Director of Development and Family Engagement

Administrator / Full-Time

Lesley Ellis School, Arlington, MA



Director of Development and Family Engagement

Start date: August, 2024 

Independent school (Preschool  – Grade 8) seeks candidate to manage the school’s development efforts. Successful candidate will nurture fundraising infrastructure and philanthropic relationships to meet the school’s strategic objectives, as well as support the Development Committee of the Advisory Board.

Respecting and embracing differences has been at the core of a Lesley Ellis education since the school’s early days. Our anti-bias curriculum is rooted in a developmental model of learning that engages children’s innate desire to observe, question, consider, and eventually think deeply about complex interpersonal and societal issues. In 2005, we received the Leading Edge Award for Equity and Justice from the National Association of Independent Schools, and we continue to learn and work against systems of injustice, including racism, by practicing behavior that demonstrates appreciation for multiple perspectives and engaging in conversations and actions that confront bias at all developmental levels.

Revenue Responsibilities include:

  • Manage annual fund, auction, and spring event
  • Partner with development counsel on capital campaign
  • Cultivate and solicit donors

Community Building Responsibilities include:

  • School liaison to Parents Association
  • Oversee and coordinate school events to strengthen community relationships.
  • Initiate and manage alumni relations program



  • Three to five years development experience
  • Independent school affinity
  • Cheerful, flexible, enthusiastic personality
  • Affinity for children
  • Persuasive
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Clear communicator
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)  
  • Experience with Donor Perfect or comparable donor database preferred.
  • Amenable to occasional evening  and weekend work
  • Sensitive to confidential data and personal information
  • Bachelor’s degree 

Competitive salary and benefits

Interested candidates may apply to: Deanne Benson, Head of School

Lesley Ellis School is an equal opportunity employer

For additional information about our school please visit our website at

Lesley Ellis School

Arlington, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
All Gender