Reporting to the Head of School, the position is responsible for outreach and relationship building in support of the student enrolment, effective marketing and communications of the school, and both annual and capital fundraising programs and campaigns. The role will also support the School’s efforts in the areas of parents relations, alumni relations and fundraising with an initial emphasis in strategic external relations planning.
Working with the Directors of Admissions, Marketing, Advancement and others to develop and implement the school’s student recruitment and admissions strategy including the school’s annual admissions plan.
Lead collaborative strategic and tactical planning efforts that result in successful annual and capital fundraising initiatives that support the School’s strategic goals
Lead and oversee all areas as it relates to Marketing & Communications, Fundraising, Admissions, Parent and Alumni Relations ensuring effective communications and public relations position the school
Lead, coach and manage the Director of Admissions, Director of Advancement, Director of Marketing & Communications and encourage consistency in their team approach and strong communication among them
Provide exceptional team leadership and manage the performance of direct reports, which includes performance management and promoting professional development
Ensure adherence to the fiscal management of budgets and procedures for all co-curricular programs
Participate as a member of the Senior leadership team to set and advance the external relations strategy of the School in line with the School’s strategic plans
Promote and model good relationships with parents, alumni and potential donors based on partnership to support the School’s mission
Promote and participate in community events that enhance and support a positive and effective School climate
Participates in the development efforts in identifying, cultivating, and building a strong donor pipeline and program
Develop a comprehensive donor recognition program that includes communicating with past and prospective donors
Research and provide plans and business cases, including liaising with stakeholders, in support of the development achieving the school’s external relations goals.
Ensure the successful achievement of annual admissions targets through the leadership and guidance of the Admissions function
Ensure the successful achievement of annual and capital fundraising goals and targets through leadership of the major gift and annual gift giving programs
Meet with prospective students and families, guide and direct new parents through the admissions process, and then toward community awareness and encourage active and positive involvement with the school.
Liaise and communicate with school Principals and Guidance for retention and tracking purposes and to ensure proper direction and communication to families pertaining to retention issues.
Working with the Director Advancement, help cultivate and develop an enhanced fundraising presence by assisting with the organization of events, meetings and receptions and preparing effective constituent communications.
Develop relationships with other CAIS schools to gain learning and insights into different best practices.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, TECHNICAL ABILITY:
CFRE or equivalent fundraising education
Previous experience in running a capital campaign and annual fund campaign
A minimum of 10 years of experience in school external relations functions, including a strong understanding of admissions and strategic student enrollment
Knowledge of The York School and it’s educational offering is a strong asset
Experience working in education and with international students from diverse backgrounds
Excellent customer service and relationship building skills
Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills
Solid working knowledge of MS Office suite (including Outlook)
Multi-tasking, great attention to detail and highly organized
Ability to work independently and within a team environment
Weekend and evening work required
Some lifting required (including lifting of travel display materials)
WHY THE YORK SCHOOL?
The York School offers a broad and exciting variety of employment opportunities with ample professional development and growth opportunities. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, we are a progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance including access to our newly renovated Athletic Strength and Conditioning Centre. The York School offers a comprehensive benefits package and a generous matching plan for our Non-Faculty employees.
THE YORK SCHOOL VALUES DIVERSITY:
At The York School, our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world. As such, we are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace.
The York School will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Human Resources by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-926-1325.