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Purpose Preparatory Academy

Director of Public Affairs & Strategic Engagement

Purpose Preparatory Academy


Job Summary


About Purpose Prep

Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School is an academically challenging, disciplined, and joyful elementary school in Nashville, TN. Through rigorous curriculum, high-quality instruction, and positive character development, Purpose Preparatory Academy ensures that all Kindergarten through grade four students achieve the academic skills, knowledge, and ethical foundation to be set on the path to college. 


Be the Director of Public Affairs & Strategic Engagement Job Description at Purpose Prep. 

Change the World. 

We are seeking a Director of Public Affairs & Strategic Engagement who believes strongly in our mission and vision and whose actions demonstrate high expectations for scholars, families, and colleagues. The Director of Public Affairs & Strategic Engagement is entrusted with advancing critical priorities within the areas of school operations, fund development, communications and marketing, and strategic affairs to support the school’s success. The Director of Public Affairs & Strategic Engagement will be held accountable by the Head of School in regards to his/her performance and growth.



Job Responsibilities



Fund Development

  • Develops and executes a fund development strategy for the school in coordination with fund development committee
  • Serves as the school’s liaison to Board’s fund development committee, managing the fund development dashboard and communicating ‘progress to goals’ updates to the Board
  • Supports the school in identifying grants, cultivating grant officer relationships, and drafting grant applications
  • Identifies donors and corporate sponsorships, sets up meetings for donors to visit the school, encourages and continues to solicit donations
  • Develops and executes a cultivation plan with donors, supporters, and volunteers
  • Secures partnerships on behalf of the school and in alignment with the mission
  • Designs and executes fund development events and school fundraisers 
  • Manages the donor database, maintaining an accurate, comprehensive, and centralized, database of all contacts and their activities with the school
  • Completes financial, grant, and compliance reporting (i.e. Title One Requisitions)
  • Monitors expenditures in relation to the Board-approved budget and to assure that fiscal activities comply with federal, state, and local agency requirements
  • Engenders a greater sense of community and belonging in families, students, donors, volunteers, and staff 


  • Completes school compliance reporting and documents, including Annual Reports, Academic Data Charts, and School Improvement Plans 
  • Coordinates district and state school review and performance engagements
  • Completes assigned local, state, and federal reports accurately and timely



  • Drafts a bi-monthly quarterly newsletter updating the community on the exciting developments at Purpose Prep
  • Publishes press releases and establish working relationships with local and regional press corps
  • Manages website and social media communication to ensure timely school updates website and ensure community engagement and interest
  • Drafts communication to stakeholders per various needs


School Operations

  • Supports with logistical planning for school-wide operational processes (i.e. testing) and events (i.e. school field trips, staff retreat and events) 
  • Designs and executes social impact campaigns and identity-affirming programming (i.e. Purpose Prep Book Series, Vote with Purpose, Black History Honors, curriculum, family-related events, professional development)
  • Assists with the creation of school policies & procedures and implements them with fidelity 



  • Communicates effectively with students, families, and colleagues
  • Collaborates with other staff members and actively participate in training, professional development and learning activities
  • Works to continuously improve effectiveness in all practices 
  • Uses feedback to make productive changes in performance
  • Completes all administrative requirements by given deadlines
  • Participates in additional activities including family and community engagement events and other required programs as needed throughout the year




Purpose Prep has launched an urgent search for a committed, intelligent, hard-working Director of Public Affairs & Strategic Engagement. We will consider candidates who: 

  • Embodies Purpose Prep’s mission, vision, and RISE with Purpose values (Purpose, Respect, Integrity, Self-Determination, Excellence)
  • Believes that there is not a more urgent task than providing an outstanding academic and character education to students from urban backgrounds
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Experience in education, marketing, recruitment, business development, and/or donor-relations role preferred
  • Strong organizational abilities
  • Detail oriented
  • Experience in clear, respectful communication with both adults and children.
  • Preferred experience working in urban settings
  • Knowledge of office equipment and services including computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, phones, and software
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proven ability to network and engage a diverse set of stakeholders and rally them toward a common mission.
  • Open to feedback, willingness to take personal responsibility

Additional Information


Provided through Metro Nashville Public Schools

How to Apply

Apply at or email your resume and cover letter to



  • Date Posted: June 15, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 07/13/2022
  • Working Hours: 7-4