Assistant Director of Development, Alumni Relations
Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Lakeside School, an independent 5-12 coeducational day school located in North Seattle, is currently recruiting for the Assistant Director of Development, Alumni Relations. The mission of the Lakeside School alumni relations program is to reach out to, connect with, and build life-long relationships between and among Lakeside School, Lakeside alumni, and St. Nicholas alumnae in support of the School’s mission. The Assistant Director of Development, Alumni Relations conceptualizes, leads, and implements the alumni relations program to reach a diverse community with varying experiences and backgrounds, utilizing a communications plan (including print, digital, and social media), volunteer structure, educational programs, and special events.
Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Job Functions)
Responsible for conceptualizing, managing, and evaluating existing events and education programs such as reunions, alumni gatherings, athletic scrimmages, and Alumni Board activities, with the assistance of a special events coordinator. Recommends improvements to existing programs and develops new programs to engage a broad range of alumni involvement and support. Creates a level of rapport with all alumni, respecting varying interests ,backgrounds, and needs.
Responsible for all non-fundraising communication with alumni: coordinates production and distribution of informational and event-related communications; acts as editor and contributor to the semi-annual Lakeside ; drafts content and maintains the Lakeside School alumni web pages, as well as alumni social media accounts and alumni networking platform.
Builds a culture of inclusivity and broad participation. This includes recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers in execution of local and regional events and activities; strategizing and implementing the class reunion program; and utilizing volunteer support for event planning and attendance promotion. Actively staffs the Alumni Board and all other alumni committees or boards to represent our current community demographics working in support of the Alumni Relations mission.
Ensures all Alumni Relations events are supportive of fundraising activities and goals, drawing alumni from different backgrounds, experiences, and interests. Assists at fundraising events; captures and records pertinent information about alumni and prospective donors. Networks with local and national peer schools to enhance programs.
Manages the Alumni Relations budget and delegates assignments to the special events coordinator. Hires and directs internal and external service providers such as caterers, maintenance crews, and other vendors. Updates database and prepares reports.
Fields alumni-related inquiries.
Works with the Director of Development to set attainable goals and expectations for alumni involvement, participation, and attendance at events. Tracks involvement and attendance using available software applications and database.
Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
Impeccable judgment, diplomacy, and strong customer service orientation. This includes a demonstrated ability to communicate, engage and build rapport with a diverse alumni community.
Superior organizational skills and ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple events and tasks.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
Ability to carry out projects independently and to work as part of a team.
Must be detail and accuracy oriented.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
Must exhibit and have the ability to maintain a pleasant and effective working relationship with colleagues, students, parents, alumni and volunteers. Patient, collaborative, and positive in spirit.
Demonstrated ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
Must be able to support and promote the mission of Lakeside School.
Must demonstrate cultural awareness. This includes the ability to understand different perspectives; experience interacting respectfully with cultures other than one’s own; and the ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with people who have different cultural frameworks.
Facility with Microsoft Office applications; strong working knowledge of databases.
Candidates must satisfactorily complete two criminal history background checks.
Education and Experience
Liberal arts degree, or equivalent.
Three years’ experience in development or public relations.
Comfort learning new technologies and adapting to new systems and processes. Knowledge of the DonorPerfect development software system a plus.
Additional Information This position requires frequent weekend and evening work including local and regional travel. This position allows for flexibility in working from home part of the week.
While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms and carry office related supplies and equipment.
Ability to walk from upper school to lower school campus (about 3 long blocks away).
Ability to lift up to 25 pounds overhead.
Standing/sitting for long period of time during event days which exceed eight hours.
Potential exposure to dust.
Exposure to outside weather conditions such as rain, snow, wind, and fog.
COVID-19 Safety Lakeside School is committed to taking the steps necessary to provide a safe environment for students, employees and visitors to our campus. Candidates invited to interview in-person will be required to provide proof of vaccination to human resources prior to arriving on campus. Invited candidates requesting a medical and/or religious exemption should reach out to Human Resources.
Working At Lakeside At Lakeside we are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community. To learn more about our professional development and mentoring programs, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and opportunities for involvement in non-academic programs, please visit our Careers page on the Lakeside School website.
Lakeside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.