Employment Opportunities

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

The Director manages the school’s fundraising efforts and serves as liaison to alumni.  Primary tasks:

Articulate the Phelps School’s mission, values, and traditions compellingly to current and prospective donors and to other constituents.

Develop, implement, and evaluate a fundraising program that sets goals and strategies for cultivating and soliciting major, planned, corporate, and foundation gifts; collaborate with school leaders in developing proposals and promotional materials to support major fundraising initiatives based on specific school needs and priorities.

Plan, direct, and execute alumni relations programs (e.g., reunions, events, student-alumni activities); serve as contact person for information and services related to alumni; oversee and maintain alumni records, files, and donor databases.

Design and implement annual giving; initiate, coordinate, and manage parent associations and volunteers; identify and research annual fund prospects; supervise creation and mailing of announcements and appeals; recruit and meet with annual giving volunteer committees; manage phone-a-thon and recruit student callers; conduct personal annual fund donor solicitations.

Prepare statistical reports for related publications and communications.

Explore and research candidates for major gift campaigns.


Master’s degree in applicable area preferred; proven ability to work with students and volunteers of all ages; success in leading staff, providing strategic and tactical direction, maximizing constituent support, and soliciting major gifts; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills (speaking, listening, and writing); knowledge of database research and maintenance; facility with technology and social media

Please send letter of interest, resume, and three references to Craig Jones, Head of School, at employment@thephelpsschool.org.