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Deadline: July 14, 2021

Development & Communications Assistant

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Deadline: July 15, 2021

Youth Woodworking Teacher

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The Eliot School staff and board have made explicit commitments to three strategic imperatives: racial equity, artistic excellence, and financial sustainability. All positions support these aims.

More than half of our students are young people of color in Boston’s public schools and community centers. Our staff and board that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are actively taking a thought-leadership role to interrogate racial inequity driven by foundational, structural, and historical issues in the fields of craft and art education. As part of this, we co-lead the national Racial Equity in Craft Peer Learning Group. We believe that imagination and art-making can support questioning, engagement, and recognition of one’s power to shape one’s world. As we rebuild from the pandemic, we remain committed to our mission – the mandate to serve all.

Development & Communications Assistant (full time)

The Development & Communications Assistant is an enthusiastic, self-starting team player who reports to and provides administrative support to the Director of Development and Communication. The Assistant collaborates with other staff members to play a key role in the success of the school’s year-round development, communication, and marketing efforts. The Assistant supports and coordinates development operations; manages our donor database and gift processing; and supports communications, outreach, and fundraising campaigns. This position provides many opportunities for networking, skill-building, and professional development.


  • Provide general administrative support to ensure the continuous, efficient, and smooth operation of the Development and Communications team.
  • Support development/communications plans and strategies.
  • Update online fundraising pages, third-party platforms, website homepage and landing pages.
  • Digital Marketing & Communications:
  • Support institutional and programmatic promotional campaigns.
  • Field communications from the public and respond to general inquiries.
  • Record and report on key performance indicators: analytics for social media, ads, email marketing, website traffic.
  • Work with all staff to calendar, gather, and prepare content for e-newsletter, social media, and other communications.
  • Uphold the Eliot School’s style guide.
  • Follow digital marketing best practices.


  • Work with Director of Development and Communication to develop and implement donor cultivation, engagement, and solicitation strategies.
  • Support annual and ongoing fundraising plans, including assisting with annual mailings, donor events and communications.
  • Keep fundraising database up to date, including data entry, updates, and reporting.
  • Maintain timely gift processing and report generation.
  • Prepare and issue acknowledgment letters, stewardship letters, and other donor correspondence.


  • Assist in planning, logistics, and implementation of in-person and virtual fundraising and program events, including small donor events, house parties, gala, artists’ talks, exhibitions, family craft days.
  • Help steward an internal culture of philanthropy and mutual support, including through staff meetings and support.

We hope for a combination of the following. Candidates need not fulfill every item, but we will weigh all these factors in our hiring decision.


  • Demonstrated experience with customer service and ability to work and communicate well with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, Hootsuite, Constant Contact/Mailchimp. (Adobe/Canva experience a plus).
  • Database experience (prior work with a fundraising database is a big plus)
  • Experience using social media channels, marketing, and analytics.


  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and reliably.
  • Positive outlook and problem-solving attitude.
  • Exceptional attention to detail. Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A proactive approach and outcome-focused mindset, flexible and focused on solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience with racial equity transformation in organizations or community efforts.
  • Comfortable with technology, and able to adapt to new software and systems.
  • The highest ethical standards and discretion.
  • Strong commitment to the Eliot School’s mission of lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all.

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience planning or supporting events
  • Bilingual fluency a plus: Spanish, Mandarin, etc.

The Eliot School is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace that is welcoming to all.

Salary commensurate with experience, $40,000–$44,000 full-time. Health insurance (partial); employer match for 401K retirement plan; family & medical leave. This full-time position offers the option to construct a flexible schedule and hybrid in-person/WFH. It requires some evening and weekend hours depending on programs.

Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to Titi Ngwenya, Director of Development & Communications at [email protected] with “Development & Communications Assistant” in the subject line. We hope for an August start date, but will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For job posting purposes, the deadline is listed as July 14, 2021. Please no phone calls.


Youth Woodworking Teacher (part-time)

We seek a committed, professional, and inspiring teacher who is passionate about engaging students in creative and stimulating projects. We are specifically searching for an individual who has experience and is comfortable teaching woodworking to middle school students with special emotional, behavioral, and learning needs. Curriculum should introduce a variety of media, mesh with particular school needs–e.g. literacy and math, and build students’ confidence. Teachers are encouraged to coordinate artists’ visits each semester with the support of the Eliot School’s Program Coordinator.

This position will be approximately 25-40 hours a week, depending on available programming, starting September 2021 and continuing along with the Boston Public School year through June 2022. Employment may continue through summer ,in our Summer Program for Children, and into the following school years.


  • Teach and engage diverse populations across race, cultural boundaries, and different abilities.
  • Collaborate with program and site administrators, faculty, and students.
  • Expose students to a broader social, cultural, and historical context through art.
  • Create successful sequential lessons that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Assess participant learning and evaluate overall program effectiveness, using Eliot School materials.
  • Model core values and best practices in classroom management and teaching.
  • Use the arts to foster students’ patience and perseverance and build healthy self-esteem.
  • Share genuine respect and support for all students to succeed.
  • Plan and present art displays to exhibit students’ work in the partner/school community.
  • Communicate regularly with program administration through e-mail, phone calls, and/or in person.
  • Participate in professional development provided by the Eliot School.
  • Serve as a positive ambassador for the Eliot School and uphold the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategic direction.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in a wide variety of woodworking techniques and some experience with visual arts experiences.
  • Working knowledge of instructional and behavior modification approaches to accommodate student needs.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Passion for engaging all students in the creative process.
  • Some experience with the development of year-long curriculum.
  • Flexibility, patience, and self-motivation.
  • Strong communication skills: to talk with teachers, staff, administrators, parents.
  • Ability to travel to various locations throughout Boston.
  • Bilingual fluency a plus: Spanish, Kreyol, Mandarin, etc.


Starting at $25 per hour. Increases with tenure. Health insurance (partial) if schedule averages 20 hours or more per week; employer match for 401k retirement plan; family & medical leave.


Please fill out this survey and follow the code instructions:

Send resume, cover letter or video equivalent, and three professional references (include your survey code in the cover letter header) to: Alison Croney, Program Director: [email protected] with “Youth Woodworking Teacher” in the subject line. The deadline is listed as July 15, 2021. Please no phone calls.