Executive Director of Alumni Engagement

Colorado, Denver, USA
May 24, 2017
University of
Faculty Jobs
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DUs remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of collaborative, curious, results-oriented and mission-driven advancement professionals who value inclusivity and who possess a deep respect for one another and for our shared profession. Advancement professionals at the University of Denver are relationship-focused, alumni and donor-centric, collaborative, ethical, and results-oriented. We are committed to unwavering standards of excellence and consistently challenge ourselves and each other to strive toward higher levels of achievement.

Position Summary

The University of Denver is seeking an experienced, driven, and passionate leader to join our Advancement team as the Executive Director of Alumni Engagement. This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned professional to join a dynamic, growing and purposeful enterprise united around a compelling mission charted by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and Vice Chancellor Armin Afsahi. The Executive Director will work with a community of talented professionals united to advance this mission, inspiring philanthropy and engagement among all facets of the University of Denver community.

Reporting directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Networks, the Executive Director of Alumni Engagement will help pioneer a new paradigm for alumni relations by cultivating strong relationships with alumni in industry as well as building highly effective global networks of alumni focused on supporting and driving the strategic priorities of the University. Success will be realized in awakening a community of advocates for the University of Denver. This position will require a strong understanding of alumni relations functions, trends and best practices, as well as an innovative and curious mindset with an eagerness to engage people in entirely new ways.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • 7-10+ years of experience in constituent engagement, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • 5+ years of experience managing personnel, with a demonstrated commitment to coaching, mentoring, and developing team members.
  • Demonstrated, measurable success in increasing the engagement of a large constituent community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree.
  • Experience leading alumni and/or employer relations in a complex and dynamic higher education setting is highly preferred.
  • Experience leading alumni relations activities during a comprehensive campaign.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. For inquiries and questions about the position, please contact Brandon Buzbee at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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