Forsyth School is an age 2 – Grade 6, co-ed independent school of 375 students located in St. Louis. Our unique facilities, six stately historic homes, all built in the 1920s and 30s, have been transformed into classrooms and community spaces. These nurturing, intimate spaces, as well as excellent teaching, have made challenge and high expectations for students the center of Forsyth’s ethos since its origin in 1961. At Forsyth, our mission is to foster a spirit of curiosity and joy, empowering children to pursue challenges with confidence. And our Honor Code is embedded in the fabric of our institution, reminding us of our commitment to make Forsyth a special place.
If you are energized by a diverse group of elementary school students in a joyful community and a community committed to fostering an environment where kindness, compassion, curiosity and questioning are valued, then Forsyth School is looking for you.
Forsyth School is currently seeking a Community Engagement and Events Manager. Under the supervision of the Director of Development, this position is responsible for the planning and implementation of community engagement efforts within the school community, overseeing all events related to fundraising, and institutional special events.
This individual is responsible for community engagement and donor relations programs, including the development and implementation of more robust alumni and grandparent programming.
The manager is a key member of the development team and is involved with all fundraising-related activities.
$55,000 - $65,000
Implement a comprehensive special events strategy.
Create and maintain an engaging alumni program, including communications, development strategy and events. Establish a class captain system to maintain connections and update address and news. Work closely with the Director of Development to produce ongoing communications including a twice yearly e-newsletter.
Develop a dynamic grandparent engagement program that involves the grandparents of current students and, in some cases, of past students. Working with the Director of Development, produce targeting mailings and twice yearly e-newsletter.
Develop and maintain an annual calendar of development, cultivation, and benefit events; including but not limited to the auction, new parent cultivation events, grandparent’s day, donor recognition events, alumni events and campaign events.
Lead the volunteer leadership and Forsyth Family Organization (FFO) to conceptualize and implement events, including the purpose, targeted audience, key themes, location, and timeline.
Lead the collaborative process of working with the FFO on structuring paths toward organizational self-sufficiency while maintaining oversight of FFO regarding budget and school allocation.
Identify emerging volunteer leaders through relationship building with FFO and relevant committees.
With the Director of Development, assist Forsyth administrators, trustees, and others on their roles in events, including developing briefing packets (guest list, profiles, program, script, etc.) about events with adequate lead-time.
Design and manage event logistics including catering, venue, transportation, signage, audio/visual, invitation lists, printed and e-invitations, programs, and presentation materials; serve as the office’s liaison with the school’s facilities staff.
Partner with communications on critical marketing, branding strategy, content creation, and outreach strategy for all advancement events.
Work closely with the data specialist to effectively document all contacts with donors, prospective donors, and special events attendees using Raiser’s Edge’s best practices.
Oversee processing and acknowledgement of event registrations, auction items, sponsorships, contributions, and tickets. Generates name tags for all events to document attendance.
Steward relationships with Forsyth families, trustees, alumni, faculty, parents, and staff;
Work closely with the Admissions team to assist with on-site school community engagement events.
Work with the academic staff to assist with events including and not limited to graduation and back-to-school nights.
Produce the run of shows and communicate ideal goals and outcomes to staff members so they can prepare appropriate remarks.
Other duties as assigned.
Demonstrated ability to both independently and collaboratively build productive and meaningful relationships.
Excellent project management skills - ability to take the lead on multi-functional projects, manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities and competing demands, and adapt to frequent and unexpected changes.
Experience leading and engaging all stakeholders - leadership, trustees, colleagues, faculty, parents, students, alumni, partners, and volunteers.
A disciplined, results-oriented self-starter who can work both independently and collaboratively in a fluid and fast-paced environment with many competing priorities and diverse stakeholder groups.
Well-developed strategic, critical, and problem-solving skills.
Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, confidentiality, and judgment.
Interest and competence to interact with a diversity of accomplished individuals and 375 little people and students ages 2-12.
Strong attention to detail and able to develop, implement, and analyze strategies with minimal oversight.
Have a strong desire to share the magic that is the Forsyth experience and contribute to the environment and energy that makes it a special place.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree required.
At least 5 years of experience in fundraising events management at an independent school, university, museum, or other nonprofit organization.
Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
Excellent oral and written communications and presentation skills.
Ability to coordinate and lead all phases necessary in planning and executing an event.
Experience managing, organizing, inspiring and communicating with volunteer committees.
Knowledge of special events trends and best practices.
Highly skilled in events and fundraising systems, including auction software and payment processing.
Experience coordinating a large-scale auction, developing and managing budgets and reconciling expenses and income after events.
MORE ABOUT FORSYTH SCHOOL
Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Forsyth is an age 2 – Grade 6, co-ed independent school of 375 students. The campus is bordered by Washington University and Forest Park, one of the largest city parks in the nation and home to many of the city’s great cultural institutions, including free museums, a world class zoo and a thriving food and music scene.
This is a full time, exempt (salaried) position, which is eligible for Forsyth’s full benefits package, including medical, dental, life, retirement match, education benefits, EAP, and more. Candidates must have the ability to work occasional nights and weekends.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Elizabeth Niven, Director of Development, at email@example.com. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please submit your materials as soon as possible.
Forsyth School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomics, family composition, genetic information, citizenship, national and ethnic origin, or on the basis of any other protected status.
Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.
Forsyth’s background screening process requires employees to undergo a social media check, satisfactory reference checks with prior and current employers, and a successful criminal background screening.