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Executive Director for Alumni Engagement/Alumni Association

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 29, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Executive Director for Alumni Engagement serves as a key member of the Interim Vice President’s leadership team and is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive engagement program designed to provide meaningful opportunities for volunteerism, service, personal and professional development, and events and programs for alumni to enhance loyalty, dedication, and support for San Jose State University. These efforts will lead the university and alumni engagement vision, which includes increasing alumni participation in the life of the university through a variety of outreach efforts, events and volunteerism. The incumbent also develops and maintains cooperative and collaborative relationships and programs with university units, such as Career Services, Parent and Family Programs, Athletics, Student Affairs, and academic colleges and departments. The Executive Director also serves as the Executive Director for the San Jose State University Alumni Association, and is responsible for all Alumni Association Board of Directors development, operational, personnel, and financial aspects of the 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide vision, leadership, and oversight to SJSU’s Alumni and Community Engagement Program, the SJSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and its committees, and other internal and external constituents
  • Assume full responsibility for the development, implementation, and assessment of programs, events, services and outreach activities designed to increase and enhance long-term relationships between and among alumni, students, faculty, broader community, and the university. Develop and provide meaningful opportunities for volunteerism, service, and personal and professional development
  • Manage strategic planning for the Alumni and Community Engagement program and report regularly on the team's progress towards goals
  • Form and foster strong collaborative and mutually supportive relationships within the larger university community to support and achieve institutional goals and objectives
  • Provide broad, strategic oversight of SJSU’s alumni marketing and communications efforts
  • Engage alumni in the life of the university through consistent and positive communication using electronic, print and social media
  • Foster diversity at all levels of the organization, including the professional staff, the volunteer corps, and the constituencies served
  • Develop and execute promotional events and partnerships that raise the visibility of the university and the Alumni Association among all university constituents
  • Serve as the Alumni Association's executive director and oversee the day-to-day operations and activities of the organization
  • Hire, manage and provide direction and mentorship to Alumni and Community Engagement staff and contractors
  • Set departmental budget, goals, and objectives in alignment with University Advancement’s organizational goals, in consultation with the Vice President for University Advancement
  • Work closely with the SJSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, ensuring that their policy and programs are planned, implemented, and evaluated appropriately and in accordance with university policy
  • Provide strategic leadership for marketing and communications planning in collaboration with University Marketing and Communications. This includes regular communication with alumni by implementing ongoing alumni communications utilizing an array of platforms including email, social media, web presence, print and other outlets; remain up to date on current methods of innovations to effectively communicate with alumni.
  • Develop and execute promotional events and partnerships that raise the visibility of the university and the Alumni Association among all university constituents
  • Work closely with the SJSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, ensuring that their policy and programs are planned, implemented, and evaluated appropriately and in accordance with university policy
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Skilled in substantive leadership for alumni engagement events
  • Thorough knowledge in a membership-based environment
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in budget management, supervision, and staff development
  • Ability to achieve success in fiscal performance, including active involvement in a fund-raising campaign
  • Demonstrated success in using multiple levels of communication technology for outreach and engagement with targeted constituents
  • Demonstrated strong public relations and communications skills
  • Knowledge of best practices and organizational success in reaching out to, and engaging with, alumni, parents and students
  • Knowledge of marketing, especially in market segmentation, market research, program analysis, and the development of success metrics
  • Advanced skill working with boards comprised of prominent individuals of stature
  • Ability to develop and implement programs consistent with Transformation 2030 and the SJSU Alumni Association strategic plan, and to ensure that programs effectively address agreed-upon objectives and priorities, operate within budget limitations, and comply with appropriate policies and procedures
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment, and a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and equity
  • Excellent customer service and public relations skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; flexible and comfortable in a fast-paced environment, with excellent follow through
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access) and Google Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, project management, and highly effective presentation skills
  • High degree of comfort and cultural sensitivity working throughout the U.S. and internationally
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five to seven years of direct or related successful experience in alumni relations and/or advancement
  • A minimum of three years of experience managing and/or staffing leadership volunteers or boards of directors or other volunteer bodies comprised of prominent individuals of stature
  • Experience building high performance program or project teams, including hiring, training, developing, mobilizing and mentoring staff in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Leadership skills and experience in alumni or donor engagement activities and events
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience building strong working relationships and strategic partnerships across an organization to maximize program effectiveness
  • Experience in Advancement strategic planning and implementation
  • Experience with a membership-based environment
  • Experience with volunteer development and oversight
  • Organizational skills in budget management, program development, staff development, and supervision
  • Experience in fiscal performance, including active involvement in fund-raising campaigns
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite and use of database


Classification: Administrator III
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
All applicants must apply within the specified application period: August 29, 2022 through September 15, 2022 . This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (including all booster doses of an approved vaccine for which an individual is eligible per current CDC recommendations) or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. As a condition of employment, any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as well as with other safety measures established on the campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: August 29, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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