Sidwell Friends School is a dynamic educational community grounded in Quaker traditions and focused on the joys of exploration and discovery. The School is the only pre-K to grade 12 Quaker school in the D.C. area and consists of a Lower School for grades pre-K through four on a five-acre campus in Bethesda and a Middle and Upper School campus in the heart of Washington, D.C. More than half of Sidwell’s 1,155 students identify as people of color, and the School is committed to encouraging diversity of thought across all grade levels.
The School’s outstanding academic program encourages students to be reflective, empathetic, and thoughtful as they work collaboratively and independently. In addition, Sidwell Friends fosters the values of equity, justice, and community. Students in all grade levels discuss race, equality, and other social justice topics, and speakers and community events further enrich their study. Through its historic and widely recognized environmental stewardship curriculum, the School also extends its values of respect and the greater good of the community to our planet.
Sidwell Friends has embarked on the most ambitious capital and endowment campaign in the School’s history. Setting forth priorities for the future, the institution’s Leading in the Light strategic plan provides the architecture for this historic effort. It will unify two campuses on one site (beginning with the construction of a new upper school), provide unparalleled opportunities for teaching and learning, inspire ethical leadership, and build enduring financial strength. In addition, the campaign will advance the School’s commitment to environmental stewardship, supporting a master plan to achieve carbon neutrality, contribute to local sustainability efforts, and build an environment that fosters wellness, supportive community relationships, and an unprecedented environment for learning.
Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School for Advancement (AHSA) will lead a talented team of direct reports and oversee all fundraising and alumni engagement efforts at Sidwell Friends School. The best-matched candidate will demonstrate a high degree of integrity as well as maturity in the industry through proven campaign experience, strong leadership/management practice, and effective volunteer engagement at the highest levels, preferably in an academic environment. As the chief development officer for the School, the AHSA will have the ability to work in a fast-paced and diverse environment while inspiring and mentoring staff and volunteers to dream big and stretch far in support of Sidwell Friend’s mission and vision.