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Assistant Director of Development – Alumni Relations

Employer
Schreiner University
Location
78028, Kerrville (US)
Salary
Competitive Salary with Generous Benefits
Date posted
May 1, 2024

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SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The Assistant Director of Alumni Relations is pivotal in the university's advancement efforts, primarily focusing on fostering alumni engagement and fundraising initiatives. This position spearheads the development and execution of strategic fundraising plans to enhance alumni contributions, particularly toward the SFSA Endowed Scholarship and other identified university priorities. In addition to providing executive support to the Schreiner Former Student Association (SFSA), the Assistant Director cultivates strong relationships with alumni, oversees alumni programs, and ensures effective management of the alumni budget. Collaboration with the development team and aligning efforts to maximize philanthropic support for the university are integral. The Assistant Director also plays a crucial role in setting short- and long-term goals for the alumni program.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Working alongside the development team, develops and implements comprehensive fundraising strategies to elevate alumni and former student giving, emphasizing support for the SFSA Endowed Scholarship and other institutional needs.
  • Orchestrates a spectrum of former student engagement activities, including mentoring programs, networking events, recruitment support endeavors, reunions, and homecoming (RECALL) programming.
  • Manages a portfolio of 75 major alumni donors and prospects, nurturing relationships to drive philanthropic support.
  • Acts as the primary liaison between the University and SFSA, providing guidance and leadership to SFSA's board of directors, committees, and members while coordinating their activities with university initiatives.
  • Drives SFSA's growth and development through strategic program design and implementation, to enhance alumni involvement in advancing university objectives.
  • Represents alumni interests on relevant committees, engaging with senior university officials and volunteer leaders.
  • Collaborates with various university departments, including marketing, admissions, athletics, and student services, to effectively coordinate former student engagement efforts.
  • Evaluates program effectiveness and monitors outcomes to drive continuous improvement. Assists in university advancement events and undertakes additional duties as delegated by the Director of Development.
  • Researches comparable university alumni relations programs to identify best practices and innovative strategies for alumni engagement and fundraising.
  • Conducts surveys, interviews, and data analysis to better understand alumni interests, preferences, and needs, and using this information to inform program development and decision-making.
  • Administer recognition programs to honor outstanding alumni achievements and contributions.
  • Manages all platforms used for communication with Schreiner Alumni, including email, social media, website, and mailed letters or solicitations.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Three years of successful work experience in a related field including fundraising, public relations, direct marketing or sales, event planning, and volunteer management.
  • Alumni work preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Excellent verbal, visual, and written communication skills.
  • Well-organized, systematic thinker.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently, sometimes overnight.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Schreiner University.
  • The ability to work with and motivate a broad spectrum of people, including entrepreneurs, professionals, executives, advisors, students, volunteers, faculty, and staff members.
  • Experience with and ability to develop and use computer applications and capabilities to produce correspondence, reports, and tools for analysis and review, i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, Access. Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Driving is required. Must have a valid Texas driver’s license, related insurance, and a good driving record.
  • Proven experience in and knowledge of the full spectrum of development including, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, high-level boards, volunteer groups, and administration. 
  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events.
  • Creative ability to conceptualize, develop, and implement programmatic activities from only general guidelines.
  • Proven success in initiating, planning, and strategically implementing cultivation opportunities through engagement.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of developing and utilizing volunteer leadership. 
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, prioritize assignments, and departmental needs to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability in managerial, leadership, and communication.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate of Schreiner University preferred.
  • Experience in a higher education preferred. 
  • Working knowledge of Raiser's Edge or other donor management software preferred.   

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Who We Are

At Schreiner University, students enter with hope and leave with achievement. We are a diverse, fiercely independent university. We are affiliated by covenant with the Presbyterian Church (USA) with a main campus in the thriving Texas Hill Country. We are a uniquely Texan, Hispanic-serving institution. Schreiner University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and are strongly and actively committed to diversity within our community.

 

What We Do

Schreiner University is a place of opportunity. We support one another to achieve success in all that we do. We offer undergraduate and graduate students a personalized, integrated, and holistic educational experience that prepares them for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society. Students study in-depth in a specific area of interest while acquiring broad skills and habits of mind to navigate a complex, diverse, and unscripted future.

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