This full-time, exempt position is responsible for the planning, management, and execution of alumni and parent engagement programs at Pingree School. The Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement ensures that the School is achieving its goals to enhance alumni programming, volunteerism, and giving. This position reports to and works closely with the Director of Advancement to facilitate key aspects of current parent engagement through the Pingree Parents Association and other platforms.
Plan and drive a comprehensive set of Pingree alumni engagement programs that connect alumni to one another and to the school’s mission and priorities;
Lead and facilitate the Alumni Leadership Board, a group of alumni volunteers who organize and promote alumni engagement programs and events;
Develop the Class Agent program, including volunteer trainings and support. Identify, recruit and motivate Class Agents to network with their fellow classmates in order to gather information for publications, promote reunions and other school activities;
Coordinate with the Associate Director of Advancement regarding the solicitation and stewardship of alumni donors to the Pingree Fund;
In partnership with the Associate Director of Advancement, develop a comprehensive plan to establish and execute a Reunion Giving program within the next three years;
Manage the annual Giving Day, a virtual, one-day community fundraiser event with related in-person events;
Manage the annual Senior Class giving campaign as well as all other current student philanthropy education programs;
Oversee and maintain alumni relations presence on the school’s website and through social media;
Develop strategies, in coordination with others on the Advancement team, to locate non-participating alumni and capture current contact information;
Work with Communications department to provide alumni-related information for regular publications;
Lead the strategy and implementation of the school’s reunion activities and other branded alumni events;
Staff various alumni events, including athletic events, holiday gatherings, and reunion, to create an engaging and welcoming atmosphere for the Pingree community.
Serve as the primary administrative liaison to the Pingree Parents Association (PPA). The purpose of the PPA is to cultivate a strong sense of community and to support Pingree School;
Work with the PPA’s elected officers and lead class representatives to facilitate their events and programs, including but not limited to, in-person meetings, fundraising and educational programs, and outreach;
Oversee and maintain the PPA presence on the school’s website and social media;
Responsible for the implementation, oversight, and efficacy of the Parent Ambassador Network, a group of parent volunteers charged with expanding Pingree’s reach, message, and presence in the surrounding communities;
Identify, train and deploy a set number of parent ambassadors by the start of each academic year;
Create clear goals and parameters of ambassador role (including calendar and pipeline goals);
Create effective tracking mechanism for contacts made by individual ambassadors;
Collaborate with Communications team to create marketing collateral for ambassadors;
Create system to quantify, recognize, and celebrate ambassador work at end of academic year;
Collaborate with Admissions team to continue to evaluate and identity top territories still requiring coverage, and identify candidates for those territories;
Plan and execute other (non-PPA sponsored) current parent events, including new and returning family receptions and roundtable dinners.
Pingree School is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for employment are considered without regard to race, sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran or active military status, genetics or any other category protected by state, federal or local law.
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s degree required;
Three or more years of relevant experience in volunteer management, marketing, and/or customer service (preference for experience in an education and/or fundraising environment);
Understanding of basic principles and ethics of donor cultivation and development;
Ability to think critically, strategically, and creatively about the tasks and progress of the alumni and parent engagement programs.
Ability to effectively interface with constituents in a school environment including faculty, staff, students, board members, alumni, and parents;
Skilled in diplomacy, tact, maturity, discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality;
Responsibility-oriented; not task-oriented;
A metrics-driven mindset that informs strategy and work;
Experience developing processes and protocols to monitor timeliness, efficiency and outcomes;
Entrepreneurial spirit with ability to involve colleagues and employ sound judgment;
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
Ability to travel and attend weekend/evening events;
Meticulous attention to detail, organizational, project, and time management skills;
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills;
Passion for working in an independent school setting;
A high level of integrity, strong work ethic, and sense of humor;
Proficiency with Google applications and database activity (Raiser’s Edge) preferred.
About Pingree School
Dedicated to academic excellence and development of high personal standards, Pingree believes that a love of learning flourishes best in a diverse community that respects truth, curiosity, creativity, humor, and independent and imaginative thinking. Above all, Pingree strives to instill in its students integrity, decency, compassion, self-esteem and commitment to one another and to the world at large.