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Community Engagement Manager

Status: Full time/Non-exempt
Classification: 12-month Administrator
Supervisors: Director of Development
Location: In-person at the Lead Mine Campus
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Montessori School of Raleigh seeks a Community Engagement Officer as part of the Development Department. This position will create and execute initiatives and events that engage multiple constituencies and advance the philanthropic growth of the School. 

The Community Engagement Manager reports directly to the Director of Development and interacts with both internal and external stakeholders. A successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic, creative, and collaborative work environment that requires flexibility and initiative. 

This position will serve on the Advancement Team, Calendar & Logistics Committee, Marketing & Communications Committee (as needed), and other teams/committees as deemed necessary. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Montessori Parent and Staff Association (MPSA) (40%)

  • Serve as the MPSA Staff Representative: attend monthly Executive Committee meetings; support annual onboarding of executive officers; guide the executive committee in the annual review of the organizational structure; evaluate event effectiveness; cultivate an inclusive parent community
  • Coordinate MPSA events and initiatives: attend planning committee meetings; liaise between committee/volunteer needs and key MSR staff to execute events as needed; leverage MPSA events and initiatives to support the growth of the philanthropic advancement and institutional priorities in collaboration with the Director of Development to incorporate philanthropic opportunities to The MSR Annual Fund; collaborate with the Advancement Team to build opportunities into existing events that support recruitment and retention
  • Manage monthly Room Parent email communication and volunteer recognition events for the Executive Committee

Constituent Events (30%)

  • In close collaboration with the Director of Development, manage events that engage MSR constituencies and stakeholders for the benefit of the philanthropic advancement of the School, including: faculty and staff, current parents and grandparents, graduating seniors, alumni, and friends of the school
  • Coordinate invitations, event registrations, RSVP's, and follow-up communications
  • Manage preplanning and day-of event logistics, serve as the primary event contact for internal collaborators and outside vendors, maintain event records and budgets, and evaluate event effectiveness
  • Serve on planning committees and manage constituent-specific signature events that may be associated with anniversary years. Examples may include: Grandparents & Special Friends Day, alumni reunions, panel discussions, and additional constituent events

Constituent Engagement & Stewardship (20%)

  • In partnership with the Director of Development, manage the Annual Fund Parent Chair (AFPC) committee: recruit and retain parent volunteers; attend two meetings per year; coordinate internal communication with the AFPC; coordinate communication to parents on behalf of the AFPC; coordinate AFPC stewardship initiatives in conjunction with Giving Tuesday and Day of Giving
  • Create, manage, and execute an annual stewardship plan across all constituencies in collaboration with the Director of Development
  • Assist with communication that related to the philanthropic advancement of MSR, including, but not limited to: direct mail solicitations, digital campaigns, and alumni newsletters
  • Process donor acknowledgement letters in a timely manner

Administrative (10%)

  • Manage and maintain accurate biographical information for constituencies; build event registrations and track RSVPs; build and maintain queries and mailing lists in Veracross
  • Build, maintain, track, and reconcile accurate budgets for events and stewardship initiatives 
  • Administrative duties including assigned after-school and carline duties
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School

Please note that the duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this position.

Requirements and Proficiencies

  • Is committed to the mission and core values of MSR, which include "respect, integrity, community, and love of learning"
  • Two or more years of event management experience; experience in an educational or non-profit environment a plus
  • Holds a Bachelor's degree
  • Maintains confidentiality and adheres to a high standard of ethical, equitable, and objective values
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with an attention to detail, and ability to work on multiple projects successfully 
  • Clear, professional verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Database management; familiarity or knowledge of Veracross, Composer, and Finalsite a plus
  • Knowledge of Montessori philosophy and International Baccalaureate a plus
  • Engages in the life of the school by regularly participating in campus and community activities
  • Strives for continuous improvement and solicits feedback to improve service

Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The Community Engagement Manager can expect to:

  • Work in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines
  • Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled office environment spending extended periods of time at a desk and working on a computer
  • Regularly sit, talk, hear, and interact with staff
  • Occasionally life up to 30 lbs.
  • Regularly use close and distance vision
  • Turn, bend, reach
  • Occasional night and weekend hours will be required

To apply
The school offers competitive salary and benefits. Please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line "Community Engagement Manager - your last name." No phone calls please.

It is the policy of The Montessori School of Raleigh to make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications for a specific job without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran status, or the presence of a disability, except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference check from current employer (or most recent employer if not currently employed) and background investigation. All MSR personnel must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

About The Montessori School of Raleigh
Established in 1974, The Montessori School of Raleigh is a vibrant and exceptional independent Montessori school serving 370 students aged 15 months through 18 years. MSR’s beautifully designed and well-maintained Lead Mine Campus, situated on 10 acres in North Raleigh, comprises five buildings in a child-centered, village-like setting surrounded by wetlands and protected forest. Our Middle and Upper Schools are housed on an expansive 40-acre wooded campus in Brier Creek in Durham. Both sites were carefully planned and constructed to provide the nature-centered environments integral to Montessori practice.

The Raleigh-Durham area is consistently ranked among the top places to live with strong job growth and a high quality of life. Top universities, a rich diversity of arts and cultural offerings, excellent health care, and lower than average housing costs, draw people in from all over the nation. Our mild climate and proximity to both beaches and mountains makes the Raleigh- Durham area an ideal place to live.