Advancement Associate

JDS | Bellevue, WA, United States

Posted Date 3/25/2022

Advancement Associate 

Reports to: Head of School FLSA Status: Exempt 

Department: Middle School FTE: Full-Time, Regular, Academic Year 

Who We Are: 

The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (JDS) is a Jewish community Day School serving approximately 100 children, Early Childhood through 8th Grade. Our gorgeous seven-acre campus is located east of downtown Seattle, in the Crossroads area of Bellevue - just two miles south of Microsoft's main campus. Our inquiry-based learning program fosters critical thinking, problem solving, confidence, collaboration, leadership, innovation and more – all in a global learning environment. 

The JDS mission is to provide an exceptional education that empowers children to be confident, wise, and compassionate upstanders who are committed to life-long learning and community engagement. JDS faculty members are a collaborative team of reflective, innovative, and passionate educators focused on nurturing students’ individual identities, an inquiry mindset, respectful and collaborative relationships, and an appreciation of diversity, through a values-based approach and a strong social-emotional foundation. JDS was founded in 1980 by a small group of community leaders who longed to provide an exceptional values-based, 'whole child' education delivered in a Jewish environment and?made available to every child regardless of Jewish lineage.?JDS, the region’s first “community” day school, opened with 32 students as a Kindergarten through 2nd Grade school in the former Temple De Hirsch Sinai facility in Bellevue. Our shared values include Challenging Academics (Etgar), Community (Kehila), Jewish Identity (Zehut), and Respect (Kavod). 

Job Summary: 

The Advancement Associate will support the Director of Development and the Director of Advancement as well as a team of volunteers as they work to reach annual enrollment and giving goals, both in dollars raised and community participation. The school executes two annual fundraising efforts- the fall Annual Fund and the spring Auction and Gala. The Advancement Associate will also support communications and marketing efforts related to enrollment and philanthropy. The Advancement Associate will report directly to the Director of Advancement.   

Specific Responsibilities: 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Support the Director of Development, Head of School, and Director of Advancement in developing and executing donor cultivation, solicitation, recognition, and stewardship plans  
  • Manage logistics for fundraising and engagement events including the annual Auction and Gala, Parent Association meetings, Graduation, and other community events throughout the year 
  • Engage with and support a team of annual giving volunteers, including the auction committee and development committee
  • Support auction procurement, guest registration, seating, bid cards, and other pre-event planning and logistics as well as day-of event set up and tear down
  • Support development and production of marketing materials, reports to the Board of Trustees, and donor correspondence  
  • Manage social media pages and outreach for alumni and current families in partnership with the Director of Development and the Director of Advancement  
  • Generate weekly and monthly fundraising reports for the Director of Development
  • Perform daily gift entry, including individual gifts and pledges as well as corporate and in-kind gifts. Ensure data integrity and confidentiality
  • Produce regular gift acknowledgement and pledge reminder correspondence 
  • Participate in the life of the school in activities such as attending assemblies, performing periodic student lunch duty, and arranging for volunteer recognition 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement or Head of School  

 Required Education & Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 years experience in a similar role; independent school experience preferred 
  • Demonstrated success supporting large-scale events  
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and donor database software (experience with Greater Giving and Abila FR50 preferred) 
  • Willingness to flex work hours as needed to meet the demands of work flow  

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Experience collaborating with and leading volunteers  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Extremely high attention to detail  
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality  
  • Ability to problem solve under pressure and meet tight deadlines  
  • Strong technology skills 
  • Willingness to flex work hours as needed to meet the demands of work flow  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with all school constituencies 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a team of highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals 
  • Committed to on-going professional growth and development 
  • Passion, creativity, dedication, and collaboration 
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity 
  • Proficient at working in a Microsoft Windows 10 environment, using Office (version 2013 or higher); ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology 
  • Ability to stand multiple hours of the day 
  • Ability to sit and keyboard 
  • Ability to talk on the phone 
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds 
  • Ability to travel locally 
  • Ability to work outside in any weather  


Full Time
Administrative Support
Organization Type
Education & Schools
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