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Pickering College

Manager, Parent Engagement and Strategic Events

Posted On: July 19, 2022
Closing On: September 2, 2022

Location: Newmarket
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: 65,000-80,000

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Pickering College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.  Pickering College was founded by Quakers in 1842 and while it is not a Quaker school today, the influence of their guiding values is immense. Established in our current Newmarket location in 1909, the mission of Pickering College is to instill in each individual the ability and responsibility to make the world greater, better and more beautiful than they discovered it. Our vision is to develop innovative, courageous and compassionate global citizens who take action, true to Quaker values.


Reporting to the Assistant Head of School, Advancement and working closely with Development, Admission and Communications team members, Faculty & Staff and extensively with volunteers, the Manager, Parent Engagement & Strategic Events works to develop and implement effective parent-facing programs, raise funds essential to the operation of the school, build Pickering College’s sense of community and enhance the school’s profile.

The role of the Manager is to organize and provide the avenues and events that improve the relationships of parents and alumni parents with the school, recognizing that the primary sense of parent satisfaction will come from their child/ren’s educational experience. By carefully stewarding these relationships, this position will strengthen and maximize goodwill towards, and participation with, the school, leading to volunteer and financial support in the long term.

The Manager is responsible, with the Development, Admission and Communications team members working together, to achieve annual event goals and objectives related to Special/Strategic Events, including fundraising, design, implementation, and evaluation with a view to meeting budget requirements and providing excellent experiences. Managing both the big picture and the bottom line, the Manager, Parent Engagement & Strategic Events strategizes with team members on the events portfolio, efficiently maximizing both revenue and relationship development.

The Manager will take an active role in stewardship through both planning and executing general stewardship events calendared throughout the year such as the Circle of Friends.


  • A successful track record in special events management of both small and large events, and fundraising development experience
  • Minimum 5 years special events experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents
  • Demonstrate a high degree of initiative, discretion, discernment and resourcefulness, thoughtfulness in decision-making.
  • Ability to multi-task with strict attention to detail and deadlines, to prioritize effectively, and to respond quickly to changes and requests
  • Proven record of sponsorship development, including making pitches and successfully negotiating sponsorship agreements
  • Proven experience strategizing, planning, implementing, and managing both fundraising and organizing special events
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • A demonstrated collaborative and collegial style of active volunteer management
  • Familiarity with all legislation pertaining to charitable giving as it applies to special events
  • University degree or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office software and Raiser’s Edge
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • An affinity for and understanding of independent school life appreciated

Qualified and interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter and resume no later than July 29, 2022 :

 As a condition of employment, the successful candidate(s) must provide a current Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Report and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Suitable accommodations are available for applicants with accessibility needs due to disability upon request.