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AACHS Seeks To Hire Executive Director

The Associated Alumni of Central High School is soliciting applications for candidates to serve in the newly created staff position of Executive Director.

To apply, please send a single .pdf document to containing a letter of interest with your salary expectation, resume and three references with full contact and email information (references will not be contacted without applicant’s consent).

The full position description appears below.

Executive Director – Position Description

Position Summary

Reporting to the President of The Associated Alumni of Central High School (AACHS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall operational and strategic responsibility for the AACHS.  The AACHS has been a volunteer-run organization for the last 30 years, and the ED will be charged with transforming it into a professionally-run organization, with the full support of the AACHS’ governing body, the Board of Managers (BOM).  The BOM has decided to hire an ED at this time in order to successfully conclude its $45 million capital campaign, “Leading the Way,” and to better support the students and the alumni of Central High School.  Since this is a new position, the ED, in consultation with the AACHS President and BOM, will have discretion to staff the organization to be the most effective that it can be.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

About The Associated Alumni of Central High School

Founded in 1873, the mission of the AACHS is to encourage and support the School’s high standards of scholarship, integrity and democratic values, to facilitate and maintain pride in Central and, as well, to encourage an impact upon community growth through financial and personal involvement, while broadening social and professional relationships among its more than 20,000 living alumni.  In Philadelphia and beyond, alumni sustain Central’s tradition of excellence by being leaders and creating a positive impact in their communities.  The AACHS endowment stands at $10 million.  For more information, please visit

About Central High School of Philadelphia

Founded in 1836 as the second oldest continuously public high school in the United States, there are nearly 2,400 students and more than 100 faculty and staff members today.  As a college preparatory public school, Central challenges students with rigorous academic programs to prepare them for the demands of higher education.  Ranked as one of the most diverse high schools in the United States, Central students represent the breadth of Philadelphia’s racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic groups.  For more information, please visit

“Leading the Way” Capital Campaign

With the support of Central High School’s alumni and friends, the “Leading the Way” capital campaign will not only help maintain Central as the top high school in Philadelphia, but propel it to the best in the nation.  To date, the $45 million campaign has secured over $19 million in funding, including $10 million from a Central alumnus, $8.1 million from The School District of Philadelphia, and other donations from Central’s alumni and friends.

The goals of this ambitious major capital improvement plan are:

  • Academic Planning coordinates near term initiatives within the long term pedagogical vision for Central.
  • Integrate STEM Education through a new STEM Innovation Center that will allow collaboration and project-based learning to take place across the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.
  • Provide 21st Century Learning Opportunities with a new Digital Media and Technology Center, housed in the new Student Commons, that will provide technology for classroom research and writing projects, podcasts, and broadcasting.
  • Repair and Invigorate Central’s 25-acre campus and its 200,000-square-foot 1939 historic academic building.
  • Advance the Performing Arts with a new Performing Arts Center that will feature a 400-seat theater and innovative rehearsal rooms, classrooms and technical support spaces outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

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Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the AACHS
  • Manage full-time Director of Development, part time Project Development Coordinator, and any future staff members.
  • Create a new organizational structure to transform AACHS from a volunteer-run organization to a professionally-run one.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong BOM; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction.
  • Actively engage and energize BOM members, volunteers, alumni, and donors.
  • Ensure consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals. 

Fundraising, Alumni Relations, and Communications

  • Develop and implement an annual and multi-year fundraising plan.
  • Work with Director of Development to develop and set their cultivation, solicitation, and revenue goals for each fiscal year.
  • Develop new revenue generating and fundraising activities to support the AACHS’ operating budget.
  • Create effective systems to track fundraising performance that can be effectively communicated to the BOM and stakeholders.
  • Build a comprehensive alumni relations program, including engagement opportunities, designed to strengthen relationships with alumni, and preparing current students for their future as engaged alumni.
  • Develop a comprehensive communications strategy to include the AACHS website, electronic newsletters, mailings, and social media that inform, update, and familiarize alumni with the AACHS’s activities, news, programs of interest, and alumni accomplishments.


AACHS is seeking a candidate who understands and embraces the mission of Central High School specifically and public education in general, and is committed to the mission, goals, and objectives of the AACHS in word and deed.  All candidates should have proven fundraising and financial management experience.  Alumni who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.


  • Minimum of 10-years of progressively responsible experience in development or alumni relations, preferably in secondary or higher education, with a track record of success.
  • Successfully lead a $1 million or higher capital campaign, or other large fundraising effort.
  • Must be adept at managing the budget of a nonprofit organization. Familiarity with nonprofit financial reporting and accounting regulations required.
  • Previous supervisory experience with proven ability to effectively develop and manage performance of staff.
  • Demonstrated success in managing, developing and leading volunteers.
  • Willingness to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, action-oriented and self-directed.
  • Exceptionally well-organized and a proven track record of being detail-oriented.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office proficiency is a requirement, and ability to learn and use computer software as necessary.
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Local and regional travel required. Valid driver’s license and automobile required.

Physical Requirements, Frequency of Tasks:

  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasional prolonged and irregular hours will be necessary.

Working Environment:

  • Typical office environment in a high school setting. May occasionally work outdoors in preparation for and attendance at special events.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To apply, please send a single .pdf document to containing:

  • Letter of interest with your salary expectation
  • Resume
  • Three references with full contact and email information (references will not be contacted without applicant’s consent)

A background check will be required.  Due to the number of applicants, the AACHS is unable to respond to each candidate individually.  Candidates selected to interview will be contacted directly.

It is the policy of the AACHS to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military status.