Director of Alumni Relations

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This is the Academy Experience

The School: Founded in 1911, Columbus Academy is a coeducational college preparatory day school of over 1,100 students age 3 through grade 12 located on a 231-acre campus in Gahanna, Ohio. Student programs are organized into three divisions: Lower School (Age 3-Grade 5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12). The school offers a vigorous academic program as part of its mission to educate the whole child – mind, body and character. Columbus Academy faculty and staff members are expected to be continuous learners in their fields, to engage in caring and cooperative partnerships with colleagues and parents, to have a demonstrated commitment to the values of equity and inclusion, and to help each student reach his or her full potential.

The Position: Columbus Academy seeks a full-time Director of Alumni Relations as part of the Alumni/Development and External Relations department at the school. Responsibilities to begin as soon as possible.

Qualifications (preferred candidates will possess the following qualifications):

·      Bachelor’s degree or higher

·      Fundraising and/or advancement experience

·      Proven track record working with volunteers and in event management

·      Strong communication skills (written, oral and interpersonal)

·      Proficiencies with office technologies: Microsoft Office (Excel), social media, email marketing (Constant Contact) and alumni/donor databases (Raiser’s Edge, Graduway)

Position Expectations (the individual selected to this position will be expected to carry out the following responsibilities):

·      Serve as primary alumni donor relationship manager responsible for donor identification, qualification, cultivation and stewardship efforts including personal solicitations, managing a portfolio and assisting with fundraising communications and activities

·      Build close relationships with Class Agents to support the overall advancement of the school through class reunions, class gifts and All Day 4 CA (annual day of giving)

·      Provide leadership to the Alumni Association Board, acting as Secretary to facilitate meetings, committee work and communication for the Alumni Association

·      Oversee and manage annual alumni networking events and activities such as the Golf Outing, Alumni Weekend, Holiday Luncheon, Athletic Hall of Fame induction(s), Young Alumni Award and Networking event, as well as mission and donor focused out-of-town gatherings and affinity-based networking opportunities

·      Recruit and advise the Student Alumni Board Representatives to connect students and alumni through events and networking (e.g., Senior-Alumni Board luncheon, Career Fair)

·      Manage alumni communications including monthly alumni e-newsletter, alumni relations social media and the alumni online network/app “Graduway”

·      Oversee and manage Alumni Relations budget

·      Adhere to high standards of exceptional customer service, meaningful stewardship and donor-centered operations

Physical Conditions (candidates must be able to manage the following conditions):

·      Travel via air and car for meetings, out-of-town receptions and events

·      Set up and breakdown necessary equipment – tables, chairs, signage, etc. – for events

·      Lift up to 50 pounds

·      A non-smoking environment

Legal Requirements: All Columbus Academy employees must pass required criminal records checks. Where appropriate, individuals will also be required to provide proof of academic credentials.

To Apply: Interested candidates should apply online at

Columbus Academy believes strongly in the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek to identify and hire a greater number of faculty of color to serve as role models for all students. We strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic background.


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