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Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is respected for its mission-driven, classical liberal arts, college prep education. Located in Joplin, Mo, this Pre-K through 12th grade school is the Four-States region’s only non-sectarian independent college preparatory school. It is consistently ranked as one of the top four private Pre-K through 12th Grade schools in Missouri. Led by a caring and committed faculty, our diverse learning community fosters well-grounded, positive attitudes, as well as responsibility, respect, and self-discipline. The goal of a TJ education is to help children grow into engaged citizens guided by a strong moral compass. At TJ, faculty encourage children to think critically, test new capacities, and find joy in learning. The school community is a nurturing and supportive environment where children gain the confidence to reach their full potential. Visit us online at tjeffschool.org to learn more.
About the Position:
The Director of External Relations will manage the external facing endeavors that support the mission of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and promote a connectedness among graduates, alumni parents, and the entire school community. The person in this crucial administrative role oversees events and initiatives that help to draw the necessary funds which enable the school to be financially sustainable in the short- and long-term. Importantly, this person will increase and expand the base of financial support from a broad range of sources. The Director of External Relations reports directly to the school President and works collaboratively with the entire administrative team. The successful candidate will join the school as it begins a new chapter in its 30-year history.
Duties and primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Oversee and maintain the digital alumni platform, which includes sending monthly newsletters, updating news and information, promoting events, creating affinity groups, stocking digital photo albums, celebrating alumni achievements, and increasing overall traffic on the platform.
Plan and execute alumni events, including receptions, reunions, Cavalier Hall of Fame, and similar initiatives, as well as encouraging attendance at school community events such as the spring fundraiser, concerts, assemblies, the McCollum Speaker Series, and Commencement.
Partner to establish the TJ Alumni Advisory Council and oversee ongoing efforts and recruitment of new alumni as terms expire.
Attend TJ community events to meet and greet alumni visitors, develop and foster relationships, and solicit feedback for new ways to engage with graduates.
Work with the Head of School to select the alumni speaker for graduation and plan a reception for the speaker’s respective TJ class
Donor Cultivation & Stewardship
Identify and develop relationships with potential donors
Maintain relationships with current donors through personal interactions
Solicit gifts from members of all constituent groups through personal meetings, phone calls, emails, direct mail, and personal letters
Timely and proper acknowledgement for donations
Prepare, send, and monitor letters of solicitation for donations and gifts
Engage in personal meetings, phone calls, and gestures of goodwill in appreciation for gifts
Annual Giving Campaign
Plan and execute the school’s Annual Giving Campaign each fall
Increase funds raised and constituent participation levels annually
Manage production and distribution of all materials linked with the campaign
Special Events & Volunteer Management
Coordinate and facilitate fundraising events
Recruit and manage volunteers
Develop innovative ideas for events and/or evolution of current events
Perform grant opportunity research
Cultivate relationships with grant makers
Follow up and track grants written and results received
Set goals for all fundraising initiatives
Oversee database of donors and lifetime giving
Prepare and maintain an annual development calendar and budget
Create reports for the administrative team and Board of Trustees
Work with the Communications Associate and Business Manager to create the Annual Report publication
This position manages one direct report, the Communications Associate.
This is a full-time administrative team position with flexible hours as off-campus meetings and engagements are expected. Qualifications:
Bachelor's plus a track record of 5+ years of success in a similar role.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Proficiency with a donor database platform, like Raiser’s Edge.
Expertise with social media platforms and best practices in fundraising and alumni relations.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively.
A passion for education and a commitment to TJ’s mission and values.
For immediate consideration for this position please send your resume and cover letter describing your fit for the role to: email@example.com. Please use the email subject line “Director Position.”
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School opened in August 1993, and today has more than 340 students enrolled in grades PK – 12. A Board of Trustees governs the school, and the school is directed by the Head of School. Students are engaged in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, with all students taking several Advanced Placement courses during their Upper School years. Extracurricular activities include performing and visual arts, academic and athletic competitions, field trips, and clubs. Enrollment at TJIDS is open to all, and financial aid is available to qualified students. The school awards more than $1,000,000 in financial aid annually to approximately 50 percent of the student population. In addition, significant privately funded merit-based scholarships are available. The school has graduated more than 300 students, with virtually all enrolling in four-year institutions immediately following graduation.
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