Director of Engagement, Alumni, and Community Relations

Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Business Administration

Division Name

College of Business

Position Title

Director of Engagement, Alumni, and Community Relations

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The Harbert College of Business at Auburn University is searching for a Director of Engagement, Alumni and Community Relations. This position will report directly to the dean and will be responsible for enhancing and expanding existing relationships with alumni and external constituencies through local, regional, national, and international networks. Working closely with the Harbert College of Business Development Officers, Marketing and Communications Team, Career Services Teams and Auburn University Alumni Affairs, this position is expected to provide leadership, strategic vision, and manage day-to-day operations of programs designed to support the college’s advancement goals and overall strategic objectives. The individual in this role will provide leadership to develop and implement programs that leverage networks to connect with and increase diverse and inclusive engagement with 54,000 Harbert College of Business active alumni.

Essential Functions

Specific duties include:
  • Oversees and is responsible for the strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of alumni engagement initiatives that support the college’s advancement goals and are in alignment with the university’s strategic plan, on and off campus. Liaises with alumni and advisory boards within the departments of the college.
  • Utilizes market research, alumni affairs’ best practices and trends to develop and pilot new programs as well as establish and implement engagement metrics to measure and evaluate effectiveness. Develops and manages external affinity groups based on alumni and student needs.
  • Creates and sustains alumni recognition; collaborates with campus teams to create recognition events and maintain awareness of external recognition opportunities to elevate the state, national and global recognition for college alumni.
  • Serves as a member of the Dean’s leadership team. Collaborates with internal stakeholders to streamline cultivation efforts to ensure a consistent and professional approach. Serves as a representative of the college or school at all events, internal and external to campus.
  • Responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and motivating a strong and strategically focused team.

We are looking for someone who is willing to try new approaches, learn new skills, embraces diversity and inclusive practices, and have a willingness and ability to be involved in local community and beyond as deemed appropriate and within the constraints of position. Knowledge of principles and practices of communications and public relations is expected.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Business, Public Relations, Communications, Education, Higher Education, or a relevant field is required.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

The candidate must have 10 years experience in external relations, higher education alumni or engagement, non-profit fundraising, or community organization. Five (5) of those years must be in higher education. Two (2) years of experience supervising full time employees.

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Desired Qualifications

Three (3) years annual giving experience in higher education.

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Salary Range

$78,900 - $131,600

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EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

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  1. * Please provide how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Business, Public Relations, Communications, Education, Higher Education, or relevant field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a minimum of 10 years' experience in external relations, higher education alumni or engagement, non-profit fundraising, or community organization?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have at least two (2) years' experience supervising full-time employees?
    • Yes
    • No