Executive Assistant and Project Manager (Head of School Office)
Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) seeks a new Executive Assistant and Project Manager for the Head of School’s Office, starting in January 2021. This position offers substantial responsibility and the opportunity to be a thought partner and source of support for the Head of School, Leadership Team, and Board of Trustees. The Executive Assistant and Project Manager will work closely with the Head of School to ensure the smooth functioning of the School’s operations, the pursuit of its strategic priorities, and the successful achievement of the Head’s goals. This position offers opportunities to learn about, develop, and enhance all areas of the School.
LFCDS, located on a 30-acre campus about 30 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, is a co-educational, independent day school serving 400 students from age 2 through eighth grade. The School has a long tradition of producing thoughtful, confident, and successful students. Children are known, loved, and challenged at LFCDS, and a state-of-the-art facility provides a remarkable setting for inspired teaching, academic rigor, and attention to individual needs.
This is an exceptional opportunity for a highly motivated, organized, collaborative individual to work alongside teachers, administrators, and trustees at a premier independent school. A newly reimagined position, the Executive Assistant and Project Manager will be able to develop this role to suit their strengths and to develop new skills and knowledge.
The Executive Assistant and Project Manager supports and collaborates with the Head of School and works closely with trustees, administrators, staff, faculty, parents, alumni, and students in a variety of roles with professional judgment, discretion, diplomacy, confidentiality, and good humor.
The tasks, duties, and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Supporting the Head of School and Leadership Team
Manages projects delegated by the Head of School and serves as the Head’s representative at meetings, as needed and appropriate.
Ensures that the Head of School and other interested parties are kept apprised of developments, that communication is clear, and that collaboration is strong.
Helps anticipate needs and organizes the Head of School’s time and energy to ensure that the highest-priority tasks are being addressed.
Works in close collaboration with the Head of School and Director of Development in their partnership to meet fundraising goals.
Manages the calendar, administrative tasks, event and meeting logistics, and paperwork of the Head of School Office.
Maintains and communicates to the Head of School all current and upcoming events, ensuring that the Head has all necessary information and materials well in advance.
Manages calls, emails, and messages for the Head of School including follow-up as needed.
Creates and edits articles, correspondence, emails, and presentations.
Coordinates with members of the Leadership Team and others concerning school-wide events and communication.
Maintains a master calendar of all school events.
Is responsible for organizing special events and projects as assigned, including events and projects planned in collaboration with the Development Office.
Is a point person for and coordinates searches for new employees.
Other duties as assigned and developed.
Supporting the Board of Trustees
Interfaces with and provides support for the Board of Trustees, especially the Board President.
Organizes all board materials and ensures that all logistical details and materials are in place for smooth functioning of board and committee meetings.
Maintains all board records, including the keeping of meeting minutes.
Professional and Personal Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred
Highly developed organizational skills
Highly developed written and oral communication skills
A keen eye for anticipating people’s needs and proactively seeking ways to support the team and the School
Knowledge of technology tools, especially Google Apps, and a desire to continue learning about new technology tools that increase collaboration and productivity
Experience in an educational or other non-profit setting a plus
Flexibility in collaborating with others and eagerness to do so
A growth mindset and an openness to feedback as the means of achieving personal and professional growth
Warmth, courtesy, optimism, and a good sense of humor
Ability to work calmly and effectively when managing multiple priorities
Integrity, ethical conduct, and professional discretion with confidential matters
Aspires always to live up to the LFCDS team’s core values
Mission Statement: Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three professional references in PDF format to the attention of Joy Hurd, Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Executive Assistant and Project Manager Application” Please send all materials no later than Friday, December 18, 2020.
Lake Forest Country Day School seeks and embraces diversity among our faculty, staff, and student body. LFCDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, religion, marital status, disability, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, order of protection status, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
About Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS), founded in 1888, is a coeducational, independent preK-8 school located on a 29-acre campus in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA, a suburb approximately 30 miles north of Chicago. The School serves families from more than 30 communities. The School is affiliated with the Country Day School movement and is a member of The National Association of Independent Schools, The Independent Schools Association of the Central States, The Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools and The Secondary School Admission Testing Board.
Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.