Develop and implement a communication plan to convey the value of NPES to various constituencies ● Manage the school’s brand at npeschool.org and on NPES’ social media accounts, in collaboration with the Director of Admissions and Marketing and the faculty leaders who maintain/update the website and post to our social media accounts
- Lead and cultivate a culture of engagement and giving at NPES reflective of our values and philanthropic goals
- Produce and disseminate all development communications, our weekly Shark Bites e-newsletter, the Annual Report, and other publications as assigned
- Maintaining the digital displays inside and on the exterior of the school building
- Manage external vendor relationships related to the work described above
- Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- Bachelor’s Degree required (fields of study might include nonprofit management, administration, leadership, public relations, communications, marketing, finance, social sciences)
- A minimum three-years full-time experience in development/fundraising, with breadth, including annual giving, events, capital fundraising, and the recruitment and management of volunteers
- Strong verbal, written, and digital communication skills, able to communicate confidently and effectively (and across cultural and identity differences), and to persuade, to make a compelling case for giving to the school
- Ability to work collaboratively and inclusively with colleagues
- A love of children, and a commitment to their well-being and growth
- Strong cultural competence and a commitment to contributing with intention to an affirming, inclusive, equitable, and just school community
- Strong social-emotional intelligence and skills, with the ability to build positive and constructive relationships
- The capacity for flexible, creative, and expansive thinking
- Experience collecting, maintaining, and using data to inform strategic thinking
- A passion for detail, while still being able to see the big picture
- A growth mindset, a hunger to learn and develop new understandings and skills
- Experience in electronic publications and communications
Please submit a cover letter with resume to North Park Elementary School Office Manager Kerry Maman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are seeking thoughtful, engaging, adaptable, reliable, and professional substitute teachers to work across all grade levels at NPES, a wonderful opportunity to gain experience with a variety of subject areas and age groups in a welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant school community. The compensation is $18.00 per hour, or $135 for a full day, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The ideal candidate will have:
- A Bachelor’s degree (in education preferred but not required)
- Teaching experience in a school setting, camp setting, or other organization with an educational aspect to its work
- A commitment to creating an affirming, inclusive, equitable, and just learning space for all students
- An understanding of the developmental needs of children at various ages and the ability to manage a classroom positively and effectively
- Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and administration
- Strong cultural awareness and competence
- Experience providing a nurturing, creative, challenging, and supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and age-appropriate levels of independence
- Strong technology, executive functioning, and communication skills (both written and oral)
If you would like to be considered for substitute teaching, please complete this application and send us your resume. You may send these documents via email to Kerry Maman.
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