Director of Alumni Engagement

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Position Title:Director of Alumni Engagement Job Category:Staff Department:Development - 7010620 Division:Advancement Required Documents:Cover Letter, Resume Position Statement:Founded in 2005, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is one of 28 institutions within the University System of Georgia. GGC is a premier 21st century liberal arts institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Serving nearly 13,000 students, GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture, and extremely affordable tuition are changing the game in higher education and changing the future for students at all levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Gwinnett County (pop. 920,000+) is home to a variety of businesses, including organizations involved in health care, education and information technology. Description:

Reporting to the Executive Director of Individual Engagement, the Director of Alumni Engagement is responsible for providing innovative leadership to execute comprehensive strategies that engage alumni and students in programming to advance the mission of the Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) Alumni Association and Georgia Gwinnett College. This position develops, implements and manages all aspects of programs and initiatives that drive alumni and student engagement and affinity across the college, to maximize alumni engagement, career success and a culture of philanthropy. This individual will be a leader who can inspire alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the Northeast Georgia community to fulfill the organizational mission and whose work is guided by a comprehensive strategy for moving stakeholders through phases of engagement that result in donor support.


  • Responsible for working with GGC Alumni, students and the GGC community to create an overall alumni engagement strategy and to help build traditions, a culture of philanthropy and an engaged alumni population. Establishes and builds relationships with alumni through visits, event attendance and communications through multiple platforms
  • Supervise assigned alumni staff members and volunteers and provide leadership and management needed for each to meet documented goals
  • In collaboration with Advancement colleagues and Alumni Board leadership, leads development and implementation of innovative alumni strategies that support GGC’s strategic plan and further the goals of the college
  • Collaborates with communications staff to develop a comprehensive alumni communications plan aligned with college wide communications strategy. Supports communications activities by creating and sharing alumni focused content
  • Manages the Four Pillar Society student leadership program of the Advancement Division. Leverage the success of this society to build and sustain a student program across campus that will lead to increased engagement and a culture of philanthropy among students, and then ultimately among alumni
  • Implements programs to educate current students on the importance of and benefits of being an alumnus
  • Trains and coordinates student participants for key campus and community events as needed by the Office of Advancement
  • Creates, evaluates and catalogs programs, benefits, and services offered to GGC alumni
  • Collaborates with Career Development and Advising Center, Admissions, schools and other campus units to support and engage alumni and involve their community connections in the life of the college
  • Collaborate with schools and departments to support campus goals and initiatives and enhance alumni engagement efforts
  • In coordination with Advancement staff and other campus units, supervises the planning, marketing and execution of a variety of alumni networking, social, reunion and personal development events. Manages campus wide committees, as required
  • In coordination with the Director of Annual Giving, provides support to alumni and student fundraising. Provides support to the Assistant Director of Annual Giving Programs to gain Annual Event Sponsorships for alumni and student engagement activities
  • Manages designated budget lines
  • Oversees the operations of and genral strategy for the GGC Alumni Assocation. Engages and manages the Communications, Events and Task Force Committees of the GGC Alumni Association. Supervise meeting planning and preparation
  • Ensures accurate and complete alumni database records and manages information on activities with key constituents with regular reporting on progress through Raiser’s Edge. Tracks and analyzes biographical and demographic alumni data
  • Responsible for being a contributing member of the Office of Advancement
  • Represents GGC at external events as assigned
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:


  • 4 Year / Bachelor's Degree
  • 3 years demonstrated successful experience in a combination of any of the following: alumni relations, advancement/fundraising, marketing, management, community relations, external affairs, or related field
  • Effective management skills for overseeing direct reports and for projects
  • Strong program management experience
  • Requires strong computer skills and software knowledge
  • Requires excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Requires strong organizational skills
  • Requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to develop relationships across all constituent groups including donors, faculty and staff, students, parents, and alumni
  • Requires experience in project management including developing strategic marketing and event planning
  • Must be highly self-motivated
  • Capacity to inspire staff, volunteers and donors to action
  • Requires ability to work effectively under pressure and meet established goals and objectives
  • Able to work well as part of a team to achieve team goals and organization initiatives
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining careful attention to detail
  • Requires ability to work with a diverse population
  • Requires experience in engaging and supervising vendors and volunteers
  • Requires a valid Driver’s license and reliable transportation


  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in a higher education setting, preferably in Advancement
  • Knowledge of alumni and donor software, specifically Raiser’s Edge
  • Proven ability to drive change and achieve results in an academic setting
Position Disclosure:

Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the College unless an applicant is selected for an interview. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and credit check if applicable to the position, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Georgia is an open records state.


Position requires fiduciary responsibility, therefore successful completion of a credit report is a condition of employment. This position raises funds for both Georgia Gwinnett College and secondarily for the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation. Position requires travel regularly within Northeast Georgia and work weekends and evenings, therefore a Valid Driver’s license is required. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Work Hours:Some evenings and weekends required Position Status:Full-Time FLSA:Exempt




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Posted: 7/4/2019
Application Due: 9/2/2019
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