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Director of Alumni Engagement

Company: University of Alaska Anchorage
Date Posted: January 17, 2018


Supervise alumni staff in the day-to-day implementation of projects. Ensure the effectiveness of mechanisms for volunteer management and training. Establish work procedures, standards and schedules; establish challenging and relevant goals and measure progress toward them. Engage current UAA students and recent graduates, developing programming that has appeal and relevance across the university''s diverse constituent schools and colleges. Provide leadership of annual Homecoming fundraiser in cooperation with alumni volunteers. Prepare and execute the budgets and operating plans for alumni relations to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

Provide strategic leadership in designing a strong and sustainable alumni relations program. Create, organize and manage activities and events to engage alumni in support of the institution. Develop strong, mutually beneficial relationships with the university''s diverse population of alumni. Develop programs to meet alumni needs while serving the university, its mission and priorities. Assess areas of interest for alumni and create new programs, events and initiatives to draw alumni into active involvement with the university. Increase alumni participation and volunteerism; promote social and career networking among alumni; design collaborative efforts to ensure that the university is able to draw upon the skills and talents of its alumni. Spearhead creation of new alumni chapters statewide at the school, college, discipline/program area level. Work with volunteers to create chapters in areas out of state where substantial alumni populations exist. Establish goals, objectives and strategies for alumni engagement and cultivation. Assess progress toward goals and evaluate activities and their impact in a process of continuous improvement. Foster a supportive network among the Alumni Association and its chapters and promote the further establishment of chapters. Strengthen existing alumni programming and add new programming that improves and enriches the lives of UAA alumni, including networking services and educational opportunities.
Work collaboratively with the executive administration, the Vice Chancellor of Advancement, Director of Philanthropy and Director of Marketing & Communications to craft an alumni relations program that is comprehensive and fully integrated into University Advancement work. Serve as senior leader in the University Advancement department as an expert on alumni relations activities and best practices. Serve on Vice Chancellor''s senior management team; serve on cross functional teams and committees as appropriate. Partner with upper level administrators and university leadership on a regular basis in setting strategic objectives to foster improvement in programming to build alumni pride and involvement. Serve as Executive Director of the Alumni Association and hold a seat on the Alumni Association Board.


Extensive supervisory experience, documented leadership skills in
managing and motivating a diverse staff; the demonstrated ability to work and collaborate with volunteers; a strong commitment to personal and professional development; the willingness to work as part of a team in a service-oriented environment; and a friendly, collaborative leadership style well-suited to management in a complex university setting. The ability to recruit, motivate, train and manage volunteers is essential.

Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. Knowledge and understanding of relevant technologies for marketing alumni programs, engaging alumni, encouraging participation in networking and alumni programming, managing and measuring results.

The ability to work with community leaders, the executive level of corporations and foundations, and a wide variety of individuals. A high-level of skill in championing the university and instilling loyalty in its constituents.

Creative and innovation; the ability to design new events, programs and initiatives to draw alumni into active involvement in the life of the university, to enlist alumni in service to, and support of, UAA, and to provide services valuable to alumni.

proven ability to balance multiple priorities, ability to define short and long-term goals and implement actions to successfully achieve them.

Ability to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, peers and leadership; and facilitate in building consensus among team members, campus partners, and external stake holders while working toward and achieving mutual goals.


Required Experience:

Minimum of four years professional level (or higher) experience in a higher education, corporate, foundation, or non-profit setting.


Typical Education or Training:

Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, business, public administration or relevant field, and a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience (at least four of which are at the professional level) in alumni relations programs, or in education, non-profit management or a field or industry that emphasizes relationship building, stewardship, and overseeing event-driven programming and communications.

Master's degree preferred.