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Assistant VP, Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications

University of North Texas
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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

Posting Title:

Assistant VP, Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications


UNT-Advancement - Gen-170000

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Salary Information:

Commensurate with experience.

Department Summary:

The University of North Texas seeks an experienced, highly motivated, goal-oriented, and energetic leader with a proven track record in the Alumni Relations field. The Assistant VP for Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications will join a division with dynamic and visionary leadership focused on advancing a donor-centric mission and building a vibrant team who will enthusiastically and strategically increase philanthropy and accelerate current momentum to propel the university’s tremendous potential to new heights.

We are seeking a professional with a highly cooperative spirit, strong communication and relationship-building skills, a forward-thinking approach, the ability to relate to multiple constituencies and to represent the university with tact, diplomacy, and passion. The successful candidate will be able to convey enthusiasm for the mission and will, upon employment, work with the Vice President for Advancement to be able to convey detailed knowledge and passion about the universities mission and goals.

Position Overview:

The Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications reports to the Vice President for Advancement and provides leadership, strategic planning, direction and support in carrying out the mission of the Alumni Association and University of North Texas (UNT). The Assistant VP works with and supports the Association’s Board of Directors, leads the Association’s staff, and leads the Advancement Communication’s staff in developing and implementing programs that build stronger relationships between UNT and its alumni, supporters and friends. The Assistant VP effectively communicates the interests and concerns of UNT’s alumni and friends to the broader campus community. The Assistant VP serves as a member of the Division of University Advancement leadership team, and as such is active in feeding the donor pipeline by targeting alumni and friends with capacity for giving, and engaging the appropriate advancement staff to cultivate those relationships.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and ten years of professional experience in fundraising, donor relations, public relations, or sales; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Extensive knowledge of philanthropy and fundraising principles.
• Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with internal and external constituents.
• Ability to plan, organize, develop and execute strategies.
• Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as necessary.
• Ability to attend numerous off site events and meetings.
• Ability to mentor and coach colleagues or direct reports.
• Ability to establish and maintain cordial, productive, and professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
• Ability to manage time, personnel, financial, and physical resources effectively.
• Exceptional communications skills.
• Ability to master University policies and procedures and apply these in specific situations.
• Demonstrated experience working closely with diverse stakeholders, internal and external partners.
• Ability to exercise resourcefulness and good judgment.
• Ability to manage multiple streams of work.
• Demonstrated excellent analytical skills, problem solving ability and strong critical thinking skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate would have previous proven successful management experience in an alumni organization as the Executive Director, Department Director, or similar where the organization was at least similar in size and structure of the UNT Alumni Association.

Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm; some evenings and weekends.

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Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Asst VP Alumni & Adv Comm

Physical Requirements:

Driving, Lifting up to 10 pounds, Sitting, Walking, Ability to communicate


The AVP leads the implementation and evaluation of the strategic plan for the Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications offices, with the aim to significantly increase engagement and participation in support of the University.


Must be a strong mentor for the staff, as well as a source of inspiration with creative ideas and resources to move the team forward. Along with providing structure and creating a sense of urgency around the accomplishment of key objectives and projects related to the strategic goals.


The AVP ensures that the communication efforts, services, events, and outreach for university development are conducted at a high level of efficiency and effectiveness.


Provides strong leadership and direction to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, gaining their input and viewpoint to help guide actions, programs/services that most effectively attract and engage our alumni.


The AVP will provide regular support to the Board in engaging them to help develop, advance and promote programs and services of the University and the Alumni Association on behalf of alumni.


The AVP will attend numerous events related to alumni and the University. They will cultivate strong relationships with key alumni, the Chapter leaders and the Board. They will also build strong relationships within University and local community while representing the University’s interest.


They will recognize that UNT students are prospective members and require distinctive outreach and engagement, as do generational groups and ethnically diverse populations.

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Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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