The Director of Alumni Relations, a full-time position, is responsible for creating, cultivating, and supporting lifelong relationships between San Francisco Theological Seminary and its alumni community. The Director oversees the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage alumni to raise their participation in the annual giving campaign, strengthen programs and provide tangible benefits to alumni and current students at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the Director of Alumni Relations serves the Seminary's mission by acting as an ambassador for the Seminary to its 4,700+ alums. S/he collaborates with colleagues to create pathways for alumni participation in the annual giving campaign, in fundraising programs and activities that advance the goals of the Seminary, enrich the lives of alumni, and enhance their relationship with SFTS. S/he partners with advancement colleagues to cultivate and encourage alumni financial support for the ongoing work of the Seminary. S/he provides staff support for the Alumni Council. S/he shares accurate and relevant information that strengthens communication between the alumni community and the Seminary.
Under the supervision of the Vice President of Advancement, the Director plans, implements and promotes alumni fundraising campaigns and programs that support SFTS' strategic plan in collaboration with colleagues within the Advancement Office, the President's Office, Enrollment Management and throughout the Seminary.
Plan and implement an SFTS Alumni Engagement Initiative, and serve as coordinator and staff resource to the Initiative.
Work closely with the SFTS Alumni Council, arranging its meetings, staffing its committees and ensuring strong and productive relationships between its members and the academic and administrative leadership.
Work closely with the Vice President for Enrollment Management on developing an Admissions-Alumni Recruitment program and with the Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry on special projects that involve SFTS alumni;
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.
Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects (e.g. alumni directory), correspondence, website, postal returns, etc.
Educate graduating students about alumni benefits and engage them in programs.
Partner with the Associate Dean of Student Services to plan the growth and accessibility of career networking services for students and alumni.
Collaborate with the Director of Marketing on all initiatives involving marketing, advertising, and communications to SFTS alumni.
Collaborate closely with development colleagues in increasing support from alumni; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts; communicate development-related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser's Edge and Salesforce and 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 Development colleagues.
Supervise alumni relations staff members, administrative assistant (p/t), work/study employees (p/t) and provide guidance to alumni volunteers.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
A minimum of four years of experience in alumni relations and external affairs with demonstrated accomplishment in fundraising, major gifts, and 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 Seminary, 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
A. /B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
Masters of Divinity or Masters in Theology or related field preferred
Four years of experience in alumni relations or equivalent combination of experience
Additional Salary Information: Depends on Experience
Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) is a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a non-profit educational institution with WASC Accreditation as an accredited graduate institute of higher education preparing future church leaders.