Director of Alumni Engagement

Georgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945 as the first integrated school in a segregated city. Governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the parent body and administered by an appointed Head of School, it was founded by seven families who wanted to create a school committed not only to academic excellence and educational innovation but also to a value system emphasizing appreciation and respect for others. Believing that diversity was the ground out of which all deep and rich learning occurs, they established a school where all children would be welcome, celebrated, and challenged to be their best selves.
Today, the School's philosophy, programs, and position in the national educational landscape strongly reflect its roots. Having grown from 12 children in 1945 to 1075 students in PK-12 today, GDS is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s and the nation’s most dynamic educational institutions.

The Director of Alumni Engagement will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement and work closely with the Director of Annual Giving, the Director of Major Gifts, and the Director of Communications to engage and communicate with alumni of all ages. This is a full-time, twelve-month position that includes travel, and weekend and evening work. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting. 

Position Summary
The Director of Alumni Engagement is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive engagement and philanthropy program for all alumni, local and national. Areas of focus for this position include overseeing all aspects of alumni engagement and fundraising, volunteer management (including an Alumni Board), managing all alumni-focused communications, and creating dynamic programs to connect alumni both to each other and with the current GDS experience.
This position presents an exciting opportunity to take a dynamic alumni engagement program to the next level by articulating a compelling vision of alumni engagement on the cusp of GDS’s historic 75th anniversary year and the unification of two campuses onto one, both in the 2020-2021 school year. At this exciting moment in our history, the Director of Alumni Engagement will be in a pivotal role as we celebrate our past and embrace a bold vision of our future. 
Key Responsibilities

  1. Alumni Engagement and Fundraising:
    • Working with the other development officers to develop metrics and strategies for advancing and achieving the school’s goals for alumni engagement and giving and manage a portfolio of alumni prospects and donors. Conduct face to face visits with a diverse cross-section of alumni, locally and nationally, to build strong relationships and secure financial support.
    • Build and maintain key strategic relationships with alumni nationally to cultivate leadership and philanthropy.
    • With input from key stakeholders, develop a milestone-driven strategic plan for alumni engagement and giving, to increase both participation and size of gifts from alumni.
    • Educate alumni, especially young alumni, about philanthropic giving and the importance of participation.
  2. Alumni Board and Volunteer Management
    • Recruit and manage a diverse group of volunteers to support and expand alumni programs. This includes class chairs, regional event volunteers, alumni board members, speakers and Reunion chairs.
    • Lead and manage an active Alumni Board, and its subcommittees, to advise on the programmatic priorities of the Alumni Program.
  3. Communications
    • Working with the Director of Communications, oversee the strategy and execution of all alumni marketing and communications materials, including newsletters, social media, solicitations and gathering information about alumni.
    • Use various platforms and methods (including direct contact, social media, alumni website, e-newsletters, solicitations and print materials) to engage, consistently and thoughtfully, alumni with the current life of the school, celebrate alumni achievements, and highlight opportunities for alumni involvement with the school and each other.
    • Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical, and career information of alumni via surveys, projects, correspondence, career information, website, postal returns, etc.
    • Track and recommend alumni for storytelling and profiling in school communications (quarterly magazine, website, etc.)
  4. Alumni Programs and Events
    • In partnership with the Director of Community Relations and the Alumni Board, steer strategy for alumni events; develop targeted events and programs in support of advancement and alumni relations strategies and goals. Events include annual all-alumni reunion, regional and national gatherings of alumni, and on-campus programs.
    • Develop a calendar of dynamic alumni programs, including specific programs to connect alumni to the life of the School.
    • Partner with the School’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to ensure alumni programs are representative, accessible and inclusive.
    • Work with the Director of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning to build up and maintain a comprehensive list of possible internships with alumni

Other Responsibilities:

  • As a critical member of the Advancement Office, represent the team at school and community events, including on nights and weekends.
  • Develop and oversee the budget for alumni programs.
  • Willing and able to travel to meet alumni where they are.
  • Engage in continual review of programs and strategies to ensure optimal efficiency, effectiveness and quality.

Key Qualifications

  • At least 5 years experience in alumni relations with demonstrated accomplishment in building relationships and strengthening overall alumni engagement  
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience, including annual giving campaigns, soliciting and closing major gifts and conducting face to face fundraising visits
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work independently, combined with the skills necessary for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
  • A high level of integrity and strong work ethic
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and necessary prioritization to meet deadlines
  • Committed to excellent performance, organization, and follow-through on tasks
  • An unflagging commitment to accuracy
  • Ability to travel and work evenings is required
  • Committed to the creation and nurturing of an inclusive, equitable school community and world
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a similar constituent database

Application for all positions is done through our website using Ultipro. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit the careers page on our website.

How to Apply

Step 1: GDS Employment Application (PDF)

Download the GDS employment application. Print the application to fill out by hand or download the PDF to your desktop and then open the document with Acrobat Reader and type directly into the PDF. Please note: Adding content in your browser window will not save the content.

Step 2: Online Employment Application

Interested candidates should complete the online employment application and upload a résumé, cover letter, the GDS employment application from step 1, and contact information for three professional references. All materials should be addressed to the Hiring & Recruitment department.
Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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