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Associate Director, Alumni Engagement

University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Chicago, Illinois

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General Summary: The Associate Director, Alumni Engagement will implement strategy to grow alumni engagement in the West Coast region of the United States to inspire alumni to continue to engage with the school and community in meaningful ways while being based in Chicago, IL. This position provides oversight and support to multiple alumni communities and identifies opportunities to expand the breadth and depth of alumni engagement. This role will also increase pipeline development, alumni career connections, student engagement, global alignment, and affinity connections, working towards increasing the percentage of alumni engaged and other key metrics. This position will be required to engage key partners across Chicago Booth and the University. Major areas of focus include alumni communities, affinity programming, diversity & inclusion, events, communication, reporting and analytics.

This position is based in Chicago, IL, and will require 30% travel.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for implementing the vision for regionally based alumni engagement in the West Coast region of the US.
  • Engages in relationship and volunteer management activities identifying interests, cultivating engagement, and connecting alumni to Chicago Booth.
  • Leverages technology and social media platforms to enhance Chicago Booth alumni communities and ambassadors.
  • Develops market/business plan for key alumni markets in the West Coast that increase alumni engagement.
  • Organizes and engages alumni through events and programs to increase engagement.
  • Engages in relationship and volunteer management activities, identifying interests, cultivating engagement, and connecting alumni to Chicago Booth. Manage a portfolio of alumni volunteers. Measures key metrics to track alumni engagement and progress towards goals, with our key metric being the percent of alumni engaged.
  • Provides partnership to Advancement team members, including Reunions, Student, and Recent Alumni Engagement; Global Engagement; Affinity Programs and Engagement; Annual Fund; and Individual Giving.
  • Collaborates with Booth Admissions, Career Services, Student Services and the University Alumni Association on events and programs.
  • Collaborates with Booth research centers and serve as liaison.
  • Coordinates communication with alumni including collaboration with other school and university partners.
  • Participates in strategies for alumni engagement components of fundraising efforts.
  • Builds knowledge of internal systems and databases to maintain accurate data, tracks and records all alumni meetings and interactions in central database.
  • Helps manage US alumni engagement budgets.
  • Has a deep understanding of strategic planning, data management, the creation and tracking of metrics, and the creation and implementation of new constituent relations programs worldwide. Measures, tracks, and reports participation and success of initiatives.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in a related field.
  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
  • Minimum of three years of progressive growth is required; direct experience in higher education or advancement is strongly preferred.
  • Volunteer management experience.
  • Proven ability to develop strong working relationships internally and externally with the organization.
  • Work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, highly collaborative environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills, characterized by the ability to listen, speak, and write well, with a strong commitment to customer service.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Self-motivated and work well with and through others.
  • Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
  • Attend events outside of business hours.
  • Approximately 30% travel.
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information, please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Academic job seekers in need of reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or email with their request.


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