Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, a private, Catholic, college-preparatory school in Olney, MD, seeks a talented, experienced, fundraising professional to serve as its Director of Alumni Engagement. Under the direction of the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Alumni Engagement is responsiblefor developing, managing and integrating programs that engage alumni and donors in creative and relevant ways as resources for Good Counsel and each other, and for converting such engagement into consistentphilanthropic support. Working in coordination with the Director of Annual Giving, the Director plays apivotal role in accelerating growth in alumni philanthropy and annual giving. The Director of Advancementfor Alumni Engagement helps achieve revenue goals by leveraging best practices, emerging trends, andinnovations in securing philanthropic support in the development arena.
Build, nurture, and expand relationships with Good Counsel through personal visits, events, phonecalls and e-communications. Conduct discovery calls and visits with alumni both regionally andnationwide.
Maintain a portfolio of alumni donors and prospects to cultivate for leadership annual gifts.
Work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer and the Director of Annual Giving to move capableannual giving donors towards increased leadership annual gifts and towards major and planned givingthrough comprehensive solicitation strategies.
Develop and sustain a robust fundraising plan for athletic programs in coordination with coaches andthe Director of Athletics to encourage annual giving and alumni engagement.
Work in close coordination with the Advancement team to develop and implement stewardship plansfor alumni and annual donors that demonstrate impact and set the stage for consistent giving.
Research and develop alumni programming in support of the School’s strategic plan, which respondsto alumni demographic factors including age, vocation, academic background, affinity groups, andgeographic regions.
Oversee, support and grow the development of alumni clubs and networks in key geographic areasincluding the DMV, New York, Philadelphia, California, Florida, North Carolina, Boston, and otheridentified areas where a strong alumni base is present.
Strengthen Good Counsel outreach programs in coordination with Athletics, the Counseling Center,Enrollment Management, and Academic heads to further ways for alumni to stay connected withGood Counsel.
Oversee the planning of Reunion Weekend, the Steve Dean Golf Tournament, and other key events,in coordination with the Campaign and Events Manager, to achieve increased and diversified alumniattendance, strong giving outcomes, successful activities and participation.
Launch and manage Good Counsel’s Alumni Leadership Council working to identify, recruit andengage volunteer leaders to serve as alumni advocates.
Manage content and constituent involvement in Good Counsel Connect, the school’s virtual networking,mentoring and engagement platform.
In close partnership with Marketing and Communications, plan and execute annual comprehensivecommunication plans for alumni to include direct mail and digital communications.
Partner with the Director of Advancement Services and other team members to ensure thatdatabases and alumni records are current, maintain the integrity of the system and make certain that
it is being utilized in an efficient and effective manner; assist with the development of the AnnualReport on Giving.
Monitor Alumni budget with primary objective of delivering robust alumniprogramming and meeting annual fundraising goals.
Bachelor’s degree plus three to five years of demonstrated professional experience and increased responsibility as a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization, preferably a Catholic or independent school or in higher education.
Demonstrated experience recruiting and motivating volunteers and managing volunteer committees.
Demonstrated experience soliciting annual gifts of $1K and above.
Excellent written communication skills including persuasive solicitation letters, fundraising proposals, feature writing, and reports.
Strong oral communication skills with public speaking experience working with both internal and external audiences.
Demonstrated ability to design, implement and evaluate a comprehensive nationwide program for alumni engagement, establishing goals and objectives that translate into annual operating plans and appropriate staff/volunteer assignments.
Extraordinary attention to detail, accuracy, and organizational skills with ability to maintain effectiveness in a busy office setting and willingness to function as a team player.
Demonstrated competency with Microsoft Office products and database programs with working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.
Required work hours:
A minimum of forty hours per week, plus other hours as may be necessary to complete job duties including occasional travel, evening and weekend work.
About Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, a private, Catholic, college-preparatory school in Olney, MD.