Hyde Park Day School is the leading Chicago-area, full-day grade school specializing in the needs of children of average to superior intelligence who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia and language impairments. Founded over 17 years ago, the school currently supports students at a Chicago and North Suburban campus.
Hyde Park Day School seeks to prepare students for a successful transition to mainstream schools through a rigorous individualized curriculum focusing on academic and self-advocacy skills in a collaborative environment. Hyde Park Day School believes that the complex nature of significant learning disabilities necessitate the delivery of a program that focuses on the remediation of fundamental skills, the development of strategies to compensate for learning challenges, and the use of appropriate accommodations. The goal of this highly individualized curriculum, which is driven by a strong focus on developing self-understanding and awareness, is to enhance self-esteem, self-confidence, and a positive attitude toward learning. Since its founding, it has enabled 413 students to successfully transition back to schools in their home community.
Supports a variety of fundraising and communication programs to increase the number of donors in order to achieve engagement, participation and fundraising goals.
Essential Responsibilities include:
Work under the direction of the Development Director to support a dynamic alumni and parent engagement plan. Supports the planning of events and event logistics. Support strategies to grow the size and value of the qualified prospect pool. Support volunteer groups through periodic reports, meetings, fundraising engagement, stewardship, event planning and by attending events. Develops and maintains relationships with donors, volunteers and colleagues. Manage day to day office details including some data entry and secretarial duties.
Coordinates and implements social media strategy. Coordinates the delivery of communications to various constituencies. Manages independent prospect research, prospect management, strategic planning regarding donor prospects including individuals, corporations and foundations. Develops, maintains and updates information on new and existing Major Gift prospects. Support and executes strategies to manage and grow the size and value of the qualified prospect pool at all levels. Uses a variety of electronic and print resources, develops and synthesizes information on prospects to produce clear profiles or snapshots of their background, career, financial capacity, philanthropic interests and nature of the relationship to the institutions. Conduct ongoing communications with the Development Director to determine visit results and likely follow-up steps. Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance. Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills and knowledge Requirements:
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other databases required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to interact with high level donors, alumni, faculty, peers, and administrators required. Ability to motivate groups of people and individuals required. Ability to resolve conflict and build consensus required. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required. Demonstrated experience in developing and monitoring budgets required. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skill characterized by the ability to listen, to speak and to write well required.
Education/Experience Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor's degree or higher required. A minimum of three years of experience in non-profit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required.
The Leslie Shankman School Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital or veteran status, or disability.
The Day School
Since January 2000, the full day school program has offered a specialized, educational curriculum for students, ages 6-15, with moderate to severe learning disabilities and who have average to above average intelligence. Under the direction of Dr. Casey Crnich, Executive Director, and a faculty of learning disability specialists, regular education teachers, social workers, speech-...language pathologists, and occupational therapists, each student has access to:
•A comprehensive learning plan that links specific diagnostic information, specialized instruction, modified curricula and appropriate related services (e.g., occupational therapy, counseling, speech therapy);
•Intensive, one-to-one assistance using state-of-the-art remedial materials and methods to address specific learning difficulties;
•Regular education teachers co-teaching with learning disabilities specialists;
•Appropriate modification of each student’s regular education curricula