Located in the heart of Washington DC, Washington International School (WIS) is a coeducational independent school offering a challenging international curriculum and rich language program from Preschool through Grade 12.
The Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive alumni program. Working in a collaborative environment, the Director will work closely with the Director of Advancement, Head of School, colleagues, and the Board of Trustees to implement all alumni fundraising, events, activities, and communications in order to expand and strengthen relationships with WIS alumni locally, nationally, and globally. The Director will foster consistent alumni engagement and philanthropy.
Specific responsibilities include:
Develop and implement a vision for a comprehensive alumni, past parent, and past faculty/staff program.
Working with the Director of Annual Giving, oversee the strategy and implementation of a fundraising plan for alumni, past parents, and past faculty/staff. This will include identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for annual, endowment, capital, and planned gifts.
Plan and execute WIS’s annual Alumni Reunion program.
Establish and oversee events and an active Alumni Ambassador program locally, nationally, and globally.
Establish and manage a diverse volunteer pool.
Develop a robust communications plan for the wider WIS community in conjunction with WIS’s communications team. Coordinate alumni elements of the magazine, website, and social media initiatives.
Create consistent meaningful avenues for alumni participation in the life of the School.
WIS is seeking an energetic, experienced, and visionary professional who can make meaningful and lasting connections with a diverse, and relatively young, alumni population. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and driven to create an alumni program that supports WIS’s strategic objectives.
Candidates must have at least 5 years of fundraising or related experience and have demonstrated success in leading projects and programs. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are mandatory. Proficiency with a Windows computer environment including MS Word and Excel is required. Working knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge is desirable. Some evenings, weekends, and travel is required.
Please submit a cover letter with salary expections addressed to Pascale Pritsios Dunaway, Director of Advancement, a resume and a list of three professional references.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is based on experience. We offer excellent benefits, including, generous subsidy for health and dental, immediate vesting for retirement and much more.
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, PreSchool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens. Serving its full capacity of 900 students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s ch...allenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB); the Asia Society; and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS graduates attend highly selective colleges and universities.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is central, with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French, Spanish or Dutch. Chinese is offered beginning in Grade six. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma. Upon graduation, approximately two-thirds attend American universities and one-third universities abroad.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.