Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Woodstock School is seeking to appoint a Director of Development and Alumni Relations to start in July 2021.



Woodstock School is India’s leading international residential school. For over 165 years, Woodstock has stood as a reference point for excellence in education in Asia. Situated in the Indian Himalayas, Woodstock’s stunning campus covers more than 250 acres of protected forest, providing an inspirational educational environment and unrivalled access to one of the world’s great mountain wilderness areas. With more than 40 nationalities represented among its student body and faculty, Woodstock is a truly international community which embraces its diversity and multi-culturalism.


Woodstock is a K-12 school, with predominantly staff children as day scholars aged 3 through grade 5. The residential education programme begins in Grade 6. Woodstock is an IB World School offering an inquiry-based approach in the Early Years, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 6-10, and the Diploma Programme (DP) in Grades 11-12. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).



Woodstock School strives for excellence in teaching and learning, offering an exceptional education in a diverse international community. Inspired by our Indian Himalayan environment and our inclusive Christian tradition, we develop visionary, articulate and ethical individuals equipped to achieve their full potential in leadership and in life.



Our Development and Alumni relations department comprises a subset of enthusiastic departments that drive strategic partnerships and new initiatives through areas as diverse as Admissions, Alumni Relations, Marketing and Communications.





JOB TITLE:                            Director of Development and Alumni Relations


REPORTING TO:                The Principal



The Director of Development and Alumni Relations is a key management role. The role envisages an incumbent who has the ability to act as a “brand evangelist” for Woodstock School’s Alumni Relations, Fundraising and Marketing initiatives, and fosters practices to create a community of supporters and transform them into voluntary advocates for the school. The Director would work with the Principal, Board of Directors, and Foundation bodies associated with the school to set a vision for a successful and growing fundraising effort. He/She is involved with strategic planning in order to represent the institution to major supporters, and to build and oversee a fundraising plan with appropriate resources to meet the school’s goals.


The Director of Development and Alumni Relations is expected, in professional ways, to model Woodstock School’s Desired Learning Outcomes, the philosophy of Eliciting Greatness and make decisions in accordance with our Guiding Principles. In addition, the Director of Development and Alumni Relations will accept and support Woodstock School’s inclusive Religious Life Policy.



Planning and Administration

  • Develops and implements the strategic fundraising plans for the Development Office in consultation with the Principal
  • Works with the Principal, COO and the specific committees of the Board to develop strategies to identify, initiate and meet the school’s funding goals
  • Collaborates with a communications team to develop digital fundraising strategies
  • Ensures that policies are developed and in place to govern the operations of the Office
  • Assumes responsibility for all reports on institutional fundraising to the Board and other agencies
  • Develops an Annual Fundraising Budget for the Development Office
  • Achieves the institution’s development goals and assures smooth functioning of all areas of Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, and Prospect Research
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships with potential and existing donors, including parents, alumni, staff and the Friends of Woodstock School Foundation
  • Plans for and directs an institution wide program of accountability, reporting and stewardship to institutional donors and supporters
  • Generates development materials such as grants and case statements



  • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including the annual fund, endowment and capital campaigns, major donor and planned giving programs and special projects
  • Solicits identified prospects for major and planned gifts, including creation or review of proposals, legal instruments, communications, acknowledgments and recognition
  • Develops and implements parent, faculty/staff, alumni and community-based fundraising programs within the Annual Fund Drive
  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, relations and accountability
  • Maintains contact with foundations and corporations and oversees the development of grant proposals for them in keeping with the school’s funding needs


Alumni Relations

  • Identifies and implements short and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures for the management of Alumni Relations within the Alumni & Development Office
  • Develops and manages an agreed annual plan for alumni relations to include timeline and budget for global alumni program
  • Maintains and enhances the school’s existing close relationship with Friends of Woodstock School (FWS) ensuring seamless communications between the school, FWS and the US based alumni body
  • Maintains an accurate and complete database of alumni and friends of Woodstock School, building strong reporting capabilities to track ROI on alumni programming, and fundraising research, prospecting, and donation tracking


Marketing & Communications

  • Works with the Principal to coordinate institutional strategic planning as required
  • Plans and directs a comprehensive, coordinated and high-quality communications plan to communicate the mission and value of Woodstock to all audiences, including staff, parents, the government, the broader Indian community, alumni and other supporters
  • Plans and directs a public relations plan to support staff and student recruitment and fundraising efforts, working with Admissions and HR
  • Coordinates visits by press and special guests, including preparation of materials and organizing programs, such as TV crews, reporters, diplomats, and government officials
  • Builds relationships with media for advertisements, articles, and other forms of coverage
  • Manages “branding” and identification used for promoting the school


Minimum qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum 5 years and preferably 10 plus years of experience in Development and related domains such as Alumni Relations, Marketing, Brand Building and Communications
  • Experience and proven success in leading, building and maintaining a Development Program, preferably in an educational institute


Preferred qualifications

  • Proven project management, relationship management and leadership skills
  • Outstanding fundraising, event management and public speaking skills
  • A thorough understanding of the best practices in the field of Development, Marketing & Communications and the ability to apply those in the context of a culturally diverse environment
  • Knowledge of fundraising and contract management systems like Raiser’s Edge or Donor Perfect
  • Experience writing and managing development materials for print, social media and websites
  • Experience creating and implementing development plans and budgets





Interested applicants should apply through

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the hiring committee via Skype/Zoom


JOINING DATE: 1 July 2021