Alumni Relations Officer, Lead

New Mexico State University
New Mexico, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 19, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Alumni Affairs
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Alumni Relations Officer, Lead

Las Cruces, NM 

New Mexico State University (NMSU), New Mexico’s flagship land-grant and space-grant institution, and the NMSU Foundation seek a highly-collaborative, thoughtful, and entrepreneurial professional to serve as Alumni Relations Officer, Lead. The Alumni Relations Officer will join a dedicated advancement team, contributing to the Foundation’s growth, and will play a critical role in identifying opportunities to support NMSU community impact, especially for students and faculty. The Alumni Relations Officer will lead in the development, coordination, and evaluation of programs and projects to promote alumni relations and educational programs. This is a wonderful opportunity for an accomplished professional to help raise philanthropy at NMSU to the next level and join a vibrant community.

For the NMSU community, private philanthropic support is vital to increased accessibility. The recently-completed Ignite Aggie Discovery Campaign, the largest in the university’s history, raised over $125 million across three distinct pillars – student discovery, faculty and staff discovery, and NMSU achievement. Of the total, $39 million was dedicated for student support, and $56 million was raised for programmatic and research support. With an endowment of over $230 million, NMSU and the NMSU Foundation have a massive opportunity to raise even more for student, faculty, and community success. 

Critical to the continuation and growth of NMSU’s impact, the University will rely on talented, motivated development leaders to amplify its fundraising and broader Aggie community engagement strategies. To develop and execute an ambitious growth plan, NMSU is looking to attract professionals with the unique balance of success, authenticity, and passion for the New Mexico community.

Ideal candidates will be dedicated, hard-working, and curious. A personal and professional commitment to valuing the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced, and how we think, is vital. Excellent organizational skills in addition to superior verbal, written and interpersonal skills are essential.

Required Education & Experience

The position requires a bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined.

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University invites you to apply to be a part of a diverse, dynamic and welcoming learning and working environment in Las Cruces, NM. NMSU seeks employees who are creative and flexible in developing and evaluating new ideas and ways to evolve NMSU into the future. Located in the borderlands and adjacent to the mighty Rio Grande, NMSU is a proud Hispanic-serving institution in the minority-majority state of New Mexico. Southern New Mexico features an average of 294 days of sunshine annually, making NMSU ideal for job-seekers who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and bird-watching. NMSU is committed to sustainability through improving and maintaining the quality of human life while preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of ecological systems for the future. We are looking for student-centered employees with a passion for success. NMSU invites you to take the first step to your successful and rewarding career by applying today.

NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant and space-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution dedicated to teaching, research, public service and outreach. In addition, the NMSU system includes a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative Extension Service offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. New Mexico State University is the institution of choice for more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries.

Las Cruces

The City of Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and is located in Doña Ana County, approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. The Organ Mountains, 10 miles to the east, are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other locations in the broader borderland region.

Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance of Las Cruces and NMSU combine to offer a truly excellent place to thrive. Family members will discover a warm, open community that offers an attractive array of activities and outdoor recreation, amenities, services and opportunities, whether they are looking for top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and comfortable place to live.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Leads in the development, coordination, and evaluation of programs and projects to promote alumni relations and educational programs such as Career Mentorship Program, Alumni Student Recruitment, and Student Alumni Association Organization.
  • Plans, coordinates, and attends special events, including alumni and volunteer recognition banquets, receptions, homecoming, and reunions.
  • Identifies, cultivates, and stewards alumni donors and volunteers.
  • Coordinates and produces special reports, proposals, and analyses for management, to include various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces.
  • Promotes existing and new programs and/or policies.
  • May develop, sustain, and strengthen alumni chapters nationwide; may advise student leadership in development organizations.
  • May develop and present educational programs for alumni, including lectures, seminars, and workshops.
  • Coordinates and trains volunteers who work on events, projects and programs.
  • Serves on committees relating to Alumni Relations, and serves as liaison between NMSU and the community
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.  


In addition to the abilities to achieve the above core responsibilities, ideal candidates will possess the following qualification and attributes:

  • Knowledge of data management techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to plan and implement promotional programs.
  • Ability to design and write promotional material.
  • Ability to develop alumni chapters.
  • Ability to develop, prepare, and deliver effective educational programs, seminars and workshops relating to Alumni Relations.
  • Ability to recruit, train and motivate volunteers. 

How to Apply

We only accept applications from our website please use the link below. The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. 

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