FUNCTION: Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement Operations, the Director of Alumni and Parent relations is a visible, dynamic member of the Cheshire Academy community who has primary responsibilities for organizing and managing volunteers and programs to expand the school’s community of support. The Director will collaborate with Advancement staff to cultivate engagement and affinity with alumni and parents through volunteer management, in-person and virtual events, and communications. This position will inspire loyalty and financial support, strengthen Cheshire Academy’s reputation, and involve constituents in meaningful activities to advance the school’s mission. The Director interacts directly with donors, volunteers, front-line fundraising staff, the Head of School, and students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Plan and implement activities to enlist, engage, and steward volunteers. Set alumni and parent engagement goals in the context of the school’s mission, vision, strategic and campaign plans, seeking input from key stakeholders to develop and implement metric-driven strategies to achieve goals. Current volunteer responsibility includes: Alumni Leadership Council, Cheshire Academy Parents & Families Association (CAPFA), Alumni of Color Mentoring Network, reunion committees, event hosts, and class leaders.
Partner with the Alumni Leadership Association (ALA) in meeting alumni engagement goals, working to support and act as liaison to ALA leadership.
Support the onboarding and training of volunteers in the Volunteer Management System (VMS), including partnering with Advancement staff on data management and importing, as well as management of resources within the VMS.
Plan, organize and execute local and regional events for alumni and parents, including Reunion Weekend, Family Weekend, CAPFA meetings, the Winter Reception and regional gatherings, among others, that support meeting engagement goals.
Direct and manage an appropriate and meaningful reunion program that aligns with and supports broader alumni engagement goals and strategies and maximizes both event attendance and Cheshire Academy annual fund participation.
Partner with the Marketing and Communications department to develop and execute the alumni and communications plan and online engagement, including through social media (Alumni LinkedIn, class Facebook pages, etc.), texting, and print publications.
Build and maintain key strategic relationships with constituents locally and nationally to cultivate networking, engagement, and volunteerism. Provide staff support to the Head of School, Chief Advancement Officer, and other administrators at regional events.
In association with the database manager, ensure that the constituency database records are accurate and complete; capture contact and biographical data as well as educational experience and career information via correspondence, social media, class agents, etc.
Special event coverage, including some weekend and evening work is expected;
Other duties as deemed necessary by the Senior Director of Advancement Operations or Chief Advancement Officer
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree required;
Experience in education, alumni and/or constituent relations, volunteer management, public relations, nonprofit administration, fundraising and/or related fields. Experience or familiarity with independent schools is a plus.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Possess high energy and enthusiasm to authentically promote Cheshire Academy and serve as its ambassador to the alumni and parent community;
Ability to create and manage annual engagement plans with goals and objectives, using demonstrated analytical skills to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high yield activities and prioritize them to attain goals;
Proven ability to build relationships, motivate, engage, and work with a wide variety of constituencies with a commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community;
Ability to collaborate with colleagues and effectively manage volunteers;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Detail oriented, well organized and ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously;
Self-starter and ability to work effectively as a team member and independently;
Must be able to handle confidential information with sound judgment and discretion;
Overnight travel both in state and out of state as needed;
Knowledgeable in the use of various software applications, including Raiser’s Edge (NXT), Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams.
Employment Diversity Statement
Cheshire Academy is an internationally minded college-preparatory school with a diverse student body representing over 31 different countries. We are fully committed to hiring and retaining faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of our student body. Candidates should demonstrate dedication to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice within our community. We encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Cheshire Academy, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. Cheshire Academy is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is a co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school serving students in grades 9-PG. Our student body, comprised of approximately 304 students from over 20 countries and 13 states, has the opportunity to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma in grades 11 and 12. We challenge our students to maximize their potential by developing the confidence, character, and critical thinking skills that enable them to thrive as global citizens.