The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is recruiting for a Director, Independent and International Schools, reporting to the VP, Volunteer and Member Engagement with matrixed management relationships with the Executive Directors of all global offices.
CASE is a global education not-for-profit membership association whose vision is to advance education to transform lives and society. Our mission is to inspire, challenge and equip communities of professionals to act effectively and with integrity to champion the success of their institutions. Advancing education in nearly 3,700 member institutions, CASE has more than 90,000 individual members in 82 countries.
Broad and growing communities of professional practice gather under the global CASE umbrella. Currently these include alumni relations, advancement services, communications, fundraising, government relations, and marketing. These professionals are at all stages of their career and may be working in universities, schools, colleges, the arts and cultural sector, or other not-for-profits. CASE membership also includes many corporate partners. CASE uses the intellectual capital and professional talents of an extensive network of volunteers to advance its work.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C. CASE works across all continents from its offices in London, Singapore, and Mexico City. CASE works to achieve a seamless experience for all its communities: particularly its members, volunteers, and staff. Its new strategic plan seeks to make CASE truly global. Working together across time zones and borders, CASE staff in all offices seek to make this ambitious OneCASE aspiration a reality.
CASE currently has more than 1,100 school members, which makes up roughly 31% of its total global institutional membership. For more than 40 years CASE has partnered with the U.S.-based National Association of Independent Schools on an annual conference, which regularly attracts more than 1,000 participants. More recently, CASE has partnered on activities with other organizations serving the sector including the Australia-based Educate Plus and the London-based Educational Collaborative for International Schools. In addition, CASE delivers specific programming targeted to this community including the Summer Institute for Independent Schools and school-specific tracks, master classes, and forums held in conjunction with existing CASE events in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.
This position will work with staff, members, and volunteers in all geographies to deepen engagement with current independent and international school members as well as to identify and engage potential new members, with a goal of growing CASE’s school membership globally. Using creativity, entrepreneurial flair, networking skill, and business development acumen, the position will ensure the creation and delivery of sustainable support, programming, and services for school professionals. It also will work to ensure that existing CASE work continues to evolve to meet the needs of current and future independent and international school members. The location of the post is negotiable, but preference will be given to candidates who are willing to be based in the Washington, DC, office.
Develop a deep understanding of existing and potential school communities.
Forge relationships with CASE staff and volunteers in all offices to identify, develop, and deliver services for school professionals.
Develop and communicate a clear membership value proposition for schools.
Commission, create, and curate content that meets the needs of the school market.
Work with Education Division colleagues globally to develop, deliver, and communicate an annual calendar of programming for schools.
Identify and steward potential partnerships with other school-related organizations, associations, networks, and communities.
Manage the Independent Schools Leadership Group as well as the emerging International Schools Advisory Group.
Identify and engage potential new members as well as work to steward and retain current members.
Support emerging communities of schools, especially those where offices may be small, multi-tasking, and where advancement is often a new concept.
Generate new income to achieve the outcomes desired.
Develop and manage budgets to support activities; ensure that CASE resources are utilized effectively and responsibly.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Supervisor.
Key qualifications, experience, and education:
A deep understanding of independent and/or international schools.
Experience working at an independent or international school, or an organization that works closely with them.
Experience in one or more areas within institutional advancement (alumni relations, communications, marketing, fundraising, or advancement services) and a clear capacity to understand the needs of other, allied professional areas within schools.
Experience working with, managing, and stewarding members and volunteers, including advisory committees and affinity groups.
Experience developing and implementing member or customer engagement strategies; confidence at building relationships at a leadership level within CASE member schools and other influential stakeholders.
Creativity, entrepreneurial flair, networking skill, and business development acumen.
Experience generating income and setting and managing budgets.
A strong communicator with rapport who is approachable and a good listener.
Experience managing volunteers.
College or university degree required; post graduate qualification desirable.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills in English.
Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:
A demonstrated interest in advancing education in the not-for-profit sector.
A strong commitment to contributing to an organizational culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion.
An understanding of and interest in engaging with a broad range of cultures and countries.
A demonstrable interest in and appreciation of the activities, purpose, and ethos of CASE.
Self-awareness and the ability to give and take feedback.
The ability to influence a wide range of people both through negotiation and leading by example.
Strategic and able to make an effective contribution to the activities of the association as a whole.
A creative thinker who is excited by learning and finding innovative approaches to work.
Strong business acumen with the ability to perform at both the strategic and tactical level.
High energy, self-starting approach.
Empathetic team member.
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in different geographies and from different cultural backgrounds.
Comfort working in a matrix management structure.
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About Council for Advancement and Support of Education
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education. Key facts about CASE:
Founded in 1974 as the result of a merger between the American Alumni Council and the American College Public Relations Association
Maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices in London (CASE Europe, 1994), Singapore (CASE Asia-Pacific, 2007) and Mexico City (CASE Latina America, 2011)
Is one of the world's largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership
Includes more than 3,670 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in more than 82 countries around the globe
Serves nearly 81,000 advancement professio...nals on the staffs of member institutions
Led by volunteers with more than 4,850 advancement professionals serving as board members, speakers, authors, conferences planners and more