The Director of Alumni Engagement is responsible for providing innovative leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for the Alumni Engagement program. The Director serves as an ambassador, charged with recruiting alumni to provide professional expertise and volunteer service; collaborating with colleagues to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation in school life; partnering with co-workers to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward alumni giving; and serving as a liaison between the Alumni Association and McDonogh’s academic and administrative leadership.
Design, plan, and implement programs and projects to engage alumni in the life of the school
Develop a strategic plan for alumni engagement. Leverage data and metrics to measure program effectiveness and assess the return on investment for alumni events and engagement strategies
Coordinate and attend all Alumni Board and committee meetings including preparation of meeting materials and meeting logistics
Assist with planning and logistics of all Alumni Board committees
Identify, recruit, and cultivate alumni as volunteers for event hosting and support, for features and profiles in publications, and to provide career guidance to students and fellow alumni, among other volunteer opportunities
Plan and oversee alumni events, including Dedication Day, Homecoming events, Thanksgiving Weekend Events (Happy Hour, pancake breakfast, sporting events, Will Hauver Memorial Event), Black and Orange Holiday Luncheon, Alumni Golf outing and Reunion Weekend events
Develop and manage a comprehensive alumni event calendar, budget, and measurable goals. Work with the Director of Stewardship to ensure all events are added to the school calendar
In partnership with the Director of Donor Relations Marketing, develop strategic marketing plans for all alumni events and activities
Oversee, manage, and edit Class Notes and alumni pages of the McDonogh Magazine, content for alumni newsletters, alumni pages of the McDonogh website, and alumni social media accounts
Travel nationally and regionally to visit and cultivate alumni. Plan regional alumni events and coordinate event logistics with alumni hosts
Oversee and manage alumni awards and ceremonies including the Distinguished Service Award, Young Alumni Award, and the Athletic Hall of Fame. Manage and schedule selection committees, prepare selection materials, notify recipients, and coordinate all aspects of the award presentation ceremony
Coordinate with the Director of Stewardship and Special Events to coordinate memorial services and award ceremonies
Partner with the Senior Director of Philanthropy for Advancement Services to manage the McDonogh Connect platform, including data updates and customer support for alumni seeking to join the network; work with the Director of Donor Relations Marketing to develop content and engagement strategies
Engage current students in alumni programming through the Almost Alumni program
Write reports for Board of Trustees meetings and Philanthropy Committee meetings
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Must have at least 5-7 years of experience in alumni relations, development, nonprofit management, client service or related field.
Demonstrated experience with fundraising databases - Raiser’s Edge preferred
Must have strong computer and analytical skills
Must have working knowledge and skillset with the Microsoft Office and Google suites of products
A commitment to the McDonogh mission and values
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion at all times
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and sophisticated fundraising environment
Commitment to continued learning (personal and team) and development on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Demonstrated respect for relationships both internal and external to the school
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills
Must be a proactive and strategic thinker
Must be detail-oriented and able to handle multiple priorities and deadlines
Must be self-motivated and able to participate effectively in a team
Strong verbal and written communication skills
About McDonogh School
McDonogh School is a community that finds joy in work, in play, and in the discovery and realization of personal potential. Strong, mutually respectful relationships among and between students and teachers inspire a passion for learning, a dedication to personal integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Embracing diversity of background, culture, and thought, the school builds upon its founder's original mission to provide a life-altering opportunity to develop in its students the will "to do the greatest possible amount of good."
Founded in 1873 and situated on an 820-acre campus, McDonogh is a day and boarding institution that employs 330 faculty and staff; serves 1,370 students in grades PK-12; has a substantial operating budget and endowment; and just completed a $75 million capital campaign, the largest of any independent school in Maryland. Long been recognized as one of the finest schools in the nation, McDonogh has a reputation for being highly innovative and "on the move."
McDonogh School strives to employ a faculty, administration, and staff exhibiting sound ethical standards and character traits such as moral courage and self-reliance, intellectual confidence ...and curiosity with a love of learning, and the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in a wide scope of educational, athletic, and artistic endeavors.
Members of the McDonogh community strive to have the highest of moral principles, and to exhibit cooperativeness, loyalty, open-mindedness, and sensitivity, as well as attention to physical, mental, and emotional health, growth, and well-being of self and others.