Executive Director, Alumni Engagement and Sustainable Giving

Stetson University
DeLand, Florida, United States

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Executive Director, Alumni Engagement and Sustainable Giving

Tracking Code733-280 Job Description

The Executive Director reports to the Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement, and is a critical member of the Development and Alumni Engagement leadership team. Overseeing the Alumni & Parent Engagement activities and Sustainable Giving, the Executive Director is responsible for creating impactful programming and opportunities for alumni to learn, volunteer, financially support and connect; managing communications and outreach efforts; strengthening a culture of engagement and philanthropy among alumni, parents, friends and students, and implementing a sustainable giving program for all od Stetson’s constituents.

  • Mentors, trains, supervises and evaluates staff
  • Leads, develops and inspires team members in planning and implementing short- and long-term strategies to enhance the engagement of constituencies through volunteerism, philanthropy, communication, and participation in meaningful experiences
  • Works with Development/Alumni leadership to set strategic direction, vision and metrics for the department
  • Develops a Sustainable Giving program, assisting with mass solicitation efforts with alumni and parents, including volunteers who assist with peer-based fundraising campaigns
  • Manages the Alumni Association Board, keeping members engaged and recruiting new volunteers for various programs and initiatives
  • Develops and oversees regional programs and chapters, uniting the Stetson community across geography and the generations in support of Stetson and their fellow alumni
  • Develops meaningful, beneficial and creative programming that strengthens student, alumni, parent and donor relationships with the University and each other
  • Sets direction and provides guidance for event programming (including Homecoming and Leadership Stetson as well as virtual engagement opportunities), affinity programs, career and mentoring, young alumni, student and alumni crowdfunding campaigns, and parent engagement
  • Oversee the Green, White & YOU student engagement and philanthropy organization
  • Ensures alumni events are strategically designed and well-attended, showcasing the strengths and needs of the university and its constituents, to encourage continued involvement
  • Works with colleagues and University Marketing to utilize effective communication vehicles, including the magazine, website and social media
  • Surveys constituents to determine the needs within the alumni population, and develop programming and related outreach and communications to keep them engaged and giving
  • Oversees revenue production through event and magazine sponsorships and similar initiatives
  • Establishes effective partnerships on and off campus, collaborating with key areas such as Admissions, Athletics, Academic Affairs and Career and Professional Development and the College of Law


  • Develops strong, positive relationships within the University community
  • Keeps current with best practices
  • Monitors budgets
  • Helps maintain an updated alumni database
  • Attends events, board meetings and other functions as needed
  • Travel

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred

Required Skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work as a team with a wide variety of university constituencies
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the expression of these values in building community
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

Required Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three to five years of progressively responsible leadership and fundraising experience

Salary Grade: 10

Completed COVID-19 Vaccine status required

Job Location DeLand, Florida, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


Stetson University is located in DeLand, Fla., with a second campus in Gulfport, Fla. and two satellite centers. Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy and later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, the university has a storied history of leadership, values and significance. The university is home to many Florida firsts, including the first collegiate newspaper, the oldest schools of business administration and music, the first college of law and was the state's first private university to integrate.

But our story is about more than the buildings at our campuses and those who helped build them; it's really about our students.

The university is led by President Wendy B. Libby, supported by administrative offices which provide services and resources to students and faculty. Stetson University is home to 73 academic programs in four divisional areas and with undergraduate and graduate studies offered in many areas. The university is accreditedby numerous accrediting agencies, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and curriculum is closely aligned with the marketplace to prepare students for life after Stetson. Undergraduate leadership, research, volunteer service and participatory activities flourish at all four of the university's locations.

At Stetson University, graduation isn't the end goal. It's just one stop along the way as students pursue something greater for themselves and the world around them.

At Stetson University, we dare students to be significant.

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