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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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Communications and Development Associate, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Position Overview

The Communications and Development Associate is a key member of the Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia operational team, reporting to the Executive Director. The primary roles for this position are managing annual fundraising and communication activities. Important secondary roles include optimizing database records and access as well as supporting, planning, and production of special events.


Essential Functions


Individual Giving

●      Manage direct-mail appeals from concept through mailing.

●      Execute social media appeals and outreach.

●      Support donor cultivation and stewardship activities.


Institutional Giving

●      Support grant proposal preparation, submission, and reporting.

●      Support stewardship of corporate/business sponsors.



●      Manage announcements and invitations for special events.

●      Provide support for cultivation and fundraising events.

●      Generate post event reports and follow-up.




●      Manage a wide array of communications activities.

●      Create and post website and social media content.

●      Manage social media presence.

●      Maintain accurate email lists.

●      Secure and publish program-impact stories.

●      Write donor communications and marketing copy.

●      Prepare newsletter and e-newsletters.

●      Secure Annual Report content and coordinate publication.



●      Ensure all donor information is recorded in database.

●      Update records with current and accurate information.

●      Augment donor records with notes and background information.


*Note that this person will work closely with the Germantown Friends School Chief Advancement Officer on all database and research-related tasks and will follow Germantown Friends School Advancement Office database practices/protocols.



●      Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university

●      Two or more years of relevant professional experience

●      At least one year of experience working with a relationship management database system is preferred (such as Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, Veracross etc.)

●      Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies

●      Excellent written and verbal communication skills and facility with many styles of writing

●      Strong technology skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

●      Strong project-management skills

●      Highly motivated self-starter, with proven ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines

●      Excellent organizational skills

●      Strong work ethic

●      Discretion when handling sensitive personal information about constituents

●      Impeccable attention to detail

●      Flexible team player with strong interpersonal skills

●      Ability to work occasional nights and weekends



●      Generous health benefits including medical, dental, and long-term disability.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Please include “Communications and Development Associate” in the subject line.


About Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia launches talented students, beginning in middle school, on a path to college success and inspires outstanding college students to pursue careers in education. Breakthrough increases educational opportunity by focusing on the development of both students and teachers. Through academic enrichment and college preparation, Breakthrough prepares students who have limited educational opportunities to attend and succeed at competitive high schools and four-year colleges. Simultaneously, Breakthrough develops future educators by providing professional teaching experiences to college students through its selective residency programs. Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia is part of Germantown Friends School, an independent Quaker school in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.


About Germantown Friends School

Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood‐12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit


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. For more information about the school, please visit our website at