Employment Opportunities

Working at Olney Friends School

Thank you for your interest in employment at Olney Friends School. We welcome letters of interest and resumes year-round, and we keep applications on file for consideration in filling current and future job openings. Please send your credentials to mainoffice@olneyfriends.org.

Employment at Olney most often consists of a primary job and a variable selection of other jobs that round out full employment at the school, on the basis of interest, skills, and needs of the school. These ancillary jobs may include:

– Teaching some classes

– Being a rotating dorm sponsor

– Leading a sport or art class

– Assisting in the kitchen, farm, and/or building and grounds

– Being a student advisor

– Being a class sponsor

– Covering periodic evening and weekend duty

– Participating in weekly faculty meeting, community meeting, and meeting for worship

– Participating in weekday morning Collection, family-style lunch, and special events

– Helping out with special school events such as Homecoming, open houses, and Commencement

All employees at Olney Friends School and must pass a back-ground check and complete an application form as conditions of employment. Additionally, all faculty members must become certified in first aidand CPR and become mandatory abuser reporters. If eligible, all faculty are asked to become certified to drive school vehicles with students.

Olney Friends School is a highly collaborative work environment that relies heavily on group process and the inclusion of students as much in possible in decision-making and the accomplishment of tasks. Great emphasis is placed on the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.

If you are interested in applying for any position, please send a cover letter and resume to mainoffice@olneyfriends.org.

 Current Job Openings

Job Summary

Olney Friends School is seeking a director of development.  The director of development is an integral part of the leadership team and works closely with the interim co-heads of school and the board of trustees to build a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school and global community. The goal of the director of development is to design programs of giving that attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution.  The director of development reports directly to the interim co-heads of school. Olney Friends School is a 9-12 college preparatory boarding and day school with a student population from across the nation and round the world.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The director of development will:

  • Establish and execute forward-thinking development/ advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major, and capital campaigns; legacy gifts; and planned giving.
  • Oversee all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, annual giving programs, the capital campaign, corporate and foundation proposals; a strong alumni association; and special development events.
  • Identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata.
  • Collaborate on PR initiatives and create/produce fund raising-related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.
  • Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and help draft grant applications.
  • Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming.
  • Personally solicit major donors.
  • Enhance existing relationships while building new relationships, systems, and programs that further tap into the generosity and resources of the community.
  • Maintain a database of all contributors and provide development reports as required.
  • Manage the development budget.
  • Coordinate the school’s volunteerism efforts.
  • Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the interim co-heads of school, the board of trustees clerk(s), and individual board members, supporting them in their fundraising responsibilities, and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.


Other Duties

Other duties will include student advising as assigned and regularly-scheduled evening and weekend administrative duty coverage.  Additional duties may be assigned by the interim co-heads of school.  Some travel, public appearances, and evening and weekend duties may be required.


Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising
  • Independent school experience preferred
  • Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Outstanding knowledge of fundraising data software and database management software
  • Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style
  • Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members
  • Familiarity with the local community preferred

Please send a letter of application and résumé to Vicki Lowry at mainoffice@olneyfriends.org.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Olney Friends School is a 501(c)(3) and an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Olney Friends School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory boarding and day school offering individualized instruction in small class settings for grades 9-12.

Phone: 740-425-3655

Fax: 740-425-3202

The Main Office is staffed seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. till about 10:00 p.m. when school is in session. The administrator on call is available for emergencies 24 hours a day during the school year at 740-359-4015.