Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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University Advancement, Alumni Relations & Communications, has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Regional Alumni Relations & Communications.
The Director of Regional Alumni Relations & Communications leads the development, deployment and evaluation of regional alumni relations and donor engagement programs and communications in support of the University of Washington. This position works in alignment with the UW Alumni Association (UWAA); it works across UW and UW Advancement and with regional volunteers and leaders, to engage them in support of the UW.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Regional Alumni Relations & Communications reports to University Advancement's Assistant Vice President for Regional Advancement. For those specific duties and responsibilities associated with regional and international alumni relations, this position is responsible/accountable to the Senior Director for Alumni & Constituent Engagement.
The Director of Regional Alumni Relations & Communications is a member of the Regional Advancement leadership team and the ACR (Alumni & Constituent Relations)/UWAA Management Team. The Director is charged with developing institution-wide integrated advancement programs and services. This position exercises strategic planning, program development, budget authority and employee hiring and supervision. It navigates and manages complex volunteer relationships and high-level engagement environments. In addition to partnering with internal departments throughout the University and its three campuses, this position collaborates with external organizations and community leaders on programs of shared interest and responsibility. It ensures regional chapters and alumni relations programs are aligned with ACR/UWAA alumni engagement strategy, brand, and objectives, and works to engage members of the UW community to increase awareness, participation and philanthropy.
Regional Program Development and Management
Direct, design and oversee the implementation of the Regional Alumni Relations & Communications program, including regional volunteer stewardship, stakeholder engagement opportunities, program evaluation for effectiveness and continuing relevance and impact. This position seeks to enable regional audiences and stakeholders to maintain meaningful, lasting relationships with the UW.
Lead and manage daily program operations. Contract/budget development and the design/implementation of broad-based and targeted engagement programs, services and events in University of Washington's regional markets, in alignment with the University of Washington's brand and/or UWAA's engagement strategy, mission and brand.
Develop and implement systems to assess, evaluate and improve Regional engagement programs, resulting in increased donor engagement and retention. Set strategic objectives and annual/long range plans, including budget operations and communications, for an annual suite of regional engagement opportunities for UW stakeholders.
Identify individuals with the potential for higher levels of engagement with the institution and create or connect them to appropriate opportunities to further their relationship with the UW.
Ensure and maintain a strong and effective communication related to regional alumni engagement with both Regional Advancement and ACR/UW. This communication includes information related to budget planning and operations, regional programming, volunteer-led initiatives, and requests/needs for ACR/UWAA marketing and/or registration support.
Regional Volunteer Programs
Provide strategic direction for UW/Regional Advancement volunteer programs, continuously evaluating for effectiveness and implementing programmatic changes. Develop and grow a volunteer engagement environment that allows for active participation, collaboration and partnership with volunteers. Empower volunteers to lead and grow regional engagement opportunities while adhering to shared volunteer and regional programming policies and guidelines.
Design, manage, evaluate and increase volunteer and stakeholder engagement opportunities.
Design volunteer retention plan and evaluation metrics.
Oversee the development of communications & messaging schedule, including e-newsletters, for volunteer/geographic program.
Maintain and develop relationships with volunteers and vendors in key areas.
Oversee the work of the Assistant Directors for Alumni Relations to implement key events an initiatives in major markets. Support volunteer-led events, approve and guide volunteer-led communication, and act as UW liaison to volunteers.
In collaboration with ACR leadership, manage the relationship with the UWAA Board of Trustees Geographic Trustee position, and its role as the liaison to all other regional alumni and volunteer leaders and ambassadors.
Direct, design, manage, evaluate and implement a strategic regional communications strategy, with a full suite of tailored, actively maintained communications tools and messaging geared toward informing and engaging diverse regional stakeholders and supporting philanthropic investment in the University of Washington.
Oversee the work of the Assistant Director of Regional Communications to develop, evaluate and grow a full suite of strategic communications geared toward and "translated for' regional stakeholders, including e-newsletters, social media presence and opportunities to connect.
Navigate complex internal and external financial and organizational processes and procedures.
Establish benchmarks and measurements to evaluate program success.
Actively pursue professional development, continuing education and/or advanced degree training.
Execute budget authority for all Regional Alumni Relations and Communications program budgets.
Additional duties as assigned.
Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.
Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.
Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures; acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.
Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
Planning & Implementing: Ability to develop strategies, measures for success and feasible timelines for successful project implementation and execution.
People Builder: Committed to developing others to become leaders.
Driving Results: Effectively communicates objectives and guides direct reports and team members to make decisions and achieve goals.
Organizational Planning: Develops and manages comprehensive team goals and measures team progress while balancing short-term and long-term priorities that are consistent with the organization's mission, priorities and goals.
Managing Conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests of the organization in mind.
Requirements Bachelor's degree and six years of progressively responsible experience in advancement with an emphasis on alumni relations, marketing/communications or philanthropy or related field. Equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may substitute for degree.
Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
Advanced degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Education, Communications and/or related human services field.
Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.
Knowledge of UW Advancement policies and procedures, including use of the development database software ADVANCE.
Conditions of Employment
Cubical/Open workspace environment which may result in additional or higher levels of noise and visual distractions.
Ability to work nights and weekends for events and/or deadlines.
During Events (from setup to tear down) or on Event days:
Ability to stand 4 or more hours continuously.
Ability to walk 4 or more hours continuously.
Ability Standing: duration of 4+ hours for events
Ability to work greater than a 10 hour day
Candidate selected must have personal transportation and be willing to travel when necessary.
Ability to travel out-of-state for events
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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