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Executive Director for Alumni and Family Engagement

Denison University
Granville, OH

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Type:

Administrative Staff

Classification Title:

Administrative Staff

Position Title:

Executive Director for Alumni and Family Engagement

Position Number:


Pay Grade Level:

AD 01




Alumni and Family Engagement

Posting Number:

S 121301134

Full or Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Months:




Work Schedule:

Exempt position. Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week plus evening and weekend activities.

Extensive travel is required.

Basic Function:

The Executive Director for Alumni and Family Engagement (AFE) serves as the chief engagement officer of the college, is a vital member of the advancement team within Institutional Advancement and serves on the divisional program director committee. The Executive Director will execute a new strategic plan for alumni engagement as part of an integrated advancement model, which has become a key goal within the college’s newly adopted comprehensive fundraising campaign. The Executive Director and their team, within the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement, will be charged with building and coordinating an institution-wide approach to activating alumni, parents, and families to support the college, our students, and one another. The Executive Director has the responsibility of leading, organizing, collaborating, and evaluating engagement efforts across the college, with management responsibility for a team of 10. The Executive Director will report directly to the Associate Vice President and Campaign Director.
The Executive Director will work to develop and implement a leading program to inspire the involvement of our alumni. The results of this work will develop deeper connections with Denison, add value to the lives of our alumni, help drive an increase in philanthropic investments, provide meaningful opportunities for service to the college and our alumni, and make full use of the talents of our alumni through the development of a life-long engagement model.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead, organize, inspire, and coach a team of professionals that comprise the AFE staff.
  • Ensure coordination of all alumni engagement efforts across the college and collaborate with university advancement partners (communications, career services, athletics, admissions, and student life) in support of the larger organizational mission.
  • Serve as the primary campus leader for alumni engagement on issues relating to operations, policy interpretation, initiatives, program assessments, and announcements.
  • Implement an effective strategy, supporting tactics, and continual review around alumni engagement that inspires active involvement.
  • Design programs, targeted communications, and provide relevant services that support the strategic plan of both the college and AFE office, while serving all alumni, generating broad interest, and encouraging sustained involvement.
  • Include parents and families within AFE programming to inspire their involvement and philanthropy.
  • Develop processes, implement, and track metrics to assess engagement success using the CASE Alumni Engagement Metrics (AEM) standards.
  • Serve as the primary point person for setting the new campaign’s alumni engagement goal and for assuring the successful attainment of that goal.
  • Successfully utilize the Raiser’s Edge NXT (CRM) and other technologies to analyze data and evaluate trends to determine new tactics, reprioritize programs, and strategy modification to assist in reaching goals.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the college locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Lead, schedule, and execute the support of the college’s Alumni Council and work with the Council’s leadership to maximize both the success and impact of their work.
  • Work collaboratively within a diverse community with multiple constituencies, building cooperation and consensus.
  • Monitor and manage all relevant budgets and expenditures, ensuring full compliance with University policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least eight years of applicable experience in progressively responsible leadership positions within alumni relations, university advancement or nonprofit management.

Must have a current, valid driver’s license and must be insurable under Denison’s liability insurance policy.

Key Attributes:

Conversant in contemporary approaches with alumni engagement work and comfortable with the ways it inspires philanthropy.

Experience with volunteer and board management best practices.

Proven record of leadership, management, and supervisory skills and experience in coaching high-performance teams.

Excellent planning and budgetary management skills.

Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively on a team, across organizational structures, and collaborate with diverse populations.

Proven track record utilizing data points to support effective decision making on behalf of the engagement programs.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Regular travel, frequent evening and weekend work.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree.

Understanding of basic marketing principles.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of alumni engagement within a high performing team.

Previous work experience within a higher education environment.

Experience with RENXT and/or other Advancement technologies.

Physical Demands:

Normal demands associated with general office work and frequent travel on behalf of the University.

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Denison University has partnered with Aspen Leadership Group in the search for an Executive Director for Alumni and Family Engagement. You may view the position prospectus or submit an application via this link:

Additional Information:

Position open until filled.

Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the College.

Final candidate must provide proof of academic degree(s).

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide. Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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