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Lucia Llano

Lucia Llano,
Administrative Assistant, Student Recruiting
416-483-4325, ext. 1220
studentrecruiting@bss.on.ca

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Everything we do at BSS is in support of girls’ learning. We empower our students to become confident and compassionate women, tomorrow’s transformational leaders. This happens because our faculty and staff are the very best at what they do, and are inspired to contribute in meaningful ways to our Culture of Powerful Learning.

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Internationally acclaimed for its unique environment and expertise in the particular learning needs of girls, The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) has built a reputation over its long history as an undisputed leader in education. Offering a challenging, lively and creative atmosphere, a roster of uniquely qualified faculty and staff, and an inspiring campus featuring a spectacular science and arts wing, BSS inspires each student to find her passion, pursue her dreams and reach her potential through a rigorous academic program.

Helping students become smart, independent, compassionate young women, BSS provides the tools, technology and innovation required to thrive in post-secondary pursuits and beyond. Our unique whole girl approach, commitment to excellence and embodiment of strong values create a profound and powerful learning environment within a supportive, engaged community.

To support our mission of providing our students with the best educational experience, we strive for excellence in every facet of the organization – including providing a stimulating, creative and lively work environment that attracts the best staff and faculty. We are seeking the right candidate to fill the position:

Student Recruiting Associate

Reports to: Executive Director, Enrolment

Summary of Position

The Student Recruiting Associate, as part of the Student Recruiting Team, ensures the students accepted into the school are the right fit for the Vision, Mission and Values of The Bishop Strachan School. This role identifies students that will excel in our culture while meeting our admissions criteria, to ensure that admission levels are at capacity.

The Student Recruiting Associate will participate in recruiting initiatives across all levels of the school. The Associate works with the Executive Director, Enrolment in collaboration with members of the Student Recruiting Team and Leadership across school divisions and is the key contact for prospective families.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Together with the Student Recruiting Team identifies and solidifies current markets and determines new and emerging markets for BSS
  • With the oversight of the Executive Director, Enrolment and working closely with the Student Recruiting Team, ensures suitable evaluation and assessment processes for prospective day and boarding students
  • In collaboration with the Student Recruiting Team develops and implements effective Open Houses, Information sessions, ‘Connect over Coffee’ and Student Transition Days for newly enrolled and prospective applicants and families
  • Liaises with the Junior, Middle and Senior School Leadership Teams, Student Services, and the Director of Community Relations regarding new parent strategy including parent correspondence for newly enrolled families in the Middle and Senior Schools
  • Co-ordinates with the Administrative Assistant, Student Recruiting to ensure recruitment documentation are fully aligned
  • Collects and analyzes data throughout the recruiting cycle in order to build and maintain a strong applicant pipeline and ensures that all documentation, application information and statistics are recorded in a timely and efficient manner
  • Works with members of the Enrolment Management Team to provide input into the development of recruiting print material and digital communications outreach
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Some travel and evening/weekend work including supporting the school at regional, national and international education events
  • Oversees school ambassador program
  • Supports recruiting efforts for all areas of the school
  • Other related responsibilities as appropriate

Skills, Experience and Attributes

  • Minimum 3-5 years admissions experience and/or related experience within an independent school or post-secondary school setting
  • Additional language a definite asset – Mandarin, Spanish, French, etc.
  • Understanding of the BSS school-wide curricula and educational philosophy and the independent school landscape
  • Proven ability to develop strong professional relationships with applicants and families
  • An understanding of the developmental needs of girls and young women
  • Demonstrated understanding of diversity within a global perspective
  • Data analysis skills, including an ability to recognize and strategically analyze internal and external market trends affecting student recruiting e.g., economic and demographic issues
  • Ability to take individual initiative and work collaboratively within a team approach and across school divisions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to think creatively
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Teaching experience is an asset
  • Technological expertise with an emphasis on the Blackbaud system and Google docs
  • Proven ability to multi-task and to work under time pressures in a cyclical environment
  • Commitment to and interest in working to further the BSS Vision, Mission and Values and a belief that Girls Can do Anything
  • Commitment to the Culture of Powerful Learning and the Signature of a BSS Girl
  • Sense of humour and perspective

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at The Bishop Strachan School by email to careers@bss.on.ca indicating Student Recruiting Associate in the subject line.

