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explore our CAMPUS

What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Current Opportunities

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Manager of Special Events

The Manager of Special Events is responsible for designing events that further the school’s overall Advancement goals. The ideal candidate will approach events with creativity and a commitment to designing them to meet their objectives in meaningful way that reflect the spirit and culture of the school. This person will manage the administrative duties of 50+ events throughout the year. Events are organized for various audiences, including parents, prospective families, alumni, and our entire school community and range from 15-750 attendees. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Manager of Special Events will work with various constituencies inside and outside the school including Admissions; Communications and Marketing; Alumni Relations; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; The Friends Free Library; the Parents Association; Athletics, and our four divisions. The Manager of Special Events will manage events independently and will also provide support for events managed by different departments.


  • Enhance current annual events and identify opportunities for new programs that engage our constituencies, market our school, and celebrate the GFS experience
  • Serve as lead in all pre-event, on-site event, and post-event tasks, including:
    • Identify event goals and program needs
    • Design the event experience
    • Create and manage event timelines
    • Support program development and speaker identification
    • Develop room layouts and décor proposal
    • Support the marketing and communication department in designing invitations, websites, video development
    • Serve as event vendor liaison, arranging food and beverage
    • Manage logistics and details - reserve audiovisual equipment and rooms; order signage, prepare name tags, order and track inventory of event and promotional materials, manage event contracts
    • Lead on-site event coordination, post-event breakdown, and any necessary post-event follow up
  • Updates database with event details including invitees, RSVPs, and actual attendance
  • Prepare budgets and track event finances including check requests, invoicing, and reporting
  • Propose new ideas to improve the event planning and implementation process
  • Proactive in finding resources to help staff make decisions about event possibilities


  • Minimum of 3 years related event experience
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Google Drive and Apps; and project management software (such as Wrike)
  • Ability to work beyond traditional hours during events, including nights and weekends
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage several projects concurrently
  • Independent worker and thinker as well as a team player
  • Ability to lift 20lbs and walk around campus to ensure event is being handled properly
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Valid driver’s license required


Please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 examples of event work (event plans, collateral, websites) to

Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status.  People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply.