Employment Opportunities

We currently have one position available: Director of Advancement

Director of Advancement:

Position Opening: Director of Advancement, Full-Time
Start Date: July 1, 2018
Application Deadline: Until filled

Organization Overview

Countryside School is an accredited, independent school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Champaign, Illinois where the University of Illinois is located. We offer students a broad hands-on education that integrates a challenging core curriculum with art, music, drama, technology, world languages, physical education, character development, and global community service.

A highly qualified and talented faculty engages students in active learning, encourages intellectual risk-taking and curiosity, and promotes a culture of respect and empathy. Countryside emphasizes responsibility and commitment to the community and challenges students to think of themselves as global citizens. Within a caring and creative environment, students are encouraged to strive to meet their potential as learners and as unique individuals.

Countryside seeks individuals who love children, are passionate, creative, and flexible, and dedicated to our mission of providing "Joy in Learning, Excellence in Education." Countryside is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Overview

Countryside School seeks an experienced development professional to serve as our Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement’s role is to further Countryside’s mission through fundraising and to foster a culture of philanthropy among the Countryside community. The Director of Advancement will oversee institutional advancement, including planning and managing all cultivation and fundraising activities and focused communications. The Director of Advancement will work closely with the Administration Team, the Advancement Team, and the faculty. The Director of Advancement will report to the Head of School.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the advancement program including: Excellence Fund, major gifts, endowment, and yearly development goals.
  • Cultivate, engage, and solicit current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, current and former faculty and staff, and friends of the school to increase all types of giving at Countryside.
  • Support planning and execution of special events.
  • Serve as the staff liaison for the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Serve as the staff liaison for the Countryside Parent Association.
  • Create print and electronic communication materials related to fundraising and advancement at Countryside.
  • Process gifts and generate acknowledgement letters.
  • Serve on the Administration Team and Advancement Team and attend meetings.
  • Support the Head of School, as needed.

Qualification & Skills

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s Preferred) in liberal arts, business, communications, or related/equivalent experience.
  • Successful experience in fundraising, public relations, marketing, and/or business, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • The poise, good judgement, and professionalism to work with a broad range of constituents of the school.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be detail-oriented and deadline driven.
  • Ability to build relationships.
  • Collaborative and cooperative mindset.
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality.

Background Check:

All Countryside School employees and volunteers must agree to a comprehensive background check.

To Apply:

Individuals interested in the position must provide:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional letters of reference
  • Copy of college(s) transcripts.

Please include the job title in the subject line of your email and send this information to Stephanie Harman, Head of School at harman@countrysideschool.org.

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Countryside School
4301 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
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