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The University of La Verne is a 124-year old, private independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with a strong emphasis on values, teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. The University offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels comprised of 11 campuses with the main campus located in the City of La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Regional campuses range from Vandenberg in the North, to Irvine in the South, and from Oxnard in the West to Victorville in the East.
The Director of Alumni Relations is an essential member of the University Advancement leadership team. This highly visible position is responsible for managing the Alumni Relations Office, and developing and executing comprehensive alumni engagement strategies and programs in support of the Office’s mission to enhance alumni loyalty and pride among a diverse community of more than 70,000 alumni worldwide.
Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, serve as the chief Alumni Relations Officer, charged with developing a new culture of innovation and engagement in alumni programming, developing strategies and plans, and leading the implementation of creative and meaningful engagement for alumni world-wide.
Oversee the proper functioning of the Alumni Office and its two person staff which include the Alumni Relations Manager and the Alumni Relations Coordinator. Managing responsibilities include, but not limited to, hiring,mentoring, and evaluating Alumni Relations staff in carrying out their duties which include, mounting events, with a particular focus on Homecoming as well as local, regional and/or international events; creating and running alumni engagement programs, i.e., professional development and Citizen Alum;providing visibility to our program by creating, monitoring and engaging in social media and other communications, including conference presentations, as appropriate; managing the Alumni Office budget; ensuring timely correspondence and other communications with alumni; initiating and carrying out on-going Alumni Office program reviews to evaluate and monitor effectiveness, as per WASC accreditation requirements. Carry out all other duties as assigned.
Provide leadership and direction to the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) in carrying out the goals of the Alumni Relations Strategic Plan; work closely with AAB leadership to identify future prospective members who are representative of the alumni body; develop and lead a comprehensive orientation program for new board members; provide leadership to the Alumni Awards Program to ensure that accomplished alumni are appropriately identified and recognized.
Provide leadership and direction to Alumni Affinity Groups and Chapters University-wide, including but not limited to CAPA, college- or campus-based groups, degree-specific groups, and local, national and international city-based alumni groups; and designing and implementing a training program for volunteer leaders.
Function as a visible and contributing member of the University Advancement senior leadership team, including but not limited to taking a leadership role in managing the Alumni Office’s participation in the Advancement-University
Partnership, specifically, in its work in supporting the Deans/Athletic Director and their corresponding units; participating on UA, campus-wide and community-based committees; attending Presidential, campus-wide and college-based
events, as appropriate; collaborating with the Offices of Career Development, Admissions, Community Engagement and other campus units, as appropriate, for the benefit of alumni; serving on the Voice Alumni Magazine Advisory Board, and
other committees/councils, as assigned.
Conduct a minimum of eight discovery, cultivation and/or stewardship visits with alumni per month to identify potential leaders and donors and to further the objectives of the University’s strategic and campus master plans; support and/or staff the President and Vice President on local, regional and international meetings and/or events, as needed.
5-10 years of experience in Alumni Relations
5+ years of experience in volunteer management
5+ years knowledge of and experience in utilizing networking/engagement tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat, Line, etc.
Strong leadership, communication (written and verbal), presentation and organizational skills
Proficiency in utilizing MS Office Products, relational databases, and general office technologies
Knowledge of best practices in the field of Alumni Relations
Experience/ability/comfort with national and international business travel
Must own and/or have access to an automobile; must maintain a valid driver license
Higher education experience
Proficiency in utilizing the Banner Advancement database
Fluency in a foreign language a plus
Familiarity with/involvement in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and/or other organizations that serve alumni relations professionals
The hiring range for this position is dependent upon qualifications and departmental equity. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan
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