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CIS Ontario Member School: St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School

Alumnae & Community Engagement Officer

Full-time Permanent Position


Department: Advancement 

Reports to: Executive Director, Advancement & Community Relations

Education: Post-Secondary Education

Experience: 1+ years of experience in alumnae affairs and/or event management

1+ years of experience in a non-profit/fundraising environment

Experience in an Independent School (asset)

CFRE designation (asset)

Working Conditions: School/Office Environment, Mac, Google, Blackbaud


St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School

Inspired Girls. Empowered Women. St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School (SMLS) is recognized as one of the premier independent schools in the country and brings a long history of educational excellence to girls from preschool to university entrance. For well over a century, SMLS has helped develop courageous girls who challenge and change the world.

Role Overview

SMLS is seeking a full-time Alumnae & Community Engagement Officer to join our Advancement team. You’ll be reporting to the Executive Director, Advancement & Community Relations and be responsible for creating, building and strengthening our Alumnae Relations program to engage and foster continuing relationships with our alumnae. Serving as a School Ambassador, you will support the alumnae association in building its scope and programming to promote continuing alumnae engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Managing and executing the alumnae relations programs for graduates of the School

  • Developing a clear strategy for alumnae engagement that aligns with the School’s strategic plan in collaboration with SMLS colleagues and volunteer committees

  • Planning and executing alumnae events, in person and virtual (e.g. homecoming, reunions, Founders’ Day, alumnae luncheon, grad breakfast, speaker events, recreational and social events) and event budget management

  • Designing and executing an annual outreach program to alumnae, including such elements as newsletters, e-mails, website updates, and other publications

  • Growing the alumnae directory database, and developing a mechanism for alumnae to connect and communicate

  • Collaborating with the Director, The Annual Fund to solicit donations from alumnae and assist with the execution of the graduating class gift programs to achieve fundraising targets

  • Creating new opportunities to engage alumnae in meaningful and rewarding ways that deepen their commitment to the School

  • Assists with the promotion and implementation of the Outstanding Alumnae Award

  • Developing outreach programs to engage alumnae in ongoing academic activities of the School (e.g. co- op and mentorship programs to link alumnae with current students)

  • Providing strategic support to the alumnae association to help them create and build new connections to alumnae (e.g. identifying possible class representatives, notable alumnae for mentoring and speaking engagements, suggesting alumnae chapters, etc.)

  • Working with the Executive Director, Advancement & Community Relations to create systems and roles to ensure a quality volunteer experience for Alumnae Association members, the Alumnae Association Executive committee and other alumnae volunteers

  • Providing expertise and support to the Executive Director, Advancement & Community Relations, Alumnae Association Executive Committee, Advancement Committee, Board of Directors and Faculty in related alumnae and advancement activities and campaigns

  • Collaborating with the Head of Schools, Assistant Head of Schools, the University Guidance Counsellor and various student associations and councils to strengthen the engagement and commitment of future alumnae

  • Support the development and growth of a culture of philanthropy within the SMLS alumnae community

  • Experience optimizing the use of technology to engage alumnae by managing the online resources and social networking platforms and communities for alumnae. Collaborate with the Head of Marketing and Communications to maintain/manage Alumnae Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts

  • Maintaining regular communication with alumnae via face-to-face meetings, email blasts, alumnae webpage, print productions, digital and social media and the School’s Alumnae Newsletter

Priority Capacities

  • A commitment to girls’ education

  • Ability to represent SMLS in an enthusiastic, professional and positive manner to all constituents

  • A sincere and authentic approach to customer service

  • Highly organized and attentive to the need for accurate data collection and management

  • An adaptable and quick learner in a technologically driven environment

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Proven ability to work as a team member

  • Energetic team player with strong leadership skills and a positive attitude

  • Warm, engaging and authentic with a talent for building and maintaining strong relationships

  • Self-directed with excellent organizational, problem-solving and time-management skills

Key Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Post-Secondary graduation in a relevant program (e.g. fundraising, marketing, communications, etc.) with a minimum of 1-3 years of experience in alumnae affairs, including experience with the administration of an alumnae program, and a background that includes event planning, fundraising, and/or communications

  • Experience in program design, development, implementation and evaluation

  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, ethics, techniques and best practices for alumnae relations and fundraising

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills

  • Experience fostering productive external relationships with working volunteer boards, Alumnae Association, Parents’ Association, faculty, staff and students to optimize alumnae outreach and engagement activities

  • Ability to conceptualize and implement strategies for alumnae engagement and fundraising;

  • Sound judgment, with the ability to proactively problem solve

  • Knowledge of relationship and stewardship development principles and practices related to fundraising

  • Intermediate to Advanced proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint & Outlook) and Raiser’s Edge

  • Flexibility to work on occasional evenings/weekends

  • Willingness and ability for some travel

SMLS Values
Respect:  We welcome and support the diversity of our school community and the broader communities and environment in which we learn, work and live. We respect our Anglican roots and our traditions.

Integrity:  Honesty and responsibility are fundamental to everything we do – from the classroom to the boardroom.

Innovation:  We are in a place where new ideas and promising practices can be explored, evaluated and flourish.

Commitment:  We recognize our responsibilities to each other and to the world, and we will stand by our word and persevere with passion, pride and hard work.

Courage:  We are not afraid to confront the uncertainties or difficulties the future may bring.  We are resilient and are prepared to be bold and take action. 

St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School provides a competitive compensation package for Staff members. 

If you are interested in joining SMLS and playing an integral role in the development of young women, please apply online at by creating an admin profile. 

 We appreciate and thank all applicants for your interest in SMLS, however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

SMLS is an equal opportunity employer and we accommodate any needs under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Respect for the dignity and worth of every individual in the workplace is fundamental at SMLS. Our school recognizes the importance of diversity and fosters an inclusive, cohesive, and compassionate culture modeled by faculty, staff, students and parents.

  • Day School
  • Full-Time
  • Oakville
  • Permanent
  • Staff
  • St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School