Located in Pasadena, California, Westridge is a forward-thinking
independent school for girls in grades 4-12 that emphasizes
adventurous thinking, courageous, compassionate leadership, and
equity and inclusion. Our school community is vibrant and diverse
and grounded in the commitment to goodness in all aspects of life
and learning. We balance challenging academics and a focus on
leadership development with a priority on social emotional
wellness, development of one’s sense of self, values, and goals,
and thoughtful consideration of individuals’ responsibilities to
others and the world.
Westridge is seeking an experienced and skilled director of
alumnae engagement. The director of alumnae engagement, the
school’s principal ambassador to its more than 5,000 member alumnae
community, is responsible for developing and implementing programs,
activities, and communications that engage alumnae locally and
across the globe while also carrying a portfolio of top alumnae
prospects. Reporting to the director of advancement, the director
is responsible for growing alumnae support for the school and
increasing the engagement of alumnae and parents of alumnae.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Design, plan, and execute comprehensive strategic plan for
alumnae engagement, including year-round programming, both in
person and virtual, for alumnae to connect with the school. Plan
annual Alumnae Weekend in March and other gatherings throughout the
year in Southern California. Work with volunteers to plan regional
activities in key areas such as NY, Chicago, Northern California,
and Orange County.
- Build relationships and manage portfolio of 50+ alumnae or
alumnae parent prospects. Identify, cultivate, and solicit major
and planned gifts, individually or with Head of School, Director of
Advancement, or volunteers.
- Staff and guide Alumnae Board chair and committee chairs to
maximize involvement of volunteers. Identify prospective
leadership and ensure succession planning for chair and vice
chair. Ensure a diverse representation in volunteer and
alumnae activities, especially with those from traditionally
- In coordination with colleagues and school DEIJ priorities,
develop meaningful opportunities and programming that connect
current students and alumnae around issues of DEIJ and increase
alumnae engagement. Develop alumnae outreach and materials that
raise the visibility of DEIJ programs, resources, and giving
- Reimagine class engagement program and reunions.
- Work closely with Director of Annual Giving to develop
strategies to secure increased philanthropic support from
- Develop new programs to involve and prepare students in grades
9-12 for their roles as alumnae after graduation, including the
senior class gift.
- Design and implement new initiatives to continue parent
engagement with the school after students graduate.
- Working closely with communications staff, oversee year-long
alumnae communications plan, including print and digital vehicles.
Drive effort to find compelling alumnae stories.
- Plan engagement for Madeline Society, the school’s planned
giving recognition club. Coordinate with staff and
third-party vendor on targeted communications to this audience and
stories about Society members.
- Manage alumnae relations budget.
- Help guide advancement administrative assistant who, along with
other responsibilities, supports alumnae engagement. Work
with database administrator on efforts to improve contact
information for alumnae.
- Bachelor’s degree, preferred
- 5+ years’ experience in alumni relations, development, or
- Proven track record cultivating and soliciting 5-6 figure gifts
- Demonstrated skill in leading volunteer groups
- Experience planning and executing events large (100+) and
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Understanding of and experience working with diverse
communities of Southern California and commitment to actively
supporting school DEIJ efforts.
- Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese a plus
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as a team
member to achieve goals
- Strong computer skills, including MS Office Suite, Raiser’s
Edge or other database, Teams, Zoom, Slack, and understanding of
the use of social media to engage audiences
- Criminal background check and clearance required
This is a permanent, full-time, exempt position and is eligible
for Westridge’s comprehensive benefits package that includes paid
time off, medical, vision, dental, and generous 403b retirement
options. Salary dependent on experience and qualifications.
Schedule: 40 hours per week as follows: Monday-
Friday with flexibility to work different shifts and weekends when
necessary. This is NOT a remote position.
Send cover letter, resume, and references to Jobs@Westridge.org.
Include “Director of Alumnae Engagement” in the subject line.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer.
Applicants are evaluated without consideration of race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital
status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic
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