NOCCA Foundation


Accepting applications for: Director of Alumni Relations

The NOCCA Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Louisiana’s renowned arts conservatory for high school students. Through charitable contributions and earned revenue, we support programs that benefit NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.

The NOCCA Foundation seeks a Director of Alumni Relations. This position is a crucial element for organizational growth as we look towards NOCCA’s 50th anniversary in 2023-2024. The  Director of Alumni Relations will be responsible for planning, building, maintaining, and enlarging an international network of NOCCA alumni, with the goal of encouraging alumni to engage with and support their alma mater through multiple avenues of opportunity.

The Director of Alumni Relations’ responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and executing appropriate strategies for connecting with individuals who have attended NOCCA since the school opened in 1974 to expand the alumni database.
  • Communicating with those alumni through all appropriate means, including postal mail, email, social media, in-person meet-ups, etc.
  • Engaging alumni through alumni-specific events (e.g. annual reunions), newsletters, volunteer opportunities, attendance at NOCCA performances, social events, and other methods.
  • Incorporating alumni-specific features into the Foundation’s and NOCCA’s existing programs, including the Artists-in-Residence program and the annual ART&SOUL gala.
  • Developing new programs that provide benefits to alumni, such as referrals, housing opportunities, crowdfunding project support, etc.
  • Fostering a sense of  belonging to the NOCCA family among alumni via awards, tours, etc.
  • Welcoming and coordinating alumni visits to the NOCCA campus in conjunction with NOCCA Faculty and Administration.
  • Planning and executing alumni events in New Orleans and throughout the U.S. with the goal of developing a robust alumni association by NOCCA’s 50th anniversary year in 2023-24.
  • Collaboratively plan 50th Anniversary activities to highlight and feature alums from all walks of life.
  • Manage Board of Directors’ committees as assigned, and liaise with board members to increase their engagement with NOCCA.

This position will report directly to the Executive Director of the NOCCA Foundation and serve as part of the Foundation’s leadership team. The Director of Alumni Relations will also have projects with NOCCA and will work collaboratively with staff and faculty at NOCCA. The ideal candidate is extremely skilled in marketing and communications; can build strong relationships through direct communication and special activities; is enthusiastic, proactive, and shows initiative; can work as part of a team; and should have a love of the arts and education. A NOCCA alum is strongly preferred for the position.

A joint search committee of NOCCA and the NOCCA Foundation staff will review applications, conduct interviews, and make the final hiring decision.

Requirements include:

  • At least five years of experience in alumni relations, non-profit management, or executive administration
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, able to manage multiple ongoing projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to build relationships with alumni and the NOCCA community
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, and thoughtfulness
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Familiarity with CRM software and other marketing/development software (e.g. Neon, Constant Contact)     
  • Familiarity with a range of social media platforms and willingness to engage on all required, using the appropriate tone
  • NOCCA alumnus strongly encouraged

Salary is commensurate with experience, and an extensive benefits package is included.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references in a single PDF addressed to Applications received by February 25, 2022 will receive priority consideration.

The NOCCA Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer. The NOCCA Foundation hires, trains, and promotes qualified employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or any other protected status.