St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, located in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C., is a parish day school enrolling more than 450 students on two campuses. The Day School program begins at the three-year-old Nursery level and continues through Grade 8. St. Patrick’s students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools—including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Mid-Atlantic and New England and, less frequently, public schools—upon graduation.
Since its founding in 1956, St. Patrick’s has grown and changed significantly, opening as a nursery school for parish families, expanding through the elementary grades beginning in 1967, and adding Grades 7 and 8 in 2001 and 2002. Grades 6, 7, and 8 occupy a new middle school campus at 4590 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, which opened in 2017, while students in Nursery to Grade 5 occupy the main campus about a half-mile away at 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW.
Now a thriving Nursery School through Grade 8 program, St. Patrick’s continues its tradition of providing a vibrant, challenging, coeducational school environment in which a diverse community of students can grow as healthy intellectual, social and emotional, and moral and spiritual beings. Please see the Day School website at www.stpatsdc.org.
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School is seeking a Director of Special Events to begin July 1, 2019. The Director of Special Events serves as an administrative staff member in the Development Office coordinating a range of Day School special events including, in collaboration with the Auction Consultant, the annual Auction to Benefit the Financial Aid Program. This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Development. We are seeking an individual who is experienced in planning, supporting, and implementing development and fundraising events; familiar with fundraising/relational databases (Raiser's Edge preferred); able to input, access, and present information in support of our fundraising efforts; and adept at effectively carrying out multiple tasks in an energetic and dynamic environment. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The candidate should expect to work occasional evenings and weekends.
The Development Office
The Development Office is responsible for the Day School’s fundraising and volunteer activities. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, parents, and other constituent groups, the Development Office engages in fundraising activities to help meet the operating, capital, and endowment needs of the school. In all of its programs and activities, the Development Office strives to achieve a proper balance among school needs, volunteer initiative, and donor participation.
The Development Office team is comprised of four full-time employees—the Assistant Head of School for Development, the Director of the Annual Fund, the Director of Alumni & Parent Programs, and the Director of Special Events. In addition, a part-time Auction Consultant—the long-time Associate Director of Development now an independent contractor—continues to work with Development Office staff and parent volunteers on that important event in support of the Financial Aid Program. The Development & Communication Associate splits his/her time to support both administrative functions.
The Director of Special Events has responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:
Planning and implementing the Auction to Benefit the Financial Aid Program to include Auction Kickoff-Wine Party, Patron Party, and Parents of Alumni Fund-A-Scholar Party. With assistance of Auction Consultant, supporting Auction Co-Chairs, guiding formation of Auction committees, and supporting all committees. Providing relevant reporting information for Board of Trustees reports to Assistant Head of School for Development.
Recruiting, training, collaborating with, and recognizing Auction Co-Chairs, committee chairs, and volunteers.
Coordinating with the Marketing Committee to produce all communication collateral and manage public relations for Auction, including promotion of Fund-A-Scholar.
Overseeing all Auction cultivation and stewardship events (Kickoff-Wine Party, Patron Party, Parents of Alumni Fund-A-Scholar Party).
Overseeing all electronic invitations, slide shows, etc.
Managing all Auction follow-up, including acknowledgements, stewardship, distribution of prizes, and billing and collection.
Managing Auction budget.
Providing full supervision of Auction in conjunction with Auction Consultant.
Planning, marketing, and implementing Family Fun Day by supporting Co-Chairs and guiding formation of and supporting Family Fun Day Committee. Providing relevant reporting to Parents Association. Overseeing and supervising Family Fun Day.
Planning, marketing, and implementing Book Fair by supporting Co-Chairs and guiding formation of and supporting Book Fair Committee. Providing relevant reporting to Parents Association. Overseeing and supervising Book Fair.
Fulfilling a range of other activities in support of current parents and other constituencies, including:
Assisting Director of Alumni & Parent Programs with recruitment of Room Parents.
Maintaining ongoing list of all volunteers, by event.
Supporting school photography for faculty and staff and student photos.
Contributing to a professional office environment and working as a team player.
Performing other duties as assigned by Assistant Head of School for Development and Head of School.
A successful candidate for the position of Director of Special Events will have the following characteristics:
Three to five years of experience in field of development and fundraising events, particularly auctions and galas.
Strong interpersonal skills in order to work directly with, delegate to, and motivate volunteers.
A strong work ethic, self-initiative, and ability to work independently.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong time-management, organizational, and listening skills.
Excellent customer-service skills, including phone manners and personal and timely follow up.
Excellent computer skills, including facility with Auction database BidPal, Word, mail-merges, Excel, and PowerPoint. Raiser’s Edge and InDesign skills beneficial.
An individual interested in seeking this position should submit a resume and letter outlining his/her personal and professional preparation to Suzanne Burrows, Assistant Head of School for Development, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007, or email the material to her at BurrowsS@stpatsdc.org. Included in those materials should be the contact information for at least three references from individuals who know the candidate’s professional accomplishments and character well.
About St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School is an independent, coeducational, parish day school located in the Palisades section of Northwest Washington, D.C., serving approximately 470 students from three-year-old Nursery through Grade 8. For more than 60 years, St. Patrick's has been providing a vibrant, challenging coeducational school environment that balances tradition and innovation in an educational program that emphasizes the acquisition of essential skills, integration of disciplines, and active learning. It seeks to educate young people who will grow in intellectual and academic strength, personal integrity, openness to change, commitment to service, and confident and ethical involvement in the world. St. Patrick's students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools - including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions and, less frequently, public schools - upon graduation.
Campuses include the Whitehaven Campus, home to Nursery through Grade 5, and the MacArthur Campus, home to Grades 6, 7, and 8. There are three divisions: Nursery School (Nursery and PK), Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 3), and Upper School (Grades 4 through 8).