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The Director of Alumni Relations will serve as the chief engagement and events officer in the College of Science. This position will be primarily responsible for providing leadership and guidance for the college’s engagement and stewardship efforts with alumni, donors and friends to ultimately increase constituent engagement and philanthropic support for the college. Additionally, the director will work collaboratively with colleagues in University Advancement and in the College of Science to further Virginia Tech’s overall engagement and institutional advancement goals and objectives.

The director will be responsible for planning, promoting, executing, and evaluating alumni engagement programs, projects, and events for the college. In collaboration with the college’s Senior Director of Communications, the director will strategize and implement targeted alumni communication efforts for the College of Science. This position will work in tandem with the members of the college’s advancement team to pursue and promote the overall institutional goals related to communications, fundraising, and alumni engagement. The director must be comfortable making group presentations and have the ability to work both closely and effectively with university alumni, administrators and faculty.

This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Advancement in the College of Science.

Required Qualifications

- Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in marketing, hospitality, communications, or other related field

- Experience in event planning, alumni activities and/or educational programming

- Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with a wide range of constituencies

Preferred Qualifications

- Significant experience in event planning particularly in higher education

- Experience in alumni relations; significant experience developing effective strategies for planning events to enhance constituent participation and philanthropic support

- Demonstrated ability to train and motivate volunteers

- Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment

- Knowledge of Virginia Tech and its programs desirable.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Routine Travel or Telework – (50% or more travel)

Safe Driving Record

Must have the ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation.

Regional and national travel required for the purposes of conducting field research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, which may include overnights and weekends.

Ability to work nights and weekends, and participation in college or university programs as needed.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Advancement HR at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: January 10, 2024
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