Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Girard College is a full-scholarship boarding school for academically capable students from qualified families of limited financial resources. Girard College’s mission is to prepare scholarship students for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive citizens through a rigorous education program that promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth. Girard College students will be prepared to complete a bachelor’s degree in order to maximize their ability to pursue productive careers and be engaged citizens.
Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Institutional Advancement, the Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations will be responsible for growing a comprehensive program for Girard College’s alumni across the country and throughout the world, and strengthening relationships with them. The individual will also be responsible for growing a robust annual fund for non-major and major donors and prospects. This individual will work closely with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, colleagues in the advancement office, as well as the Girard College Alumni Association (GCAA) to foster engagement, connections, and philanthropy. This position is established as the College looks to build a dynamic and strategic advancement team to plan a series of campaigns. The Director will play a vital role in managing annual giving, alumni relations, donor relations, stewardship, events, grant writing, and advancement services.
Major functions and responsibilities:
Growing an alumni relations program for the school’s alumni in order to increase alumni giving and participation in College activities
Planning, administering, and managing all school-planned alumni programs, events and communications
Administer a growing annual fund by implementing innovative strategies for renewal, rejuvenation, and growth of the current Annual Fund donor pool
Identifying alumni major donors and prospects in collaboration with the Vice President-EM/IA and President
Serve as College point person and coordinator for all events to include planning, administering, and managing Founder’s Day Weekend and the Annual Gala
Collaborate and coordinate strategic fundraising events with the Director of Young Alumni Support
Assist Director of Communications and Marketing and the Advancement team in managing and implementing publications such as annual reports, fundraising brochures and documents, annual magazine (Steel and Garnet) and others as needed
Steward annual giving, non-major donors
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:
Deep appreciation, understanding, and commitment to Stephen Girard’s legacy and the distinct mission of Girard College.
Extensive background in independent schools preferred.
Established track record in fundraising, relationship building, event planning, and strategic partnering, including successful grant writing with an educational focus.
Dedicated and collaborative teammate with strong interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and relationship-building skills.
A commitment to diversity
Act ethically and confidentially with sensitive and confidential information.
Actively participate in professional learning communities and professional development opportunities to gain and apply new knowledge for the benefit of the School’s advancement efforts.
Demonstrate adaptability to respond to shifting priorities both to manage emerging situations and take advantage of new opportunities.
Have a good sense of humor and ability to find positive solutions to challenges.
Proficient and demonstrates sound professional judgment in using social media.
Demonstrated excellence in developing strategies for engaging, cultivating, successfully communicating with, soliciting and stewarding current and prospective donors.
Ability to participate in school events after school hours, including nights and weekends.
Experienced with databases and communication programs.
Girard College is a private boarding school on a 43 acre campus, grades 1 through 12. Our students are from families with limited financial resources, headed by a single parent or guardian. All of our students receive a full scholarship for this five-day residential program that prepares students for advanced education. Girard College is located at 2101 South College Avenue. For more information visit our website http:www.girardcollege.edu.