The Director of Alumni Relations & Giving is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and assessment of a broad-based, comprehensive, proactive, and multi-faceted engagement and philanthropy program for all alumni constituencies locally, nationally, and globally. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Director of Alumni Relations & Giving will operate in a collaborative environment by working closely with the entire advancement team as well as the Head of School, faculty/staff, the Board of Trustees, and key alumni volunteers.
Key responsibilities include:
Articulate a compelling vision of alumni engagement that involves alumni, past parent, and past faculty/staff.
Working with the Director of Advancement and Assistant Director of Data Services, develop metrics and strategies for advancing and achieving the school’s goals vis-à-vis its alumni; manage a portfolio of alumni prospects and donors by implementing moves-management protocols with prospective donors.
Working with the Associate Director of Advancement, oversee the strategy and execution of all externally oriented annual giving marketing campaigns for alumni, past parents, and past faculty/staff.
Steer strategy for alumni events globally; determine and execute targeted and segmented events and programs in support of advancement and alumni relations strategies.
Lead an active Alumni Leadership Council to advise on the programmatic priorities of the Alumni Program.
Establish and manage a diverse volunteer pool, including alumni speakers, class agents, regional event volunteers, and service project organizers.
Develop a communications plan for the wider WIS community in conjunction with WIS’s communications team, including alumni related content for WIS publications, its website, and social media presence.
Create consistent and meaningful avenues for alumni participation in the life of the School.
Specific responsibilities include:
In conjunction with the Director of Advancement and the Associate Director of Development, identify, research, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni, past parent and past faculty and staff with leadership capacity.
Work with the Associate Director of Development to develop innovative strategies to sustain and improve alumni, past parent, and past faculty/staff participation in WIS’s Annual Giving Program.
In conjunction with the Assistant Director of Data Services, ensure accurate maintenance of all alumni, past parent, and past faculty/staff records in the database.
Implement a strong culture of philanthropy with current students.
Implement a robust event strategy locally, nationally, and internationally to engage the alumni community as part of an upcoming campaign.
Engage the Alumni Leadership Council and recruit regional volunteers to form alumni networks to engage the WIS community.
Organize alumni participation in classrooms as well as panels for current parents/students.
Implement and oversee all event details in conjunction with the Manager of Special Events; develop event collateral and provide comprehensive event briefings to Head of School, Director Advancement, and other colleagues as required.
Manage the Alumni Leadership Council and work closely with the Council’s Executive Committee to spearhead planning sessions and Council’s bi-annual retreats.
Manage and motivate alumni, student and parent volunteers for peer-to-peer engagement and solicitations.
Promote and strengthen the alumni mentoring platform by recruiting alumni mentors and developing avenues for young alumni and current students to engage.
Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing team and the Development Associate to develop content for print, electronic newsletters, and social media marketing.
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.
Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum five years of relevant experience in alumni programming, program development, and fundraising; and/or significant relevant experience in education or business.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills; demonstrated cultural sensitivity in interacting with a diverse alumni population both domestically and internationally.
Strong negotiating and marketing skills; must have excellent oral and written communication skills and highly developed interpersonal interaction skills including the ability to exchange and interpret information requiring understanding to influence others.
Strong analytical and technical skills with ability to interpret financial information and manage data.
Self-motivated with ability to work with considerable independence within the context of a team environment and a network of relationships.
Strong volunteer management skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and supportively with high-level volunteers, including alumni, parent of alumni, and current faculty/staff.
Proficiency with Windows computer environment including MS Word and Excel; working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other CRM system a plus.
Availability and willingness to work outside the normal schedule on occasion, including early mornings, evening, school holidays, and weekends to accommodate volunteer and donor meetings. Occasional travel required.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits package is competitive
About Washington International School
Washington International School (WIS) is a coeducational independent school (private school) offering 900 students a challenging international curriculum and rich language program from Preschool through Grade 12. Our mission is to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach.