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 Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

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Leads, manages, and directs the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations as it seeks to involve and engage alumni and the parents of current and former students in the life of the university.

Through a wide variety of programming, volunteer opportunities, and communications, will build strong ties among alumni, parents, and the university.

As a member of the university relations management team, the director will work closely with the development, advancement services and communications offices as well as with virtually all members of the university community including its talented and highly accomplished faculty.

The university will increase significantly its external relations activity as it prepares for the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in its history.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations will be a vital component to the success of this effort.

Key Initiatives
  • Creating a vibrant five-year reunion program for classes celebrating 5th through 50th Reunions
  • Continuing to build homecoming, family, and commencement weekends
  • Expanding the regionally based alumni clubs program, both with regard to the number of regional clubs and their programmatic offerings, seeking ways to involve alumni and parents in the intellectual life of the university through vehicles such as alumni college and faculty lectures
  • Introducing current students to the opportunities afforded them as alumni of the university
  • Enhancing career networking, affinity group, and admissions programming; and identifying other potential vehicles and activities for the engagement of alumni and parents.
  • The director will work closely with the National Alumni Board as it seeks to build an active class-based volunteer structure to better involve and engage members of the alumni body.
  • Oversees the expansion of the university's on-line community and works closely with colleagues in the communications office to enhance connections among alumni and parents and the university.


  • Reports to the vice president for university relations and supervises a department of six.
  • Bachelor's degree, and at least five years of experience in alumni and parent programming, preferably at a small liberal arts institution.
  • Superior management, organization and planning skills; a track record of program development and implementation
  • Significant experience working productively with alumni and parent volunteers
  • Attentiveness to detail
  • Highly developed computer skills including experience with Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as constituent relations software such as Millennium.
  • Must be able to work and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a broad range of internal and external constituents including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends of the university and work independently, solve problems, handle confidential information, and navigate sensitive situations.
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