As a college preparatory school, Wyoming Seminary, located in the picturesque area of northeast Pennsylvania, seeks to create active learners, responsible citizens, community leaders, and ethical individuals ready to take their place in the global community of the 21st century. True to our traditions and our values, Wyoming Seminary is committed to supporting promising students from varied backgrounds. The student body of 818 consists of 486 students in grades nine through 12, including 13 postgraduates. The Upper School population features a broad diversity of ethnic, religious, cultural and economic backgrounds, and the 174 boarding students from 18 states and 35 countries provides an opportunity for the school to create a vibrant international community. The Lower School campus in Forty Fort enrolls 332 students in grades toddler through eighth grade.
Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, the Director of Alumni Programs oversees all aspects of alumni programs for the School both on and off campus, and serves as the chief liaison with the Wyoming Seminary Alumni Council. The Director is chiefly responsible for the creation and oversight of a comprehensive program of events and activities intended to engage the Sem alumni community and enhance understanding of the School’s mission. The successful individual will be a dynamic leader who has vision and passion to create and implement strategic annual and long-term plans, programs, and leadership opportunities designed to involve alumni through programs and activities that encourage reconnecting and development of life-long relationships within the Sem community. This person should be a collaborative leader who will work closely with partners throughout the School, alumni volunteer leaders, and colleagues in the Alumni/Development office to implement innovative programs and strategies that have broad impact on overall engagement.
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
Serve as the School’s liaison to the Wyoming Seminary Alumni Council and its volunteer leadership. Work closely with the Alumni Council President in creating and executing strategy and plans. Help to facilitate and direct the Council’s energy and efforts toward supporting the greater alumni constituency while always supporting the goals and mission of the School.
Coordinate all aspects and details of major alumni events on campus such as Homecoming, Reunion Weekend, the annual Rusty Flack Golf Tournament, etc. to maximize attendance. As an event coordinator, provide planning and oversight of the multiplicity of details involved in holding these events from inception, through execution to follow up and evaluation.
Enhance the active alumni network through identification, involvement and investment of alumni. Work to engage alumni in the life of the School (events, communications, networking, annual giving, student recruitment, etc.) Help to find ways to increase strategic use of social media.
Further develop a robust regional alumni gathering program to engage and involve Sem alumni around the country and indeed around the world with events in their home area. Coordinate travel to and from cities across the United States. Work with catering departments at private clubs, restaurants, etc. to make arrangements to hold the Sem events. Partner with alumni in each regional area to encourage engagement and attendance at these events.
Collaborate with the Communications Office on coordinating the design, story lines and productions of the School’s magazine, the Wyoming Seminary Journal.
Work closely with the Vice President of Advancement and the Director of Annual Giving to create and implement a robust strategy to increase alumni giving participation through development of key programs to acquire donors, and to strengthen the ongoing participation of previous donors.
Work with others in the Advancement division toward the continuing development of web-based outreach tools designed to meet the needs of the alumni community as well as to attract and engage further participation. Direct involvement with, and posting on, various social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.
Create and introduce student engagement programming plans to connect current students to the global alumni network of professionals and educate them about their lifelong role as Sem alumni.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) and three to five years of alumni/advancement experience.
Demonstrated leadership and an ability to manage multiple and complex assignments.
A passion for education and in particular a willingness to support all aspects of Wyoming Seminary’s unique identity and mission.
Strong interpersonal skills are needed to work collaboratively with the alumni/development team and volunteers; a sense of humor is a must.
Highly organized, attentive to detail and committed to excellence.
Experience working with active, involved volunteer leadership.
Knowledge and experience with direct mail and telemarketing, as well as online and social media strategies.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, time management, strong organizational, listening and group facilitation skills.
Possess strong computer and analytical skills.
A willingness to travel and work weekends/evenings.
Wyoming Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs. EOE
About Wyoming Seminary College Prep School
Wyoming Seminary, or more affectionately known as "Sem," is the oldest coeducational independent college preparatory school in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Wyoming Seminary is a day and boarding school with two campuses three miles apart across from the city of Wilkes-Barre. The Lower School in Forty Fort is a day school with classes from preschool (age 3) through grade eight. The Upper School in Kingston is a day/boarding community with classes from grades nine through twelve plus a postgraduate year.