Director of Alumni Relations
James Madison University
We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated
and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful
To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with
ideas and the world.
Who We Are
Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the
city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington,
D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000,
Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the
Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution
with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that
lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for
students, faculty and staff. The student body includes
approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students,
with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.
JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and
technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate,
master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to
expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting
superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national
recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on
maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative
James Madison University (JMU) is accepting applications for a
Director of Alumni Relations to lead the 155,000+ amazing alumni
that are a vital part of the JMU Nation. JMU's alumni hail from a
culture that produces a freshman retention rate of 90%, an 82%
graduation rate and is ranked the 2022-2023 edition of Best
Colleges is National Universities. This position, which also serves
as the Executive Director of the Alumni Association, requires a
proven record of successful leadership, an ability to manage
budgets, the implementation of leading edge, innovative programs, a
desire to build strong pipelines with engagement that lead to
philanthropy, and working with external JMU volunteers. Candidates
must be able to take JMU alumni and staff through strategic
planning, continually move programs to the next level and direct
the Alumni Association with creativity, energy, and strong
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provides vision, leadership, and oversight to the Office of
Alumni Relations, the JMU Alumni Association Board of Directors and
its committees, and other partners and committees to plan and
execute the vision and strategy of the university related to alumni
• Engages alumni in the life of the university through consistent
and positive communication using electronic, print and social
media, exceptional customer service and meaningful opportunities
for volunteerism, service, personal and professional development
and events and programs.
• Provides leadership and/or supervision to five full-time
professional staff, one share staff with annual giving, one
part-time staff member and one graduate assistant. Areas of
supervisory focus include communications and marketing, career
networking, student alumni and legacy programming, reunions and
homecoming and nationwide alumni chapters.
• In conjunction with the AVP, facilitate a comprehensive Volunteer
Resource and Training program that develops orientations,
trainings, and evaluations for JMU external volunteers.
• Develops and maintains collaborative relationships and programs
with university units, including Admissions, Career & Academic
Planning, Development, the Office of Annual Giving, Family
Engagement, Athletics, Student Affairs, Communications and
Marketing and academic colleges and departments.
• Partner with University Advancement to identify and launch
programs providing a benefit or service to alumni to cultivate
volunteers and donors and generates funds for university
• Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of,
respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of
other cultures or backgrounds.
• Remains competent and current through self-directed professional
reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues,
attending professional development courses, and attending training
and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.
• Contributes to the overall success of the Office of Alumni
Relations by working on special projects and performing all other
duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Associate Vice
President for Constituent Engagement and/or Vice President for
• Bachelors' degree in a related field and/or equivalent work
experience (3-5+ years with mid-senior level experience in higher
education, advancement and/or alumni relations) experience in
public relations, advancement, or a related field in which the
candidate can demonstrate a successful track record of pertinent
leadership, fundraising, management, and programmatic skills may be
• Experience supervising and developing full time staff.
• Demonstrated exceptional communication skills, including the
ability to give presentations to diverse audiences through a
variety of media and means, comfort in public speaking, and ability
to have difficult conversations.
• Proactive approach to work effectively with administration,
faculty, volunteers, alumni, and students.
• Excellent and dynamic interpersonal skills as well as a positive
attitude and customer-service mindset.
• Skills and demonstrated experience in leadership, teamwork,
problem solving, time management, and successfully planning and
implementing multiple projects at one time.
• Significant experience developing effective strategies for
planning events to enhance philanthropic support.
• Strong commitment to building an engagement to investment
pipeline model with alumni for next comprehensive campaign.
• Ability to travel and attendance at evening and/or weekend
activities, meetings, events, seminars, and workshops.
• License to operate a state vehicle.
• Master's degree in a related field and/or equivalent work
• Experience in fundraising.
• A proficiency with data management systems or the ability to
quickly learn current JMU systems.
• Technological knowledge, particularly in platforms designed
around alumni engagement and constituent data collection is
• Experience working with students and young alumni.
• Experience working with volunteer boards, as well as the ability
to engage with volunteers and other constituents, including senior
To apply go to https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/15185
or visit JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F2238. Pay
Range: Commensurate with Experience.
James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed
to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and
educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination.
This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on
the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression,
genetic information, national origin, parental status, political
affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran