Castilleja is a private, all-girls school located in Palo Alto, CA whose mission is to educate motivated young women to become confident thinkers and compassionate leaders with a sense of purpose to effect change in the world.
At Castilleja we believe in an equitable, respectful, and inclusive community. We believe that our connections to others are more meaningful when they are experienced in a diverse community that invites members to bring all aspects of their respective identities into our shared space. Collaboration with colleagues is essential to success in all positions.
Castilleja seeks a Director of Alumnae Engagement who is an enthusiastic and effective leader who will continue to build a passionate community of the School’s alumnae and alumnae parents that are engaged and supportive of the School. This will include increased participation by the alumnae community in school events and giving towards the School’s philanthropic priorities. The Director of Alumnae Engagement will coordinate the on and off campus alumnae events throughout the year, working closely with the Director of Events and the Advancement team and volunteers. The Director of Alumnae Engagement reports to the Director of Advancement and plays an important role in the Advancement team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop and oversee the alumnae engagement program including:
* Acquire deep familiarity with the Castilleja alumnae and alumnae parent community that spans many decades. This includes research, friend building and providing a valuable connection between alumnae and the school
* Provide effective communications through multiple means including, print, online and in person to engage and inform alumnae about the school community
* Work with the Alumnae Executive Committee, Class Reps, and Regional Chapter Chairs to support their leadership and serve as a liaison for the school
* Generate new ideas to strengthen the program’s long-term success
- Create effective communications to inform and inspire the alumnae community:
* Help to produce alumnae elements of the Full Circle annual magazine
* Produce Alumnae eNews six times per year, featuring alumnae spotlights, campus news, and upcoming events
* Maintain current and active messaging about the program on the Castilleja website and with various social media outlets
- Oversee strategy to increase alumnae giving
* Increase alumnae giving and participation to support the school through a variety of programs, including Annual Fund solicitations and Giving Day
* Work with the Director of Advancement to determine goals and strategy for alumnae participation and support of the Annual Fund and View360 - our annual benefit to support tuition assistance
* Identify, train, and support alumnae class solicitors to execute Reunion Class Gifts strategy to increase reunion giving and participation
* Lead the Senior Class Gift program in collaboration with administration, student committee, and alumnae match gift partners
* Identify and prospect alumnae and alumnae parent for major gifts
* Enthusiastically cultivate and solicit alumnae and alumnae gifts of all levels
- Leverage alumnae expertise to benefit the School community
* Plan alumnae panels for students, including Reunion Weekend and Junior/Sophomore Classes, Thriving Beyond the Circle, and more
* Collaborate with campus partners to introduce alumnae speakers for classroom visits, student organizations, and school-wide panels including C-STEAM, Humanities Forum, Global Week, and Casti@Work (Career Day)
* Coordinate Castilleja Coffee Chats, a networking opportunity for students and alumnae
* Provide support to alumnae seeking to utilize the Castilleja network
- Coordinate and execute alumnae events
* Develop and execute meaningful events to strengthen the alumnae network, steward and solicit philanthropic support and engage them in the life of the school. These include, but are not limited to Reunion Weekend, First Friday Lunches, 6-8 annual regional gatherings, holiday parties, retirement celebrations, and others
* Work collaboratively with the Director of Events on stewardship, cultivation and solicitation events pertaining to Annual Fund, special targeted campaigns, and View360
- Possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in fundraising or alumni relations including gift solicitation, volunteer management, event coordination and donor stewardship
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact successfully both one-on-one and in large group settings
- Networking abilities that make one adept at identifying major donors, developing meaningful relationships and securing financial and other support for the school
- Proven track record of successfully managing a budget, executing events, and building strong relationships with faculty, staff, students and volunteers
- Ability to work productively with alumnae and alumnae parents across all ages
- Commitment to excellence and best practices
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, social media tools, Raiser’s Edge or a similar constituent database
- Ability to analyze data, produce reports and conduct prospect research
- Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Ability to problem-solve and think creatively
- Demonstrated initiative and flexibility with long and short term responsibilities
- Experience with, or understanding of, the culture of independent schools
- Ability to pass state and federal fingerprinting and background check and provide a recent negative TB test
The position is full time, 12 months and exempt. Some occasional weekend and evening work as well as limited local and national travel may be required.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to the email address shown below.
Castilleja School is a non-sectarian independent college preparatory school for young women located in the San Francisco Bay Area near Stanford University and in the heart of Silicon Valley. Founded in 1907 by Stanford University graduate Mary Ishbel Lockey, the school has an enrollment of girls in grades six through twelve, and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Castilleja educates young women by fostering their intellectual, physical, creative, and emotional growth through an exemplary college preparatory experience within a diverse and supportive community.