Manager of Development Operations & Special Events

Administrator / Full-Time

The Park School, Brookline, MA

The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park’s program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park’s faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical, and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.

The Park School seeks candidates for the role of Manager of Development Operations & Special Events to join a five-member Development Office at an exciting institutional moment.

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Manager of Development Operations & Special Events will provide critical foundational support for Park’s high-level philanthropy program. The Manager will oversee all gift processing, reporting, and database management in support of the School’s $2.3M Annual Fund and $30M+ capital campaign, SPARK.  The ideal candidate will have a superior Raiser’s Edge and data analytics skillset. The Manager will lead/support several Development and special events per year to advance institutional engagement and fundraising goals.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Manager of Development Operations & Special Events will:

Gift Processing, Reporting & Database Management

  • Manage all gift processing in Raiser’s Edge, producing daily gift reports for the Development team, making weekly check deposits, and partnering with the Business Office for monthly gift reconciliations
  • Manage the timely acknowledgment of all gifts to Park
  • Generate all Development reports and documentation necessary for annual summer audit
  • Track pledge fulfillment for the Annual Fund and The SPARK Campaign, producing personalized pledge reminders three times per year
  • Manage campaign cash flow reporting
  • Prepare the Monthly Progress Report (MPR) tracking year-to-date progress toward goals across the full Development program
  • Generate accurate mailing lists and reports from Raiser’s Edge as needed to support mailings, events, phonathons, committee meetings, volunteer solicitations, and prospect reports
  • Support the Director of Annual Giving in the production of the Annual Report
  • Oversee and support data entry typically completed by an annual summer intern
  • Maintain donor records as needed

Special Events

  • Support the Senior Program and Operational Leadership Teams in the execution of whole-school community events (Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day, etc.)
  • Support the Director of Alumni Relations / Major Gift Officer in the execution of several alumni events per year (Reunion, local engagement events, phonathons)
  • Support the Director of Annual Giving in the execution of Annual Fund events (phonathons, Annual Fund Kick-off) and volunteer recognition/stewardship events
  • Support the Director of Capital Giving / Major Gift Officer in the execution of campaign-related events (cultivation events, ribbon-cuttings)

Other Responsibilities

  • Co-manage annual Giving Day with the Director of Annual Giving, establishing goals and strategy, developing communications, and managing the GiveCampus platform
  • Partner with the Director of Annual Giving on the annual faculty and staff giving effort, aiming for 90%+ participation
  • Manage the summer intern’s workflow
  • Manage the Development budget and expense tracking
  • Support team-wide projects, mailings, meetings, and cross-departmental collaborations as needed
  • Enthusiastically participate in the life of the School


  • A minimum of 3 years of gift processing/database management experience, preferably in an academic environment
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Fluency with Raiser’s Edge required
  • Superior ability to analyze, interpret, and present data
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement impactful event programming
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to multitask, and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with various institutional stakeholders including donors, trustees, parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends of the School
  • Experience working successfully in a culturally and economically diverse community
  • Volunteer management experience preferred
  • A flexible, collegial team player excited to work in a collaborative and dynamic small-shop environment
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed

Application Information

  • To apply, visit the posting on our careers page and click apply. Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.
  • The Park School offers competitive salaries and benefits, including a strong professional development program.
  • We welcome candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
  • The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.

The Park School

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