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Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement

Company: Georgian Court University
Date Posted: April 9, 2015


  • Manage special events that generate revenue.
  • Manage a portfolio of 50-75 potential alumni donors through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process for gifts in support of the university mission and vision.
  • Maintain active and meaningful communications with alumni through a variety of media, including the Web, social media, monthly alumni e-newsletter, correspondence, and personal contacts.
  • Identify and recruit reunion class committee members, and manage all events of Reunion Weekend including scheduling, print materials and the Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony.
  • Coordinate regional club programs, networking sessions, Young Alumni programs, and student activities, including marketing and communications, volunteer management, scheduling, registration and all logistics.
  • Plan, implement and promote alumni programs that support the University strategic plan as well as the goals of the alumni strategic plan in collaboration with colleagues within the Office of Advancement, the Provost's Office and throughout the schools.
  • Create a variety of programs that appeal to constituent populations. Coordinate all logistics for the programs, including space reservations, securing speakers, catering, marketing and other vendor needs. Develop and manage budgets for each program.
  • In conjunction with student affairs, athletics, and other key University partners, participate with student orientation, athletic games, and similar activities.
  • Manage and expand an annual student philanthropy program targeting freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors to expand a culture of giving before students graduate. This includes working with other departments on campus to identify opportunities to engage students in philanthropy and the fundraising efforts of the University. Direct solicitation and participation is one of the objectives; however, a main goal is to educate students about philanthropy and how it impacts the University while they are students on campus and the importance of alumni giving.
  • Coordinate alumni activities including but not limited to Homecoming & Family Day, and regional events according to specific target metrics.
  • Develop and submit for approval by the VP annual strategic and operating plans.
  • Implement annual and strategic plans to increase number of affinity groups, chapters, and related alumni engagement activities that lead to philanthropic support.
  • Integrate the core values of respect, integrity, compassion, justice and service in all aspects of interaction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / The successful candidate for this position would have the following:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree, preferably Master's Degree.
  • A minimum of two years of experience with proven success and related experience in alumni relations, volunteer management, philanthropic fundraising, and managing programs with demonstrated return on investment.
  • Experience writing alumni and donor centered communications, including brochures, proposals, acknowledgment materials, etc.
  • Prior experience and familiarity with special events, constituent engagement and philanthropic fundraising.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be articulate and possess excellent writing and computer skills, particularly with MS Office.
  • Must exercise a high degree of discretion and independent judgment.
  • Must be willing to travel locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Must have ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with various constituencies and departments.
  • Must have flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals.
  • Raisers Edge knowledge and experience preferred.
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
  • The demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers, and increasing revenue.
  • A demonstrated professional attitude, personality and related work ethic to work effectively with colleagues, University representatives and partners, senior University officials and volunteer leaders.

Application Instructions:  In order to be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online.  Create a Georgian Court University Employment Account by clicking on the position title on our web site at:

You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of names and telephone numbers of three professional references

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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