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National Child Research Center is a diverse, vibrant community that challenges our students to be curious, compassionate, and confident. The school is committed to employing faculty, staff, and administrators who lead by example in our community by striving to uphold the school’s mission. Our staff and faculty arrive each day eager to learn and to teach, bringing their broad experiences and professional expertise with them.

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Director of Advancement (Full-Time)

Job Summary

National Child Research Center (NCRC), a co-ed independent preschool located in the historic district of Cleveland Park in Washington, DC, seeks an entrepreneurial and engaging Director of Advancement (DA) to lead the Advancement Office and our development initiatives. The DA oversees the Advancement Department and reports to the Head of School. The DA aims to create an environment of joyful giving with opportunities for every donor to participate in NCRC’s development program. The DA also serves on the Administrative team of the school, the Board of Trustees’ Development committee, and AIMS accreditation steering committee.

Founded in 1928, NCRC is the oldest continuously operating preschool in the District of Columbia. NCRC provides a collaborative approach to preschool education in an environment that nurtures the whole child, fosters partnerships with families, and is committed to the inclusion of children with special needs. A highly trained, multi-disciplinary faculty employs developmentally appropriate practices, supported by ongoing professional development and sound research. Essential to its role as a model of early childhood education is the creation of a diverse, respectful community. Both within and beyond the school community, NCRC seeks opportunities to advocate for all children and their families.

For more information about our school, visit www.ncrcpreschool.org

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Advancement will:

Establish and execute forward-thinking development/advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major, and legacy gifts; and develop a strategy to support planned giving.

Oversee all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, leading the annual giving program, guiding capital campaigns, soliciting corporate and foundation proposals; creating a strong alumni association, and special development events, including the annual scholarship Auction.

Supervise and nurture and collaborate with the Associate Director of Advancement.

Identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata.

Collaborate with both the Admissions Director and the Director of Communications on public relations, marketing, and communication strategies and assist in the development of a marketing and communications strategy to create/produce fundraising-related and other communications materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.

Monitor program results and provide ongoing analysis and evaluation of solicitation, cultivation and stewardship associated with annual giving.

Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and help draft grant applications.

Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming.

Personally solicit major donors.

Enhance existing relationships while building new relationships, systems, and programs that further tap into the generosity and resources of the community.

Maintain a database of all contributors and provide development reports as required.

Manage the development budget.

Coordinate the school’s volunteerism efforts.

Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the Head of School, the Board Chair, and individual board members, supporting them in all their fundraising responsibilities, and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.

Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising
  • Independent school experience preferred
  • Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
  • Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of Senior Systems software and database management software
  • Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
  • Familiarity with the local DC area community preferred

  • All interested applicants must submit a letter of interest and resume to careers@ncrcpreschool.org with DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT in the subject line.

    Resource (Assistant) Teacher (18-19 School Year)

    The National Child Research Center (NCRC) seeks a Resource (Assistant) Teacher for a full-time position in the fall of 2018. The primary responsibilities of the Resource Teacher are to staff NCRC’s auxiliary programs (e.g. Early Birds, Lunch Bunch and Later Gators) in support of our children and their families, and to serve as an assistant to Directing Teachers in the classroom.

    Located in the historic district of Cleveland Park in Washington DC, NCRC’s highly trained faculty is committed to creating a preschool environment that nurtures the whole child while celebrating their uniqueness in a warm, supportive environment. Committed to the inclusion of children with special needs and typically developing children, NCRC provides small classes and an enriched learning environment within a collaborative, committed, and dynamic professional learning community. NCRC actively supports and encourages diversity among the staff and families that we serve.The ideal candidate will be committed to inclusive education and have an interest in early childhood. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Competitive salaries, benefits, and professional development opportunities are available.


    Full-Time Substitute Resource (Assistant) Teacher (2018-2019 School Year)

    The National Child Research Center (NCRC) seeks a full-time "floating" Substitute Resource (Assistant) Teacher to cover two FMLA leaves over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year. The primary responsibilities of the Resource Teacher are to serve as an assistant to Directing Teachers in the classroom, and to staff NCRC’s auxiliary programs (e.g. Early Birds, Lunch Bunch and Later Gators) in support of our children and their families.

    Located in the historic district of Cleveland Park in Washington DC, NCRC’s highly trained faculty is committed to creating a preschool environment that nurtures the whole child while celebrating their uniqueness in a warm, supportive environment. Committed to the inclusion of children with special needs and typically developing children, NCRC provides small classes and an enriched learning environment within a collaborative, committed, and dynamic professional learning community. NCRC actively supports and encourages diversity among the staff and families that we serve.The ideal candidate will be committed to inclusive education and have an interest in early childhood. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Competitive salaries, benefits, and professional development opportunities are available.


    Interested candidates should submit the NCRC Application for Employment, a letter of interest, resume, references, and educational philosophy to Careers@ncrcpreschool.org. Please list the Position Title in the subject line of your email.


    Equal Opportunity Policy



    NCRC believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, or breastfeeding), marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, or political affiliation of any individual or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The school's equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. All employees are responsible for complying with the school's equal employment opportunity policy.