The School: Founded in 1911, Columbus Academy is a PreK-12 coeducational college preparatory day school of over one thousand students located on a 231-acre campus ten miles from downtown Columbus, Ohio. Student programs are organized into three divisions: Lower School (PreK-Grade 5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12). The school offers a vigorous academic program as part of its mission to educate the whole child – mind, body and character. Columbus Academy faculty and staff members are expected to be continuous learners in their fields, to engage in caring and cooperative partnerships with colleagues and parents, to have a demonstrated commitment to the values of equity and inclusion, and to help each student reach his or her full potential.
The Position: Columbus Academy seeks a full-time Director of Alumni Relations as part of the Alumni/Development and External Relations department at the school. Responsibilities to begin ASAP.
Position Expectations: The individual selected to this position will be expected to carry out the following responsibilities:
Serve as alumni donor relationship manager for the Annual Fund. Work alongside the Development fundraising team to conduct personal solicitations, manage a portfolio of donors, identify stewardship opportunities, qualify prospects, and assist with fundraising communications and activities.
Develop and coordinate strategies and programs to engage alumni in philanthropic and volunteer opportunities.
Build close relationships with Class Agents to support the overall advancement of the school, and with the Student Alumni Representatives to bring students and alumni together.
Manage, organize and create alumni networking events and activities, such as the annual Alumni Weekend, Holiday Luncheon, Young Alumni Award & Networking event, Senior/Alumni Board Luncheon, out-of-town gatherings, and, affinity-based or donor related networking opportunities.
Serve as Secretary to the Alumni Association Board. Facilitate meetings, committee work, and communication for, and on behalf of, the Alumni Association.
Help manage and update the alumni database as well as the alumni relations Facebook and LinkedIn presence.
Produce monthly alumni e-newsletter, write features and collect Class Notes for Academy
Physical Conditions: Candidates must be able to manage the following conditions:
Travel via air and car for meetings, out of town receptions and events
Set up and breakdown necessary tables/chairs, etc. for events
Lift up to 50 pounds
A non-smoking campus
Legal Requirements: All Columbus Academy employees must pass required criminal records checks and appropriate background checks, including proof of academic credentials.
Columbus Academy believes strongly in the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek to identify and hire a greater number of faculty of color to serve as role models for all students. We strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic b
Qualifications: Preferred candidates will possess the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Fundraising and/or advancement experience
Proven track record working with volunteers and in event management
Strong communication skills and proficiencies with office technologies (eg. Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign) and the Internet and social media/web-based technologies