Reporting to the Director of Advancement, this person will work
on all fundraising projects to broaden the donor base, engage
our constituency, and secure funding for Our Sisters’ School in New
Bedford. As a tuition-free all-girls middle school, we do not
qualify for state funding and rely solely on private donations and
grants. The advancement team seeks an experienced development
professional, a self-motivated and forward-thinking team player
whose primary responsibilities will include coordinating and
expanding grant writing efforts, annual appeal strategies and
production, publications (newsletter and annual report), event
production, volunteer engagement, and public relations. We
are looking to hire an exceptional writer who is passionate about
advancement and will share our messages effectively internally and
externally using various marketing platforms (website, social
media, digital and print newsletters, publications).
Our Sisters’ School serves motivated girls in grades 5-8 from
low income families and historically underrepresented
groups. We recruit staff and students from diverse
faiths, races, and cultures. We’re located in New Bedford, MA,
which is an hour+ south of Boston and 35 minutes from
Providence. Close to the water, and with affordable housing
options, New Bedford attracts people looking to work hard and
who intentionally seek to broaden horizons for themselves and
others in this diverse city.
Why the name Our Sisters’ School? We are not religiously
affiliated! New Bedford has a strong maritime history. Our
name celebrates courageous young women who ventured out on
whaling vessels in the early 1800s, and were called “sister
sailors.” Our students, modern “sister sailors” at OSS, are
bravely adventuring on the high seas of their educational
In our safe, supportive, and challenging environment, strong
academics are coupled with positive character development as OSS
students explore core values of Excellence, Community, Civic
Engagement and Leadership. Our educational philosophy
values experiential, purposeful and community-oriented learning;
our goal is to build the best educational environment we can
imagine as we support the growth of our students. Flexibility,
creativity, teamwork and hard work are some of the things our staff
appreciate and value in our work environment.
As a single-sex school in Massachusetts, OSS is not eligible for
state funding and relies solely on private donations and
This position reports to and works directly with the Director of
Advancement on all fundraising projects to broaden donor base,
engage our constituency, and secure funding for the School.
This person will work on grants, annual appeal, publications such
as newsletter and annual report, event production, volunteer
engagement, and public relations. Primary responsibilities include
coordinating and expanding grant writing efforts; development and
engagement of communication tools and marketing platforms (website,
social media, digital and print newsletters, publications) to share
our messages effectively internally and externally; as well as
fundraising, cultivation and stewardship efforts.
We seek a team player who is meticulous, self-motivated,
flexible, creative and forward-thinking with very strong
writing, editing, development, marketing, people and project
management skills to join our team. We are looking for an
exceptional storyteller with a serious commitment to life-long
learning who possesses a self-improvement mindset, and who is
passionate about the School’s mission, and is interested in
building a career in Advancement. This person will be an active
participant in our school community (e.g. attend events, community
meetings, staff orientation, etc.). The ability to work both
independently and with others is essential at OSS, as is a strong
- Advance the mission as well as build resources for OSS.
- Actively strive to plan and implement mission-driven
fundraising strategies, communications, events, appeals, campaigns
and stewardship efforts.
- As an integral part of the grants team, oversee project flow
and calendar, serve as writer and editor on proposals and reports,
research new funding opportunities, manage grant spending;
coordinate meetings and support our team of volunteer grant
- As a strong narrator, engage our committees and volunteers in
the life of the School, and make new friends by sharing the
exceptional OSS stories.
- Identify, document and communicate initiatives
at the School, using both written and digital platforms (e.g.
all website content, press releases, social media postings).
- Increase the public’s awareness and raise the School’s profile;
establish relationships and contacts with media outlets and others;
serve as PR representative -- educate the community and the greater
public about OSS and its mission – passionately tell the OSS
- Coordinate, help write and edit content for the Annual
Report, Voyages, Making Waves newsletters
and other publications.
- Integrate important fundraising and engagement elements into
overall school messaging.
- Support Advancement efforts as needed and assume other duties
- Bachelor’s degree plus at least three years of advancement and
communications/marketing experience, preferably in a
- Superb written, editorial, proofreading and communication
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including professional
collaboration and cultural competence
- Superior organizational and time management skills
- Proven track record of marketing and development
experience and success
- Capacity to meet goals and prioritize/execute multiple
strategies in a timely manner
- Strong sense of responsibility
- Proficiency with software programs, especially Google-suite
- Experience working with children/youth of different
socio-economic & cultural backgrounds preferred
- Involvement in community service activities
- A work environment that is welcoming, collaborative, flexible
and embraces creativity and diversity.
- Salary commensurate with experience, education/certification
and guidelines provided by OSS financial policies.
- PTO (paid time off), 401K and other benefits in accordance with
OSS personnel policies.
To apply: Please send cover letter, résumé,
and references to: Georgie Goulding, Dir. of
Learn more: http://OurSistersSchool.org
accredited by AISNE
We hire to intentionally include people from a variety of
backgrounds. Our students and staff are not all alike, and our
different thinking, experiences, and the people we are, create a
rich tapestry of learning at Our Sisters’ School and make us
stronger. Our community works hard to create and maintain a working
and learning environment that’s diverse, inclusive, equitable, and
welcoming. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual
orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran