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Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Advancement Communications

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

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Functional Title:

Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Advancement Communications

Position Type:

Administration - Staff

Position Eclass:

E2 - SAAO II 12 Month Leave Earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

A number of professionally diverse units with specific charges come together to comprise University Advancement and support our shared mission.
Mission StatementOur mission is to inspire connections, investments, and engagements that drive excellence and opportunity. Our vision is of a University that illuminates potential, eliminates barriers, and ignites achievement.
University Advancement includes: Development, Alumni Engagement, University Special Events, Advancement Operations, Donor and Board Engagement, Planned Giving, and Advancement Communications.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Advancement Communications leads the newly combined teams of fourteen full-time employees to focus on alumni engagement and advancement messaging for all constituencies. Key leadership and vision priorities include: evaluating and implementing alumni programming, centralized messaging with maximization of all channels, and actively attracting our 140,000 alumni to engage with UNC Greensboro through marketing and digital engagement platforms. The position also oversees annual giving activities, including digital strategy, marketing, crowdsourced fundraising, online give days, direct mail, etc. The Executive Director will focus on framing the UNC Greensboro story and message and creating opportunities that connect current students to our alumni and our alumni back to campus. This position sits on the leadership team of the University Advancement division and reports directly to the Vice Chancellor of University Advancement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years of progressive experience in Advancement, Alumni Engagement, Communications, Donor Engagement, Customer Relations, or related fields

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a university setting
  • 5+ years of management experience; ability and interest in managing, developing, motivating, and mentoring staff
  • Experience working with Board/Volunteers
  • Experience working and tracking activity in a CRM
  • Master’s preferred

Recruitment Range:

$111,035 – $145,000

Org #-Department:

Alumni Engagement - 34001

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Open Until Filled:




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Key Responsibility:

Leading the combined Team to maximize alumni engagement efforts

Essential Tasks:

  • Leads strategic planning and program design and implementation of combined Team
  • Oversees employee performance management, budget, and the Alumni House
  • Enhances collaborative partnerships across campus, including within University Advancement, and with colleges and units, Athletics, Admissions, Student Affairs, and the Career Center
  • Provides high-level direction for annual giving strategies that increase alumni giving and alumni donor retention
  • Drives programming opportunities for students, alumni, and constituents that promote a comprehensive understanding of the University’s missions and priorities, increase engagement and build positive and productive relationships.
  • Collaborates with development colleagues to increase philanthropic support from alumni; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for leadership, annual/major/principal gift; communicate development-related activities via contact reports and attend development officer meetings.

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Key Responsibility:

Creating Vision for Alumni Team

Essential Tasks:

  • Supports the Alumni Leadership Board and their focus areas including the execution of the annual Alumni Awards
  • Leads the Alumni Engagement team by designing and executing alumni engagement activities and programming (digital and in-person) with a special emphasis on our multiple alumni constituencies
  • Measures and evaluates annual alumni engagement metrics
  • Builds relationships with alumni, including attending University, University Advancement, Alumni Engagement, and regional events and meetings.

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Key Responsibility:

Advancement Communications

Essential Tasks:

  • Oversees the Director of Advancement Communications, responsible for identifying and managing communications strategies to support alumni, donor, and campaign communications.
  • Manages the implementation of communications strategies alongside the advancement team, colleagues, and the central strategic communications team.
  • Ensures overall messaging and content creation connects with various constituencies, including but not limited to prospective students, students, alumni, donors, volunteers, and the community.
  • Serves as an integral member of the UNCG Magazine committee

Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - O, Holding - O, Finger Dexterity - C, Reading - F, Writing - F, Eye-hand coordination - F, Vision-Color Distinction - O, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - F, Vision-Visual inspection - O, Hearing - C, Talking - C, Standing - O, Sitting - F, Walking - O, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - O, Pushing/Pulling - O, Climbing-Stairs - O

Work Environment:

Inside - C, Outside - O


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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