Program Director, Alumni Advocacy

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 100275
Title: Program Director
Functional Title: Program Director, Alumni Advocacy
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 Director, Alumni Advocacy will manage all aspects of a program that will enlist alumni and friends to be ambassadors for the University. These ambassadors will agree to communicate positive messages about the University of Maryland with their personal, professional and civic networks. The goal of the program is to grow the University’s brand and positive perception with the public at large, and also to provide a meaningful volunteer engagement opportunity for alumni.

In addition, the Director will manage a legislative advocacy network for the Alumni Association and the University. The goal of the network is to help advance the legislative agenda of the University of Maryland, as well as to ensure that elected and appointed officials know the value of the University to the state, nation and world.

The Director will identify alumni working in the state and federal legislatures, in federal and state agencies, and as political appointees. S/he will also work with the University community to recruit alumni to participate in the program. In addition, the Director will serve as the primary liaison with the University’s governmental relations staff to determine when to activate the advocacy network.

Jointly with the Executive Director, the Director will create and staff the Association’s Advocacy Work Group (or Committee).

The Director will work with staff in the President’s office, governmental relations, and marketing and communications. In addition, s/he will work with high level administrators at the campus’ colleges, schools, departments and units, and also with the Board of Governors and the Foundation Trustees.

Must have the ability to travel and to attend evening and weekend events and programs (15%).

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Experience:
A minimum of 4 years of experience in alumni or volunteer relations, including recruiting, managing and training volunteers or related experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to think creatively and strategically in order to launch a new initiative.
Ability to work collaboratively, multi-task, think strategically to both set and achieve goals.
Ability to assess, recommend and implement programming and operations based on strategic planning goals.
Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.

Preferences:

Master’s degree.
Experience managing volunteer leaders.
Experience staffing boards and/or committees.
Experience working in the state or federal legislature, on a political campaign, or in the public policy arena. Knowledge of higher education and/or alumni relations.
Background and experience in planning events.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: This position requires the ability to travel and to attend evening and weekend events and programs (15%).

For best consideration, please apply by Tuesday, July 11, 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: 06/20/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 07/11/2017
Physical Demands

This position requires the ability to travel and to attend evening and weekend events and programs (15%).

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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