Director of Alumni Engagement
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s
premier independent schools, is located in central New Jersey, five
miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40
miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding
students in grades 9-12, plus postgraduate students. The School’s
832 students come from 32 states and 38 countries/territories, with
over 31 percent receiving a total of $13.1 million in financial
aid. Across academic, residential, and co-curricular settings,
Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young
people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose,
inspiring the best in each to seek the best for all.
The Lawrenceville School seeks enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want to work with both adults and students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.
Leading a team of three, the Director of Alumni Engagement directs all aspects of the alumni engagement program at The Lawrenceville School. The Director is responsible for creating a robust calendar of annual alumni events (both in-person and virtual); directing the activities of regional clubs and affinity groups; ensuring A&D’s alignment with most recent alumni networking technologies; cultivating the next generation of engaged Lawrentians by focusing on young alumni interests and offerings; leading the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts of the Office of Alumni & Development in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs; advising the activities of the Alumni Association Executive Committee, partnering closely with volunteer leadership; and carrying out any other activities associated with day-to-day operations of the alumni engagement area with a focus on alumni engagement metrics. This position is part of the Alumni & Development senior management team and will work closely with other members of A&D’s Senior Staff to coordinate activities related to alumni.
- Create and execute a robust program of alumni events (100+ annually), representing both in-person events (when possible) and virtual offerings. Oversee all aspects of the School’s annual Alumni Weekend.
- Direct all aspects of Lawrenceville’s regional club and affinity group activities, in conjunction with the Associate Director for Regional and Affinity Affairs. Hire, train and support class secretaries, regional club chairs and affinity group leadership.
- Ensure A&D is in alignment with best practices for alumni networking and engagement, researching new technologies and educating the alumni body on offerings available to assist in connections to classmates and industry peers while focusing on alumni engagement metrics.
- Maintain a focus on the activities of young alumni to ensure their continued engagement and participation in School activities. Provide relevant opportunities for networking and mentorship. Regularly survey and solicit feedback from this constituency group to ensure the School is meeting its needs.
- Lead Alumni & Development’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Participate on volunteer committees and assist the Multicultural Affairs Office in responding to alumni questions and concerns.
- Advise on all activities of the Alumni Association Executive Committee, managing several subcommittees and partnering with volunteer leadership to address issues of interest to alumni constituents.
- Supervise the Associate Director for Regional and Affinity Affairs, Advancement Events Manager and the Assistant to Alumni Engagement. Provide coaching, set goals, and measure progress.
- Coordinate with A&D leadership to execute a coordinated strategy related to alumni engagement activities.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Minimum of eight years’ experience in the development/advancement field, with a preference for a background in independent school education, at secondary or higher education level.
- Previous direct experience managing a team is highly preferred.
- Particular consideration will be given to applicants who are Lawrenceville alumni.
- Ability to work earnestly and cooperatively in a team environment with co-workers and volunteers, and to give and receive feedback on common projects and tasks.
- Ability to work in a friendly and collegial manner; a thorough appreciation for the goals and mission of Lawrenceville and the interests of independent secondary education.
- Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; both written and verbal.
- Enthusiastic and effective manager and mentor, with a proven record of team leadership.
- Demonstrate unquestioned professional and personal integrity, combined with a strong strategic orientation.
- Enthusiasm for and willingness to travel extensively on behalf of the School (5-7 days per month, when business travel resumes).
- Possess the ability to recruit, train, motivate, and retain a corps of committed volunteers, with the ability to work cooperatively and respectfully with all types of volunteers. Possesses the ability to navigate conflict in order to achieve successful outcomes.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google products, as well as donor databases (Abila Millennium preferred).
To be considered for this position, please submit the following:
- A cover letter
Applications Due: May 28, 2021
First Round of Interviews: mid-May, 2021
- Semifinalists' Interviews: early June, 2021
- Finalists' Interviews: mid June, 2021
Announcement: on or around June 15, 2021
The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community
and makes all employment decisions without regard for an
individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin,
nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or
mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic
information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to
submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital
status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical
cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military
service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable
accommodations for qualified individuals in accordance with
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.