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 Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations

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Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations is a member of the University Advancement Division senior management team and is responsible for providing strategic direction for every aspect of alumni relations program in partnership with the Alumni Association, with peers on the University Advancement senior management team and with alumni relations staff.
  • Plays a pivotal role in engaging an enthusiastic community of 140,000 alumni at a particularly important and exciting time in the University's history and is expected to convey a strong alumni relations vision, developed in partnership with the University President, Vice President of University Advancement, senior advancement colleagues and leading alumni volunteers.
  • Provides strategic vision for alumni relations, implementing that vision through collaborative leadership of the Board of the Alumni Association and Alumni Council and its committees.
  • Creates lifelong relationships between the University and its alumni.
  • Leads the alumni relations staff and provide the guidance and support necessary for their professional success and personal development.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Advanced degree is preferred and a minimum of ten or more years of relevant leadership experience in client centric, membership or affinity driven programs recognized for their strength of engagement and effectiveness
  • Additional experience specifically in alumni relations or other Advancement disciplines including major gift fund raising, annual fund leadership, marketing, or communications in higher education or corporate environments would be desirable.
  • Requires a demonstrated ability to successfully manage a program that is similar in scale and complexity to the alumni relations program
  • A high degree of comfort working throughout the U.S. and internationally with cultural sensitivity and an optimistic approach to work, supported by a strong work ethic, attention to detail, an outgoing nature and warm personal style.
  • A strong affinity for the institution and will be able to champion the University and its educational mission among its various constituents.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership roles is especially important, as the Associate Vice President works directly with the University president, senior members of the University administration and lead volunteers in the Alumni Association and on the board of trustees
  • Exceptional experience in fields such as educational advancement, not-for-profit administration, marketing, and other client-centered professions.
  • Requires a friendly, collaborative leadership style that is well suited to management in a complex university setting.
  • Ability to manage effectively in a complex environment comprised of multiple constituencies.
  • Maturity, perspective, and credibility necessary to influence senior university administrators as well as key alumni volunteers.
  • Philosophy supportive of an integrated approach in Advancement.
  • Creativity required to introduce new ideas and incremental change balanced by a respect for the traditions.
  • Intellectual curiosity and capacity to understand the full breadth of teaching, programs, and research, the ability to translate that understanding to the alumni and superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a university environment and a deep understanding of how to motivate and develop volunteers and a commitment to the educational mission.
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