Webb School of Knoxville
Webb School of Knoxville
Working at Webb

Thank you for your interest in Webb School, a dynamic learning and teaching community of more than 1,200 students, faculty, and staff.

We seek collaborative and creative educators who are committed to working in a mission-focused, independent day school environment. We invite you to review our website for information about Webb academics, athletics, arts, and other school programs and activities. Should you find a position listing that matches your interests and professional qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Job postings include specific application instructions. 

Current Openings

Assistant Director for Development & Alumni Engagement

The Webb School of Knoxville is seeking a full time, year-round Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Engagement.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director for Development & Alumni Engagement is responsible for developing and implementing programming that engages alumni and community members with Webb School of Knoxville. This position will report to the school’s Director of Development. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in fundraising, volunteer management, event organization, and communications. 

The Assistant Director will work with and expand Webb’s alumni network; work with in-state, out-of-state, and international alumni; support and organize alumni events; partner with admissions and college counseling to develop programs involving alumni; and translate all of these efforts into increased financial support of Webb School.

Essential Duties, Tasks, and Responsibilities:

Fundraising:

  • Advance relationships with alumni prospects and current donors through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship to generate philanthropic gifts for Webb School.
  • In partnership with the Director of Development, set goals, develop strategy, and solicit alumni and other prospects, such as parents, for support of the Webb Fund, Alumni Scholars Fund, or other school giving priorities.
  • Track face-to face meetings and number of solicitations in Raiser's Edge donor management system.

Alumni Network:

  • Serve as a liaison to the Spartan alumni community, strengthening their relationships with Webb through personal cultivation and stewardship.
  • Increase alumni engagement through developing, organizing, and coordinating alumni events and reunions. Examples include: class reunions, alumni awards days, regional alumni events, and Thirsty Thursday School.
  • Help identify alumni giving volunteers and class agents.
  • Milestone class reunions take place during Spartan Alumni Weekend each fall; the Assistant Director will be tasked with working with class agents to support the ten-plus reunions scheduled for each fall season.
  • Act as primary staff liaison for Alumni Council and work with alumni leaders to develop programs and events for alumni. Identify and recruit new members of Alumni Council.
  • Develop new volunteer and connection opportunities that meaningfully engage alumni and constitute groups throughout the country.

Communications:

  • Work with third-party vendors and Webb’s communication department to develop and produce alumni communication pieces.
  • Manage alumni website and social media communications.

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in fundraising, alumni relations, non-profits, or similar transferable background is preferred.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and successfully execute multiple concurrent tasks; to anticipate needs and act accordingly, and to perform with a high degree of initiative.
  • Demonstrated success identifying, developing, and leading volunteers.
  • Experienced in managing events.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to exercise good judgement and handle confidential matters with discretion.
  • Be capable of working occasional nights and weekends.
  • Willing to travel for out-of-town alumni events and school-related conferences.
  • Blackbaud/Raiser's Edge knowledge is a plus.

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for working in an independent school and with all of the school’s constituencies and groups.
  • Attitude that exemplifies teamwork and personal responsibility.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resumé, and references to:
Hugh Nystrom
Director of Development
Webb School of Knoxville
hugh_nystrom@webbschool.org

Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Head of Middle School

Webb School seeks a visionary leader to head its Middle School, comprised of 280 students in grades six through eight. The position requires proven administrative success, with experience at the middle school level or equivalent, as well as prior teaching experience. The Middle School Head must love middle school students and appreciate the joys and challenges of educating them, and exhibit attentiveness to details, collegiality, and clear and skillful written and oral communication. The Middle School Head works closely and collaboratively with two other division heads and reports to the President.

The Middle School Head provides vision for and oversees the development and implementation of the Middle School curriculum, as well as all leadership and social programs for our Middle School students. He or she works closely with the Lower and Upper School Heads to ensure the smooth transitions from Lower School and into Upper School, as well as oversee the vertical alignment with the Lower and Upper School curricula. He or she supervises and inspires Middle School teachers, conducts their evaluation process, creates opportunities for professional growth, maintains an effective learning environment, leads weekly meetings with grade teams, and makes recommendations to the President regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.

The Middle School Head focuses on Middle School students’ personal, social, and emotional education, as well as academic achievement. The Middle School Head, as chief articulator for the Middle School, creates and distributes a weekly newsletter, plans and leads parent information meetings, leads discussions regarding developmental processes and expectations, and assists the Parent Advisory Council on parent educational programming. He or she provides leadership for the Middle School Admissions Committee, and leads admissions tours and evaluates candidates in partnership with the Director of Admissions.

The Middle School Head oversees the advisory program and partners with the Athletic Director to ensure a comprehensive Middle School athletic program.

The Middle School Head is a member of the Administrative Council and serves or chairs on a variety of schoolwide committees.

The Middle School Head must exhibit many of the following characteristics: 
 

  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence in education with particular focus on the middle school years. 

     
  • Insight about ways to shape a distinctively interesting middle school culture that students experience as empowering and memorable. 

     
  • A connector, team-builder, and collaborator who will demonstrate a strong commitment to shared values among faculty, students, and parents. 

     
  • An excellent communicator who will be compellingly articulate about the division’s distinctive excellences. 

     
  • Intellectual curiosity, energy, integrity, empathy, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor. 

     
  • Have an appreciation for innovation and creativity.
     
  • An eagerness to be visible to the school community and welcomes input and questions from many – students, teachers, and parents. 

     
  • A willingness to be actively involved in the life of the school and participate in and be visible at school events and programs.
     
  • A high level of attention to detail, organization, and strong time management skills. 

     
  • S/he will rally the great talent and commitment already present in the Middle School and build shared direction and leadership. 


Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) with a minimum of five years of administrative experience as a head of division or assistant head of division. Prior supervisory experience is required. Experience with curriculum design preferred.

To Apply: Please submit a formal letter of interest, along with a detailed resumé and four professional references. Submit all materials electronically to lyn_meske@webbschool.org. The position will remain open until filled.

Webb School is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. All employment decisions at Webb School are based on school needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, creed, disability, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal or state laws or regulations. Webb School will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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