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Associate Vice President, Alumni Engagement and Giving

Employer
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Location
New Jersey, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Giving
March 2022

Job Overview
New Jersey Institute of Technology, one of the nation's leading public polytechnic universities, invites applications for the newly-created position of Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Giving (AVP-AE&G).

Reporting to the Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations, and exercising a high degree of strategic thinking, creativity, and independence, the AVP-AE&G is responsible for integrating, managing, providing strategic direction to, and establishing short- and long-term goals for NJIT's alumni engagement and annual giving efforts. He or she will lead and oversee programs, events, and services that meaningfully engage alumni, volunteers, donors, students, and other external constituents with one another and with the university, and inspire them to support NJIT through increasingly generous investments of their time, talent, and treasure.

The AVP-AE&G must be an effective and enthusiastic leader who excels at building and sustaining strong external and internal relationships, is responsive to environmental challenges, industry trends, and university needs, and can strategically drive broad-based engagement and philanthropic efforts. The AVP-AE&G serves as a member of the Development & Alumni Relations office's senior leadership team and will be expected to work closely and collaboratively with the officers and board of the NJIT Alumni Association, other volunteer leaders, the President of the university, the Deans of NJIT's six colleges, Development & Alumni Relations colleagues, and other constituents in articulating and implementing policy, plans, goals, and activities related to alumni engagement and annual giving.

Key Responsibilities
The Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Giving will:

• Develop, lead, and execute a plan for fully integrating and augmenting NJIT's alumni engagement and annual giving efforts.
• Provide leadership, management, and strategic guidance to NJIT's Alumni Relations and Annual Giving teams.
• Work closely and collaboratively with the Director of Alumni Relations and the Executive Director of Annual Giving to design, implement, and maintain programs, events, and services for alumni, students, and friends that increase their engagement, both with one another and with the university, and generates positive, sustained relationships that lead to increased philanthropic investments in NJIT.
• Serve as the Development & Alumni Relations office's primary liaison to the NJIT Alumni Association; provide leadership in all Alumni Association activities and overall management of volunteer recruitment, training, and stewardship of Alumni Association officers and board members; and work closely with officers and board members to expand and enhance the organization's role in engaging all alumni in the life and future of their alma mater.
• Oversee the creation of volunteer structures, as necessary, to increase annual giving participation.
• Effectively advocate for and cultivate productive, positive relationships between and among students, alumni, volunteers, donors, and other external constituents.
• Foster a culture of engagement, pride, and philanthropy among students, alumni, volunteers, donors, and other external constituents.
• Oversee the creation of an effective communications and marketing strategy for alumni engagement and annual giving to ensure the efficient delivery of programs, events, and services.
• Remain current with industry trends, changes, and innovations in all areas of alumni engagement and annual giving; evaluate and assess existing programs and activities based upon cost, effectiveness, and outcomes; and, as appropriate, research and recommend new programs, activities, and services to engage students, alumni, volunteers, donors, and other external constituents.
• Assume overall responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, and other key performance indicators for alumni engagement and annual giving;
• Model and reinforce a sophisticated, non-territorial approach to alumni-/external constituent-centric engagement and philanthropy that encourages teamwork, flexibility, and responsiveness.
• Guide and mentor Development & Alumni Relations staff members on best-practice activities, strategies, programs, and priorities related to alumni relations and annual giving; build trust-based, positive, and authentic working relationships with them, follow university and industry best practices for performance management, and model desired behaviors.
• Serve as an active member of the senior leadership team of the Development & Alumni Relations team.

Qualifications
• A bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
• A minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in the advancement field, preferably in a higher education setting, including a documented record of success in leading alumni relations and/or annual giving programs.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of constituent relations and fundraising for higher education, along with a commitment to philanthropy as a change agent for the fulfillment of institutional mission and vision.
• Demonstrated ability to relate effectively to alumni, volunteers, donors, and other external constituents as well as internal partners.
• Demonstrated ability to manage, lead, and inspire others while facilitating collaboration.
• Demonstrated ability to design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive programs for alumni relations and/or annual giving, establishing goals and objectives that translate into annual operating plans.
• Exceptional writing, speaking, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
• Candidates must also demonstrate an ability to: establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues; facilitate multiple projects, make decisions, and meet deadlines; manage and motivate volunteers effectively and efficiently; and identify problems and develop creative, timely, and efficient solutions.
• Position involves travel as well as ability to work evenings and weekends.

To apply, please visit: https://njit.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/3879?c=njit

As an EEO employer, NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and strongly encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.

Diversity is a core value of NJIT and we are committed to make diversity, equity, and inclusion, part of everything we do. We celebrate the diversity of our university community andrecognize the cultural and personal differences. We strive to cultivate an inclusive campus culture that promotes excellence among our faculty, staff, and students. Building a robust and diverse community is critical to NJIT's continuing status as a premier institution
of higher education and a leading polytechnic university.


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