• Full Time
  • Monterey
  • July 31, 2024

Website Santa Catalina School

School Description

Santa Catalina School is a vibrant, independent, Catholic school offering student-centered co-education to PreK through grade 8 and an all-girl’s boarding and day college preparatory upper school serving grades 9 through 12. Santa Catalina exists to develop in each student a striving for excellence, a maturing awareness of moral and spiritual values, a sense of responsible purpose, and a determination to serve the world with courage, grace, and compassion. With the cornerstones of excellence, spirituality, service, and responsibility, the school is committed to providing a supportive learning community for each student to grow in their intellectual, personal, and spiritual life, making Santa Catalina a transformational educational experience for its students.


Position Summary

Santa Catalina School, a nationally recognized PreK-12 independent Catholic school in Monterey, California, is currently seeking a full-time, experienced, passionate, enthusiastic, and dedicated Director of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations to join the Development team. This positions partners with the team in developing and supporting relationships and fostering a culture of philanthropy amongst the school’s alumnae/i and parent communities.


The Director of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations plays a pivotal role in maintaining and nurturing the bond between Santa Catalina School and its former students, their families, and current parents. This position’s responsibilities encompass alumnae/i and parent engagement, effective communication, and database management. The position collaborates in supporting events and activities, fostering a sense of community among graduates and parents. This role supports the Development team’s fundraising initiatives.


Position Description

The Director of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations oversees the development and coordination of comprehensive programs to engage, involve, solicit, and steward Santa Catalina School’s over 5,000 alumnae/i and their families. The Director also serves as the school liaison to the Alumnae Council of the Alumnae Association and the Executive Council of the Parents Association to further activities designed to engage and deepen relationships with school families. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Director of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations works with various internal and external stakeholders invested in the alumnae/i and parent networks and collaborates with the Development team to develop marketing strategies to foster and sustain lifelong connections among constituents and to the school. By measuring program success and collaborating with other departments, the Director of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations ensures Santa Catalina School benefits from strong alumnae/i and parent connections, creating a vibrant and supportive network for past and present students and each other.


Santa Catalina School believes that each employee contributes significantly to its success. The assigned responsibilities should not limit that contribution. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.


Essential Responsibilities

·         Partner generatively with all Development team members to ensure team success and goal achievement.

·         Develop strong relationships with alumnae/i and parents to help advance the mission of Santa Catalina School and foster engagement between alumnae/i and parents of alumnae/i, current parents, students, faculty, and staff

·         Partner with the Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship to support alumnae/i and parent fundraising and directly solicit alumnae/i and parents to increase participation and engagement

·         Collaborate with the Development team and take the lead on alumnae/i and parent programming

·         Administer the Santa Catalina Alumnae Council of the Alumnae Association

o   Organize meetings, assist the Alumnae Council president in developing strategies for council engagement, and serve as the point of contact between council members and the school. Liaise with the Alumnae Council’s committees.

·         Administer the Executive Council of the Parents Association

o   Serve as the primary staff liaison to the Santa Catalina School Parents Association, working with parent volunteers and the Head of School to build community and conduct activities that enrich the Santa Catalina experience for students, parents, faculty, and staff.

·         Develop an annual work plan; collaborate with the Development team on creating a calendar of alumnae/i and parent events and programs

·         Collaborate in developing content and expanding communications initiatives, including the school magazine, giving reports, invitations, alumnae newsletter, website, and social media opportunities for alumnae/i and parents

·         Identify, recruit, and manage new alumnae/i and parent volunteers

·         Collaborate with the Development team in implementing the Reunion celebration, with a goal of measurably increasing alumnae participation

·         Oversee student interns who support the Development Office to involve them in activities and events to cultivate involvement beyond graduation


Other Responsibilities

·         Perform all other responsibilities and projects as assigned by the Director of Development and Head of School



·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required

·         Minimum of five (5) years of fundraising, event management, marketing, communications, and/or related experience; experience in alumni relations preferred

·         Experience with event management and knowledge of best practices in developing and implementing new engagement programs

·         Demonstrated success leading collaborative efforts; strategic thinker; results-oriented; a history of successful project management and budget management

·         Experience utilizing social media to support marketing, branding, and engagement efforts

·         Proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office; proficiency with Raiser’s Edge a plus

·         A commitment to the mission and identity of Santa Catalina School

·         A desire to participate fully in the Santa Catalina community

·         Successful completion of a LiveScan criminal background check as required by law



·         Demonstrated evaluative and facilitative skills

·         Excellent verbal and written skills

·         Approachable and welcoming demeanor

·         Cultural competence and enthusiasm for working with a diverse and dynamic community

·         Strong interpersonal skills, including good listening, humor, tact, intuition, and confidentiality

·         Excellent writing, communication, and public speaking skills

·         Ability to create responsive, caring, and appropriate relationships with students, families, and colleagues

·         Strong organizational and record-keeping skills and digital literacy

·         Understanding of the dynamics of a school community

·         Ability to assess and respond to the needs of the school and act as a representative of the school

·         Commitment to professional growth and education

·         Ability to function well under stress


Supervisory Responsibilities

·         Volunteer management only


Working Conditions and Compensation

·         Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time

·         Travel is required

·         Ability to access buildings and facilities throughout a 36-acre campus, with reasonable accommodations, in order to meet with students and faculty

·         Work in a school environment with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and people

·         Additional time is required beyond a normal day or week for evening and weekend meetings, to attend school events, and to represent the school in the community

·         Santa Catalina School offers competitive insurance and retirement benefits

·         Salary Range: $68,000-$85,000 depending on direct fundraising experience


Equal Employment Opportunity

Santa Catalina School is an equal-opportunity employer. Employment at Santa Catalina School is based solely on qualifications and competence for a particular position, without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, disability, marital status, or any other category protected by the law.



To Apply

Interested candidates should visit our website to complete and submit an application, resume, and cover letter:




Electronic submission of candidate papers in .pdf format is preferred.


Santa Catalina provides reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities. Applicants who need accommodations to participate in the application process should contact employment@santacatalina.org.

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To apply for this job email your details to maria.chavez@santacatalina.org

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