Associate Director of Advancement (WIS)

Washington International School
Washington, DC

Washington International School (WIS) is seeking an ambitious advancement professional to lead a healthy annual giving program, invigorating it with creative new ideas and assuring best practices in independent school fundraising. The Associate Director will also bring organizational strength to events management, finding efficient and effective ways to engage volunteers and grow net contributions.

About WIS

WIS is an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. From Preschool to Grade 12, the School enrolls 900 students from families representing more than 90 nations. The academic program, inspired by innovators around the world, is taught by faculty from more than 30 countries, over 70% of whom have advanced degrees. WIS offers French and Spanish immersion from Preschool through Kindergarten and a dual-language program in Grades 1­-5; students continue to study at least two languages through upper school. On average over 60% of WIS graduates earn the prestigious bilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (compared to about 30% of worldwide IB Diploma candidates).

Head of School Suzanna Jemsby and the WIS Board of Trustees are devising a new strategic plan, which will be unveiled in Fall 2019 and will lead the institution into its next phase as a preeminent international school. The new plan will drive the priorities for the next phase of the advancement program.

The Opportunity

The Associate Director of Advancement is a true leadership position, an opportunity for an experienced fundraiser to advance her/his skills as well as the institution’s fundraising program. The successful candidate will demonstrate intellectual curiosity, perceptive analytical skills, and a desire to be a dynamic member of this global community of learners is essential. The ideal candidate will have these characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 to 7 years of experience in development/fundraising.
  • Proven record of donor cultivation and solicitation and understanding of the full range of fundraising methods.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented, yet adaptable to changing circumstances.
  • Strong volunteer management and coaching skills; experience supporting high-level volunteers.
  • Experience with personal solicitation of donors.
  • Experience with fundraising event management and implementation.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to craft effective personal letters, compelling proposals, and other marketing/communication products.
  • Ability to manage staff in a highly collaborative setting.
  • Proficiency with The Raiser’s Edge or comparable fundraising management database.
  • Availability and willingness to occasionally work outside the normal schedule, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends to accommodate volunteer and donor meetings, and School/departmental events.
  • Sense of humor.