The German International School Washington D.C. is seeking an experienced Advancement Manager for its bilingual Preschool to 12th grade school located in Potomac, MD. Reporting to the Business Director, the Advancement Manager will lead the School’s marketing, development and fundraising efforts inside and outside the school.
The Advancement Manager:
Together with the Board, the Head of School and the Business Director, cultivates and maintains effective relationships with potential public and private partners and with local communities and leadership
Conceives and implements a plan to attract corporate sponsors and donors and develop other fundraising initiatives
manages, maintains and updates a database of all donors, prospects and alumni as well as foundations/corporations
Oversees the annual giving campaign
Works closely with the Board of Directors, the Head of School, the Business Director to develop and implement a strategic plan, based on enrollment trends and goals, to attract new students from the school’s target audience
Develops strategy for admissions-related outreach and collaborates with the Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator to ensure a smooth enrollment process
Develops and implements an effective marketing and advertising plan directed at the school’s target audience(s)
Collaborates with the Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator at school fairs and similar events as needed
Develops and maintains an alumni network, with the goal of increasing alumni involvement with and financial support for the school
Provides excellent customer service to parents, faculty, staff, and students
Works collaboratively and creatively with the Director of Communications and the Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator to ensure consistent messaging inside and outside the school community
Develops policies and recommends course of action to the Head of School, Business Director and Board on marketing and development initiatives; and reports on progress
Minimal travel; attendance required during some evening and weekend events and meetings
The following are required for consideration:
At least 7 years of experience and a proven track record of marketing and promoting growth at a non-profit entity, ideally a multi-cultural pre-K-12 educational organization
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university; an advanced degree in business or related field preferred
Experience in development / fundraising for a non-profit entity, ideally a multi-cultural pre-K-12 educational institution
Familiarity with German culture; fluency in English and German preferred
Familiarity with the needs and challenges of independent schools
Excellent written and verbal communication skills (including public speaking)
A track record of working cooperatively in a team and facilitating consensus based decision-making
Highly organized with great attention to detail
Proven ability to develop meaningful relationships with diverse stakeholders including executive level representatives of potential donors
Authorized to work in the U.S. for any employer
About German International School, Washington
The German International School Washington D.C. is a private, co-educational institution with more than 500 students in preschool through 12th grade, set on a quiet campus in Potomac, Md. Representing more than 20 different nationalities, our student body is truly international, united by a shared interest in German language and culture. The only full-time
German day school in Washington, we offer rigorous academics in a warm, multicultural setting.
The German School provides students with a unique international perspective by combining the best of U.S. and German academic education since 1961.
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