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Chief External Relations Officer (CXO) - St Augustine Preparatory Academy

Christian Career Center
Milwaukee, WI
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Organization Description

There is no school like Aug Prep! In just its fifth year of operations, Aug Prep has been voted a “Best Place to Work” by its employees THREE times (in two of those years, there weren’t any other schools on the list!). What makes us so special?

  • Authentic Christian faith integration that puts kids first in all that we do
  • Exceptional academics, as highlighted in our five-star report card from DPI
  • High expectations for students and staff
  • Outstanding resources and facilities, including 1:1 technology, a massive sports complex and two swimming pools
  • A focus on the whole child - mind, body and soul - through the arts, athletics and more

Aug Prep currently enrolls over 1,400 students and graduated our first class of seniors in spring 2021 (they earned over $7million of college scholarships!). 

Position Description

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy (Aug Prep) is seeking a Chief External Relations Officer (CXO) to join our dynamic senior leadership team working to instill hope in our community by equipping our students to glorify God in all that they do today, tomorrow and as future leaders of our city and nation. Leading Aug Prep’s development and communication team as well as working with teams across the organization, the CXO reports directly to the CEO. This position requires a Christ-centered, entrepreneurial and strategic leader with exceptional written and verbal communication skills. The right candidate is highly relational, creative, goal-oriented, demonstrates maturity in decision-making, and has a heart to steward a strong and healthy team towards excellence in their craft and strategic direction. As an ambassador of the Aug Prep organization and mission, the CXO will play a key role in developing and deepening relationships with community leaders, families, donors and champions in the Milwaukee area as well as nationally.

Core Responsibilities:

Aug Prep Leadership

  • Model deep connection and belief in Aug Prep’s North Star, mission and four pillars
  • Participate as a member of Aug Prep’s senior leadership team developing and leading implementation of the school’s strategy and priorities in partnership with the board of directors
  • Engage Aug Prep staff, students, families and other stakeholders to create development and communication strategies that bring the organization’s mission to life
  • Build and lead a high-performing development and communications team
  • Demonstrate exceptional team and people management skills; deep commitment to and belief in developing others; ability to influence, inspire trust and motivate others to achieve objectives, both internally and externally
  • Effectively lead change initiatives while thoughtfully considering the impact of decisions, and facilitating resolutions that prioritize Aug Prep’s mission and our students


  • Expand Aug Prep’s voice, brand and presence in Milwaukee as well as the organization’s influence on key issues facing the organization and communities we serve
  • Serve as communications advisor for Aug Prep leadership
  • Lead organizational crisis communications efforts, as needed
  • Lead all internal and external communication initiatives, including communications rollout for strategic priorities, preparation of media projects, press releases and announcements, newsletters (internal and external), talking points/key messages, and generating media opportunities that support Aug Prep’s mission and vision for the future
  • Work with the senior leadership team to identify organizational challenges and communications opportunities/solutions; define and execute appropriate strategies to support them
  • Work across the Aug Prep organization to support communication best practice implementation with staff, students, families, partners, donors and other stakeholders
  • Manage all media contacts and serve as liaison between media outlets and our organization; serve as spokesperson when appropriate
  • Oversee strategic management of our core communications platforms including website, social media and newsletters
  • Work with partner PR and marketing agencies on specific organizational initiatives


  • In partnership with Aug Prep’s Director of Development (direct report), establish Aug Prep’s overarching fundraising strategies to annually support our work with students, raise capital for Phase II growth and identify post-secondary scholarship opportunities for Aug Prep graduates, ensuring the alignment of fundraising to Aug Prep’s overarching key strategies and priorities
  • Oversee a portfolio of key donor relationships, as appropriate, growing and deepening long-term relationships with existing donors
  • In partnership with Director of Development, identify and build relationships with new and prospective donors


  • The candidate must be mission-driven, demonstrate the highest integrity, and be able and willing to model the values, beliefs and culture of Aug Prep
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required. Specialization in marketing/communications, fundraising, nonprofit management or related field preferred
  • The ideal candidate will have at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience, including leadership roles
  • Strong leader with vision, high energy and the ability to motivate, lead and inspire the board, team and donors.  Exemplary relationship-building and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated and effective written and verbal communication skills.  Exceptional communicator, internally and externally, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a high performing team.  Must be flexible, take initiative, and operate at a high level of productivity. Ability to collaborate, delegate and manage up a must
  • Excellent organization, project management and time management skills with attention to detail and follow through
  • Experience and comfort in cultivating and sustaining relationships with key supporters and stakeholders in Milwaukee, including the media, elected officials, peer and partner education organizations, donors, and prominent community leaders
  • Highly confidential and professional in all aspects of professional interactions
  • Must, at all times, possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license and have access to a vehicle which she/he can use during the workday for job responsibilities which require local travel.

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Milwaukee, WI


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