Within the framework of building strong relationships and setting high expectations, the Alumni Philanthropy and Engagement Manager will be responsible for leading a growing and comprehensive alumni program for Newman's 6,000+ alumni across the country. This individual will work closely with the Director of Advancement, Director of Annual Giving, colleagues in the advancement and communications offices as well as the Alumni Association Board to implement all alumni fundraising events, activities, and communications in order to build upon strong relationships with the School's alumni and foster a robust culture of engagement and philanthropy. This position is 12-month and salaried and reports to the Director of Advancement.
It is important for this position to build relationships between and among decades of alumni and continue to grow the School’s alumni culture of philanthropy. This position is expected to meet annual goals for fundraising, alumni engagement, events, and volunteer management.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Identify, qualify, cultivate, and steward alumni donors with annual giving potential of $5,000 or less. Complete and document an average of 20 personal visits each month.
Maintain a portfolio of alumni.
Build a robust reunion giving program in consult with the Director of Annual Giving.
Aim to meet or exceed annual goal of 25% alumni participation and increase the average alumni dollar raised each year.
Work in collaboration with the Director of Advancement, Director of Annual Giving, and the Leadership Giving Officer to develop a strong philanthropy pipeline.
Work with Director of Annual giving on alumni specific appeals.
Engagement and Stewardship:
Oversee and grow robust alumni programs regionally and locally including but not limited to Newman Travels, Homecoming, Alumni Weekend, Distinguished Alumnus/ae, and Newman Reunions.
Develop and/or expand young alumni programming.
Coordinate alumni speakers for faculty when appropriate.
Manage the content and track engagement for the Newman alumni website and alumni engagement platform.
Write, design, and send monthly alumni e-newsletters. Use data-driven segmentation strategies to effectively engage alumni donors.
In conjunction with the Communications team and Director of Advancement, coordinating alumni content for Newman News, School's website, the alumni engagement platform, and other alumni communication including class notes, and alumni feature stories.
Lead social networking strategies and activities for alumni.
Manage 12-18-month calendar of outreach for milestone reunions through class agent volunteer program.
Recruit and develop class agents.
Oversee and continue to grow robust alumni programs in collaboration with the Alumni Association Board of Directors both locally and nationally with the goal of increasing alumni engagement and giving.
Continue to grow the Alumni Regional Program
Attend Advancement events and School-wide events
Evening and weekend work is expected through active participation in School events
The ideal candidate:
Provides positive and proactive leadership by actively securing alumni gifts, managing and recruiting volunteers, and demonstrating exceptional communication, problem solving, and relationship-building skills.
Applies standards consistent of the highest expectations for all of Newman's advancement efforts.
Actively participates in professional learning communities and professional development opportunities to gain and apply new knowledge for the benefit of the School's advancement efforts.
Demonstrates adaptability to respond to shifting priorities both to manage emerging situations and take advantage of new opportunities.
Evening and weekend work is expected through active participation in School events and to address communication/media opportunities as needed.
Prefer a minimum of three to five years of demonstrated fundraising success in a non-profit or independent school setting preferred.
Demonstrated excellence in developing strategies for identifying, cultivating, successfully soliciting and stewarding current and prospective donors.
Demonstrated success in recruiting and managing volunteers and planning events.
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.