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Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement

Employer
Wilkes University
Location
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (US)
Salary
Competitive with benefits
Date posted
Apr 11, 2024

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Job Details

Wilkes University invites applicants for a Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement in the office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement. The Division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement provides alumni and friends with meaningful engagement opportunities which result in the investment of talents and resources in support of Wilkes University. We create exceptional partnership opportunities with the intention of directly benefiting the students we serve and the values inherent at Wilkes University.

The Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement is responsible for creating a strategic alumni engagement program that seeks to deepen engagement and involvement leading to increased financial support. This position is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage alumni, but also friends, donors, parents, students, and employees and provide tangible benefits in order to advance the goals of Wilkes University.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Develops the vision, strategies, and goals for alumni relations and ensure fulfillment of those objectives.
  • Manages alumni programs (i.e., Homecoming, class reunions, regional events, and affinity initiatives) that support the strategic plan and engage a diverse alumni constituency.
  • Gives direction to the Alumni Board of Directors, providing vision and assistance in the development of initiatives to support the Association's strategic plan. Serves as ex officio Executive Director of the Alumni Association.
  • Creates and executes an alumni engagement plan that uses data and strategic analysis to guide decision-making. Prepares statistical analytics and reports on engagement metrics.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with internal and external constituencies to best partner on engagement opportunities. Maintains a positive, collaborative work atmosphere by working and communicating effectively with alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, department colleagues, and friends.
  • Sets direction for alumni communication strategies to engage constituents.
  • Manages the alumni relations budget and resources as well as the alumni relations staff.
  • Attends University events and functions during and outside of normal business hours with the purpose of meeting and interacting with alumni. Travel also required.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred. Bachelor's degree in Business, Communications, Higher Education or related field required.
  • Seven to ten years of progressively increasing responsibility in a college, university, or secondary school alumni relations department or professional work experience at an institute of higher learning or similar environment with demonstrated success in alumni relations or constituent management.
  • Leadership, customer service, organizational and presentation skills as well as the ability to lead, train, mentor, and motivate others.
  • Knowledge of alumni programming and project management, events management, and budget forecasting.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken inter-personal communication skills and the ability to build relationships with various groups of people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Wilkes University's overarching policies, mission, vision, and the role of Wilkes within the community.

Please be sure to include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and three references.

Wilkes University is constantly seeking to become a more diverse community and to enhance its capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. The University strongly encourages applications from persons with diverse backgrounds. Wilkes University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

Wilkes University is an independent, comprehensive university dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional programs. The University has approximately 2,000 students at the undergraduate level and over 1,500 full time equivalent students at the graduate and first professional levels.

Its institutional focus is on developing strong mentoring relationships with each of its students and contributing vitally to economic development of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a revitalized city that is located on the lovely Susquehanna River and is within two and one-half hours driving distance of New York City and Philadelphia.

To apply, visit https://wilkesuniversitycareers.applicantpro.com/jobs/. Please be sure to include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and three references.

Wilkes University is constantly seeking to become a more diverse community and to enhance its capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. The University strongly encourages applications from persons with diverse backgrounds. Wilkes University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

Company

Wilkes University

Wilkes University is an independent, comprehensive university dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional programs. The University has approximately 2,200 students at the undergraduate level and over 1,200 full time equivalent students at the graduate and first professional levels.

Institutional focus is on developing strong mentoring relationships with each student and contributing vitally to economic development in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a revitalized city that is located on the lovely Susquehanna River and is within two and one-half hours driving distance of New York City and Philadelphia.

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