Recognized as one of the nation’s premiere independent schools, The
Blake School provides an excellent education in a diverse and
supportive environment for over 1,300 PK-12 students on three unique
campuses in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. For over 100 years,
Blake has produced thoughtful, well prepared graduates who have gone
on to great success locally, nationally and internationally and who
continue to engage with the school. The Director of Alumni and Parent
Engagement must be goal-oriented, self-motivated, demonstrate
excellent communication skills and inter-cultural competency, and be
strongly aligned to working collaboratively with others. The Director
supports the philanthropic purpose of Institutional Advancement (IA)
through integrated support of the department’s fundraising goals.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Lead the alumni engagement program by developing and implementing
a strategy in support of Blake’s mission and the goals of
Institutional Advancement. Primary aspects include leadership of
alumni volunteers, networking between constituencies and
development of engaging communication.
Guide and support the Board of the Alumni Association to deliver
programming that builds pride and ownership in the school’s
mission and success.
Lead comprehensive planning for Reunion, guiding a
cross-functional team to execute all aspects of reunion, including
Lead programming that meets the needs of alumni throughout their
life spans with emphasis on new- and young-alumni segments, for
whom connectivity with the school and networking is essential.
Lead the parent and guardian engagement program by developing and
implementing a strategy that supports the mission of Blake and
goals of Institutional Advancement. Primary aspects include
building strong connectivity between the parent and guardian
community and philanthropic opportunities at Blake.
Liaise with the Parent Association to increase communication and
partnership for the purpose of strengthening Blake’s philanthropic programs.
Collaborate with annual giving program to assist with Parent
Engagement and Giving Committee.
Develop outreach to maximize connections with grandparents,
former parents and guardians.
Manage a small, targeted portfolio of leadership donors for
annual and capital giving opportunities.
Seek involvement of alumni, parents and guardians representing a
wide diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and accomplishments to
ensure programs reflect the entire Blake community.
Participate as a full partner in Institutional Advancement,
working within department structure for team meetings,
director-level leadership, and department-wide goal setting.