Executive Director of Alumni Relations

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Job location: FMC Tower

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-07-18
Req: JR00002381
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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Job Profile Title

Director D

Job Description Summary

Job Description

Reporting to the Vice Dean for External Affairs (EXAF) at The Wharton School, the Executive Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for the overall direction, strategy and oversight of the School's alumni relations programs.   The executive director serves as key member of Senior Management Team of External Affairs and leads strategy, delivery and execution of engagement activities for 98,000+ global alumni designed for positive outcomes and impact on philanthropy. The executive director is a front line representative of the School to its alumni worldwide and will be expected to travel domestically and internationally.  Participates in alumni executive advisory board meetings as a senior staff leader.

The Executive Director leads a staff of 18 professional and support staff. The position oversees the alumni engagement operations of the department including program implementation, strategic planning, resource management and allocation. Primary goals and priorities for role are to enhance and increase the engagement of alumni with The Wharton School and with each other. Staff and program management are key components of the position. The executive director also collaborates with other external affairs colleagues for achievement of School and University goals and priorities and participates in events and activities associated with alumni events, board members, top donors and prospects.

This position is responsible for the strategy of the Wharton Global Alumni Forum, reunion programs, global clubs, affinity based and digital engagement activities while working across the division on the execution of the engagement strategy. The executive director is responsible for the strategy of global forum sponsorship identification, solicitation and partnership with development colleagues in achieving fundraising goals for the global forums.


Bachelors degree with 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in alumni affairs, marketing, and strategic management or related field with a proven management record is required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA strongly preferred. Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and work within the context of a team of External Affairs professionals. Experience with and understanding of the fundraising process. Knowledge of academic communities required. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills on all levels including students, faculty, alumni, staff, senior executives and University administration. Solid administrative skills and organizational ability. Strong communications skills, both oral and written. Ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and inspire and motivate staff to achieve optimum results. Must be highly organized, detail oriented and efficient with excellent public speaking and written communication skills. Ability to travel, including international travel. Valid driver’s license and passport required.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Wharton School

Pay Range

$88,861.00 - $168,837.00

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.




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Posted: 7/24/2019
Application Due: 11/7/2019
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