Summary: Vermont Academy seeks a dynamic, experienced, creative, and organized individual to serve as the Director of Alumni Engagement. The Director of Alumni Engagement will work closely with the Director of Annual Giving, the Director of Advancement Services & Stewardship, and the Director of Communications & Marketing to engage and communicate with VA alumni of all ages. They will develop and implement alumni programming, including Reunion, regional and campus events, and will be responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, including the Alumni Council and its committees, and alumni Class Representatives. This is a full-time, twelve month position that includes travel, and weekend and evening work.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Develop annual goals, plan, and timeline for Alumni Engagement programs and activities– in coordination with the Campaign (when in Campaign), Annual Giving, and Admissions - and oversee its timely and effective implementation.
Create meaningful avenues for alumni participation in the life of the school.
Compile and produce monthly Alumni Newsletter. Ensure VA website and social media channels are populated with alumni content and coordinated and in-keeping with direction of all-school social media strategies. Serve as a major contributor to the alumni magazine.
Budget responsibilities include monitoring the annual Alumni budget and the ROI and CDR to ensure program and events stay within or above “Productive” mode, and recommending a budget for next FY.
Focus on all Alumni Association (VAAA) activities; serve as the staff liaison with VAAA Co-Presidents; oversee all VAAA committees; work with VAAA and its committees to determine annual goals and timelines; ensure VAAA and its committees are achieving their annual goals in a timely way; ongoing focus on recruitment of new volunteers for VAAA committees and VAAA Council; ensure that the VAAA leadership is in alignment with strategic goals of the school and Board of Trustees;
Coordinate all VAAA related awards, working with school administration, recipients and their classmates, families, etc.
With the AA, evaluate the viability of establishing meaningful regional associations/clubs
Oversee annual regional travel calendar and recruit hosts, coordinating with Head of School’s calendar.
Organize Reunion and all related programming related to Reunion; recruit Reunion Chairs for benchmark Reunions
Focus on benchmark Reunioning alumni (12+ months in advance, coordinating with AG), young alumni, and alumnae.
Prepare the VAAA Co-Presidents for their Board meetings and regular reporting to the Board of Trustees.
Track alumni career and contact information, ensuring its timely entry into the Raiser’s Edge database, for networking and solicitation purposes.
In partnership with the Director of Annual Giving, expand and manage the class representatives program.
Support the school, its mission, and its leadership.
Perform other duties as requested, delegated, or assigned
Support residential life by performing evening and weekend duties in rotation.
Actively participate in the life of the Academy by being a visible presence at meals, meetings, events, productions, and games.
Please email letter of interest and resume to:
No phone calls please.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor's degree required
A minimum of three of experience in development and/or alumni relations and fundraising education, preferably in independent schools
Proven success at networking and relationship building
Demonstrated success managing budgets
Comfort with relational databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge, and GiveCampus, as well as with social media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), and other content management (Constant Contact, CMS) technology
Proficiency in MS Office programs.
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
Excellent organizational and presentation skills
Detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively
Creative problem solver
Possess great integrity and tact and able to maintain confidentiality
Highest ethical and professional standards
High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere
Ability to work evenings and/or weekends, as required by the position
Clear understanding of the mission, values, organization and traditions of an independent school
Vermont Academy provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Vermont Academy expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status
About Vermont Academy
Founded in 1876, Vermont Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding and day school in southern Vermont, serving grades 9-12 plus a postgraduate year.