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 Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations

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To establish and direct the programs and practices which will strengthen the school’s relationships with alumnae and parents.

Toward that end, oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all alumnae and parent programs, events, and communications.

This position reports directly to the Director of Institutional Advancement.

  • Develop and manage a strategic plan for the alumnae that includes the creation of programming based on age, interest, and geographic location and provides suitable volunteer opportunities.
  • Develop and manage a strategic plan for parents that supports student activities and provides meaningful volunteer opportunities.
  • Programming should be based on Middle School and Upper School interests, geographic location and affinity areas (such as riding, athletics, dance, the arts, etc.)
  • Develop new programs and events on and off-campus to engage alumnae and parents in the life and mission of the School.
  • Provide support for the Alumnae Association Board of Directors and Parents Association Board to include identification of and  recruitment of new members, defining responsibilities, creating job descriptions, volunteer training and enhancing the visibility of the Alumnae Association and Parents Association. In conjunction with its presidents, plan Alumnae Association and Parents Association Board meetings and retreats.
  • Plan and manage Reunion Weekend and Family Weekend and assist in the planning and management of other public programs, as necessary.
  • Work with in-house staff and communications consultants to conceptualize, design, and plan the alumnae magazine and other forms of communication with our external audiences. Gather and disseminate, with appropriate institutional advancement and admission staff, information about the School.
  • Share responsibility for identifying potential trustees from within the alumnae and parent constituencies and candidates for the Distinguished Alumnae Award.
  • Oversee the operating budget for Alumnae and Parent Relations programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.
  • Two to four years of related development experience, preferably in education or non-profit environment.
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of program development strategies, methods, and systems.
  • Demonstrable planning, administrative, organizational, and budget skills.
  • Proven writing, research, and analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with computerized data management programs and their application to the achievement of departmental and institutional goals.
  • Presentation skills, both oral and written, to represent The Ethel Walker School and to deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and organizations inside and outside of the school, in formal and informal settings.
  • Flexibility to travel and attend periodic evening and/or weekend planned events.
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