Executive Director for Alumni and Family Engagement

Denison University
February 19, 2023
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Position Type Administrative Staff

Classification Title Administrative Staff Position Title Executive Director for Alumni and Family Engagement Position Number A00056 Pay Grade Level AD 01 Salary Competitive Department Alumni and Family Engagement Posting Number S 121301134 Full or Part Time Full Time Number of Months 12 Position End Date FTE 1 Work Schedule

Exempt position. Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week plus evening and weekend activities.

Extensive travel is required.

Basic Function

The Executive Director for Alumni and Family Engagement (AFE) serves as the chief engagement officer of the college, is a vital member of the advancement team within Institutional Advancement and serves on the divisional program director committee. The Executive Director will execute a new strategic plan for alumni engagement as part of an integrated advancement model, which has become a key goal within the college's newly adopted comprehensive fundraising campaign. The Executive Director and their team, within the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement, will be charged with building and coordinating an institution-wide approach to activating alumni, parents, and families to support the college, our students, and one another. The Executive Director has the responsibility of leading, organizing, collaborating, and evaluating engagement efforts across the college, with management responsibility for a team of 10. The Executive Director will report directly to the Associate Vice President and Campaign Director.

The Executive Director will work to develop and implement a leading program to inspire the involvement of our alumni. The results of this work will develop deeper connections with Denison, add value to the lives of our alumni, help drive an increase in philanthropic investments, provide meaningful opportunities for service to the college and our alumni, and make full use of the talents of our alumni through the development of a life-long engagement model.

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead, organize, inspire, and coach a team of professionals that comprise the AFE staff.
  • Ensure coordination of all alumni engagement efforts across the college and collaborate with university advancement partners (communications, career services, athletics, admissions, and student life) in support of the larger organizational mission.
  • Serve as the primary campus leader for alumni engagement on issues relating to operations, policy interpretation, initiatives, program assessments, and announcements.
  • Implement an effective strategy, supporting tactics, and continual review around alumni engagement that inspires active involvement.
  • Design programs, targeted communications, and provide relevant services that support the strategic plan of both the college and AFE office, while serving all alumni, generating broad interest, and encouraging sustained involvement.
  • Include parents and families within AFE programming to inspire their involvement and philanthropy.
  • Develop processes, implement, and track metrics to assess engagement success using the CASE Alumni Engagement Metrics (AEM) standards.
  • Serve as the primary point person for setting the new campaign's alumni engagement goal and for assuring the successful attainment of that goal.
  • Successfully utilize the Raiser's Edge NXT (CRM) and other technologies to analyze data and evaluate trends to determine new tactics, reprioritize programs, and strategy modification to assist in reaching goals.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the college locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Lead, schedule, and execute the support of the college's Alumni Council and work with the Council's leadership to maximize both the success and impact of their work.
  • Work collaboratively within a diverse community with multiple constituencies, building cooperation and consensus.
  • Monitor and manage all relevant budgets and expenditures, ensuring full compliance with University policies and procedures.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required for this position as is at least eight years of applicable experience in progressively responsible leadership positions within alumni relations, university advancement or nonprofit management.

    Must have a current, valid driver's license and must be insurable under Denison's liability insurance policy.

    Key Attributes :

    Conversant in contemporary approaches with alumni engagement work and comfortable with the ways it inspires philanthropy.

    Experience with volunteer and board management best practices.

    Proven record of leadership, management, and supervisory skills and experience in coaching high-performance teams.

    Excellent planning and budgetary management skills.

    Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively on a team, across organizational structures, and collaborate with diverse populations.

    Proven track record utilizing data points to support effective decision making on behalf of the engagement programs.

    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    Regular travel, frequent evening and weekend work.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Master's degree.

    Understanding of basic marketing principles.

    Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of alumni engagement within a high performing team.

    Previous work experience within a higher education environment.

    Experience with RENXT and/or other Advancement technologies.

    Physical Demands

    Normal demands associated with general office work and frequent travel on behalf of the University.

    Contact(s) Contact Phone/Extension Contact Email Open Date 01/04/2023 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    Denison University has partnered with Aspen Leadership Group in the search for an Executive Director for Alumni and Family Engagement. You may view the position prospectus or submit an application via this link: https: // opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/1242 .

    Additional Information

    Position open until filled.

    Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the College.

    Final candidate must provide proof of academic degree(s).

    Denison University Background Check Statement

    The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

    Denison University EEO Statement

    To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide. Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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