University of St. Thomas
Director of Alumni Relations
The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, is seeking applicants for a full-time Director of Alumni Relations. This position will report directly to the Vice President for Marketing and University Relations.
The Director of Alumni Relations develops and executes alumni engagement programs with the goal of increased engagement and participation by alumni. The Director will work closely with the VP of Marketing and University Relations to reimagine authentic engagement across all platforms and events with an eye toward forming life-long relationships with existing alumni and future graduates. Programs will include board and volunteer development and management, Homecoming, Regional Alumni Clubs, Career Mentoring, Scholarship fundraising through signature alumni events. The Director of Alumni Relations will ensure events and programs are aligned to the goals, priorities and mission of UST. The incumbent will report directly to the Vice President for Marketing and University Relations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Create and implement a meaningful and engaging programming for alumni. Areas to specifically focus on include: Athletics, Regional Alumni Clubs, Reunion, Seekers and Sages, recognition opportunities, student and young alumni programming and career services mentoring.
Develop policies, procedures and infrastructure to support volunteers.
Tracking alumni interest in volunteering and identify communication opportunities to further develop relationships.
Serve as strategist and liaison for the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Assist with volunteer identification and recruitment.
Collaborate with team members and volunteers to leverage best practices surrounding volunteers, social media, regional clubs, securing sponsorships/solicitations and fiscal management.
Engage with faculty and staff across UST to maximum efficiency in programming, communication and messaging. Work to create a unified alumni relations model. Leverage faculty and staff as resources in programming and alumni outreach.
Assist with annual giving solicitations.
Serve as an active member of the Marketing and University Relations leadership team.
Develop event budgets and manage expenses within approved budgeted levels. Provide leadership with cost projections prior to the scheduled event and a reconciliation of expenses following the events and programs
Position will be knowledgeable of all UST events and activities and responsible for ensuring that alumni are represented in those events/activities as appropriate.
Supervise assigned staff, as needed.
Perform other related duties as needed.
Qualifications and Requirements
Undergraduate degree in Business, Communications, English, Journalism or a related field
Minimum of 2 years of experience in event, project management and volunteer management
The ideal candidate will have a creative mind that can help cast a vision for deep, lasting engagement with alumni.
Fundraising or sales experience preferred.
Higher-Education experience preferred with a demonstrated track record of progressive
success in previous positions
Must have the professional skill set to deal with high-level, professionals at both the donor and volunteer level
Ability to work independently with limited direction and supervision
Ability to develop budget and track financial information is required
Strong time management skills are required; should be able to prioritize duties to meet multiple deadlines
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products – specifically Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Exposure to PeopleSoft preferred, previous experience in working in web-based applications helpful
Demonstrate effective public speaking skills and ability to make presentations to small and large groups
Excellent written and oral communication skills including public speaking
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work with multiple priorities
Must be a self-started and self-motivated
Position requires frequent evening and weekend work. Some travel required.
The University of St Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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