Director of Graduate Alumni Engagement
Company: Willamette University
Posted on: May 17, 2019
Job location: Salem Campus Employment Type: Full-time Posted data:
2018-06-06 Req: R0001221 Attention Current Willamette University
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Position Summary: The Director of Graduate Alumni Engagement
reports to the Associate Vice President of University Relations and
works closely with the Deans of the College of Law and the Atkinson
Graduate School of Management. The Director provides vital
leadership for all aspects of graduate alumni engagement, pairing
data driven best-practice strategies with the art of
relationship-based engagement. The Director will develop and
execute a comprehensive strategy to engage alumni to catalyze the
culture of engagement at the College of Law and the Atkinson
Graduate School of Management, building, nurturing and
strengthening relationships with key members of the Willamette
community, resulting in life-long engagement with and support of
the graduate programs. The Director is responsible for increasing
the engagement of graduate alumni and will report on the regular
progress of engagement strategies through the development of
strategic engagement metrics. The Director is an effective
communicator, serving as a voice on behalf of the university and
its graduate programs. The Director will travel widely for alumni
engagement purposes. ESSENTIAL DUTIES Works to ensure that
Advancement graduate engagement goals and strategies are aligned
with graduate school deans and key staff partners. Develops annual
and multi-year engagement goals for both graduate schools,
producing plans and strategies that marshal resources toward
achieving stated goals informed and measured regularly by data.
Cultivates and stewards strong partnerships with the Directors of
Development in the Atkinson Graduate School of Management and
College of Law in the implementation of strategic engagement
operations. Develops a strong partnership with Willamette Annual
Fund and other Advancement staff to ensure thoughtful coordination
between offices. Identifies, develops, implements and sustains
programs and activities that best serve the graduate schools and
effectively meet the identified needs of the Willamette graduate
alumni community. These include regional activities, continuing
education opportunities, networking, robust volunteer roles, etc.
In partnership with communications colleagues, helps to coordinate
and contribute to regular and special alumni communications to
graduate school alumni. Effectively manages projects and resources,
directing program improvement, standardizing office systems and
procedures to accomplish projects and tasks. Manages, maintains and
effectively stewards the departmental budget. Responds to
constituent outreach in a timely, helpful and appropriate fashion.
Brings and implements a strong understanding of best practice and
how to appropriately redefine said practices in a changing
industry. Works closely with the Deans, Vice President of
Advancement, the Associate Vice President of University Relations
and the Senior Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement to
identify opportunities and build strategic partnerships, both
within the campus community and with constituents beyond campus.
This includes building strong partnerships within the division of
Advancement. In coordination with the Deans and in partnership with
Advancement staff, identifies and implements a comprehensive
graduate school alumni engagement strategy and creates metrics for
success, both for the program and for the Director. In conjunction
with database administrators, coordinates the collection of
constituency engagement data on a consistent and continual basis.
Other duties as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree
required. Two years related work experience required. Experience in
higher education advancement with a clear understanding of graduate
school alumni (with emphasis placed on law and/or management) and
their needs, strongly preferred. Proven record of leadership.
Personal initiative and an ability to manage projects
simultaneously, to set priorities and follow-through on projects.
Must be energetic, self-motivated and work with minimal
supervision. A strong sense of humor is appreciated. Strategic
thinker who is creative and willing to think beyond traditional
boundaries. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Outstanding work organization and time management skills.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends and travel. Demonstrated
ability to effectively motivate, train and support volunteers.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment - with a mix of
administrative leadership, faculty, alumni and staff colleagues.
Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong customer service
orientation. Is a strong collaborator, seeking partnership and
input at all levels. Possess a strong commitment to Willamette's
mission and to the importance of Willamette's relationships with
its constituencies. Knowledge of Willamette and its graduate
programs is an asset. Must be able to maintain a high level of
confidentiality regarding sensitive materials and information.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in higher education
advancement with a clear understanding of graduate school alumni
and their needs, strongly preferred. Preferred knowledge of modern
data management practices and techniques including data-based
computerized information systems, data modeling, and models of
analysis that leads to effective decision making on behalf of the
program. TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Some evenings and weekends required. PHYSICAL DEMANDS &
WORKING CONDITIONS: Typical work is performed indoors in a normal
office environment. Some travel required. You will need to upload
the following two documents as part of your application materials
in the "My Experience" section: Cover letter addressing the
required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant
characteristics which deserve emphasis Current Resume Incomplete
applications will not be considered.
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