To be responsible for devising and implementing Rectory’s strategy for fostering excellent alumni relations that will build and strengthen relationships between Rectory and its community in order to maximize alumni and donor interest in, and engagement with, Rectory School.
Identify areas of the country with a critical mass of alumni, including those enrolled in secondary schools and colleges, to plan and implement visits to alumni in small groups and larger events for the Development Office.
Plan and post relevant alumni updates, events, and important School news across social media platforms to keep alumni engaged (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc). Work closely with the Communications department.
Connect with alumni identified by faculty or research with interesting stories for use in communications efforts (Alumni Notes, social media, alumni features).
Work with faculty/administrators to create engagement opportunities for alumni on campus.
Invite identified alumni to campus for workshops, presentations, classroom speakers, and on-campus events.
Create yearly alumni outreach plan, including young alumni in high school and college.
Develop, support and refine the young alumni program; Serve as the primary point of contact for young alumni, including managing class agents.
Identify mentorship opportunities and connect alumni with one-another across geographic regions, class years, and industries.
Class Agent Program
Work with the Director of Development to create and implement a class agent program to improve alumni outreach and engagement.
Work with Development Associate to invite identified potential Class Agents, share information as Class Agents accept invitations, and follow up with non-responders.
Communicate regularly with class agents for updates on outreach efforts, news about alumni, etc per outreach calendar.
Maintain updated contact information with class agents and recruit and train new class agents as needed.
Work with the Associate Director of Development to plan and facilitate annual class agent and volunteer gathering.
Oversee, plan and execute all Development Office events including Fall Family Weekend, the Golf Tournament, Spring Family Weekend, Alumni Reunion Weekend, Board of Visitors, Leaving the Wolf Den, 8th Grade Leadership Luncheon, Regional Receptions, Donor Dinners, etc.
Plan and execute successful events and programs specifically for alumni and creatively increase attendance of alumni at regional and on-campus events.
Plan and administer all aspects of events, including venue research and contracts, supplies, budget, and event communications.
Work with designer, printer, and mail house to design, create, and send event communications.
Coordinate all pre- and post-event communications including invitations, surveys, and follow up emails to event attendees.
Co-manage the Rectory Parents’ Association (RPA) to coordinate on-campus needs and event volunteers.
All non-residential faculty participates in a 60-hour shared dorm duty coverage for the year. You will be assigned a dorm to cover for two hours on one afternoon each week.
A bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and minimum of 2 years of working experience. Several years experience in Alumni and Development role is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic plans.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Thorough understanding of the philanthropic process.
Experience working with volunteers.
Excellent organizational skills.
Strong computer skills (knowledge of inResonance database an asset).
Demonstrated ability to work independently including researching to make recommendations.
Flexibility to work well with a very diverse group of individuals (Alumni of all ages, parent and alumni volunteers, corporate leaders, faculty, staff).
Demonstrate a deep and genuine interest in the welfare of Rectory Alumni in order to build and grow strong, committed, long-term relationships congruent with values and vision of the School.
Strong demonstration of self-motivation, energy, creativity and Alumni Relations expertise that will make a substantial impact on Rectory Alumni participation.
Ability to work well with Development leadership team to build, broaden and achieve the School’s integrated fundraising goals.
Entrepreneurial skills, the ability to multi-task, and a proven ability to meet goals are core requirements to ensure a professional execution of all Alumni Relations tasks.
Willing to work occasional nights and weekends
Some day and overnight travel required.
About The Rectory School
Rectory School was founded in 1920 when the Reverend and Mrs. Frank H. Bigelow sought to create an individualized learning program for their son John. The benchmark program has developed into a distinct advantage of a Rectory education. Rectory has the capacity to meet the educational needs and aspirations of a wide range of students – from strong traditional learners to those who have inquisitive minds but need more academic support.
Rectory School’s 138-acre rural campus provides a scenic and secure home to approximately 270 students covering the ages from Pre-K to 9th grade. Rectory is a coeducational institution at all levels. The 5th – 9th grade junior school has approximately 210 students 147 of whom are boarding students. These students come to Rectory from all around the United States and from nine different countries. Average class size is 10 and the student teacher ratio is 4:1.