Georgetown Day School, Georgetown Day School, an independent day school in Washington, D.C., seeks a dynamic, experienced, creative, and organized individual to serve as the Director of Alumni Engagement. The Director of Alumni Engagement will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement and work closely with the Director of Annual Giving, the Director of Major Gifts, and the Director of Communications to engage and communicate with alumni of all ages. This is a full-time, twelve-month position that includes travel, and weekend and evening work. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.
The Director of Alumni Engagement is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive engagement and philanthropy program for all alumni, local and national. Areas of focus for this position include overseeing all aspects of alumni engagement and fundraising, volunteer management (including an Alumni Board), managing all alumni-focused communications, and creating dynamic programs to connect alumni both to each other and with the current GDS experience.
This position presents an exciting opportunity to take a dynamic alumni engagement program to the next level by articulating a compelling vision of alumni engagement on the cusp of GDS’s historic 75th anniversary year and the unification of two campuses onto one, both in the 2020-2021 school year. At this exciting moment in our history, the Director of Alumni Engagement will be in a pivotal role as we celebrate our past and embrace a bold vision of our future.
1) Alumni Engagement and Fundraising:
Working with the other development officers to develop metrics and strategies for advancing and achieving the school’s goals for alumni engagement and giving and manage a portfolio of alumni prospects and donors. Conduct face to face visits with a diverse cross-section of alumni, locally and nationally, to build strong relationships and secure financial support.
Build and maintain key strategic relationships with alumni nationally to cultivate leadership and philanthropy.
With input from key stakeholders, develop a milestone-driven strategic plan for alumni engagement and giving, to increase both participation and size of gifts from alumni.
Educate alumni, especially young alumni, about philanthropic giving and the importance of participation.
2) Alumni Board and Volunteer Management
Recruit and manage a diverse group of volunteers to support and expand alumni programs. This includes class chairs, regional event volunteers, alumni board members, speakers and Reunion chairs.
Lead and manage an active Alumni Board, and its subcommittees, to advise on the programmatic priorities of the Alumni Program.
Working with the Director of Communications, oversee the strategy and execution of all alumni marketing and communications materials, including newsletters, social media, solicitations and gathering information about alumni.
Use various platforms and methods (including direct contact, social media, alumni website, e-newsletters, solicitations and print materials) to engage, consistently and thoughtfully, alumni with the current life of the school, celebrate alumni achievements, and highlight opportunities for alumni involvement with the school and each other.
Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical, and career information of alumni via surveys, projects, correspondence, career information, website, postal returns, etc.
Track and recommend alumni for storytelling and profiling in school communications (quarterly magazine, website, etc.)
4) Alumni Programs and Events
In partnership with the Director of Community Relations and the Alumni Board, steer strategy for alumni events; develop targeted events and programs in support of advancement and alumni relations strategies and goals. Events include annual all-alumni reunion, regional and national gatherings of alumni, and on-campus programs.
Develop a calendar of dynamic alumni programs, including specific programs to connect alumni to the life of the School.
Partner with the School’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to ensure alumni programs are representative, accessible and inclusive.
Work with the Director of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning to build up and maintain a comprehensive list of possible internships with alumni
As a critical member of the Advancement Office, represent the team at school and community events, including on nights and weekends.
Develop and oversee the budget for alumni programs.
Willing and able to travel to meet alumni where they are.
Engage in continual review of programs and strategies to ensure optimal efficiency, effectiveness and quality.
A B.A. is required. An M.A. is preferred.
At least 5 years experience in alumni relations with demonstrated accomplishment in building relationships and strengthening overall alumni engagement
Demonstrated fundraising experience, including annual giving campaigns, soliciting and closing major gifts and conducting face to face fundraising visits
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
The ability to work independently, combined with the skills necessary for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
A high level of integrity and strong work ethic
Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and necessary prioritization to meet deadlines
Committed to excellent performance, organization, and follow-through on tasks
An unflagging commitment to accuracy
Ability to travel and work evenings is required
Committed to the creation and nurturing of an inclusive, equitable school community and world
Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a similar constituent database
Application for all positions is done through our website using Ultipro. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.
Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
About Georgetown Day School
Georgetown Day School students receive a comprehensive education designed to prepare them for a lifetime of learning and a healthy appreciation of their world and their opportunities. GDS believes that the educational development of the whole person requires comprehensive study of academic subjects, in-depth exposure to the arts, regular opportunities for physical education and athletics, and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. Believing that each young person is unique and has special gifts, the School recognizes that identifying and fostering the growth of these individual talents is one of its most challenging responsibilities.
Noted for the depth and breadth of their knowledge and for their personal concern for the students they teach and advise, our teachers are essential to the GDS ethos. When hiring faculty, the School looks for individuals who believe deeply in the capacity of all children to excel, are passionate about the subjects they teach, work to create respectful, democratic learning communities in and outside the classroom, and possess the ability to spark enthusiasm for learning. Within a carefully designed and coordinated curriculum..., teachers employ a variety of pedagogical approaches to ensure the success of all students.
Believing that students have obligations to others as well as themselves, we expect students to respect others, to appreciate others' successes, and to work hard toward their own.
GDS graduates leave the School with a love of learning, an abhorrence of bigotry and intolerance, a broadly rounded fund of knowledge, the ability to enter the great conversations of life, and the willingness and capacity to bring needed change to a troubled world.