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University School of Nashville

Alumni Director

University School of Nashville


Job Summary

University School of Nashville seeks an outgoing, energetic, and organized Alumni Director to join its well-established Development Office. The Alumni Director is responsible for keeping alumni informed, engaged, and committed to the school.  The Alumni Director provides leadership for alumni programming, including fundraising, relationship building, program development, volunteer management, and actively involving alumni in the school community.  The Alumni Director reports to the Director of Development.

The ideal candidate will have a background in fundraising, sales, or marketing and the ability to use digital/social media for communication and fundraising strategies. The candidate should have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment and be able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks by employing effective management strategies.

The position requires strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; strong analytical and data management skills, and proven success at networking and relationship building. A bachelor’s degree is required and 2-3 years relevant experience in fundraising, sales, research, or marketing is expected.  Alumnus/a of USN is preferred, but not required.  Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

USN has a deep commitment to equitable and just community spaces. Candidates should have an awareness of the ways in which implicit biases in race, ethnicity, gender identity, and socioeconomic class can shape social interactions and community culture. Candidates should be able to translate that awareness into demonstrable actions that promote equitable and just programming.

The School

University School of Nashville is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school with an enrollment of over 1,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1915, the George Peabody College for Teachers opened Peabody Demonstration School, USN’s predecessor, which earned acclaim for its curriculum and faculty. In 1974, Peabody College announced plans to close PDS, and a group of parents, alumni, students, and teachers reconstituted and re-chartered the school as the University School of Nashville.

USN’s midtown location adjacent to Vanderbilt University and its Peabody College for Teachers reminds us each day of our beginnings over 108 years ago in the demonstration school culture of innovation and educational best practices. It’s a vibrant educational community for both students and teachers in the midst of a dynamic city.

Job Responsibilities


  • Develop and implement an alumni program strategy that meets established multi-year engagement and philanthropic support goals.
  • Establish and build relationships with alumni locally and nationally.
  • Provide staff support and direction to the PDS/USN Alumni Board and National Alumni Board of Visitors.
  • Plan, organize, and execute events, such as reunions, young alumni holiday receptions, local alumni gatherings, and others as needed.
  • Plan, coordinate, and travel to alumni/family events and meetings in cities with concentrations of PDS/USN constituents.
  • Work with the communications office to support development efforts as well as to connect and engage with alumni, including by assisting with social media and the biannual alumni magazine.
  • Manage the alumni portal on the USN website, maintain a dynamic web presence, and develop and maintain the alumni newsletter in coordination with the communications department.
  • Create meaningful avenues for alumni participation in the life of the school.
  • Research and generate ideas to increase charitable giving at the school, strengthen alumni relations, and solicit donors for charitable gifts and the Annual Fund.
  • Manage the reunion giving program and senior class gift initiative.
  • Prepare engagement tracking reports for the development team, volunteers, and Board of Trustees; explore methods to analyze constituent data in ways that will drive strategic decisions about programs and initiatives.
  • Serve as a representative of USN and the development team at community and school functions.
  • Perform other duties as determined by the Director of Development.


Qualifications and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in fundraising, sales, or marketing is preferred
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising platforms preferred.
  • Demonstrated success at networking and relationship-building
  • Alumnus/a of USN preferred, but not required

Skills and Abilities

  • Possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal, and written skills
  • Possess strong analytical and data management skills
  • Utilize social media for communication and fundraising strategies
  • Work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Apply time management strategies to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Be available for monthly out-of-town travel and to work evenings and weekends
  • Maintain a positive and professional demeanor and demonstrate integrity and confidentiality

In the USN community, students expect much of each other, and faculty benefit from that high standard. We seek educators who are enthusiastic about their own learning to complement their work and we offer many opportunities for professional growth. USN is committed to creating an institutional environment that mirrors the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville. USN encourages a diverse applicant pool and provides equal employment opportunities for employees and job applicants.

Please be prepared to upload the following items through USN’s online application for this position:

1. Cover Letter

2. Resume

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Additional Information


In addition to competitive salaries, the University School of Nashville offers a full range of benefits including:

  • health, dental, vision insurance, and HSA contributions
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 6% match
  • paid time off
  • professional growth opportunities
  • educational assistance program
  • public transportation passes

How to Apply

Please submit an application on the University School of Nashville’s website by clicking here or by going to https://www.usn.org/about/careers


  • Date Posted: October 3, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 11/06/2023
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk