Director of Alumni Relations
Beginning July 2017
The Director of Alumni Relations will assume full responsibility of Mountain School graduate relations. Reporting to the director and serving on the school’s management team, this person will lead the school’s efforts to welcome and nurture alumni while supervising both the alumni coordinator and the publisher of the newsletter. This full-time position includes salary and benefits, including the possibility of housing.
- Host all on-campus reunions, including the hiring and supervision of staff;
- Manage alumni fundraising, leading a team of alumni volunteers;
- Oversee all communications with alumni, collaborating with the alumni coordinator, director of admissions, and director;
- Lead and inspire the faculty to interact meaningfully with alumni, at reunions and otherwise;
- Support the alumni coordinator in her management of off-campus alumni programming;
- Know and appreciate the current students and faculty, participating in morning meetings, faculty meetings, and occasional work periods.
The successful candidate will likely demonstrate:
- Five or more years experience working in alumni relations, including the management of volunteers and involvement in fundraising;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- A commitment to diversity of all kinds;
- Enthusiasm for collaborating with colleagues and connecting with teenagers;
- Strong organizational habits;
- Willingness to host alumni and travel to see them;
- A combination of imagination and pragmatism when considering the shape of alumni relations in the future.
To Apply: Send a concise letter (by email) explaining your qualifications and interest in the position, along with a resume and names of three references to: Alden Smith, director, at email@example.com. We are accepting applications until February 20 and planning to make an appointment by April 1.
Further Background: Snapshot of the Mountain School Alumni Relations
Founded in 1984, the Mountain School of Milton Academy has 2,900 alumni who live all over the world. Each semester, the school provides 45 high school juniors the opportunity to live and work on a Vermont farm while experiencing a challenging curriculum. Outside the classroom, the school models the values of simplicity and sustainability in practices such as food preparation, energy use, and the maintenance of facilities. An important part of the school’s mission—to reach beyond the self and work for common good—has as much to do with the lives of our alumni as with the work of our students on campus.
Nearly a third of alumni live in New York, Boston, Seattle, Cleveland, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. 40% of alumni made a gift to the Mountain School in fy2016, totaling $208,000. An impressive percentage of alumni respond to surveys, attend reunions, and express an interest in continuing to maintain their relationship with the school.
The Mountain School currently hosts four reunions annually on campus:
- March: one-year reunion (for 90 18-year-olds).
- June: five, ten, and fifteen-year reunion for six different classes.
- August: twenty-year reunion for two classes (and their families).
- August: open reunion, for all classes (and their families) 25 years and higher.
The mission of the Mountain School Alumni Committee is to support a dynamic community of Mountain School graduates by connecting them to each other and helping them to carry forward the intellectual curiosity, celebration of place, and commitment to service we associate with the Mountain School. This twelve-person group represents a diverse set of alumni who work throughout the year and meet twice annually to design and implement alumni programming. The alumni coordinator, a half-time, remote employee, leads this team of volunteers in administering alumni programming and maintaining the alumni website.
Some challenges and opportunities for the future
- Leading the faculty and alumni volunteers in a team approach to alumni relations that serves the mission of the school;
- Involving alumni of color in the school;
- Maintaining a strong tradition of alumni giving;
- Determining the right constellation of on-campus and off-campus reunions to host, and leading efforts to accommodate larger groups of alumni;
- Creating unity of style and brand in all communications to alumni: newsletters, bulletins, emails, social media posts, syrup and sweatshirt sale
Beginning summer 2017
The Mountain School is seeking two full-time chefs to creatively transform vegetables and meat from our home farm into daily meals for approximately 75 students, staff, faculty, and guests. This is an exciting opportunity to work with well-raised meats and a local diet in a cold climate. Reporting to the dining manager, chefs will take the lead on menu planning and production for assigned meals, provide support for other meals, and work as a team to ensure the smooth execution of operations in the kitchen and dining room. These positions are full-time, with benefits.
- Create diverse, nutritious, and seasonal menus using vegetables, meat, and other staples from the home farm and local suppliers;
- Complete daily meal plans, prep lists and job assignments;
- Work to minimize waste and spoilage and care for supplies in stock;
- Ensure clean, safe, organized workflow, especially when working with students;
- Receive, rotate, and properly store incoming orders and supplies;
- Participate in regular team meetings to communicate and improve operations;
- Lead teamwork in one or more areas;
- Maintain high standards of quality, nutrition, and presentation.
The successful candidate will likely demonstrate:
- Minimum of 3-5 years hands-on cooking in a professional kitchen (restaurant, school, or other institution) or equivalent combination of schooling and experience;
- Experience with plant-based cuisines, including vegan or vegetarian dishes;
- Experience with food preservation, growing food, or hunting;
- Interest or background in nutrition and the strengths of different dietary approaches;
- Availability to work weekends and evenings as required;
- Strong communication skills, and a willingness to work with individuals from all backgrounds;
- High level of organization and time-management;
- Self-direction, orientation toward solutions, and excitement about healthy, local food.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to maneuver on uneven ground, go up and down stairs, carry and lift up to 50 pounds, and be able perform daily repetitive hand motions as they pertain to cooking and baking.
To Apply: Please submit a concise letter of interest, a resume, and three contacts for references to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20, 2017
Begins mid-August 2017
The graduate resident lives on campus and works to support students in and out of the classroom. In addition, the graduate resident assists the director of admissions in recruiting prospective students and managing the admissions process. The graduate resident reports to the director of studies, the head advisor, and the director of admissions. The position includes benefits and salary is commensurate with experience. While not required, preference will be given to recent Mountain School alumni.
- Mentor three or four advisees per semester;
- Provide academic support to students with a focus on critical reading and writing skills;
- Provide time management and goal-setting support directly to students;
- Help students plan and lead co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as part of the weekend curriculum;
- Assist with student transportation;
- Live in a dorm and serve as a dorm parent for two dorms;
- Lead student work crews on the farm, in the woods, and in the kitchen;
- Manage admissions work in one or more regions of the country, including giving presentations, recruiting students, and evaluating applications;
- Attend the Diversity Directions conference (held in July in North Andover, Massachusetts) or a similar conference.
The successful candidate will be able to:
- Connect easily with students from a variety of backgrounds;
- Provide academic support, including time management and basic skills in a variety of disciplines;
- Facilitate conversations, activities, and workshops with students and faculty on issues surrounding inclusion, social justice, and global events;
- Communicate effectively with sending schools and prospective students about the Mountain School, our program, and our mission;
- Take initiative and work independently on projects to enhance the Mountain School, both on campus and through admissions work;
- Work with, support, and get to know students in a variety of activities and settings;
- Share her/his own interests and passions in a way that enriches the school.
To Apply: Send a concise letter of interest, a resume, and contact info for three references to email@example.com by February 20, 2017
Summer Farm Crew
The Mountain School is seeking summer farm workers to help with crop and livestock production, as part of a fun and hardworking team. This is a full-time job for three summer months: June through August.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: seeding, planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, and pruning our five acres of vegetable and fruit crops, as well as fencing, haying, feeding and moving animals, some mowing, and occasionally processing the harvest.
The successful candidate will have a willingness to do physically demanding work outdoors in varying weather conditions. Attentiveness, persistence and a positive attitude are key. Farm crew members will have both the ability to work closely with others and also motivation to work independently.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to maneuver on uneven ground, go up and down stairs, carry and lift up to 50 pounds, and be able perform daily repetitive motions as they pertain to field work and processing.
To Apply: Please submit a concise letter of interest, a resume, and three contacts for references to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2017