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Director of Alumni Engagement, Fairfield Prep

Fairfield University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 19, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

Fairfield College Preparatory School is an all-boys Jesuit, Catholic high school of excellence located on the campus of Fairfield University for students in ninth through twelfth grade.

Fairfield Prep Mission Statement:

Fairfield College Preparatory School is a Jesuit, Catholic School of excellence forming young men of intellectual competence, who possess the conscience to make wise decisions, a compassion for others, and a commitment to justice in our global society.

Fairfield Prep Vision Statement:

Fairfield College Preparatory School strives to be a reflective community of faith, in which students revere their relationship with God and with one another. We are committed to graduating transformational leaders who will respond to global and ecological challenges in an interconnected world marked by profound change.

Department: Advancement Office

Work Period: Full Year

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to work effectively with colleagues and constituents, solve problems and represent Fairfield Prep to alumni

  • An innovative and entrepreneurial spirit

  • Alignment with and ability to articulate the Jesuit mission and values of Prep.

  • At least 3 years prior experience in relationship management, sales, marketing, and/or communications in a professional environment

  • A strong understanding of the uses and basic mechanics of electronic media.

  • Ability to take initiative, think outside the box and work independently.

  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines and manage many different projects at once

  • Ability to interact with alumni donors and steward them effectively

  • Familiarity with databases, such as Raiser's Edge and Blackbaud, a plus

  • Trust, accountability, discretion, honesty, and teamwork.

Relevant experience in an independent school or college setting is preferred.

Fairfield College Preparatory School seeks an innovative, strategic and self-motivated Director of Alumni Engagement. This position is the extension of Fairfield Prep into the alumni community. The Director is responsible for the strategy, planning, and implementation of engagement strategies and programs that increase alumni connection and support of Prep. The Director of Alumni Engagement is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a digital, print and in-person alumni engagement strategy to strengthen relationships between Fairfield Prep and more than 12,000 alumni within the United States and around the globe. As part of Prep’s Strategic Plan 2022, and in support of an impending Comprehensive Campaign, invigorating the Alumni Network is a top priority. Cultivation of alumni will be of great importance with emphasis on creating and supporting alumni affinity groups, building effective relationships, designing alumni programming, promoting Reunion Weekend, and local and regional alumni gatherings. This position will work collaboratively with the Communications team to manage digital and print communications and social media as key tool in alumni engagement strategy. The Director of Alumni Engagement serves as an integral member of the Advancement team and will work collaboratively with the President, the Advancement team, the Marketing & Communications team, the Presidents Alumni Advisory Council and key volunteers to develop and execute programs of a local, regional, national and international interest to Prep’s alumni.

Role & Responsibilities:
  • Creates content for and implements the Advancement Department’s social media strategy for alumni across several platforms.

  • Designs and executes a quarterly alumni newsletter, including writing alumni profiles, curating relevant content about programs, projects, etc

  • Implements regular communication with Prep alumni that includes direct contact, multi-platform social media, email, and alumni web pages

  • Collaborates with Communications team to design and deliver a marketing strategy for alumni, including email and digital communications and campaigns

  • Continuously updates alumni database and record-keeping for alumni cultivation, networking and programming

  • Identifies target cities with high concentration of alumni and organizes and implements regional gatherings.

  • Cultivates partnerships with Prep colleagues (including the Office of Admissions, Mission and Ministry, Guidance and College Counseling, Athletics Department among others) to build and advance alumni relationships

  • Oversees and organizes calendar and agendas for the Presidents Alumni Advisory Council

  • Works closely with VP of Advancement, Director of Advancement and Campaigns and Major Gift Officers to identify major alumni donor prospects.

  • Collaborates with, Director of Annual Giving to cultivate a philanthropic culture among Fairfield Prep alumni.

  • Supports diverse programming for alumni including overseeing and supporting the creation of affinity groups

  • Works in collaboration with Events and Stewardship office to support and drive attendance to alumni events including Reunion Weekend with support from the Advancement team.

  • Enlists, motivates and trains a corp of volunteers committed to successful alumni programming.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advancement of Advancement and Campaigns

Skills & Qualifications: Check all that apply
  • Microsoft Office Skills

  • Travel Required

  • Ability to Work within a Team

  • Travel Required to School Functions & Events

  • Good Communication Skills

  • Flexibility to Work Evenings & Weekends

  • Well Organized

  • Availability by Phone Evenings & Weekends

  • Self-Starter

  • Ability to Multi-Task

  • Detail-Oriented

  • Good Analytical Skills


Participate in the growth and development of Fairfield Prep, which includes:
  • Being open to growth with the ability to adapt to change

  • Promoting a courteous image as a representative of Fairfield Prep

  • Participating & promoting the mission of Fairfield Prep

  • Attending departmental and school meetings, school masses and retreats as requested

  • Keeping current with industry standards and trends through such items as membership in professional associations, attendance at workshops and seminars and in the reading of professional literature

  • Preforming efficiently in all work-related functions

Promote safe and secure working conditions, which include:
  • Notifying supervisor immediately of any unsafe working conditions

  • Promoting the proper utilization of equipment and materials

Perform other duties as related or dictated by responsibilities

Duties May Be Changed and/or Added at any Time

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.


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Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

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