Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the school currently enrolls 934 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a democratic society and global community.”
We are currently seeking an Associate Director of Development for Special Events, who will be responsible for all fund raising, special event planning and execution of Parker special events. Duties include finding, retaining, and working with volunteers, faculty/staff colleagues, and vendors to achieve the goals established for each event. These goals include funds raised, participation, and overall institutional advancement. This person partners with, educates, trains, supports, and acts as primary liaison to volunteers who provide leadership to various events.
This position requires that the Associate Director of Development for Special Events consistently projects a positive image of Francis W. Parker School with all parties associated with the School and with the general public. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times. This position also requires flexibility in work schedule to include some evenings and weekends; superior organizational and interpersonal skills; self-reliance and self-motivation; and the ability to multi-task in a highly active work environment are key.
Participate with the development team in the creation and execution of the overall development plan and calendar of special events for Francis W. Parker School, ensuring financial and volunteer goals are met.
Create sustainability within the volunteer program, striving towards greater volunteer involvement in all appropriate projects.
Serve as point person for all communication materials related to the planning, volunteer coordination, execution and follow up of all special events.
Work directly with the Director of Communications to facilitate a relationship between the Parents Association and the School in regards to applicable communication materials.
Work with Parents Association leadership to build increased cohesion between volunteer committees/projects and their recruitment/retention efforts.
Work with Advancement to build and maintain a stewardship program for school volunteers.
Integrate volunteer documentation and procedures.
Provide activity reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Regularly update all content that pertains to Special Events and parent volunteerism on the School’s website.
Work with the Admissions Office to provide new families with every early opportunity for integration into school life. Continuously cultivate relationships with new families so that they understand the opportunities available to become involved in the life of the School.
Other duties as assigned.
Primary Fund Raising Events and Activities
Biennial Auction (even numbered years)
Biennial Cooke & the Colonel Dinners (odd numbered years)
Annual Great Parker Garage Sale
Self-directed and flexible
Diplomatic and tactful
Even-tempered in moments of stress
Positive and outgoing attitude
Orientation towards leadership
Effective organizational skills
Volunteer coordination expertise
Please submit cover letter with resume and salary requirements by mail, email, or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources Francis W. Parker School 330 W. Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 email@example.com
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.
Bachelor’s Degree required
3 - 5 years large-scale special event production, preferably in a school setting
3 - 5 years volunteer management experience
Computer proficient, with special emphasis on all MS Office software
Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Greater Giving, and Bid Pal software programs are a plus
Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, communication, and writing skills
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.