Job Title: Associate Director of Alumnae Relations
Department: Advancement Office
FLSA Status: Exempt
The Hewitt School - New York, NY
Established in 1920, The Hewitt School empowers girls to discover their full intellectual and creative abilities, to pursue their passions and personal best, and to lead lives of consequence with character, compassion, and conviction. Located on New York City’s Upper East Side, Hewitt is an independent school serving girls in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. As a community, Hewitt is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
As we approach our centennial, we seek an enthusiastic and strategic candidate to build Hewitt’s alumnae relations program, which includes outreach to former students, parents of alumnae, and former faculty and staff. At this exciting moment in our history, the associate director of alumnae relations is in a pivotal role as we celebrate our past and embrace a bold vision of our future.
Reporting to the director of advancement, and joining a team of six dedicated, collaborative, and joyful colleagues, the associate director of alumnae relations is responsible for planning, directing, integrating, and managing all aspects of Hewitt’s alumnae engagement.
You are an expert relationship builder with the energy to enliven school pride in our extended community. You are personable and collaborative, serving to connect our alumnae to Hewitt and to each other. You are an innovative thinker. You have a high attention to detail, exercise careful record keeping in our constituent database, and are data-driven in your decision making. You are able to balance multiple viewpoints while holding Hewitt’s mission as your central motivation. You are an experienced project manager who is skilled at bringing various stakeholders together to activate a vision. You will actively engage in the lives of our students and work closely with colleagues to incorporate alumnae education and philanthropy into our K-12 curriculum. You will connect Hewitt alumnae to current Hewitt students and develop a mutually beneficial network of powerful women who want to make a difference in the world.
Program Management: Structure the alumnae relations program to increase engagement of alumnae in the life of the school. This includes, but is not limited to, planning alumnae-specific events, including reunion; inviting alumnae to school performances and exhibitions; partnering with faculty to encourage alumnae participation in curriculum and personal development programming; working with the office of diversity and inclusivity to ensure multiple viewpoints are represented in alumnae programming; assisting the admissions office in strategic outreach to alumnae about enrollment activities like tours, admissions fairs, and applications.
Volunteer Management: Identify, recruit, onboard, and manage alumnae volunteers to support the priorities of the school. In conjunction with the alumnae council president, manage the Hewitt alumnae council and its subcommittees. In conjunction with the director of diversity and inclusivity, support the alumnae diversity committee. This includes creating agendas, minutes, and meeting materials, as well as staffing each meeting and volunteer-driven events.
Communications: In collaboration with the office of communications and strategic initiatives and the alumnae council, use various platforms and methods to consistently and thoughtfully engage alumnae with the current life of the school, celebrate alumnae achievements, and highlight opportunities for alumnae involvement with the school and each other.
Fundraising:Create and execute a strategy to increase both participation and size of gifts from alumnae, parents of alumnae, and former faculty and staff; in partnership with volunteers and advancement colleagues identify and cultivate major gift prospects; educate students and young alumnae about philanthropic giving and the importance of participation.
Bachelor’s degree preferred
A minimum of eight years professional experience in fundraising or alumni relations
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and constituent relations management databases (ideally, Blackbaud and Veracross)
Proficiency with social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter
Strong project, program, and volunteer management skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, across a wide array of constituencies
Commitment to learning new software, digital tools, and social media platforms, and to keeping abreast of current fundraising and alumni relations trends and best practices
Ability to work independently and multitask in a fast-paced environment
Ability to collaborate professionally and positively with colleagues, alumnae, volunteers, parents, trustees, and other members of the Hewitt community
Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus
Commitment to institutional equity and diversity work
SPECIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Attend occasional evening and weekend events and serve as a team player in all advancement office projects
TO APPLY: Please submit a resumé, cover letter, and examples of previous relevant work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the job title in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please. Recruitment will remain open until the position is filled; applicants should apply as soon as possible for consideration.
The successful candidate for this position must be able to provide employment references, successfully complete a post-offer background check (criminal background check and verification of education and prior employment), submit a completed physical exam by a licensed medical practitioner stating they are able to perform the essential functions of the position, and demonstrate legal work authorization to work in the United States.
The Hewitt School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It has been and will continue to be a fundamental policy of the school not to discriminate on the basis of any category prohibited by applicable federal, New York State and/or New York City laws/regulations. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment process, including hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation/benefits, performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, training, working conditions, layoff, and termination.
About The Hewitt School
The Hewitt School, established in 1920, empowers girls to discover their full intellectual and creative abilities, to pursue their passions and personal best, and to lead lives of consequence with character, compassion, and conviction. Located on New York City’s Upper East Side, Hewitt is an independent, all-girls day school for grades K through 12.