Holy Names University (HNU) seeks a Director of Alumni Relations. Nestled in the Oakland, CA hills, with a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay, HNU is rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service. Guided by the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, HNU is a progressive, inclusive, and rigorous academic community offering a liberal arts and professional education. We prepare students to think critically and imaginatively, to understand and employ the various modes of knowledge, to communicate clearly and persuasively, and to promote the common good. Visit our website: http://www.hnu.edu, to learn more about Holy Names University.
The role of Director of Alumni Relations provides a unique opportunity for a self-motivated, mid-career professional to hit the ground running and impact the development and implementation of HNU's alumni activities– in collaboration with department stakeholders – during the University's critical 150th anniversary year, and beyond. Sesquicentennial events will commence in Spring 2018 and will continue for at least a full year.
The Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage alumni in strengthening programs and provide tangible benefits to alumni and current students. HNU's Director of Alumni Relations is charged with securing commitments from alumni to provide professional expertise and volunteer service; collaborating with colleagues in the administrative offices (including, but not limited to Admissions, Advancement, Public Affairs and Student Affairs) and academics to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of the University; partnering with Advancement colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni giving.
Essential Functions of Position: · Work closely with the alumni board and committees: scheduling regular meetings, staffing committees and ensuring strong and productive relationships between committee members and academic and administrative leadership · Plan, implement and promote alumni programs that support HNU's strategic plan, as well as the goals of campaigns in collaboration with colleagues within the Office of University Advancement and throughout the University; develop and submit for approval by the Director of Advancement annual strategic and operating plans · Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects (e.g. alumni directory), correspondence, website and postal returns · Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; maintain regular communication with alumni via direct contact, email blasts, alumni web pages, and print publications; develop regional alumni chapters. · Solicit and submit class notes for HNU Today bi-annual alumni magazine · Educate current and graduating students about alumni benefits and engage them in programs · Partner with Admissions to spearhead the introduction of alumni involvement in the admissions process; partner with Student Services to plan the growth and accessibility of career networking services for students and alumni · Collaborate closely with Advancement colleagues in increasing support from alumni; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts; communicate advancement-related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser's Edge and periodic attendance at prospect management meetings · Oversee and balance the budget for alumni relations; within the annual program budget, manage existing and/or additional alumni programs, services and communications · Raise funds for select special projects and events in collaboration with Advancement colleagues · Organize and direct alumni volunteers · Remain current with latest strategies and trends for effective alumni engagement; seek opportunities for professional development
Required skills: · A minimum of five years of experience in advancement related functions with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with volunteers and developing volunteer leadership · Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the Institute, alumni, other constituents and the public · The demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers · Demonstrably strong writing, planning and organizational skills · Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals · High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information · Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines · Extensive experience with Raiser's Edge or a similar constituent database · Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed
This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits package. To apply, please send cover letter, resume and HNU staff application to: http://tinyurl.com/cudsvt8