Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Oct 23, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is an academic community that offers more than 8,500 Rackham students graduate education through doctoral, master's, and certificate degree programs that span the tremendous intellectual breadth and diversity of the University of Michigan.

The Rackham Graduate School partners with the Schools and Colleges of the University of Michigan to advance excellence in graduate education, to support a vibrant and diverse student community, and to impact the public good through the discoveries of its students and degree recipients.

Our vision is that all of the Graduate School’s partners – faculty, students, alumni, staff, and administrators alike – view themselves as members of the Rackham community, and collaborate with Rackham in transforming graduate education on campus and globally to promote excellence, diversity, innovation, and a student-centered academic experience.

To that end, Rackham offers campus-wide programs to help graduate students realize an expanded range of career paths, to promote student sense of belonging in their programs, to recruit graduate students who contribute to program diversity and excellence, and to offer graduate programs the data and collaborations that they require to sustain and advance academic excellence.

The Rackham Graduate School is seeking a Director of Development and Alumni Relations to work directly with the Dean as an essential member of the leadership team and, building on the success of the Victors for Michigan Campaign, to set the strategic direction for all fundraising and donor engagement. The position requires broad and comprehensive experience, both of high-level strategic planning and management of practical day-to-day operations, and a strong commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director will be responsible for helping to shape and translate Rackham’s vision, strategy, and commitment to graduate education into a clear and compelling fundraising strategy, with achievable goals and performance objectives.

The selected candidate will collaborate with internal and external constituents of the Graduate School to raise funds that support the academic and professional success of 8,500 highly qualified and diverse graduate students. The Director of Development and Alumni Relations will lead a high-performing team in efforts to align the Rackham Graduate School’s funding priorities with the interests of potential donors in order to persuasively articulate programmatic needs to prospects while developing strong professional partnerships with faculty, development staff, and graduate students across the University. The Director of Development and Alumni Relations will work in a highly collaborative environment with colleagues in Rackham, the Office of University Development, and other units across campus.

Frequent domestic and some international travel is required as is occasional evening and weekend work.

Rackham is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the School’s mission.

Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

To view position details please follow instructions for applying below.

How To Apply

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated in a confidential manner. Please apply on-line at (keyword 164367) and submit a letter of interest describing your qualifications for this position and a resume (please note, letter must be included as the first page(s) of your resume) no later than November 15, 2018 to:

[email protected]
Director of Development and Alumni Relations Search
Dean Michael J. Solomon

Applicants who do not submit all requested materials will not be considered.

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