Work Schedule: Presence on-site required Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends, as well as overnight travel as needed.
Reports to: Senior Associate Director of Development
Description: The Associate Director of Alumnae Relations is responsible for leadership and implementation of a comprehensive Alumnae Relations strategy for National Cathedral School. The Associate Director provides staff and volunteer leadership for Alumnae Relations programs, including Reunion, Regional Programs, Alumnae Leadership, Constituency Programs, Alumnae Awards, and Alumnae Communications.
The Associate Director is an integral member of the Development team. The successful candidate will possess the agility to work in close partnership with colleagues, advance Alumnae Relations program goals, and advance individual alumnae relationships, including philanthropic support.
The successful candidate must be an independently motivated, goal-oriented, strategic thinker who can execute among multiple priorities and succeed in a dynamic, team oriented, results-driven environment. Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Development, the Associate Director helps engender a positive culture of best-practices and pursuit of continuous improvement for the Development office.
Alumnae Relations Program Leadership
Serve as the primary staff representative of National Cathedral School Alumnae Relations, writing and speaking as appropriate on behalf of Alumnae Relations
Prioritize resources dedicated to Alumnae Relations program areas in alignment with NCS’s strategic goals
Serve as project manager for Reunion, which brings more than 500 alumnae, family and friends to the National Cathedral School annually. Develop reunion volunteer leadership. Provide leadership for Development colleagues who serve as liaisons for special anniversary classes and other constituencies that may gather during Reunion.
Guide and facilitate the work of the Alumnae Advisory Group (AAG) and other alumnae volunteer leaders who advise the staff regarding Alumnae Relations programs. Meet with each member of the Alumnae Advisory Group at least once per year
Identify and cultivate alumnae who may be developed to serve as volunteer leaders
Manage the Regional Alumnae program, providing leadership for alumnae volunteer Points of Contact and the staff liaisons for each region
Manage Alumnae Constituency programs, working with faculty and staff liaisons to support constituency groups, including the Black Alumnae Association, STEAM Alumnae, and Theater Alumnae. Work with school and AAG leadership to prioritize and guide the identification of new constituency groups
Lead the Alumnae Awards program, honoring and celebrating NCS alumnae
In partnership with NCS Communications, provide leadership for Alumnae Communications, including a monthly newsletter, alumnae web pages, and class notes
In cooperation with Development leadership, develop and maintain historical tracking of quantitative and qualitative goals and metrics for alumnae programs
In cooperation with NCS academic and administrative leaders, facilitate alumnae involvement in school activities
Strive to ensure the quality and integrity of alumnae biographical data
Participate as a fully-engaged member of the NCS community. Serve as an effective ambassador for the school by developing a conversational knowledge of school history, traditions, and culture, strategic planning, and philanthropic priorities
Attend Development and school functions and perform other duties as assigned
Facilitate a culture of philanthropic giving among alumnae, especially alumnae volunteer leaders
Prioritize the development and management of Alumnae Relations programs in alignment with school priorities and goals, including the growth and stewardship of alumnae giving
Work in close partnership with the NCS Annual Fund team to encourage philanthropic support in alignment with Alumnae Relations programs, especially Reunion, Constituency Programs, and Regional Alumnae programs
Conduct a minimum of 30 in-person meetings with alumnae each year
Actively manage a dynamic portfolio of individual alumnae relationships
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of Alumnae Relations or Development experience
A minimum of 2 years of demonstrated success managing volunteer leaders
Strong writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
Ability to handle challenging situations diplomatically and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues, senior-level executives, and Board-level volunteers
Consistently demonstrate superior organization skills and attention to detail
Frequent regional travel and occasional national and overnight travel
Ability to work without supervision and to organize, prioritize, and successfully execute multiple concurrent tasks; to anticipate needs and act accordingly, and to perform with a high degree of initiative
Ability to maintain confidentiality, act with discretion, and maintain a high level of performance
Demonstrated ability to conduct data input with a high degree of accuracy; analyze data to inform decisions; and provide timely and useful reports
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
Ability to engage in physical work, including bending, stooping, reaching, and remaining upright and still for an extended time as well as lifting, carrying, and/or pushing at least 30 pounds.
Enthusiasm for the mission of National Cathedral School: We believe in the power of young women and educate them to embrace our core values of excellence, service, courage, and conscience
Independent school experience
Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a similar CRM database
NCS is committed to leadership in multicultural education and a culturally diverse faculty and staff. The school therefore seeks applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported.
National Cathedral School serves 585 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, flexible, and collaborative, and they view education as an engaging vocation. Our students are fun and kind, and they love to be challenged and viewed as confident individuals. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of an excellent education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral's commitment to being a house of prayer for all people.
NCS offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Interested candidates should send a resume, letter of interest, and a list of three to five references as one combined attachment with “Associate Director of Alumnae Relations” in the subject line to: NCSemployment@cathedral.org.
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