The NOCCA Institute 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 Institute seeks a Director of Alumni Relations. This is a new position and was identified as a crucial element for organizational growth in a recent strategic plan. 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 support their alma mater through multiple avenues of opportunity.

The Director of Alumni Relations’ responsibilities include:

  • Identifying appropriate strategies for building a network of individuals who have attended NOCCA since the school opened in 1974.
  • 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 Institute’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 dedication to NOCCA among alumni via awards, tours, etc.
  • Working with NOCCA and alums to recruit prospective students from NOCCA’s partner schools
  • Welcoming and coordinating alumni visits to the NOCCA campus
  • 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.

This position will report directly to the Executive Director of The NOCCA Institute and serve as part of the Institute’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 Institute staff, faculty, alumni and board members will review applications, conduct interviews, and make the final hiring decision.

Requirements include:

  • At least three years of experience in alumni relations, non-profit management, project management, and/or extensive community outreach
  • 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, ideally Neon
  • 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 jobs@noccainstitute.com.

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