The Langley School seeks a highly motivated and organized professional to serve as the school’s next director of parent relations and special events. This individual will serve as the staff lead and liaison to parents, and is responsible for overall strategic planning, coordination, management, and execution of all aspects of development-related special events. This includes promoting and engendering a spirit of cooperation and volunteer engagement among the Langley community.
The director of parent relations and special events is a member of the Langley development team and reports to the head of development. This is a 12-month exempt position that includes a generous benefit package. The schedule for this position is often determined by the demands of special events.
Essential Functions, Duties, and Responsibilities:
1. Serve as the Langley voice and liaison to the Parent Association of The Langley School (PALS), provide direction and leadership for the PALS Executive Committee as well as their subcommittees, and coordinate PALS events. 2. Plan, conduct, and evaluate school-sponsored special events with an eye toward building and growing a culture of philanthropy and volunteerism. 3. Identify staffing and volunteer needs, develop calendars, timelines, and budgets, and work with the director of marketing and communications to create print and electronic communications (including social media) for all events. 4. Identify, direct, and guide parent volunteers with a spirit of positivity and collaboration. Establish a positive rapport with donors and volunteers and cultivate relationships to foster ongoing support. 5. Develop and carry out an annual plan for PALS and special events that aligns with the overall annual plan for the Development Office. 6. Lead and/or participate in meetings with volunteer chairs and/or committee members. 7. Work closely with the head of development and director of annual giving and alumni relations to ensure cooperation and mutual support of fundraising events and activities. 8. Represent the objectives, messaging, and strategies of the school and/or departmental activities and procedures. 9. Maintain records on event activities, progress, status, and post-event summaries. Act as the event liaison between The Langley School and various event vendors. 10. Manage pre- and post-event activities, including prepping mailing lists, tracking attendance, creating name tags, and working with the director of marketing and communications to create invitations. 11. Consistently support and act in accordance with the school’s mission and values. Ensure the safety and well-being of students and event participants. 12. Uphold professional standards of personal presentation, punctuality, professional courtesy, and discretion.
13. Consistently support and act in accordance with the school’s mission and values. 14. Ensure the safety and well-being of students and event participants. Uphold professional standards of personal presentation, punctuality, professional courtesy, and discretion.
May be asked to perform operational school duties. Other duties as assigned by supervisor and/or head of school.
1. Bachelor's degree required, along with three to five years of related experience.
2. A passion for working with parents and children.
3. Experience in event planning and execution.
4. Experience working with donors and volunteers, and managing, supervising, and providing orientation to event volunteers.
5. Strong negotiation, leadership, and planning skills.
6. Ability to multi-task, remain calm, and work under pressure.
7. Strong computer skills and proficiency in word processing, database management, spreadsheet applications, and Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising software.
8. Excellent organizational, project management, and time management skills, along with the ability to work with limited resources, seize opportunities, and think creatively.
9. Ability to work effectively as part of a team and also take initiative when the need arises.
10. Must be flexible with a demonstrated and consistently high energy level.
11. Possess a pleasant persona coupled with sound judgment and discretion, along with the ability to maintain confidential information.
12. Knowledge of correct protocol for specific situations.
13. Knowledge of and experience in an independent school environment.
14. Experience working and communicating with multiple constituencies preferred.
15. Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to:
Margaret Dwight, Director of Human Resources
The Langley School
1411 Balls Hill Road
McLean, VA 22101
Or via e-mail: email@example.com. Please write “director of parent relations and special events” in the subject line.
No phone calls, please.
The Langley School is comprised of students, teachers, parents, and staff who believe that a diverse school community promotes learning and growth, preparing students for responsible and compassionate citizenship in the global community. We administer all programs and policies without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or any other category to the extent protected by applicable laws.
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