Director of Alumni Relations and Affinity Groups

Palatine IL, IL
May 03, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Community College

Schedule Information: M-F; 8 - 4:30 pm; evenings and weekends as needed 

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Benefits:  Health, Dental, Life & Disability; Sick, Vacation & Holiday Pay; Personal Business; Harper Tuition Waivers; and Professional Expense

Duties of Position: The Director of Alumni Relations and Affinity Groups is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage alumni and identified affinity groups to strengthen programs and provide benefits to the College and Foundation.  The Director also oversees and provides direction for the alumni and affinity group special events and fundraising initiatives. 

Coordinates, implements, promotes, and facilitates the Foundation’s Alumni & Affinity Groups Program.

Oversees and balances the budget for the College’s Alumni Relations& Affinity Groups efforts.

Coordinates, implements, and supervises the Distinguished Alumni Program
Plans, implements, and promotes alumni programs that support the Foundation.

Provides supervision, leadership, and fundraising support for alumni and affinity group special events hosted by the Advancement department.

Coordinates with Marketing Department to create quarterly alumni newsletter (electronic and print) and social media updates, outreach and networking (instagram, twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook,etc.)

Coordinates and facilitates social media outreach to alumni.

Coordinates and facilitates the selection of individuals to serve on the Alumni Relations, Affinity Groups, and event committees.

Works closely with the Alumni Relations Volunteer Committee, arranging meetings, staffing committees, and ensuring strong and productive relationships between members and Foundation leadership

Participates in planning meetings, accepts special assignments, assists colleagues and provides support for all ongoing programs and operations as needed.

Supports all fundraising initiatives within the department.

Collaborates closely with Development staff to facilitate integrated approaches to increase support from alumni; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts

Raises funds for select special projects and events in collaboration with the Development staff.

Establishes and builds relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, and nationally

Maintains regular communication and updates with alumni via direct contact, email blasts, alumni web pages, social media and print publications.

Facilitates negotiations with contractors and/or vendors for the Foundation’s special events.

Serves as a liaison on event-related matters such as scheduling and maintaining communication with vendors and participants, coordinating and monitoring event timelines, and assisting with the preparation of event-related publications.

Assists with event administration such as preparing budgets and providing periodic progress reports to the department

Performs other duties as required or assigned


Educational Requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Communications, Marketing or related field required.

Experience Requirements:   At least five (5) years of progressively successful development experience, preferably in a College or University setting.  Demonstrated fundraising success and knowledge of the philanthropic community.  Previous experience coordinating and working with volunteer committees.  Possession of strong organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written) are essential.  Self-starter with the ability to work independently and under pressure without day-to-day supervision.  Positive, outgoing personality.

Application Review Date:  Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: May 23, 2018

Required Documents:  ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.

* Employment sponsorship is not available.

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