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Associate Director, Engagement

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Associate Director, Engagement

Job no: 527753
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Development

Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
August 10, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.
  • A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

    Please Note: We will contact applicants who meet the minimum requirements in the job posting to request additional information for the next stage of review.

    Department Summary
    University Advancement (UA) supports the University of Oregon's (UO) mission of providing exceptional teaching, discovery, and service by strategically positioning the university to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and secure resources that increase understanding and further its aims. The division consists of approximately 200 employees primarily working out of Eugene, with offices in Portland and Bend. Departments within University Advancement include: the UO Alumni Association; Development; Advancement Operations; Federal Affairs; and State and Community Affairs. We are committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.

    The Office of Development as part of University Advancement has a mission to maximize philanthropic impact at the University of Oregon. We do this by identifying, connecting and engaging alumni and friends around the globe with their passions to advance the vision and priorities of the university.

    Position Summary
    The Associate Director of Engagement (ADE) serves as a front-line constituent engagement strategist in the Eugene-Springfield region with a goal of identifying and connecting new alumni, parents, friends, donors to the life of the university and expanding existing relationships. In order to establish and cultivate lifelong relationships among UO alumni, parents, friends, etc., the ADE will serve as a representative for the organization's multi-faceted University Advancement mission.

    Reporting to the Director of Regional Engagement, and working closely with Advancement's Community Relations team, the ADE will work in consultation and collaboration with the director; with colleagues in the UOAA and in colleges/schools/units across campus; and with enrollment management, career services, and other partners to advance the regional engagement strategy for alumni, parents, and friends through supporting the regional volunteer chapter, planning events, engaging new audiences, and connecting campus partners with community stakeholders.

    The ADE will coordinate a specific list of constituent relationships, build expand existing networks, and grow new networks of volunteers and supporters who are interested in supporting one or more of the university's many areas of work. They will coordinate closely with staff from various parts of University Advancement and hand off new fundraising prospects to development staff as appropriate. They will support all parts of Advancement's mission.

    The ADE will be focused on the Eugene-Springfield area and will be based in the area. This position may require some travel.

    Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of skills and experience.
  • Two years of professional or volunteer experience in development OR three years of professional or volunteer experience in a nonprofit organization.

    Professional Competencies
  • Ability to identify, cultivate, and engage donors and prospects and build relationships with volunteers and other key constituents connected with the university.
  • Ability to develop strategies for reaching and engaging with prospects and regularly use Advance donor database and other tools to find and update information.
  • Ability to establish collaborative working relationships with colleagues and maintain professionalism when working with others.
  • Strong customer service skills, including the ability to interact with high-level donors and act as a representative of the university.
  • Ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case articulating how the UO distinguishes itself from peer institutions, connecting the interests of university alumni, friends, and prospects to engagement strategies; ability to maintain core campus relationships and familiarity with industry best practices and trends relevant to philanthropy in higher education.
  • Ability to provide feedback to support staff and act as a resource for earlier career team members; ability to represent program interests to leadership, anticipate supervisor expectations, and model strong information sharing practices to and on behalf of the team.
  • Ability to work with volunteers and integrate engagement strategy with volunteer opportunities.
  • Ability to use academic leadership and faculty members in engagement efforts, including representing development needs and ensuring academic leaders understand the role of development.
  • Ability to match pipeline strength, prospect/donor interests, and engagement priorities in strategic planning; ability to articulate how one's individual initiatives and goals fit into programmatic direction and use the unit business plan to address questions about direction and priorities.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with the University of Oregon and/or the UOAA.
  • Experience working remotely, or in a setting with limited direct supervision.
  • Experience with fundraising, event planning, and/or alumni relations.
  • Working knowledge of Eugene-Springfield community.
  • Experience with volunteer management in a nonprofit setting.
  • Experience in using social media to engage and connect with an audience.
  • Experience in assessing potential giving capacity and inclination of individuals.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset/approach to new programs/ideas.

    FLSA Exempt: No

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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