This twelve-month position reports directly to the VP of Advancement, however works closely with the Director of Community Relations, and the Advancement team. This position will direct and manage all aspects of the school’s alumni relation activities, including fundraising, events, and guiding alumni volunteers. The essential job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
In living out our mission, GAC faculty and staff are expected to actively demonstrate their desire for Christ-like relationships by engaging in full campus life and ministry with their colleagues, parents and students.
Formulates and executes strategies for the Alumni Giving and Reunion Giving Campaigns in collaboration with the Advancement team and volunteer leadership. ?
Conducts the direct fundraising solicitations for alumni and alumni parents, which includes meeting with alumni and friends of the school individually and in group settings in the Atlanta area and across the country. Solicits a growing number of leadership alumni prospects annually.
Creates and manages an alumni and alumni parent engagement program designed to increase the level of engagement with GAC. ?
Manages online alumni portal, managing users, updating data as needed in on campus systems, and developing and executing marketing strategies to increase alumni engagement with the portal.
Develops and cultivates alumni fundraising and engagement volunteer network. Includes recruiting volunteers, creating training materials for alumni volunteers, communicating regularly with alumni volunteers, and establishing and meeting goals in partnership with alumni volunteers. ? Manages the requests, expectations, and messages of alumni volunteers (class agents, reunion volunteers, and callers).
Drafts key alumni giving messages and communications (drafting and editing copy for letters, emails, social media, newsletters, website updates, etc.). ?Manages collection and organization of alumni content for the GAC magazine, including class news, event updates, alumni profiles, and other content as needed.
With the oversight of the VP of Advancement, develop the strategy for and execute regional alumni groups and/or events to provide additional points of engagement for alumni not living in the metro Atlanta area. ?
Plays an active role with students in the high school to build relationships and increase students’ understanding of the role of alumni relations and fundraising after graduation. ?
Serves as an advocate for alumni across the entire GAC community, proactively seeking opportunities to share alumni stories and experiences
Embraces the mission and vision of Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Core Position Specific Requirements:
Christ-like reflection of faith:Demonstrated ability to show active and maturing reflection of Christ to co-workers and others through involvement in church and employer organization as well as role model Christian values in words and actions.
Passion for the school’s mission*: Demonstrated ability to achieve goal-oriented results to meet rigorous performance standards in prior positions or relevant experiences; inspire passion in others for an organization’s mission.
Collaborative: Demonstrated ability to effectively and proactively work jointly with colleagues, parents (if previously employed by a school) and community in the pursuit of a common goal.
Innovative: Demonstrated ability to utilize new strategies, resources and tools as well as to adapt quickly and willingly to changing organizational needs and technologies.
Exceptional service: History of professional excellence through diligence, organization, and communication skills.
Ambassadorship: Demonstrated ability to proactively cultivate and fulfill opportunities that inspire passion in others for an organization’s mission;
Pursuit of professional growth: History of commitment to life-long learning through active professional growth and/or graduate studies.
Successful background check clearance.
Role-Specific Specific Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree required.
Minimum of three years of progressive experience in non-profit or educational fundraising, preferably in an annual giving or alumni position or transferrable skills in sales.
Self-starter with the ability to work independently and take initiative to meet deadlines in a time-sensitive and fluid environment with attention to detail and accuracy. ?
Flexible problem-solver with a demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member ?and manage multiple projects at once. ?
Significant experience working with high-level volunteers. ?
Very strong computer skills, including high competency in Microsoft Office software, ?databases (preferably Raiser’s Edge), and email marketing programs. ?
Polished oral, written, telephone, and e-mail communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies. ?
Commitment to the mission of Greater Atlanta Christian School and willingness to serve as an ambassador for the school both internally and externally. ?
Desire to have a strong partnership with alumni, students, faculty, and parents.
Strong desire to be part of a community as reflected, for example, in attendance and support at important community gatherings (the arts, athletics, major assemblies, etc.).
Greater Atlanta Christian School hosts 1,800 students in grades K3-12 on a 80+ acre walkable campus just outside metro-Atlanta. Approaching our 50th year we believe in developing each child's God-given gifts by offering a rigorous academic program including fine arts and athletics. In living out our mission to help students grow like Jesus did in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man,... our faculty and staff are expected to actively demonstrate their desire for Christ-like relationships by engaging in full-campus life and ministry with their co-workers, parents and students.