Director of Alumni Engagement

Colorado, United States
$56,000.00 - $63,000.00
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The Director of Alumni Engagement serves as a mission critical link between our alumni and the entire campus community.  They develop, implement and lead a comprehensive plan developing a menu of programs and services that meets our alumni, students and the FLC community’s needs. This includes a commitment to building a culture of philanthropy, collaborating with Advancement team members to help identify, cultivate and steward alumni giving.  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;   
  • Four or more years’ experience in alumni engagement, community outreach, fundraising, event planning, public relations or marketing, or the equivalent combination of experience;   
  • Demonstrated track record of management and leadership, as well as a progressive level of responsibility in a fast-paced higher education, corporation or organization setting;  
  • Experience in fostering productive relationships with diverse volunteer communities and developing volunteer leadership;  
  • Demonstrably strong writing, planning and organizational skills;  
  • Working knowledge of computer systems and software, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  
  • Ability and willingness to travel and exercise prudent fiscal considerations;  
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Fort Lewis College graduate;  
  • Extensive experience in a higher education setting;   
  • Experience managing a diverse and progressive staff.  

Major Responsibilities 

  • Passionately promote the good that FLC provides our students, the community and our world;   
  • Provide overall leadership and serve as a principal voice of alumni engagement for FLC;  
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success initiatives, as well as working with broadly diverse communities;  
  • Plan, implement and promote alumni programs that support FLC’s strategic plan and fundraising efforts in collaboration with colleagues in Advancement, College Admissions, Student Engagement, Community Relations, Career Services, Athletics and departments across the college;   
  • Be an active leader in determining how to increase alumni participation and engagement through relevant and meaningful events and programs;  
  • In collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Office, maintain regular communication with alumni via direct contact, multiple online channels, print publications, and social media;  
  • Recruit and manage volunteer leaders for alumni chapters, providing ongoing training and support;  
  • Guide chapter volunteers to establish annual engagement plans and alumni events;   
  • Strategically grow the FLC alumni chapter program to additional key locations;  
  • Steward relationships with volunteers to ensure successful engagement experiences and build affinity toward greater involvement with the college as a whole;   
  • Provide budgetary oversight and accountability for the Alumni Engagement office;  
  • Educate and engage students about the opportunities and responsibilities of being an FLC alumnus/na;   
  • Work closely with Career Services to support mentorship and career readiness of current students and support alumni career development opportunities such as cover letter and resume reviews;   
  • Collaborate closely with Advancement colleagues in increasing support from alumni; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts; communicate development-related activities appropriately;   
  • Supervise and support the Alumni Engagement Officer;   
  • Responsible for monitoring and reporting program outcomes and making data-driven recommendations about program growth and improvement;   
  • Develop and submit for approval by the Vice President annual strategic and operating plans with measurable goals;  
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.  
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while  performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.   


Salary range for this position is $56,000 to $63,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package.  


Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


Application materials received by July 11, 2021,  will receive full consideration. 

Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 

The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 


Equal Opportunity   

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Molly Wieser  

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7241  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182  

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 


  * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  


ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.