Orenda Education was founded in 1995 as a private organization and began a network of public charter schools in Texas in 2001 offering educational support services and sports programming for children and youth in grades K-12. We operate college preparatory schools, career and technical schools, and a residential facility school.
Orenda Education, a non-profit educational organization, is the sponsoring entity for Orenda Charter Schools. In 2015, Orenda Education raised over $450,000 to help keep a small school environment, offer competitive compensation plans to teachers, and offer a wide array of UIL extracurricular activities.
Orenda Charter Schools strives to create new and innovative school choice opportunities in Texas for families seeking an alternative to the large, more traditional public school system. Our goal is to offer another public school choice for students who want a smaller school experience that may better fit their academic, social, physical, and moral development. We are seeking a Director of Community Relations & Development to further our mission and to further develop our newly announced Gateway College Preparatory School Legacy Campaign.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of a strong community relations program that will grow student enrollment and secure supplemental funding to support the mission of Orenda Education. The Director will serve as the first point of contact with the media and other community resources to promote the academic programs and student achievements of Orenda students. The Director will also lead inter-company communication activities. The Director will lead activities that promote public school choice and grow student enrollments to include marketing Orenda schools to residential facilities in Texas. The Director will coordinate the efforts of volunteers to help secure supplemental financial resources to further the mission of the organization.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES REQUIRED:
Education: BS/BA in Marketing, Business, Management, Journalism, Public Relations, Communications or Education. Masters in Marketing, Business, Education or Communications preferred.
Certification: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) preferred
Experience: At least two years experience in sales, marketing, communication or development/fund raising experience, preferably in the education or youth field. Experience as Assistant Director of Marketing or Community Liaison/Marketing Representative, sales position or Development Officer or assistant preferred.
* Knowledge and appreciation of Texas Charter Schools
* Must have experience creating marketing materials, social media campaigns, and public relations strategies
* Tech-savvy with experience managing donor database software
* Proven ability to cultivate new donors as well as the ability to invigorate existing donor base
* Experience building a fund raising team for success
* Must be willing to work outside of normal business hours as needed