Whitfield School serves students in St. Louis in grades 6-12 by providing a coeducational, college preparatory education that cultivates ethical, confident, and successful students in a community of innovation, collaboration, and trust. Whitfield seeks its first Director of Alumni Relations to provide the vision, leadership and strategic oversight to establish and strengthen connections among Whitfield alumni of all ages. The Director of Alumni Relations will develop and implement a comprehensive, sustainable, and rewarding program that engages alumni through strategic communication, relationship-building, and events (networking, life-long learning and social).
The ideal candidate will be an experienced volunteer manager, event coordinator, and effective communicator who celebrates Whitfield’s traditions while recognizing opportunities for innovation. We seek a creative and driven self-starter who is comfortable building and implementing programs at the same time. The successful candidate will develop strong internal and external relationships to launch a program that capitalizes on existing initiatives while introducing new ones.
The Director of Alumni Relations will work closely with alumni volunteers, faculty, and students. The Director of Alumni Relations reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement and serves on the school’s administrative team and advancement leadership team alongside director of development, director of communications and marketing, and director of admission.
Develop and oversee the implementation of strategies and year-round programming that increase engagement with alumni of all ages leading to increased alumni giving and legacy enrollment. These programs are to provide meaningful activities that benefit alumni, current students and the school.
Collaborate with the Senior Team and Development staff, to create and implement philanthropy education for current seniors in high school
Collaborate with Director of Development and Director of Annual Giving, to develop strategies to meet annual alumni giving goals and reunion giving goals
Conduct discovery calls to identify major gift prospects and alumni volunteer leadership
Manage alumni giving stewardship program
Increase alumni engagement through events such as reunions, family programs, legacy programs, presence at athletic contests and homecoming
Collaborate with Senior Team and school leaders to facilitate mentoring and networking events for current students and alumni, including securing alumni hosts for Senior Internships and Senior Service projects
Collaborate with Parent’s Council and school leaders to develop life-long learning opportunities such as book clubs and lectures
Ensure tracking and reporting of event objectives vs. outcomes, including accumulation of historical data and trend-line reporting
Build and manage an alumni leadership council
Serve as liaison to athletic hall of fame committee
Support the Director of Annual Giving by identifying alumni giving volunteers
Collect, write and catalog alumni profiles
Generate alumni content for school-wide publications (eNews, Insights)
Manage alumni social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)
Collaborate with Director of Communications & Marketing to maintain alumni webpage
Demonstrated success identifying, developing and leading volunteers
Experience providing a high level of professional service to internal and external constituents
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills
Experience in managing social media platforms
Experience managing events
Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to handle challenging situations diplomatically and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues and volunteers
Ability to organize, prioritize, and successfully execute multiple concurrent tasks; to anticipate needs and act accordingly, and to perform with a high degree of initiative
Proficiency in database management and high level of comfort using data to inform decision-making
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5 years professional experience; independent school or collegiate experience in alumni/development preferred
Full-time, 12-month position. Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter as PDFs to Emily Klimek, Director of Advancement, email@example.com. For consideration, subject MUST read, “Director of Alumni Relations Search,” and cover letter should be copied into the body of the email. Applicant review will begin December 11.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.