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Associate Executive Director

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 100270
Title: Director
Functional Title: Associate Executive Director
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-Univ Alumni Association
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The associate executive director of alumni engagement and outreach leads the comprehensive strategy for the alumni association’s engagement and outreach efforts to engage the University of Maryland’s 354,000 alumni in the university through a variety of programs, events, and on-line initiatives. Through high-level and diverse engagement, the alumni association instills lifelong participation and philanthropic affinity to Maryland. Along with the executive director, this person is the visible face of the alumni association with university staff and alumni in Maryland and beyond.

The associate executive director is responsible for the strategy, development and implementation of a comprehensive alumni outreach and engagement strategy to help drive long-term participation in the university, through alumni association membership, regional engagement, philanthropy and/or club and chapter engagement.

The associate executive director drives the alumni engagement strategy for the alumni association, with a goal of driving the strategy for the university and its colleges/schools/departments. S/he is the lead strategist for all things related to alumni engagement including the development of regional network leadership; enhanced regional engagement of alumni; development and cultivation of affinity and special interest networks; Terp professional networking and development; collaboration with our academic college alumni boards; alumni advocacy; alumni volunteerism and service; alumni awards and recognition; and on-line platforms to promote engagement. In addition, enhancing our relationship with future, incoming, and current students is another priority.

S/he will be responsible for evaluating outreach efforts for effectiveness, researching trends in alumni association volunteer programs, and developing and implementing new strategies and programs for recruitment and sustained engagement of alumni volunteers. In cooperation with the regional development directors, the executive director of alumni relations, and the director of alumni membership, the director will establish goals and objectives for staff and volunteers, providing guidance, coaching, training and coordination toward achieving mutually agreed upon annual goals.

The associate executive director serves as a liaison with the relevant alumni board of governors (BOG) committees and special projects to communicate and incorporate the BOG strategic vision in planning alumni outreach activities and programs. S/he also serves as a lead recruiter of members for the BOG.

The associate executive director is also responsible for developing and implementing volunteer leadership training programs, as well as providing a strategic direction for operationalizing the alumni network program. Occasional travel to targeted alumni regions is necessary.

The associate executive director will act as the main point of contact for any technology updates and changes, researching new technology to ensure relevant opportunities for our alumni to connect.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s preferred.


• A minimum of 8-10 years of experience in one or more of the following fields: alumni or volunteer relations, marketing, events, higher education administration or comparable work experience.
• Demonstrated success in growing, developing and measuring new programs and initiatives
• Budget development and management experience.
• Experience in managing/supervising a team of staff, volunteers and/or interns.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Skilled at leading teams through the process of discussion and decision making to advance an organizations plans.
• Excellent public speaking, communication, planning, organizational, leadership, team building and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively, multi-task, think strategically and to set and achieve both long- and short-term goals.
• Demonstrated ability to work with high level volunteers, university leadership, and other key internal and external constituents.
• Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
• Ability to travel locally, national and internationally up to 20 % of time.


• Broad experience in recruiting and managing volunteers, staff, managing committees and organizing events within the context of organizational strategic plans.
• An appreciation for the history, achievements and aspirations of Maryland and its alumni, staff and students.
• Strong understanding of nonprofit organizations with emphasis on advancing the institution through volunteer recruitment and cultivation.
• Prior experience with an institution of higher education is a plus.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Traditional office environment. Availability to work evenings and/or weekends as necessary. Some lifting and carrying of boxes and other supplies associated with event set up and take down. Occasional travel to targeted alumni regions.

For best consideration, please apply by Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Benefits offered: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Posting Date: 05/30/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 06/21/2017
Physical Demands

Traditional office environment. Availability to work evenings and/or weekends as necessary. Some lifting and carrying of boxes and other supplies associated with event set up and take down. Occasional travel to targeted alumni regions.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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