Alumni Engagement and Development Manager

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Position Title

Alumni Engagement and Development Manager

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Full or Part Time

Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly

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Anticipated Pay Range

$70,000 - $72,000

Pay Range Information

Chapman University is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this position. This range takes into account a variety of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. Salary offers are determined based on the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, as well as internal equity and other internal factors. The anticipated pay range is not a promise of a particular wage.

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

In collaboration with the Dean of the Fowler School of Law ( FSOL ) and the Office of Alumni Engagement under University Advancement (UA), the Alumni Engagement and Development Manager works proactively to build and strengthen relationships with alumni and donors; supports fundraising and stewardship programs that support FSOL’s goals; manages and executes an alumni and constituent engagement program; and fosters a culture of philanthropy and engagement within the FSOL community. The Alumni Engagement and Development Manager is responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of new and existing relationships with donors, alumni, and friends of the Fowler School of Law. The Alumni Engagement and Development Manager reports to the Director of Alumni Engagement in UA.


Alumni and Constituent Engagement
  • As part of the Office of Alumni Engagement and FSOL, the manager helps to execute a strategic and multi-faceted engagement program that increases and strengthens alumni and constituent relationships with the FSOL, ultimately leading to greater philanthropic support.
  • As a part of the Engagement and Volunteerism team, support central university engagement efforts and serve as the team liaison to the FSOL .
  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with FSOL faculty and staff to support school and divisional priorities. Examples include the Digital Media and Marketing Manager, Events Coordinator, and the Career Services and Admissions teams.
  • Assist in identifying opportunities to strategically engage alumni and donors in various FSOL events and initiatives.
  • Serve as the liaison to the Fowler School of Law’s Alumni Advisory Board.
  • Maintain regular contact with targeted alumni, both in-person as well as digitally and in writing. Responsible for drafting both print and electronic correspondence.
  • In partnership with the Digital Media and Marketing Manager, the Office of Alumni Engagement, and Strategic Marketing and Communications, manage and execute the alumni marketing and communications plan for FSOL . Identify opportunities to showcase FSOL alumni in publications and to promote FSOL to the broader alumni and donor community. Draft and produce marketing content for review and approval by FSOL Dean and Digital Media and Marketing Manager.
  • Regularly collaborate with the Dean and University advancement to monitor, track, and assess engagement and philanthropic activities to ensure alignment with school and university goals.
  • Support University Advancement initiatives as requested by the Director of Alumni Engagement.
Development and Institutional Support
  • Support FSOL Dean and the AVP of Development in the creation of fundraising programs that strategically support the school’s goals and university-wide advancement agenda.
  • Manage annual and ongoing stewardship efforts for FSOL donors, partnering with UA’s Donor Relations team as appropriate. Complete tasks associated with stewardship. Examples may include acknowledgement letters, donor communication, and stewardship activities as appropriate.
  • Under the guidance of the Dean and the AVP of Development, support the planning, organization and implementation of prospect cultivation and stewardship strategies. Personally solicit and renew annual gifts from alumni and donors, as appropriate
  • Drafts communication to donors, collaborating with UA and Strategic Marketing and Communications colleagues, as appropriate.
  • Drafts endowment reports and works with the Office of Donor Relations to edit, finalize, and distribute materials.
  • In partnership with the AVP of Development, represent FSOL at the University level and to external constituencies, liaising with Board of Advisors, Dean’s Counsel, and other donors as appropriate.
  • Maintain records and information on prospects, donors, and alumni in the University’s CRM database.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in alumni and donor engagement, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships and represent Chapman University persuasively to different constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain contact with a wide variety of constituents such as industry partners, donors, alumni, and students.
  • Ability to be resourceful and creative to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Commitment to working creatively and collaboratively in a customer service environment.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills to inform and influence across digital and print platforms and to compose effective personal communications with prospects, donors, and alumni.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills to plan, prioritize multiple projects, and complete them in a timely manner; maintain calendars and schedule appointments and meetings.
  • Ability to evaluate data and information, assess alternatives and formulate logical and sound decisions and/or recommendations to support FSOL and UA’s goals.
  • A proactive and individual self-starter with the ability to manage and execute projects on their own and within a team environment.
  • Ability to use tact, diplomacy, and excellent judgment and maintain impeccable professionalism.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Knowledge or the ability to learn laws, regulations (including FERPA ), and institutional policies governing fundraising and engagement activities.
  • Ability to travel locally and on occasion, regionally and/or nationally, to meet with constituents and represent Chapman University and the Fowler School of Law.
Desired Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the field of development and fundraising, including familiarity with CASE (Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education) standards.
Special Instructions to Applicants

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University can be found at

Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.

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  1. Resume
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