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The Director of Alumni reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for the creation, planning and implementation of programs to increase alumni engagement and support of Packer. The Director of Alumni is the primary contact for over 3,000 alumni, and she/he must represent the school in a professional and knowledgeable manner, with the ability to both relate to and care for a diverse constituency of men and women with varied tenures and experiences at Packer. The Director of Alumni is responsible for all alumni fundraising and for the creation and implementation of all alumni events both in and outside of the school.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Create, implement, and evaluate an annual plan that promotes alumni engagement, connection and philanthropic support through innovative programming and thoughtful event, communication, and fundraising strategies.
- Establish and build meaningful relationships with a diverse, wide-range of alumni, locally regionally, and nationally. Maintain direct contact with alumni via phone calls, visits, and correspondence.
- Evaluate and reimagine programmatic aspects of the Alumni Relations program routinely by gathering and analyzing feedback and data and analyzing trends.
- Design, plan, coordinate, and implement the Alumni component of the Packer Fund, including leadership giving. Includes the drafting of solicitations, acknowledgments and other correspondence, working closely with the Director of Development and Director of Annual Giving.
- Actively identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts at all levels.
- Expand alumni volunteer program by regularly identifying and recruiting new volunteers, including but not necessarily limited to Class Agents and Class Correspondents. Train and coordinate volunteers to work on various alumni projects including reunion planning and giving, The Packer Fund, Giving Day, and local and regional events and programs.
- Develop, implement, and steward planned giving program for alumni community.
- Plan and execute all alumni events with the coordination and support of the Development Associate.
- Review and revise events annually to ensure that they are achieving objectives, increasing alumni involvement and awareness and contributing to the overall goals of the development program. Events may include but are not limited to:
- Local and regional programs
- Events bringing faculty and alumni together
- Reunion activities
- Programs with current students: directory, fall and spring meetings with seniors, travel with students, induction into Alumni Association at graduation rehearsal.
- Act as administrative liaison with Alumni Board; set agendas with President, provide all supporting information, and attend all meetings.
- Plan annual activities and recommend and recruit new members for the Alumni Board.
- Maintain alumni section of Packer website.
- Coordinate Class Notes section of Packer Magazine. Collaborate with the Director of Communications to identify and produce alumni content for the magazine.
- Ensure accurate and complete alumni records in Raiser’s Edge. Collaborate with Manager of Development Services to capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects, correspondence, postal returns, etc. Save all pertinent email correspondence and visit notes to alumni records.
- Keep colleagues and the immediate Packer community apprised of alumni news and events via timely updates through a variety of media.
- Proactively identify on-campus alumni engagement opportunities during the school year and match alumni appropriately with faculty requests (speakers, class visits, resources, etc.)
- Manage other tasks as needed that support overarching objectives of the position.
- Assist in other areas of the Development Office as requested.
- Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of alumni relations and/or fundraising experience, preferably in an independent school.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain relationships with students, alumni, colleagues, faculty, and staff.
- Must have highest ethical standards and an ability to handle confidential issues with integrity and discretion
- Demonstrate courtesy, tact, and diplomacy when interacting with all constituencies.
- Ability to strategize, implement and build diverse constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for leading and motivating volunteers.
- Evening and weekend work and travel may be required.
- Work to be performed in an office environment as well as at various off-site locations.
Minimum Education Required