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Advancement Assocaite

Website Westside School

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and letter of interest, and a list of three references to

Advancement Associate

(12 months 1.0 FTE)


NEW Mission (adopted February 2024): Westside students learn to think critically and act with compassion in a joyful, supportive community.

NEW Vision (adopted February 2024): Westside is committed to being a collaborative, inclusive school where learners discover their unique strengths, embrace challenges, and develop a passion for learning, in order to contribute positively to their world.

Westside School teachers and staff work collaboratively to inspire creativity, innovation, and to deepen our sense of community. Westside’s administrative staff members are exceptionally qualified in our fields, committed to being lifelong learners, and are passionate about our work. At Westside School we value different backgrounds and ideas and we strive to build an inclusive community. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.

Located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, Westside serves 400 students in preschool through eighth grade. 34% of our student body are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Westside’s administrative team supports the mission and work of the school and its constituents.

Westside is in search of an individual to join our Advancement Team as an Advancement Associate. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Advancement Associate will be responsible for coordinating Westside’s two major fundraising events, the Fall Westside School Fund and Annual Spring Auction, managing fundraising data, development research and reports, donor stewardship, liaison to the school’s family association, and  coordinating alumni events.

We are seeking a candidate who is able to support the school’s focus on diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of intercultural fluency.

Reports to: Director of Advancement 

Responsibilities include:

Uphold the school’s mission, vision and values.
Help perpetuate a school-wide culture characterized by highly engaged students and faculty, high expectations, joyful learning, personal wellness and a strong sense of community.
Support the Advancement Team in growing enrollment and achieving development goals.
Track gifts, consolidating with business office and reporting
Take a lead role in the Westside School Fund (WSF) in partnership with Advancement Director; strategize, coordinate, implement, and report.
Plan and execute the Spring Fundraising Event(s) in partnership with parent volunteers, staff, and faculty.
Fundraise for special projects; research, strategize, and support

Steward donors; WSF, Spring fundraiser, birthdays, thank yous, etc.
Support grant applications when needed
Coordinate volunteers in conjunction with the Westside Parent Association (WPA)
Serve as liaison to the Westside Family Association
Track alumni and coordinate yearly alumni events



Bachelor’s degree preferred
1-3 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, including coordination of fundraising events
Appreciation for and commitment to independent school education and culture
Early career candidates are encouraged to apply; training will be provided.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

This position requires the following personal characteristics: creativity, flexibility, communication skills, a passion for detail, eagerness to grow, the ability to lead, and the ability to follow.

Intercultural competence, ability to interact appropriately with a diverse array of, coworkers and families
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work graciously with all the school’s constituents while maintaining discretion and confidentiality
Ability to work well with a team to promote the school’s initiatives and positive brand image
A strong sense of client/customer service
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong data analysis and comfort with leading events.
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
Detail-oriented and resourceful
Ability to prioritize and manage several projects efficiently
Practical experience working with and motivating volunteers

Technological Skills:

Proficiency using database management software, ETapestry and Greater Giving preferred to coordinate fundraising activities.
Proficiency with technology applications such as – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Start Date: August 1, 2024

Compensation and Benefits: The compensation range, based upon experience and qualifications for this position is $62K -$72K and is based on the experience level, and credentials of the candidate. Westside School offers the following competitive benefits package:


403b Retirement Savings Plan upon eligibility
Medical and Dental insurance
Life, AD&D, and Long-term Disability insurance
Various voluntary insurance benefits including vision insurance, short-term disability, term life insurance, and many more
3 Days of Personal Time Off per year
7 Days of Sick Time Off per year
11+ paid holidays throughout the year

Diversity Statement:

Westside School is committed to promoting inclusiveness, diversity, and cultural competence in its education, employment practices, school community, and governance. It views inclusiveness as a fundamental value, diversity as a key element, and cultural competence as a vital skill necessary to prepare students to participate in and contribute to a global society. Westside uses the term diversity broadly to encompass differences in the attributes of individuals, families, and communities.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and letter of interest, and a list of three references to



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