We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview. We believe that diversity in our School fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Internationally acclaimed for its unique environment and expertise in the particular learning needs of girls, The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) has built a reputation over its long history as an undisputed leader in education. Offering a challenging, lively and creative atmosphere, a roster of uniquely qualified faculty and staff, and an inspiring campus featuring a spectacular science and arts wing, BSS inspires each student to find her passion, pursue her dreams and reach her potential through a rigorous academic program.

Helping students become smart, independent, compassionate young women, BSS provides the tools, technology and innovation required to thrive in post-secondary pursuits and beyond. Our unique whole girl approach, commitment to excellence and embodiment of strong values create a profound and powerful learning environment within a supportive, engaged community.

To support our mission of providing our students with the best educational experience, we strive for excellence in every facet of the organization – including providing a stimulating, creative and lively work environment that attracts the best staff and faculty. We are seeking the right candidate to fill the position of:

Major Gifts Officer

Reports to: Executive Director, Advancement

Summary of Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, Advancement, the Major Gifts Officer works closely with other frontline fundraisers, the Advancement Services team, and colleagues across BSS to actively grow the major gift pipeline and bring visibility to the school’s planned giving program. Through dedicated relationship building, informed gift solicitation, and meaningful volunteer engagement, this role contributes to building a strong culture of philanthropy, and a sense of shared goals, throughout the BSS community.

The Major Gifts Officer works in keeping with the school’s vision, mission and values. Being effective in this role requires a strong interest – and active participation – in the life of BSS so that communications and interpersonal exchanges are both informed and authentic.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Works closely with colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective donors with the capacity to make a major gift ($25,000+)
  • Actively engages with a portfolio of prospective supporters through school events, in-person meetings, phone visits, and written communications
  • Implements agreed-upon metrics for major gift fundraising, using Raiser’s Edge to track activity
  • Plans, schedules and conducts solicitation meetings; as warranted, provides behind-the-scenes support for the Head of School, Executive Director, Advancement and key volunteers
  • Prepares proposals and other solicitation materials; advises the Senior Development Officer on appropriate donor recognition and stewardship once a gift is committed
  • Works collaboratively and strategically with Student Enrolment, Communications, and members of the Advancement team to optimize trips – including Head of School meetings, alumnae branch events, and recruiting visits – to achieve multiple objectives, as appropriate
  • Conducts research on prospective donors, tapping outside resources as needed
  • Supports and advises the Director, Parent Relations in developing plans to welcome new families
  • Participates in regular review of priority prospects to ensure coordinated efforts and meaningful engagement activities
  • Helps pilot an initiative to celebrate and encourage woman’s philanthropy at BSS
  • Manages Planned Giving program, including marketing and communications, solicitations and recognition of Gaudeamus Society members
  • Commits to some travel and to working some evenings and weekends
  • Commits to the Staff Growth and Evaluation Process
  • Other related responsibilities as assigned

Skills, Experience and Attributes

  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least five years of experience in major gifts and/or planned giving, preferably at an educational institution; fundraising designation a plus
  • Significant experience working productively and positively with alumnae and volunteers
  • Understanding of the unique culture of philanthropy in a women’s institution
  • Superior interpersonal and judgment skills; ability to make strong connections and represent BSS with stakeholders
  • Strong project management, organization and planning skills, with a demonstrated track record of program development and implementation and attentiveness to detail
  • Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge and highly developed computer skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); fluency with Google platform
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumnae, parents, and friends of the school
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, handle confidential information, and navigate sensitive situations
  • Integrity, flexibility and a sense of humour

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at The Bishop Strachan School by email to careers@bss.on.ca indicating Major Gifts Officer in the subject line.

We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview. We believe that diversity in our School fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Working at BSS

At BSS you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an unparalleled setting, with access to innovative tools, support and resources. If you enjoy a diverse and dynamic workplace, and share our commitment to high standards, we invite you to explore a career with BSS.

We thank all candidates in advance and will contact only those selected for an interview.

We believe that diversity in our school fosters an inclusive and creative environment, and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

The Bishop Strachan School is committed to providing accommodation for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodations, please contact Elisabeth Gsoels,Executive Assistant, Human Resources and Professional Growth at 416-483-4325, ext. 1163 or by email at EGsoels@bss.on.ca.

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