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Current Openings:

Associate Director of Development and Stewardship
Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management Administration

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Associate Director of Development and Stewardship

Job Description:

The Francis Parker School Advancement Office cultivates, inspires and supports the School’s culture of philanthropy from parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, students and friends to advance the mission of the School. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the School raised over $5.56 million.  

The Associate Director (AD) plays a critical role in designing, implementing and evaluating cultivation and stewardship programs. The AD builds and strengthens relationships with the Parker community, collaborates with members of the Advancement team to maintain a consistent message in promoting the School’s mission and vision, and excels in a fast-paced fundraising and parent and alumni relations environment. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Include but are not limited to: 


  • Identify major donors/prospects within the community
  • Ask for support (time, treasure and talent) over the phone or in person
  • Oversee research and screening of current and new families 


  • Review all donor receipts and acknowledgement letters; review daily gift records
  • Review and help prepare annual donor report content by fact finding and managing changes (i.e. correct placement in giving societies) for publication and online
  • Establish and maintain information tracking regarding recognition, on-going communications and continued cultivation of past and current major donors
  • Work with business office to create endowment reports for over 70 endowed fund donors
  • Make 2-3 touches to endowed fund donors each fiscal year
  • Manage and represent existing merit and need-based scholarships during the admissions process for qualified students
  • Make connections for benefactors and students; plan and execute gatherings to bring scholarship benefactors and students together
  • Manage current-use scholarships and relationships between benefactors and students
  • Assist with thank you efforts on behalf of the Advancement Office 

 Volunteer Management and Events:

 Manage and offer support to volunteers as needed, including but not limited to the Grandparents Council

  • Support volunteer meetings (i.e. Grandparent Council meetings)
  • Work closely with the Grandparents Council leadership; recruit new leadership to the Council
  • Plan, coordinate and execute 2-3 Grandparents and Special Friends days for over 750 guests
  • Creative nature to design invitations and write solicitation and engagement letters
  • Update and manage web pages for volunteers and events in a timely fashion
  • Oversee leadership donor events throughout the fiscal year; plan and recruit host, design invitations and ensure guests attend
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelors degree is required; Masters degree a plus
  • Minimum 4-6 years fundraising, relationship-oriented sales or alumni relations experience, with a proven track record in the non-profit or business industries
  • Understand high-functioning fundraising and development, as well as donor engagement, programs
  • Strong customer service, organizational, and written and oral communication skills
  • Efficiency in managing multiple projects at once
  • Ability to set goals, institute timelines and meet deadlines
  • High level Raiser’s Edge (or comparable) experience, including ability to build reports; create and run queries and dashboards; develop analytics on various strategies; research trends; and improve ways of operation; strong knowledge of spreadsheets and word processing
  • Experience with planning and executing large scale events working with multiple vendors
  • Expertise in managing volunteers effectively and fairly
  • Keen eye for design and strong sense of creativity
  • Ability to professionally interact with all members of the School community; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

 Application Process: 

A cover letter, resume and salary requirements/history should be submitted electronically to:  

Shara Freeman, Head of Advancement  

*Candidates will be notified the week of January 12, 2015 should an interview be requested*


Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management Administration 

Job Description:

