The Assistant Director, Alumni Relations reports to the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving and is a member of the Institutional Advancement team, which includes both development and engagement activities. The Assistant Director, Alumni Relations is responsible for program development and delivery, volunteer management and annual giving activities. This person is a critical member of the advancement team, ensuring a strong base of charitable giving to enable the Carlson School to further its ambitious goals.
Program Development and Delivery (50%)
Develop both annual and long-term plans and goals; manage execution and ongoing evaluation of core alumni engagement programs to enhance and deepen alumni engagement including, Centennial Celebration, Way We Work Speaker Series, Reunion Committees and alumni career development workshops.
Manage all aspects of the volunteer speaker program, including cultivation, stewardship and tracking of volunteers as well as supervision of two student employees who work with this program. Work with faculty, Corporate Relations and Major Gift Officers to cultivate a strong volunteer network.
Work with Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving to build a comprehensive volunteer engagement program, including training and stewardship.
Manage all aspects of the Alumni Service Awards and other alumni relations awards as appropriate.
Partner with Assistant Director, Communications on alumni relations communications strategy and execution (digital, print, web, etc.).
Plan and coordinate alumni and other special constituent events as assigned; other projects as assigned.
Represent alumni relations on school-wide event committees as assigned.
Volunteer Management (40%)
Provide professional level support to some of the Carlson School’s most engaged and important volunteer leaders. Identify and recruit successful volunteers, while working closely with alumni leaders to set goals, lead meetings, and manage execution of plans to enhance alumni engagement and fundraising priorities.
Lead the following types of volunteers and committees:
Alumni Board Committee
Eight corporate alumni chapters
Ad Hoc committees as assigned
Liaison with the 30+ Carlson School boards to enhance training, best practices and information sharing for board managers and volunteers.
Front Line Leadership Annual Giving (10%)
Build and manage a small portfolio of annual giving prospects; secure philanthropic investments in support of Carlson School of Management priorities.
Cultivate relationships with alumni and assigned annual giving prospects and donors through one-on-one visits and digital platforms (email, social media, phone calls).
Actively solicit annual fund gifts for the Carlson School of Management from current members and prospects; maintain current contact reports on all prospect interactions.
** The employer reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position **
3-5 years of alumni relations, fundraising, or closely related field.
Project management experience.
Experience as an active volunteer or leading volunteers.
Progressive responsibilities in a fast-paced organization.
Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
Ability to proactively, effectively, and efficiently manage a program portfolio working tactfully with a diverse group of internal and external constituents.
Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
A highly collaborative mindset with success in working in a team setting.
Positive attitude and good sense of humor.
Innovative, strategic thinker; ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment.
Experience managing or working on direct mail solicitations.
Experience with development writing.
Evidence of experience or significant professional development with a business, institutional advancement, nonprofit, or higher education focus.
Ability to develop, communicate and execute strategies with clear metrics of success.
Familiarity with advancement efforts within academic environments, especially business schools.
Interaction with senior-level executives and professionals.
Demonstrated ability to successfully solicit and close annual fund gifts.
Ability to travel within the Twin Cities, the state of Minnesota, and nationally, as well as attendance at occasional evening and weekend activities.
Ability to design and implement cultivation and stewardship strategies.
Internal Number: 327343
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