DEVELOPMENT EVENTS ASSOCIATE/WPA LIAISON
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Westchester Middle School - White Plains, NY

DEVELOPMENT EVENTS ASSOCIATE & WPA LIAISON

WESTCHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Windward School is currently seeking a Development Events Associate & WPA Liaison at the Westchester Middle School. This position is an integral part of The Windward Schools team of development professionals, serving as a liaison to the Windward Parents Association (WPA), support donor cultivation and stewardship activities, and help plan and execute a range of special events.

Qualified candidates should not only have the experience and expertise listed but also should:

  • Have a deep understanding of and a passion to support The Windward Schools mission
  • Display a proven commitment to diversity work and fostering an inclusive culturally competent school environment

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reports directly to the Associate Director of Development
  • Oversees logistics of special events including reserving space and coordinating with technology, food service and maintenance for all event needs before, during and after each event
  • Leads planning and execution of biennial Benefit
  • Oversees preparation of invitations, programs, nametags and other materials for events
  • Oversees onsite set-up and day-of-event coordination
  • Solicits event support (sponsorships, silent auction items, and in-kind donations)
  • Partners with the Communications Department to develop strong and consistent marketing and communications strategies for events
  • Assists the Communications Department by taking photographs of events and writing short summaries of each event
  • Maintains lists of event attendees and sends to senior administrators before events
  • Ensures that administrators are properly prepared by providing detailed bios of registrants and a "run of show" for each event
  • Manages budgets, submits purchase orders and reconciles spending with the Business Office for each event
  • Ensures proper post-event cleanup, communications, payment and documentation
  • Reviews and revises event calendar annually to ensure events are achieving objectives, increasing involvement and contributing to the overall goals of the development program
  • Serves as the Westchester liaison to the Windward Parents Association (WPA), and works in consultation with the Associate Director of Development on WPA-related matters
  • Partners closely with the Manhattan WPA Liaison, WPA Co-Presidents, and Communications on managing content for the WPA weekly newsletter
  • Provides support to the WPA for Westchester initiatives and events, including (but not limited to) Back-to-School Picnic, Back-to-School Cocktail Party, Photo Day, Bookfair, Holiday Luncheon, Faculty and Staff appreciation initiatives, Community Service Day, Spring Fair, and Dream Big
  • Attends fundraising cultivation and stewardship events as requested by senior Advancement staff
  • Performs other duties, as assigned by Director of Development or Chief Advancement Officer

Specific Requirements

  • Minimum of two years of work experience, preferably working in a busy, fast-paced office setting, in development, events, public relations or marketing.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to execute independently and prioritize multiple projects and tasks.
  • Interest in building relationships with volunteers and willingness to engage them on the phone and in person.
  • Superb organization and administrative skills, including working knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with Constant Contact and Raiser's Edge a plus
  • Organized, energetic, strategic, collaborative, and prepared to work with a team of development professionals on multiple campuses.
  • Some evening and weekend work is required.

About Us

The Windward School is the preeminent school for the remediation of language-based learning disabilities for students in Grades 1-9. Through a multisensory, direct instruction curriculum, Windward helps students thrive academically, while enabling them to understand their learning styles, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills.

The Windward School's vision is a world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success.

Windward currently employs more than 450 faculty and staff members across four divisions and three campuses, giving employees a small, tight-knit community at their campus while feeling part of a larger organization. Two Westchester campuses are located in White Plains, NY, and the Manhattan campus is located on the Upper East Side.

The Windward School also has two divisions that support its mission The Windward Teaching Training Program and The Windward Institute.

  • The renowned Windward Teacher Training Program recruits, hires, trains, mentors, and retains teachers at The Windward School.
  • The Windward Institute offers professional development to all educators, forms partnerships with research and educational institutions, and advocates for students with language-based learning disabilities.

The Windward School truly transforms students' lives, and our faculty and staff all contribute daily to the School's mission. The friendly, hard-working, and collegial Windward community provides a supportive professional environment in which all members are encouraged to develop into outstanding educational professionals.

Our Mission

The School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to providing an excellent instructional program for children with language-based learning disabilities. The multisensory curriculum is designed for students of average to superior intelligence who can benefit from the unique educational experience provided. Through direct instruction in small class settings, a trained staff assists students to improve their language skills. Academic success, combined with opportunities for social and emotional growth, enables students to understand their learning styles, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills. Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to the mainstream educational environment. To meet these goals, the School provides ongoing training to its faculty based on the most current research and also shares its expertise with the parent body, other educators, and the broader community.

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