Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive preK-12 independent school, serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, Fieldston offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from Pre K to 12 on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.
The Director of Alumni Relations will oversee the Alumni Relations program at Fieldston to increase alumni engagement, philanthropic education and financial support. S/he will report to the Director of Development. The Director will also work in partnership with the Assistant Director, Special Events and Director of Communications. Additionally, the ARD may, on occasion support the Assistant Head of School in finding alumni speakers. This position will work at both the Bronx and Manhattan campuses.
Assess the effectiveness of programs and special events, developing a multi-year strategy for increased alumni engagement
Design and execute alumni programming
Determine strategy and implement all special events in consultation with the Assistant Director, Special Events
Alumni Annual Fund
Work with the Director of Development to determine the annual fundraising strategy for alumni
Identify alumni major donors and prospects in collaboration with the Director of Development
Serve as a solicitor for the Annual Fund
Establish and oversee a planned giving program
Steward the School’s relationships with longtime alumni volunteers and supporters. Identify and engage new alumni to become more involved with the School.
Provide staff leadership to the Fieldston Alumni Network (FAN), crafting and tracking goals, programming, organizational structure, and event and meeting planning. Ensure adequate support for all committees of the FAN.
Support reunion committees and class reps.
Provide partnership for the annual fundraising benefit, particularly soliciting alumni support for tickets, underwriting and auction items.
In partnership with the Communications team, manage the alumni Facebook page and other social media, and provide content for the “Class Notes” section in the magazine, ECF Reporter
Collaborate on the monthly e-newsletter Notes from the Quad
Manage the student volunteer committee for the Form VI gift
Minimum of 5 years of alumni relations at an educational institution or organization, 10 years total professional experience
Familiarity and enthusiasm for the school’s mission;
Experience working with volunteer leaders, including staffing of volunteer committees
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; detail oriented
Well-developed social skills; ability to interact and address large groups of constituents as well as one-on-one meetings with a population that encompasses a wide range of age groups and backgrounds
Ability to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision
Desire to be part of a collaborative team with the capacity to work well individually
Exceptional initiative, work ethic, and self-accountability
Ability to craft strategy, while maintaining an excellent grasp on details
Demonstrated success in program development and the ability to inspire others;
Comfort and experience with relationship management software, knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred
Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends as required
About Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive preK-12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from PreK to 12 on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.