Westside School teachers and staff work collaboratively to inspire creativity, innovation, and to deepen our sense of community. Westside’s administrative staff members are exceptionally qualified in our fields, committed to being lifelong learners, and are passionate about our work. At Westside School we value different backgrounds and ideas and we strive to build an inclusive community. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.
Located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, Westside serves 360 students in preschool through eighth grade. 29% of our student body are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Westside’s administrative team supports the mission and work of the school and its constituents.
Westside is in search of an individual to join our Advancement Team as an Advancement Associate. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Advancement Associate will be responsible for coordinating Westside’s two major fundraising events, the Fall Westside School Fund and Annual Spring Auction, managing fundraising data, development research and reports,, donor stewardship, liaison to the school’s family association, and coordinating alumni events.
We are seeking a candidate who is able to support the school’s focus on diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of intercultural fluency.
The successful candidate willparticipate fully in the life of the school, attending in-service days, meetings, and school celebrations, and upholds the mission, vision, and values of Westside School.
Reports to: Director of Advancement
Uphold the school’s mission, vision and values.
Help perpetuate a school-wide culture characterized by highly engaged students and faculty, high expectations, joyful learning, personal wellness and a strong sense of community. ?
Support the Advancement Team in growing enrollment, decreasing attrition, expanding marketing and strategic communications, and achieving development goals.
Track gifts, consolidating with business office and reporting
Take a lead role in the Westside School Fund (WSF) in partnership with Advancement Director; strategize, coordinate, implement, and report.
Plan and execute the Spring Auction in partnership with parent volunteers, staff, and faculty.
Fundraise for special projects; research, strategize, and support
Support Major Donor program
Steward donors; WSF, Auction, birthdays, thank yous, etc.
Support grant applications when needed
Coordinate volunteers in conjunction with the Westside Parent Association (WPA)
Serve as liaison to the Westside Parent Association
Track alumni and coordinate yearly alumni events
Bachelor’s degree preferred
1-3 + years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, including coordination of fundraising events
Appreciation for and commitment to independent school education and culture
Early career candidates are encouraged to apply; training will be provided.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
This position requires the following personal characteristics: creativity, flexibility, communication skills, a passion for detail, eagerness to grow, the ability to lead, and the ability to follow.
Intercultural competence, ability to interact appropriately with a diverse array of, coworkers and families
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work graciously with all the school’s constituents while maintaining discretion and confidentiality
Ability to work well with a team to promote the school’s initiatives and positive brand image
A strong sense of client/customer service
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong data analysis and comfort with leading events.
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
Detail-oriented and resourceful
Ability to prioritize and manage several projects efficiently
Practical experience working with and motivating volunteers
Proficiency using database management software to coordinate fundraising activities.
Proficiency with MS Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Westside School Mission
Westside School prepares students for the world by challenging them to achieve academic success, and by connecting their human spirit and imagination to learning.
Westside School's Diversity Statement
Westside School is committed to promoting inclusiveness, diversity, and cultural competence in its education, employment practices, school community, and governance. It views inclusiveness as a fundamental value, diversity as a key element, and cultural competence as a vital skill necessary to prepare students to participate in and contribute to a global society. Westside uses the term diversity broadly to encompass differences in the attributes of individuals, families, and communities.
Start Date: August 2, 2021
Compensation and Benefits:This is a full-time position for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Westside School offers acompetitive benefits package including medical, dental, , 403(b), life insurance, paid vacation and holidays, and more.
We hope to be drivers of change, and believe having a team of diverse backgrounds will enable us to strengthen our impact for others. Westside is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets.
Westside School serves 330 students in preschool-eighth grade. In the fall 2015, Westside School moved to a permanent campus in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, which supports our mission and values as a progressive, academically rigorous, relationship rich, preschool through eighth grade school with the core values of Academic Excellence, Joyful Learning, and Creating Confident Learners in a Caring Community.