Francis Parker School seeks a qualified and experienced Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management to lead the School’s JK-12 recruitment efforts and admissions program, including outreach, recruitment, enrollment, and financial aid. She/he will be responsible for establishing goals, work plans, work flow, operations, and budget to meet the School’s enrollment goals. The Director reports to the Head of School; works closely with the Head of School, the Head of Finance and Operations, and the Director of Communications; serves on the Administrative Leadership Team; and participates fully in professional organizations. She/he collaborates with the division heads and teachers in all three divisions and inspires all School constituencies to participate in student recruitment and retention.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and manage the admission and enrollment process.
  • Exhibit the ability to coordinate and facilitate committees and work effectively with volunteers.
  • Collaborate effectively with all key constituencies to advance the mission of the school.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage the faculty and the entire school community in the admission process.
  • Present Francis Parker School and its mission and program compellingly and enthusiastically to prospective students, parents and the community.
  • Ensure that the admission process is a smooth, positive, and family-friendly one for prospective students and families.
  • Demonstrate the ability to place the school’s advantages and benefits within the context of a family’s wants and needs.
  • Exercise tact, discretion, and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive circumstances.
  • Establish and maintain a process to support recruitment and retention of mission- appropriate students.
  • Determine suitable assessment tools to evaluate an applicant’s readiness for admission.
  • Understand the proper administration and uses of standardized tests and be able to analyze other relevant data for students, parents, educators, institutions, and the public.
  • Communicate effectively with students and families from a variety of social, cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.
  • Identify and utilize research tools to better understand the experience of currently enrolled students and alumni.
  • Understand market trends to maintain the school’s relevance in a broader educational context and use this knowledge to enhance recruitment, retention, revenue generation, and constituent relations.
  • Work with the Director of Communications to develop and maintain a strategic marketing plan that differentiates the school’s unique brand.
  • Evaluate continually and redesign where appropriate, all aspects of the admissions and marketing program with the goal of maintaining a capacity enrollment of qualified students.
  • Work closely with the Director of the Summer and Extended Programs to identify mission-appropriate students through summer programming and other initiatives.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with area feeder schools, community organizations, and educational referral services that can contribute to a robust enrollment.
  • Participate actively and seek presentation and leadership opportunities in professional organizations, read professional publications, and maintain personal networks.
  • Manage the re-enrollment of current students for the succeeding year.
  • Keep relevant statistics on all aspects of the admission and re-enrollment program, updating the Head of School and Board of Trustees on key admissions trends and benchmarks. Create and manage the admissions budget.
  • Adhere to the standards of applicable state, regional, and national accrediting associations and guidelines of admissions associations and other appropriate professional organizations.
  • Understand the school’s economic context, revenue streams, and financial management and their implications for admission and enrollment management.
  • Understand the influence of the local, regional, national, and global economic forces on the school.
  • Convey critical data and trends to the head of school and the board to understand access and affordability and to inform budgetary decisions.
  • Understand the school’s commitment to financial aid relative to other priorities.
  • Establish mission driven financial aid philosophy, policies, and procedures.
  • Understand systems and tools to determine financial need and demonstrate the ability to analyze financial aid data.
  • Represent Parker at various gatherings and conferences. 


  • Bachelor's degree required; Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5-7 years independent (K-12) school admissions experience required - ideally in a director role
  • Proven record of success as an admissions director in an independent school; Upper School admissions experience preferred
  • Strong background in education and a knowledge of marketing strategies and outreach in independent schools
  • Experience analyzing statistics and data trends
  • Superior skills in communication and technology, including outstanding writing and public speaking skills
  • A warm collaborative nature, positive energy, sense of humor, and ability to be calm under pressure
  • A deep investment in Parker’s mission, values and practices

Application Process:

A cover letter, resume and salary requirements/history should be submitted electronically to:


Kevin Yaley, Head of School



About Francis Parker School

Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1200+ students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is “to provide a superior college preparatory education in a diverse, family-oriented environment that meets the academic, social, creative, emotional and physical needs of individual students.”

Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School–junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School–6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School– 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives, all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.

While students are central always, the faculty and staff who deliver our programs are no less important. Not only are they qualified professionally, but staff also share a deep commitment to the development of children, to professional growth, and to the larger communities in which they teach and learn. A positive and purposeful spirit abides at Parker. Adults who believe in the students, school, and school mission promote this tone in both substance and style. 

Salary and Benefits

Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA-CREF retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. The School has adopted the California Association of Independent Schools Principles of Good Practice for Schools.  As such, the School will not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, gender identity, genetic information, sex or sexual orientation or any other protected category in its hiring and employment practices and policies, or in any other aspect of the employment relationship.

Francis Parker School is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversifying its workforce.

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Lower School
4201 Randolph St.
San Diego, CA 92103
  Linda Vista Campus
Middle/Upper School
6501 Linda Vista Rd.
San Diego, CA 92111

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