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Carolina Day School, nestled in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, is an independent, Pre-K/12, secular, college preparatory school. CDS enrolls approximately 655 students across four divisions: Lower School (Pre-K/5), Key School (2-8, for students with language learning differences), Middle School (6-8), and Upper School (9-12). 

Working at Carolina Day School means being part of a strong community steeped in a passion for learning. We are committed to our students and families, and to each other. We recruit only the best and brightest for our team of professional educators and administrative staff. 

At Carolina Day, we are committed to building a faculty, student body, and school culture which reflect the diversity of the greater world around us. Diversity adds quality to our community by cultivating a richness of ideas, a broadening of perspectives and a respect for others. 

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Special Events Manager 

(24 hrs/week)

Carolina Day School (CDS) seeks a dynamic and energetic individual for the position of Special Events Manager, reporting to the Director of Advancement. This position supports all areas of the Advancement Office and school priorities, as instructed by the Director of Advancement, with a specific emphasis on leading CDS’s annual Gala, which is the largest fundraising event for the school each year. Other events for which this position provides leadership include the Back to School celebration, supporting the Alumni Relations director with various Homecoming weekend events, Grandparents & Friends Day, and many other community and cultivation events. This is a part-time (average approximately 24 hours/week outside of time of the Gala event—which will require more hours per week), year-round position for the 2017-18 school year, with which is annually contracted from July 1-June 30.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Leads, plans, organizes, supports and executes all aspects of Advancement events, including but not limited to the following:

  • Annual Gala: consisting of an online auction, silent auction, live auction, paddle-raise, raffle, dinner, sponsorship and individual fundraising, and event run-of-show; Responsible for raising $250,000 in net  revenue from annual auction

  • Alumni and Homecoming Weekend: support a multi-event weekend, including homecoming games and a reunion event

  • Other Stewardship and Cultivation Events: including Grandparents & Friends Day, Parent Appreciation Week, the Community Winter party, events related to an upcoming campaign

  • Upcoming 30th Anniversary Celebration: help plan outreach efforts, events, and activities

  • Utilizes appropriate project management and event management software to manage complex data, particularly to track auction items and sales, and event attendees

  • Works with Marketing Communications department to develop event communications timelines for promotional and event materials, including newsletters, invitations, web pages, social media posts, an auction catalog, and videos, etc.

  • Contracts and manages vendors during all stages of planning process for all events

  • Responsible for creating robust volunteer teams to support the goals of development and alumni events by recruiting, training, managing, and cultivating parents and alumni volunteers

  • Supports other Advancement Office initiatives, including Annual Fund, Alumni Relations, and special campaigns, as needed and assigned

Education and Experience

  • BA required

  • 3-5 years of nonprofit fundraising event experience, preferably in a school environment

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines

  • Demonstrated track record as a self-starter, creative-thinker, and action-oriented fundraiser with a sense of urgency and passion for implementing strategies and tactics

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc…), Google Suite programs, and other possible software and online programs

  • Proficiency in event software, preferably Greater Giving

  • Ability to work independently and within a team

  • Ability to manage highly sensitive financial and other personal information with confidentiality

  • Willingness and ability to work both traditional and non-traditional business hours, and some night and weekend work and local travel as required

Interested candidates should send resume, cover letter, and any relevant prior event material examples (please collate into a single (1) PDF document) to Rebecca Taylor, Director of Human Resources at



Substitute Teachers (Grades Pre-K/12)

Carolina Day School has openings for substitute teachers at our Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, and Key School divisions.

substitute teacher is a professional educator who is responsible for operating a safe, orderly, and positive classroom environment while the regular teacher is absent. The substitute teacher must effectively manage the classroom and provide instruction for students by following the regular teacher's lesson plans, and adhere to Carolina Day School policies and procedures.

Responsibilities of a Substitute Teacher

  • Provide meaningful instruction to students in assigned classrooms while regular teacher is absent

  • Review and implement regular teacher's routines, procedures, lesson plans, curriculum objectives, classroom management, and instructional strategies

  • Establish and maintain a safe and orderly classroom environment; take all reasonable precautions to protect students, facilities, and materials

  • Communicate clearly and effectively to students, faculty, and staff 

  • Report all student injuries, accidents, illnesses, and serious discipline problems to school administration as soon as possible

  • Maintain a working knowledge of and adhere to all Carolina Day School policies and procedures

  • Demonstrate cooperation and flexibility in performing other related duties as assigned by the school administration 


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree 

  • Criminal background check

  • Drug test

  • Teaching certification not required

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Rebecca Taylor, Director of Human Resources at


CDS supports the National Association of Independent School's anti-discrimination policy - The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, NAIS does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, nation of origin, gender, or any other characteristic.

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