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Senior Director, Alumni Engagement & Outreach

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 113075
Title: Director
Functional Title: Senior Director, Alumni Engagement & Outreach
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 Alumni Association is the heart of the university, inspiring life-long connections with a global network of University of Maryland alumni. This vision sheds new light on and provides new responsibilities for the Alumni Engagement and Outreach (AEO) team, exemplifying the team’s importance in setting the stage for philanthropic success. The work of this team includes being an integral part of increasing membership to 50,000 by 2019, increasing alumni event and program participation numbers and working closely with development to achieve their financial goals.

As a member of the Alumni Association within the Division of University Relations, the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Outreach is responsible for the planning of strategies, initiatives, and programs that increase alumni participation and engagement throughout the country. This person oversees the engagement of all alumni in the country, mainly through the work of the Association’s regional and affinity networks. The Senior Director also creates and implements strategies to engage and activate alumni living in region specific areas.

The Senior Director will strive to connect, cultivate and channel the power of alumni to enrich themselves and advance the university through the four pillars of the Alumni Association: Join, Volunteer, Advocate, and Give. Specifically, the Senior Director will recruit and support volunteers, identify and engage alumni for future volunteer leadership and philanthropic support, manage and execute events, ensure effective alumni communications and quality alumni data, and effectively coordinate specific alumni relations strategies and programs into the overarching alumni relations and campaign strategies for the University of Maryland. In addition, the Senior Director will manage a team of four engagement and outreach staff that will manage initiatives both within this team and throughout the Association.

This position reports directly to the Associate Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Outreach, and is expected to work occasional evening and weekends as necessary. 20% local and national travel is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

A minimum of 5 years professional experience working in alumni relations, marketing, program development, relationship management or related field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Strong customer service skills.
• Skilled at leading teams through the process of discussion and decision making to advance an organization’s plans.
• Excellent public speaking, communication (written and oral), planning, organizational, leadership, team building and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups, multi-task, think strategically and to set and achieve both long- and short-term goals in a fast-paced environment.
• Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive.
• Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
• Ability to travel approximately 20% time locally and nationally.


• Master’s Degree preferred.
• Broad experience in recruiting and managing volunteers, staff, and committees and organizing events within the context of organizational strategic plans.
• An understanding of and appreciation for the values of a public high education institution and ability to articulate it to internal and external constituencies. An appreciation for the history, achievements and aspirations of the University of Maryland and its alumni, staff and students.
• Strong understanding of nonprofit organizations with emphasis on advancing the institution through volunteer recruitment and cultivation.
• Strong experience with program budgeting, strategic planning and marketing programs to increase participation.
• Prior experience with an institution of higher education.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: Some heavy lifting required during events. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. 20% local and national travel is required.

For best consideration, please apply by Friday, September 29, 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: 09/14/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 09/29/2017
Physical Demands

Some heavy lifting required during events. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. 20% local and national travel is required.

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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