Director of Alumni Relations

Collegiate School
New York, United States
$100,000.00 - $130,000.00
Closing date
Oct 10, 2023

General Summary:

Under the general direction of the Director of Development, the Director of Alumni Relations is an integral part of Collegiate’s Development and Alumni Relations office, supporting the needs of the School’s 4,000+ alumni and past parents. The Director will develop events and engagement opportunities to support the mission of the School, engaging constituents in the life of the institution and encouraging their life-long connection with, and support of, Collegiate.  The Director will work with volunteers and staff in a highly collaborative setting.

Essential Duties:

  • Strengthen alumni support by increasing the awareness and visibility of Collegiate School and its goals among alumni.
  • Initiate and manage events and programs, which foster and strengthen the relationships of alumni with the school. These could include roundtable discussions, networking events, stewardship events, regional events, mini-reunions, etc.
  • Manage and support a robust volunteer structure of alumni and past parents. Work with and manage leadership councils to strengthen the department's activities and engagement
  • Plan and organize an annual reunion at the school. Work with Class Agents/Reunion fundraising volunteers to plan and organize milestone reunion celebrations and fundraising initiatives.
  • Assist with fundraising efforts that include annual giving, planned giving, capital gifts, and endowed fund donations.
    • Oversee the Alumni Annual Fund, in partnership with the School’s Director of Annual and Campaign Giving, soliciting alumni for gifts via email, direct mail, and in person.
    • Work with the Director of Development to identify and cultivate alumni and past parent donor prospects and volunteers and to create pipelines for giving and for leadership opportunities.
  • Work cooperatively with Collegiate’s Director of Communication to develop effective communications including e-newsletters, content for print and online communications (magazine, annual report, website, social media, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned. Evening and weekend work is sometimes required.


Education and Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; and at least 5 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to complete a background check.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability and willingness to participate fully in a dynamic day school located in New York City;
  • Knowledge of fundraising best practices and trends;
  • General knowledge of constituent databases, reporting, and related technologies as they apply to K-12 education;
  • Experience managing and motivating volunteers;
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge and GiveCampus preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage own schedule;
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others;
  • Detail-oriented;
  • Creative and strategic thinking abilities;
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to multitask, keep calm under pressure, and treat everyone with respect;
  • Displays curiosity, a positive attitude, flexibility, and a good sense of humor;
  • Ability to follow all policies and procedures of the School as written in the employee and parent handbooks.

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