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Chief Advancement Officer

The Lab School of Washington
District of Columbia, United States
$170,000.00 - $190,000.00
Closing date
Feb 17, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Lab School of Washington in the search for a Chief Advancement Officer.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Chief Advancement Officer will build and lead a team of advancement professionals while providing leadership in all of The Lab School of Washington's advancement efforts, including annual giving, planned giving, external relations, alumni and parent relations, and communications and marketing.

The Lab School of Washington is one of the first schools of its kind in the country, pioneering the integration of arts and academics. The Lab School of Washington enrolls approximately 380 students from first through 12th grade and employs 200 faculty and staff members who are specialists in learning differences. The Lab School provides an environment designed to allow students to thrive, and is a place where students turn their differences into advantages. Spread across two campuses, four divisions make up The Lab School—lower school, where students “learn how to learn;” middle school, where students learn to apply their academic skills; and upper school, where students build on their strengths and passions. The final division, the Global Division, was launched in 2021 and is designed for students outside the Washington, DC area who do not have access to a high-quality enriched program for children with language-based learning differences. The Global Division offers virtual access to research-based school curriculum with a focus on reading, math, and writing instruction. The Lab School also has a unique partnership with American University and its Master of Arts in Special Education: Learning Disabilities program. The Lab School offers a Fellows Program to a select group of candidates from AU that allows them to complete a 12-month residency working with students with language-based learning differences at The Lab School.

Arts education is a priority at The Lab School, where arts are not electives but part of the daily schedule. Children with learning differences can excel academically and The Lab School recognizes that the key to unlocking the ability to learn is approaching academics through arts. Math, engineering, science, language arts, and all other academic subjects, can be taught through the arts, which helps students problem solve and think analytically.

As a school designed specifically for students with learning differences, The Lab School's guiding tenets are tailored to meet the unique needs of their learners. Student experience and hands-on learning are the key drivers of curriculum and arts-centered learning is a pathway for students across all academic subjects. Positive psychology and the use of technology serve as transformative tools for mastery while expert teachers and specialists guide students in finding pathways for success.

The Lab School considers its diversity work of utmost importance at the school and in the world. The Lab School engages in active listening, talking, and working with more intention around its commitment to the span of issues that fall under the umbrella of diversity.

A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least five years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility in institutional advancement. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of The Lab School of Washington as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $170,000 to $190,000 annually.

Preference will be given to candidates that apply by February 28, 2023.

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