Job Description

About Gulliver Preparatory School

Established in 1926 by Arthur Gulliver in Coconut Grove, Gulliver was likened to the prestigious academies of the northeast and initially attracted families who wintered in Florida. In late 1953, Marian Krutulis purchased the school. A pioneer in education, Mrs. Krutulis envisioned Gulliver as grand home where both students and teachers would feel part of a caring, inspiring family of learners. Over the course of 25 years, she relocated the school to Coral Gables, built an upper school for high school students in Pinecrest and achieved ‘Blue Ribbon School of Excellence’ designation by the US Department of Education. In 2000 Gulliver became a non-profit. Today, Gulliver Preparatory School serves approximately 2,200 students in Grades PK–12 on three campuses. Despite its significant growth over the last 60 years, Gulliver still upholds Marian Krutulis’ vision to maintain the physical and social-emotional health of its students and trains them to become people of integrity in everything they say and do. 

Job Summary

Gulliver Preparatory School is looking for a Director of Alumni Relations to join our team of professionals!  The Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for building a connected alumni constituency who actively engages with Gulliver Prep.   The Director will be responsible for the revitalization of the Alumni Association Council, building volunteer engagement opportunities for alumni, and growing a culture of philanthropy amongst alumni and student constituents.  The position will also manage a portfolio of leadership level annual giving prospects. The Director of Alumni Relations reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Energize Gulliver’s Alumni Association to reimagine its role with Gulliver Prep today. This includes reimaging and redesigning volunteer leadership roles and structure as well as establishing metrics for growth and success.
  • Identify and onboard new alumni volunteers to support the work of the Alumni Association and related programs.
  • In partnership with Gulliver Alumni Association leadership, build meaningful engagement opportunities, which advance the mission of Gulliver Prep, and cultivate, and engaged alumni community.
  • Develop training materials, as needed, to support new volunteer roles.
  • Educate alumni on the importance of philanthropy at Gulliver fostering a tradition of giving in the alumni constituency.
  • Partner with campus leaders to educate current students on the role of the Alumni Association and importance of philanthropy to Gulliver.
  • Manage a portfolio of 75-100 leadership level alumni prospects with annual outreach and engagement goals.
  • Collaborate with the Events Manager to build meaningful engagement opportunities for alumni including but not limited to an annual reunion weekend.
  • Manage the planning of Gulliver’s annual Alumni Reunion Weekend and athletic Hall of Fame to meaningfully engage alumni.
  • Work with the Director of the Gulliver Fund to craft an annual appeal series to inspire philanthropic support from the alumni community and student community, where appropriate.
  • Work with gift officers to identify and create cultivation strategies for alumni who are major gift prospects.
  • Manage budgets and expenses for alumni focused programs and initiatives.
  • Work with the Communications Team to design and deliver inspiring alumni communications designed to inform and engage the alumni community.
  • Assist the Vice President for Advancement with other projects and duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of experience in event planning, fundraising, alumni engagement, or nonprofit leadership. 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A deep understanding of independent school alumni constituency groups. Knowledge of Gulliver community a plus.
  • A strategic thinker with a passion for connecting people.
  • A strong communicator who inspires engagement and action.
  • A team player who works cross-functionally with departments and colleagues to design programs that foster opportunities for alumni engagement.
  • Must be a strong leader with the ability and willingness to work with all types of volunteers.
  • Engages with peers outside of Gulliver to understand and implement best practice for volunteer management, alumni engagement, and individual giving. 
  • Knowledge of metrics to demonstrate and measure alumni engagement.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities while adhering to deadlines and maintaining Gulliver’s standard of excellence 
  • Has the ability and willingness to explore the nonprofit marketplace to remain apprised of industry trends. 
  • Ability to collaborate in a diverse work environment. 
  • Must be able to handle confidential material with professionalism. 
  • Must cultivate a respectful and inclusive workplace where colleagues and constituents feel empowered and heard. 

Pre-Employment Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Level II Fingerprint Screening(s), and Drug screen

 

Gulliver is deeply committed to the principles of equity and diversity and seeks to create an inclusive community for all faculty and staff. Gulliver is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and a Drug Free Workplace.