The Director of Alumni Relations & Giving is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and assessment of a broad-based, comprehensive, proactive, and multi-faceted engagement and philanthropy program for all alumni constituencies locally, nationally, and globally. Reporting to the Director of Advancement, the Director of Alumni Relations & Giving will operate in a collaborative environment by working closely with the entire advancement team as well as the Head of School, faculty/staff, the Board of Trustees, and key alumni volunteers.
Key responsibilities include:
Articulate a compelling vision of alumni engagement that involves alumni, past parent, and past faculty/staff.
Working with the Director of Advancement and Assistant Director of Data Services, develop metrics and strategies for advancing and achieving the school’s goals vis-à-vis its alumni; manage a portfolio of alumni prospects and donors by implementing moves-management protocols with prospective donors.
Working with the Associate Director of Advancement, oversee the strategy and execution of all externally oriented annual giving marketing campaigns for alumni, past parents, and past faculty/staff.
Steer strategy for alumni events globally; determine and execute targeted and segmented events and programs in support of advancement and alumni relations strategies.
Lead an active Alumni Leadership Council to advise on the programmatic priorities of the Alumni Program.
Establish and manage a diverse volunteer pool, including alumni speakers, class agents, regional event volunteers, and service project organizers.
Minimum of 2 years of experience in an independent school preferred.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.