Director of Engagement & Participation--College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Title:Director of Engagement & Participation--College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Job ID #119433) Department:Liberal Arts and Sciences Category:Academic Professional Location:Chicago Close Date:08/27/2019 Description:
This position provides leadership in building programs whose purpose is to build a long-term base of support for the respective college/unit. The Director’s primary responsibilities are to develop and execute a comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase annual financial support from alumni and friends of the college/unit and to lead the alumni and friends programs. The Director is responsible for developing fundraising and marketing strategies that align with the college/unit priorities and for working collaboratively with other areas of Advancement to maximize fundraising and engagement potential.Duties:
• Develop, design and implement annual giving activities with an emphasis on leadership annual giving.
• Develop, design and implement an alumni and friends engagement plan that includes programs and content that strategically addresses a need to increase support for the college/unit’s mission and priorities.
• Annually evaluate annual giving and alumni and donor engagement programs utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods to set goals, measure results, and ensure impact.
• Create an effective pipeline of annual donors and volunteers to provide a steady flow of prospects, donors and volunteers to higher levels of giving and engagement. This includes developing strategies to create, direct, and manage new annual giving and alumni relations projects, programs and campaigns to continuously generate increased financial support and alumni/friends involvement to enhance annual giving and engagement program performance.
• Be the college’s “thought leader” on Engagement and Participation by building connections with Engagement and Participation colleagues across campus and conducting external research into industry “best practices.” This knowledge will inform strategies and objectives to increase annual giving and alumni and friend engagement with the college.
• Work closely with the Assistant Dean and Director of Advancement and the Director of Development to identify prospective major donors for their portfolios. Grow and manage a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects and donors ($1,000 to $24,999). Develop cultivation
and solicitation plans for these donors. In collaboration with Assistant Director of Donor Relations, create stewardship plans for annual donors identified through the annual giving program. • Serve as project manager and lead writer in developing coordinated marketing and communication pieces that support Engagement and Participation goals and objectives for the college. These will annually include two or more alumni e-newsletter, two or more donor-specific e-messages, four annual fund letters, campaign-specific marketing pieces, event invitations and other mail and electronic message content/design.
• Create new avenues for alumni and friends to establish and maintain connections with the college via social media, the college website and other new technology initiatives.
• Strategize with the college’s Director of Advancement, communication staff and/or appropriate dean’s staff to increase alumni focused content in college communications vehicles, including but not limited to college magazine, website and social media platforms. Identify and cultivate alumni for updates and feature stories.
• Oversee the planning and execution of alumni and friends engagement events for the college/unit.
• Coordinate nominations of alumni for college and university awards and recognition.
• Work in collaboration with the college’s Assistant Dean and Director of Advancement to support the college’s constituent board. Produce support materials and Engagement and Participation messaging for biannual board meetings, record and organize board minutes, and participate in meetings as requested. Support cultivation and stewardship of board members and board initiatives throughout each year.
• Serve as the primary staff liaison to the LAS alumni task force committee, hosting meetings as needed and engaging the committee in support of alumni programming.
• Collaborate with staff in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement to help create a highly engaged and connected community of individuals to advance the mission of UIC. Participate in engagement activities organized through the OVCA. Serve as primary liaison between the college/unit and both the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and the University of Illinois Foundation concerning annual giving and alumni/donor participation activities.
• Track advancement activities and donor/friend interactions by entering key interactions and strategies into the fundraising database
• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree required in Marketing, Communications, Business Administration or a related field.
Minimum of five years prior experience and proven success in annual fundraising, alumni and/or volunteer leadership, advancement or related field, preferably in institutions of higher learning or non-profits.
Demonstrated success in planning and implementing segmentation strategies, based on market research, and leading effective message development.
Experience working with board members, key volunteers, and internal leadership in building a community of engaged alumni.