Director of Alumni and Friends Engagement 199216

Worcester Massachusetts
May 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Clark University’s University Advancement Department seeks to fill the position of Director of Alumni & Friends Engagement. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for University Advancement, the successful candidate will assume responsibility for the successful planning, execution, and evaluation of alumni, parents/families and friends engagement programming for University Advancement. As a key professional in the Office of Alumni & Friends Engagement, the Director will join an impactful University Advancement team in the execution and management of successful engagement strategy with key external constituents of Clark University. This position is pivotal within University Advancement and for Clark University as it embarks on the public phase of Campaign Clark. The Director will manage a team of three professionals and work closely with other Advancement leaders including the Vice President of University Advancement, the Executive Director of Major Gifts, the Executive Director of Principal Gifts, and five directors managing the Clark Fund, Stewardship & Donor Relations, Advancement Services, Data and Advancement Research, and Networked Communities teams. The successful candidate will be polished, passionate and possess exceptional interpersonal skills. They will be an impactful leader and motivator of professional staff and volunteers. Duties and Responsibilities The Director’s work will have an alumni, parents/families and friends engagement focus, including developing events and working with volunteers in support of Clark University’s strategic objectives and institutional mission. The Director will work with affinity groups among Clark’s alumni, parents/families and friends to build vibrant engagement opportunities to support the University during its capital campaign. This person will be an excellent manager of volunteers, helping University Advancement coordinate the activities of over 300 alumni and parent volunteers, serving in key roles that have a far-reaching impact across campus. In total, the Director will work toward deepening the engagement of Clark’s approximately 32,000 graduate and undergraduate alumni. Included in a range of responsibilities, the Director will manage the Clark University alumni, parents/families and friends engagement team including planning and managing over 60 alumni events nationwide, and working closely with the Office of Alumni & Friends Engagement and University Advancement in expanding and enhancing alumni, parents/families and friends engagement programming at Clark University. The Director will serve as the primary professional leader for alumni, parents/families and friends volunteers, including the Alumni Association Executive Board, and several key Clark University councils and committees. The Director will work closely with the Director of the Clark Fund and the Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations in managing over 150 Class Agents and Reunion committee volunteers. In addition, the Director will represent the University as it relates to alumni, parents/families and friends engagement, including serving as a key partner in the successful completion of Campaign Clark, as well as other duties as assigned. The Director will share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. Qualifications The successful candidate will have a minimum of 7 years working in alumni affairs/engagement, donor relations and/or development. Previous alumni affairs/engagement, event management, and related experience, particularly in an Advancement team and in Higher Education, is strongly preferred. Experience managing volunteers is a plus. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to the goals of a liberal arts education and to the importance of Clark’s relationship with its constituencies and prior volunteer management expertise. The Director should bring innovative ideas to engage our alumni and families, and be an energetic listener and ready traveler with the ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively. The candidate must have exceptional organizational, motivational, and interpersonal skills. The Director handles complex and often sensitive information with potentially wide impact on the University community and external audiences. Discretion, collaboration and excellent communications skills are essential, and attention to detail is important as is considerable initiative and imagination for innovation. Evening and weekend work is required, as well as travel. Clark is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their qualifications and experiences, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, 12-month position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks’ vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more. Review of applications will begin [two weeks after position is approved for posting] with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience. Please email résumé and cover letter to Applicants must reference Job code 199216 in the subject line to be considered for this position. Clark University is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages members from historically underrepresented communities - inclusive of all women - to apply.