Director, Alumni Engagement

May 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact (, the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in the University's history, will raise $5 billion to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. Launched in October 2014, the campaign supports priorities in every division, school, department, and institute, and aims to engage 125,000 alumni and friends over its five-year duration. Please note: This role is located in Harper Court at 5235 S Harper Court - the corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park. For more information: Director, Alumni Engagement: Serve as a senior member of the Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving team with broad responsibility for advancing the Alumni Association and its priorities. Primary responsibilities include the strategic management and oversight of outwardly facing programs and initiatives designed to engage alumni in the life of the University and management of the AEAG teams responsible for those programs including Career Development, Lifelong Learning, and the Events and Programs teams. Serve on the management team of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving representing the executive director in alumni relations arenas when required. Develop and execute a strategy of innovative and effective engagement programs and initiatives focusing on engaging alumni in the life of the University focusing on careers, lifelong learning and signature events to cultivate and strengthen alumni ties to the University. Oversee an expansive digital presence and the use of technology to connect alumni around the world to University benefits, resources and programs. Capitalize on existing alumni volunteer network to expand programs and opportunities for alumni and current students. Organize and execute an approach with particular foci on reaching the unengaged alumni population, establishing more meaningful connections for engaged alumni and increasing participatory fundraising.

Unit Job Summary: Director, Alumni Engagement - cont'd: Oversee the continued expansion of alumni career services, industry affinity groups and professional development programs designed to provide on-going support to alumni in their professional capacities and pave the way for students and young alumni to take advantage of the University's vast network. Research best practices, work with staff to develop and implement a program to support alumni in their careers at key transition points. In partnership with Career Advancement, UChicago Grad, and Parent Philanthropy, cultivate opportunities for alumni and parents to better support current students in their career development through mentorship and career exploration, internship and research opportunities, and post-graduate work. Oversee growth of lifelong learning programs that encapsulate faculty connections and programming with and for alumni. Expand and enhance the lifelong learning program which includes traveling and campus based lecture series, alumni travel program, and management of the University's online learning platform for alumni which is hosted in conjunction with the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Align Campaign goals with lifelong learning offerings to highlight and promote key University fundraising initiatives to alumni. Oversee the management of AEAG's signature events and programs (Alumni Weekend, Homecoming, etc.) and the support the Events and Programs team provides to events across AEAG locally and in regions across the world, which foster alumni engagement and participatory annual giving fundraising. Support a close working relationship with the Office of Strategic Events who is a key partner is all Signature Events. Develop and maintain knowledge base of best practices and emerging trends in alumni relations. Use traditional and new media to reach audiences. Analyze results and develop reports to demonstrate success. Use creative techniques to increase engagement and enhance programming. Develop processes for assessment of program effectiveness and engagement outcomes. Provide direct management of staff responsible for the career programs, lifelong learning initiatives, and events and programs. Understand administrative processes to manage staff resources effectively. Hire, manage, evaluate, develop and terminate staff as needed and as assigned. Monitor and manage budget items. Address budget variances as they occur. Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of five years of professional work experience in fundraising, development, alumni relations, donor relations, nonprofit management, research, marketing, communications, sales or similar professional work experience required. A minimum of three years of management experience, including staff, required. A minimum of one year of experience developing and managing a budget required. Experience managing and planning programs preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Current authorization to work permanently in the United States required. A current resident of the Chicago area or willing to relocate to the Chicago area required. Valid United States driver's license required. Strong verbal and writing skills required. High attention to detail, follow-up and excellent organizational skills required. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required. Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access required. Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required; ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well required. Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required. Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required. Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required. Dress code is business or business casual attire. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred.

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