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Employment

The Advent School, located in the Beacon Hill section of Boston, serves 200 students in pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. A mission-focused school founded in the principles of social justice, Advent has served the students and families of Boston since 1961. Through its Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Advent’s faculty deliver authentic, rigorous, and experiential learning opportunities that encourage students to “learn with passion, act with courage, and change the world.”

Advent follows a co-teaching model in every classroom, pre-Kindergarten (ECC) through Sixth Grade. Specialists teach art, library, music, physical education, science, Spanish, and yoga. The Advent School’s administrative team includes the office of Advancement, Department of Teaching and Learning, Enrichment department, Head of School’s office, and the Business office.

Teachers at Advent are collaborative members of a learning community, who are expected to participate actively in professional development and the documentation of student learning. For teaching candidates, it is preferred that they have a master’s degree and a minimum of two to three years experience in a school with a comparable program, but a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for the application. We expect teachers to be competent at curriculum design and current in the teaching of literacy and mathematics.

Current Openings

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CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR

About the Position

Annual philanthropic support from the Advent community comes from parents, trustees, alumni, and friends, enabling the School to deliver its mission. Advent is currently planning for a potential capital campaign, and the Campaign Director role is a new position created to support the strategic planning and success of the campaign.

Reporting to the Head of School and working closely with the Director of Advancement, Board of Trustees, and a campaign consultant, the Campaign Director will plan and execute critical activities related to the upcoming campaign. The Campaign Director will manage the daily operations of the campaign and is tasked with identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major prospects and donors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage comprehensive fundraising campaign
  • Campaign planning in collaboration with a fundraising consultant, Head of School, and related stakeholders; develop and execute a campaign calendar to meet key milestones
  • Implement recommendations from a feasibility study
  • Manage the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process and portfolio for Head of School
  • Provide oversight, guidance, and management of campaign committee and volunteers as appropriate, based on the phase of the campaign
  • Manage donor acknowledgment, recognition, and stewardship program
  • Coordinate and advise on cultivation and recognition events in collaboration with the Director of Advancement
  • Manage campaign pipeline movement, gift proposals, campaign policy development, and goal setting
  • Oversee prospect research, preparing profiles and briefing memos
  • Ensure that data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in files and database; manage campaign record-keeping, evaluate progress toward goals and benchmarks, prepare reports on fundraising and present to senior staff and volunteers; recommend revisions to fundraising plan, as needed, to meet goals
  • Data analysis, including preparing monthly and quarterly reports for internal and external use
  • Creation of campaign-related materials in collaboration with marketing staff

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of three to five years of professional fundraising experience with a track record of success, with specific experience in capital campaigns, individual giving and/or major gifts, and organizing campaign data to measure progress toward benchmarks
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, time management, and organizational skills; capable of working effectively with members of the board, other volunteers, donors and prospective supporters, staff, and consultants
  • Energetic, self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable, able to multitask and work independently in a small, hands-on work environment
  • Experience with database management (Raiser’s Edge preferred), including queries and reporting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer fluency in Microsoft Office, G Suite, web applications, and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to attend occasional evening or weekend events
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Application

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to advancement@adventschool.org. In your cover letter, please discuss your role in a recent fundraising campaign that you worked on and your experience with database management.

PART-TIME AFTER-SCHOOL POSITIONS

The Advent School seeks makers, artists, chefs, dancers, scientists, and athletes to teach in our After-School Program for the 2019-20 school year. We are currently looking for staff interested in teaching classes to children in pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade. This is an independent contractor position and the pay range is $15 to $20 per hour.

Candidates must commit to a schedule of Monday-Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to  5:15 p.m. from September 2019 through mid June 2020. Some staff members may be considered for the Friday session from 12:15 to 5:15 p.m.

The School is specifically seeking candidates who are skilled and passionate about teaching:

  • Athletics: circus arts, dance, yoga, sports
  • Arts: Beading, cooking, painting, sewing
  • STEM: Hands-on science, gardening, robotics, coding, stop motion animation, videography
  • Creative problem solving, chess, strategy games
  • Bring us your ideas!

Qualifications:

  • Education and experience in the given subject area
  • Willingness to undergo a background check and fingerprinting
  • At least one year of experience working with elementary-aged children
  • The ideal candidate will be able to commit their time and skills for the entire school year, and have strong group management and relationship-building skills. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree are strongly preferred.

Contact:

Evan Roman, Director of Enrichment
eroman@adventschool.org

Application Notes:

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to eroman@adventschool.org. In your cover letter, please include your expertise and availability.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

The Advent School accepts resumes for substitute teachers on an ongoing basis.

Substitutes at Advent may teach alongside another teacher in the homeroom or fill in for a specialist. They are expected to provide instruction and implementation of lesson plans, manage the classroom, and ensure student learning.

Experience teaching or working with elementary age students is preferred, and candidates should demonstrate a history of flexibility, punctuality, and responsibility.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Gretchen Vice, Dean of Faculty, at careers@adventschool.org.