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
- 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
- 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
- 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