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Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni Engagement

University of California Santa Cruz
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 2, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni Engagement

Location: Scotts Valley
Job ID: 21420

Special requirements- For full consideration, applicants are required  to provide a diversity statement (What are your plans for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at UCSC?). Please include your statement along with your cover letter. 

Telecommuting- We are working remotely during the COVID pandemic and in the future when on-campus work is possible again positions in University Relations may be conducive to remote work.

UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all faculty, staff, academic appointees, and students accessing facilities at any UC campus this fall. Employees and students can submit proof of vaccination online or request an exemption.


UCSC Statement
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Initial Review Date (IRD)
UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit. 

The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this job is: 08/30/2021

Dept Marketing Statement
University Relations supports the teaching, research, and public service of UC Santa Cruz by making and keeping deep, heartfelt connections. Building enduring relationships among students, alumni, faculty, donors, and others is the lifeblood of our work and helps to make UC Santa Cruz a thriving community of knowledge, inquiry, public service, and social mobility.

We are a welcoming group of ambitious and creative professionals pursuing our mission in support of the university's overarching purpose. We take our work seriously because we care - but we don't take ourselves too seriously! The University Relations culture is lively and dynamic; we value collaboration; and our staff is resourceful, enthusiastic, and hard-working.

The division is a fun, friendly, and open place, and our colleagues are supportive of and positive about each other's goals and aspirations. We often jump in to help where needed, rolling up our sleeves to get the job done. We dare to approach challenges as opportunities. We seek creative ways to overcome obstacles, at times with limited resources, while keeping our eye on the objective: helping students achieve their goals, providing crucial public service, and advancing life-changing research and discovery.

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. We are looking for candidates who do great work, and we hope they come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We aspire to build an increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every qualification for the position but possess transferable skills and experiences.

Job Overview

University of California Santa Cruz's (UCSC) division of University Relations (UR) is seeking a strategic, collaborative, experienced, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) of Alumni Engagement.

Reporting to UR's Vice Chancellor, the AVC will serve as a member of the senior leadership team.  The AVC determine the strategic direction, key performance indicators, organizational design, and long-term tactical goals for Alumni Engagement.  The AVC will be responsible for providing a dynamic environment in which alumni, donors, parents, and friends are thoughtfully stewarded; creative ideas towards achieving stretch goals are encouraged, and institutional collaboration is a priority.

The AVC will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing all aspects of UR's alumni engagement program, including the management of up to 12 staff members, in support of UCSC's central Alumni Engagement program. Significant to success will be understanding and embracing strategies across the entire university, colleges, schools and divisions, combining a shared identity while preserving their unique characteristics.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Information: Minimum Starting Salary: $130,000/annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Full benefits

Schedule Information:
Full-time, Fixed
Percentage of Time: 100%
Average Hours Per Week: 40
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: Scotts Valley

Union Representation: None

Job Code Classification: 000458 (ALUMNI EXTERNAL REL MGR 2)

Job Duties
50% - Key Functions and Expected Performance
  • Provide leadership, management oversight, and strategic guidance for Alumni Engagement. This department is critical to UR and UCSC's overall success and is most effective when working as part of an integrated advancement model. 
  • Provide direction and support to Alumni Engagement for effective and efficient work and service across UR and the entire university. 
  • Serve as a member of the senior leadership team, collaborating with Vice Chancellor and the other AVCs within UR. 
  • Work collaboratively with provost/deans/unit leaders to develop synchronized alumni engagement strategies.
  • Serve as a thought leader and a role model for incorporating DEI principles into the approach and the work environment of the Alumni Engagement program.
  • Work diligently to understand, embrace, and develop UR's unique messaging to proliferate the university's value proposition for lifelong learning and professional development.
  • Lead, mentor, and inspire new and existing staff members through a combination of transparency, effective communication, and modeling of collaborative behavior.
  • Possess a strong track record of working with teams to envision and execute strategic initiatives that will increase engagement and philanthropic support.
  • Encourage colleagues to exceed expectations, benchmark and initiate advancement industry best practices.
  • Be willing to mentor and partner with highly motivated UR advancement professionals.
  • Work cooperatively, collegially, professionally, and respectfully with UR and university colleagues to develop and foster strong working relationships.
  • Practice and uphold departmental and institutional policies regarding confidential information.
  • Evening work and travel is required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

50% - Alumni Engagement
  • This position has executive responsibility for the Alumni Engagement unit, including oversight of up to 12 staff members, including up to five direct reports. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Vice Chancellor of University Relations.
  • Design, plan, implement, and evaluate effective alumni programming, engagement strategies, and alumni support, and communicate this plan with university-wide stakeholders and external constituents.
  • Spearhead industry-leading initiatives to increase alumni engagement and alumni reach. 
  • Provide strategic direction for overall operations. 
  • Oversee all aspects of the university's school/college/division/unit alumni engagement program.
  • Serve as the external and internal face of the university at alumni engagement events.
  • Work closely with the Alumni Council and the separately incorporated Alumni Association in developing programs that engage alumni on a university-wide basis and further the university's goals and objectives.

Required Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's degree is required.
  • Ten years of relevant work experience in alumni engagement, constituent engagement or similar work is necessary. Preference will be given to candidates with 10+ years of experience in higher education advancement.
  • Demonstrated success in managing effective efforts in constituent engagement with measurable and significant increases in engagement rates.
  • The maturity, judgment, and respect requisite to engage intelligently with campus leadership and prominent alumni. 
  • A collegial, understanding leadership style that values team members and institutional partners such as Career Services, Student Affairs, Athletics, Admissions, Communications, and other key areas is essential to success.
  • Effective use of responsibility delegation.
  • Ability to use software programs such as Windows, Excel, Word, and Power Point is necessary; familiarity with an advancement donor management system and other programs specific to development is desirable.
  • The ability to lead teams and to work effectively and collaboratively with various groups and diverse constituencies. 
  • Success in managing volunteers. 
  • Creativity and insight in identifying critical collaborations between institutional goals and needs and alumni/prospective donors. 
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly and adeptly, and to communicate them effectively to large and diverse audiences
  • Aptitude to compile and assemble key performance indicator data from multiple sources and present data in an effective and easily comprehended way.
  • Ability to apply sound judgment skills in all situations is required, especially related to project and team management, donor relationship building, and handling of confidential information.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, as well as superior organizational skills, are necessary.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills are important; candidate must be able to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of University of California, Santa Cruz to important constituencies.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities is essential.
  • Candidate must have the capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment
  • The ideal candidate is a highly motivated executive with courteous interpersonal skills and an excellent customer service attitude.
  • Values the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master's degree is preferred.
  • Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes; and recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.
  • Shares information; communicates proactively; transmits knowledge; asks for advice and considers it thoughtfully.
  • Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers. 
  • Expects and delivers excellence. Is proactive and focused on creative problem solving. Welcomes input to making things better. Places a high value on learning and improving.
  • Is motivated. Manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track. Balances multiple, competing priorities simultaneously without becoming overwhelmed.

Special Conditions
  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.

Safety Statement
All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.  

How to Apply
Attach your resume and cover letter when applying for this job opening. Do not attach any documents to 'My Activities'. Visit our"" href="" target="_blank">How to Apply tutorial for detailed instructions on our applicant process. 


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. 

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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