The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Northwest School seeks an Alumni Program Coordinator who is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs, relationship management, communications, volunteer engagement, and projects that engage over 2,300 alumni while strengthening their lifelong connections to The Northwest School and providing tangible benefits to those alumni and current students.
Essential functions include:
Serve as an ambassador to alumni, creating and maintaining pathways for their participation in the life of the community that advance the goals of the School; partner with Development colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward alumni giving.
Using the Alumni and Development Strategic Plan as a guide, develop and implement strategies to keep alumni and their families informed about, and engaged with, the School.
Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; maintain regular communication with alumni via in-person contact, email blasts, social media, alumni web pages, and print publications.
Support the volunteer Alumni Council, alumni Class Representatives, and an engaged volunteer group.
Serve as an event planner for alumni events, including reunions, community service projects, and regional events with a focus on building an outstanding program through innovation and increased participation.
Oversee and develop new, and maintain existing, alumni communications using various vehicles, including the school website, social media, and the school magazine.
Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects, correspondence, website, postal returns, etc.
Serve as project manager for the School’s upcoming 40th anniversary celebration
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
A bachelor’s degree and two years of successful development experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
Additionally, the successful candidate will have the professionalism to work with a broad range of school leaders, students, alumni and their families, possess excellent written, verbal and phone communication skills and have experience with volunteer management. The Alumni Relations Coordinator must possess an entrepreneurial spirit with experience building creative programs.
Computer literacy in MS Office Suite, database, social media, and online communications and discretion in handling confidential information is required.
Familiarity with independent schools (especially The Northwest School) preferred.
Experience using fundraising databases; experience with Senior Systems database a plus.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.