DESCRIPTION: The Alumni Relations Director is responsible for designing and implementing a variety of alumni networking opportunities as part of the overall development department plan to raise money for annual/capital needs towards achieving the goals of the school’s strategic plan. The Alumni Director works collaboratively with the Head of School, Special Events Director, and Development Director in a variety of areas including the following: alumni engagement, special events, fund development events, and database/records management.
PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES: Fundraising • Develop and maintain an alumni program including special events, on-going correspondences, and annual reviews • Develop and maintain on-going reunions and networking opportunities with the alumni • Develop volunteer participation/leadership opportunities through regular contact and recognition • Develop an effective strategy to communicate to alumni the importance and necessity of annual support • Utilize reunions and special events to develop alumni enthusiasm to offer donations and gifts • Assist in the implementation of annual, capital, major and planned gift initiatives • Assist in the management of donor portfolios • Assist in the overseeing of the processing of all gift income • Issue receipts and thank you notes for all donations and gifts • Create, develop, and maintain a stewardship program to recognize donors • Assist in the planning and implementation of all fundraising and donor-building programs and special events • Supervise staff and volunteers for all alumni events • Establish positive working relationships with staff and volunteers • Produce weekly articles with photos for church bulletins/newspapers and edit publications as needed in conjunction with the Director of Marketing • Assist the Director of Admissions in visiting schools to make formal presentations to students and interested parents; maintain working relationships with all school administrators • Attend Admission Committee meetings pertaining to special events • Assist the Director of Admissions in evaluating various aspects of the admissions and marketing program • Assist in overseeing the Student Ambassadors program; review applications, select officers, train Student Ambassadors; arrange for Student Ambassadors to be present at all necessary events • Collaborate with the Head of School reporting periodic progress towards annual goals • Be involved in strategic planning and be a spokesperson for the school’s vision and program to a range of constituencies, including individuals, businesses, and foundations • Recommend policy with regards to fund development special events • Execute all other duties assigned by the Head of School.
EDUCATION: • Minimum Bachelor’s degree preferably in fundraising, communications/public relations, or related field
EXPERIENCE: • Must have experience working with non-profit institutions and leading focus groups • Must possess procedural knowledge/understanding of basic office policies/procedures • Must have a minimum of five years supervisory experience in professional development • Must have experience in running annual giving, capital campaigns and major gift program and have knowledge of planned gift vehicles • Must have thorough knowledge of the fundraising field-techniques, trends, (staying ahead by reading professional publications and maintaining collegial contacts) • Must have knowledge of the mission of the school, its culture, and its history • Must have an understanding of the nature of an independent school.