Director of Alum Engagement

University of Michigan
Michigan, United States
$85,000.00 - $95,000.00
May 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The LSA Opportunity Hub at the University of Michigan is looking for a Director of Alum Engagement who will help achieve our mission to support students as they develop their career aspirations and professional identities. We provide students access to internships, internship funding, career coaching and exploration, and connections to employers and alums. These engagements will support all LSA undergraduates, with a deep commitment to those who have been historically under-served, in pursuing purposeful work and meaningful lives. As a unit, we are committed to antiracism and to carrying this commitment through every aspect of our work. 

The Director of Alum Engagement provides vision and leadership for the alum engagement work in the LSA Opportunity Hub. The work includes defining alum and donor partnerships, building additional strategic partnerships, shaping strategy for engagement, stewardship of funding and resources, and connecting these efforts to the Hub’s overall work. The Director of Alum Engagement will direct, coach, and oversee the work of the alum engagement team. These responsibilities focus on the three following areas: 

1. Alum engagement strategy for the LSA Opportunity Hub

Develop a strategy that increases the number of alum engaged with the Hub; Develop opportunities for LSA students to connect with alum, and align the engagement of alum with the student-centered exploratory mission of the LSA Opportunity Hub and reflects the diversity of the interests and identities of our students; work with the Hub and LSA Advancement teams. Oversee all phases of the alum engagement process.

2. Leadership for the alum engagement area 

Build and direct a team working directly with alum; create structure and guidance for alum engagement within the Hub across the areas of work; provide team management; develop relationships with a diverse network of alums that promote connections for students that are inclusive and supportive of the identities, experiences, and goals of our students.

3. Operational strategy

Design and oversee the implementation of operational efforts such as tracking and metrics; employ inclusive, equitable and racially just practices to develop and oversee methods for managing alum engagement in the Hub, within the college, and in partnership with LSA Advancement; under the guidance of the Assistant Dean and in close partnership with LSA Advancement, manage the engagement of prospective and current donors.

This position reports to the Assistant Dean of Student Development and Career Initiatives. 

What You’ll Do:

    Provide leadership for a team of 6 team members with 3 direct reports across alum engagement and mentorship Establish and oversee the processes that shape the portfolio of alum and alum engagement opportunities that align with student interests, experiences, and identities Oversee and guide the mentorship program development strategy to ensure that a diverse portfolio of alum are prepared to serve as impactful mentors to LSA students Develop and oversee a strategy for tracking data on alum outreach and engagement Work with the Assistant Dean to implement the Hub’s stewardship model  Work with LSA Advancement to ensure that donor-intent is met in the deployment of donor-funded Hub programs Work with a small portfolio of alum and donors  Train alum engagement staff to provide fundraising support to leadership in Hub and University of Michigan fundraisers

Required qualifications:

    Graduate degree, or equivalent education and experience 5+ years of experience and demonstrated success managing partner relationships and growing and sustaining client or alum portfolios Ability to articulate the value proposition of a liberal arts degree Demonstrated investment in, and evidence of creating equity, equitable access, and inclusive engagement; commitment to furthering the development of antiracist practices Experience supervising and leading professional staff, including providing behavior-based feedback

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