Gill St. Bernard’s School
Assistant Director of Development,
Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
The Assistant Director of Development, Alumni Relations and
Annual Giving oversees the creation and implementation of all
alumni engagement programs focused on developing and strengthening
short and long-term meaningful relations with alumni. The Assistant
Director will be responsible for implementing both a creative and
systematic approach, both in-person and online, and in both content
and delivery of programming including objectives, strategies,
tactics, metrics, and timelines to promote both alumni affinity and
giving to GSB.
The Assistant Director will report to the Director of
Development and collaborate with Development colleagues, the
Communications Team, faculty, and other key internal and external
partners to contribute to the success of the school and
The position is a key member of the Development team, building
relationships among GSB’s alumni, both locally and nationally. They
will be a lead solicitor responsible for meeting a portion of the
GSB Fund’s annual goal, which is expected to grow each year, and
totals $1.7M in 2022-2023. The Assistant Director will aim to meet
or exceed annual goals of 10% alumni participation and increase the
average alumni dollar raised per year and is responsible for
helping to grow the pipeline of major gift donors.
The position requires proven frontline fundraising abilities,
strong organization skills, the ability to build lasting
relationships with donors and alumni classes, and oversight of
volunteer management programs.
- Alumni Engagement: Ensure and reinforce a
strong relationship between alumni and GSB. Engage alumni through
alumni-driven activities and events, identify and cultivate future
volunteer leaders and donors, and provide leadership for alumni
- Annual Giving: Under direction of the
Associate Director of Development, work collaboratively to execute
strategies to best solicit gifts from alumni in conjunction with
the overall GSB Fund strategy/timeline. Recruit alumni to serve as
volunteer solicitors for the GSB Fund.
- Volunteer Management: Manage the Alumni
Council, the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, the Senior Gift
Committee, and assist in the management of the Alumni of Color
Network along with the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and
- Alumni and Reunion Giving Program: Create and
manage a 12–18-month calendar of outreach for milestone reunions
through a class agent volunteer program.
- Alumni Communications: Assist the
Communications team with specific alumni-related communications
including class notes, alumni profile identification, and outreach
to alumni via social media. Work with colleagues to write, design,
and send monthly alumni e-newsletters, alumni solicitations, and
invitations. Use data-driven segmentation strategies to effectively
- Prospect Management and Solicitation: Research
alumni prospects, determine target GSB Annual Fund amounts and
solicit contributions to help ensure long-term support.
- Reporting: Provide descriptive reports for the
Development team and the Advancement Committee of the Board of
Trustees, and the Head of School as directed.
- Special Events: Collaborate with colleagues to
oversee the annual reunion weekend. Direct regional alumni events
in New York City, Florida, Boston, Washington, D.C., and other
locations. Attend regional receptions and campus events to meet
alumni and donors, assist with various aspects of events, make
introductions, champion, and solicit for the alumni program, the
GSB Fund, and capital campaigns. Occasional public speaking.
- Work Commitment: Able to work on occasional
evenings and weekend to support school events. Travel as needed to
meet with donors both locally and nationally.
- Budget: Maintain and track Alumni budget lines
within the larger Development budget.
- Other: Contribute to the overall success of
the Office of Development by working collaboratively on special
projects, events, and performing all other duties and
responsibilities as assigned by the Development Director.
This position requires a bachelor’s degree with a minimum five
(5) years’ experience in alumni relations or transferable
experience with a background in fundraising. This position also
requires demonstrated success in:
- Aligning with the school's commitment to Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion and Community.
- Proven relationship builder and motivator.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
- Highly organized with demonstrated diligence, accuracy, and
- Mature judgment, tact, sensitivity, and discretion.
- Professional, organized, creative and efficient.
- Experience in planning events and managing volunteers.
- Experience with social media and other communications
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as
- Independent school experience a plus.
- Excellent technology skills including Raiser’s Edge
- Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
- Occasional out of state travel is required.
Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience
and includes a competitive benefits package. Interested candidates
should send their resumes and a cover letter to Josie Muench, HR
Gill St. Bernard’s School
P.O. Box 604, Gladstone, New Jersey 07934-0604
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