Director of the Waterford Fund and Alumni Relations

Waterford School, a PreK–12 day school enrolling 960 students in Sandy, Utah seeks a Director of the Waterford Fund and Alumni Relations. 

The Waterford School Advancement Office helps drive the growth of a philanthropic culture that is centered on Waterford’s mission, vision, and core values. Working as part of a collaborative and collegial team, the Director of the Waterford Fund and Alumni Relations works closely with the Director of Advancement in executing advancement functions of the School with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. This position represents the School among community members, peer schools, and professional organizations. The ideal candidate will coordinate and work effectively with all constituents of the School, and will have a track record of successful face-to-face solicitations and a high level of confidence in connecting with prospective donors and volunteers. They will have direct responsibility for the Waterford Fund (annual fund) will execute a strategic and effective annual giving program ensuring quality donor cultivation and solicitation, with a goal to increase dollars raised and participation each school year.  They will also be responsible for overseeing the school’s Alumni relations program which includes alumni programming, communications, and volunteer engagement. The Director of the Waterford Fund and Alumni Relations will act as the liaison to the Alumni Association Council.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Start-date is anticipated as Summer/Fall 2019.

Responsibilities:

  • To support the management of the school’s annual fundraising efforts (75%)
  • Understand the school’s current bases of financial support and its potential, and the funding requirements of all segments of the school.
  • Design the goals, objectives, and strategies for the School's’ Waterford Fund campaign.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Marketing & Communications, develop Waterford Fund theme, content, and messaging for print and electronic media.
  • Recruit, train and support Waterford Fund volunteer leadership and class volunteers. This includes; Trustee Advancement Chair, Faculty & Staff Chairs, Alumni Chair, Alumni Parent Chairs, Grandparent Chairs, Class Chair for each grade level. 
  • Work closely with the Director of Advancement and Waterford Fund Campaign volunteer leadership to build and maintain a Waterford Fund strategy and calendar.
  • In collaboration with volunteer leadership, compose Waterford Fund appeals and related correspondence; develop a solicitation plan for all constituent groups, including alumni, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, faculty/staff and community friends. 
  • Manage efforts to retain and grow members in Waterford Fund leadership affinity group(s), and drive associated programming and stewardship.
  • Assist the Director of Advancement in expanding donor base; identify promising grant/funding opportunities and assist in the application process.
  • Assist the Director of Advancement with the production of the Annual Report.
  • Attend a variety of school events, both during the school day and after hours in order to become knowledgeable about school programs, culture, and constituencies.
  • Function as an active, collaborative, and contributing member of the School’s creative and donor-centric Advancement Team.

Alumni Engagement and Communications (25%)

  • Develop and direct local and regional activities for alumni.
  • Regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of alumni programming.
  • Visit with alumni, both on and off campus, to build and preserve institutional relationships. 
  • Gather and share class notes, alumni profiles and pictures.
  • In collaboration with Marketing and Communications, develop and maintain the content of the alumni page on the The Waterford School’s website as well as on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.).
  • Work closely with Upper School Administration to engage and educate current students about the work of the Alumni Association.
  • Manage the activity and work of the Alumni Association Council and Class Representatives.
  • Develop and sustain an active alumni volunteer base to enhance the vibrancy of the Waterford Alumni Association. 

General: 

  • Participate in all events planned by the Advancement office (Founders Gala, Waterford Night, Faculty giving events, department weekly meetings, as well as meetings with the Head of School and monthly faculty/staff meetings).

Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to Waterford School educational philosophy and to Sandy/Salt Lake City communities.
  • Familiarity with the culture of independent schools preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years experience is required; nonprofit and fundraising or marketing experience a plus.
  • Strong computer skills required. MS Office, with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously, while also being an accountable team member.
  • Creativity, strong attention to detail, diplomacy required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities, take initiative, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to work in a changing environment required.

Waterford School is Utah’s premier liberal arts, college preparatory independent school for students in Preschool through High School. Student learning is Waterford School’s reason for being. Since its founding, the School has instilled habits of independent thought, critical thinking, responsibility, passionate learning, and service to others. Waterford School’s liberal arts program provides a strong foundation, and the campus culture prepares students to pursue lives of meaning and purpose. Waterford delivers a world-class education distinguished by a rich curriculum, an outstanding faculty, a deep commitment to student growth, and a learning environment that is caring, nurturing, and inspiring.

Qualified candidates should forward a resume and letter of interest, by email to

Kristine Wilkins
Executive Assistant
Office of the Head of School
801.816.2205
kristinewilkins@waterfordschool.org