• Director of Community Engagement

    Posting Date 2 weeks ago(5/10/2018 12:06 PM)
    Job ID
    Employee Classification
    YU High School for Girls
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Campus : Location

    Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (YU) has a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education, psychology, and more.  


    We are a leading global educational institution that employs over 2,000 people across our various campus locations -- Wilf Campus, Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, Resnick Campus in the Bronx, the Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, the Boys High School in Manhattan and the Girls High School in Queens. From the distinguished faculty who teach here, to the dedicated staff, we work to fulfill our mission: to “bring wisdom to life” through all that we teach, by all that we do and for all those we serve.  We seek to attract and retain engaged and committed individuals who contribute to an exciting working environment, where there is a sense of community and belonging, balanced with a significant cross section of people from diverse backgrounds working and studying together.


    The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans, including immediate participation in the University’s retirement plan. Staff members are typically eligible for four weeks paid vacation each year and a shuttle to nearby subway locations.


    School Mission Overview:

    Central / Yeshiva University High School, an affiliate school of Yeshiva University, is a mission driven Modern Orthodox Yeshiva High School devoted to educating the next generation of the Torah U’Madda community.  With a rich legacy of educating young women as active learners and leaders within our community, Central is proud of its innovative holistic educational program that includes rigorous academic standards and myriad leadership opportunities designed to foster individual student success.  For more information, visit www.yuhsg.org


    The Position:

    Central is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as the Director of Community Engagement.  The ideal candidate is committed to the mission of our school, unwaveringly dedicated to engaging families and funders, finding positive creative solutions, and being a real team player.  Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement of YUHS and establishing strategic goals and responsibilities with the Head of School, the Director of Community Engagement is responsible for the development, implementation and success of Central’s Community Engagement Program which includes fundraising, Parent and Alumnae cultivation and community programming.

    This position will include designing events and communications that bring our ‘community’ into school, as well as bringing Central into the community. With a primary focus on building regular engagement with parents and recent alumnae the DoCE will design and implement a dynamic and creative pipeline of engagement and direct donor solicitations for our key Central partners to further the relationship with school stakeholders and cultivate an ongoing culture of giving.  The Director of Community Engagement will also play an integral role in the planning, coordinating, and implementation of special events efforts which are geared towards fundraising in strong coordination with our Institutional Advancement Department. Such events include the Annual Dinner, fundraising campaigns, and other strategic meetings, grants, and or fundraising solicitations.


    Essential Duties: Cultivation / Fundraising with Parents, Alumnae, Community Stakeholders

    • Identify, develop, and solidify plan to engage key school community stakeholders and partners to build strategic partnerships in conjunction with school initiatives and goals
    • Design a relationship building plan for new and returning parents towards cultivating full engagement of their time, their talents and other resources. This work will coordinate with all departments and administrative team
    • Implement CE communications plan (emails, newsletter, social media etc) to engage key school stakeholders and partners in conjunction with school initiatives and goals
    • Research and develop strategies to engage new graduates, and our extensive alumnae network in a deeper and sustained way
    • Ensure that recent graduates are actively engaged and have opportunities to connect back to Central
    • Design and implement plan for Alumnae data collection; ensure the accuracy of the data
    • Quarterback Institutional Advancement tasks at YUHSG including working on strategy, solicitation and events
    • Work with the Head of School and Director of IA to cultivate new prospects to join YUHS Board of Trustees
    • Design and implement select Community Engagement events bringing parents into school to celebrate school accomplishments or bring ‘our accomplishments’ out to the community for recognition
    • Manage Parent Council year- long plan and committees that participate in special events and other fundraising efforts and activities

    Working Relationships:

    • Develop, maintain and foster effective long-term relationships with key stakeholders and partners 
    • Communicate effectively and clearly articulate the stories of school programs, such as program outcomes, program goals and accomplishments as it related to our school mission
    • Report to and work closely with Director of Institutional Advancement of the High Schools to support the goals of the department and meet set goals and objectives
    • Ability to maintain a strong working relationship with administrative team and a variety of external stakeholders, including current and prospective parents, graduates and alumnae
    • Develop and maintain a strong working relationship and positive rapport with the admissions and student life team to identify opportunities and solicit sponsorships and funds
    • Develop and maintain a close workflow plan the Marketing/Communications efforts to ensure consistent community messaging of school achievements and support for school mission
    • Work as a member of multiple teams and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflect positively on the school and is consistent with the school policies and practices


    Experience and Educational Background:


    • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, or equivalent related field experience
    • Experience with fundraising, sponsorship generation, corporate development, events and community relations

    Skills and Competencies

    • Commitment to the mission, goals, and philosophy of Central Yeshiva University High School
    • Ability to inspire, energize, and build transformational relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including families, staff, community members, and leaders
    • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and spoken communication skills
    • Ability to organize large events and support the intersection of school department goals
    • Ability to multitask towards excellent outcomes to meet programs goals
    • Strong interpersonal and people skills with the ability to cultivate and maintain long-term relationships
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision (oversight); take initiative and be a self- starter.
    • Strong project management skills; ability to manage and complete multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Ability to use creativity to plan and execute tasks; ability to be resourceful
    • Strong organizational and time management skills with a proven track record of meeting deadlines and juggling multiple tasks with strong ability to prioritize
    • Proficient in Desktop publishing software; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and Powerpoint)
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, familiarity and comfort with social media platforms


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