The Associate Director, Reunion Programs will lead the development and execution of a new, annual reunion program at the Carlson School. The Associate Director is responsible for creating and implementing a reunion strategy to drive a culture of engagement and philanthropy among Carlson School alumni. 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.
This position reports to the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving and is a member of the Institutional Advancement team, which includes both development and alumni engagement activities. The Alumni Relations and Annual Giving team is responsible for growing an active, informed, engaged, and philanthropic alumni body.
Reunion Strategy, Programming and Execution (50%)
In partnership with the Director of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, create and execute a reunion strategy that allows alumni to connect with each other and the school, creates opportunities for alumni to learn from an array of faculty and thought leaders and inspires alumni to contribute financially to the school.
Serves as Institutional Advancement team lead for all aspects of reunion programming and class giving.
Identify opportunities for events and engagement that lead up to reunion.
Ensure Carlson School priorities and objectives are incorporated into reunion activities.
Build strong internal relationships with faculty and school leaders to achieve reunion goals.
Cultivate faculty speakers and academic leaders to deliver content during reunion.
Serve as the project manager for reunion events, leading the advancement team and colleagues in the overall planning and execution.
Initiate and lead meetings with stakeholders to plan scope and format of events.
Responsible for the planning and management of reunion budget.
Collaborate with Data Manager to Identify and implement event management information technology systems to enhance data collection on alumni attendance and the participation experience.
Work in partnership with the Assistant Director of Communications to create a comprehensive reunion marketing and communications plan, including websites, invitations, programs and other collateral.
Work with annual giving team and major gift officers to develop solicitation and stewardship strategy for reunion celebrants.
Volunteer Leadership (30%)
Create a model for recruiting, training and managing reunion volunteer leaders.
Serves as Institutional Advancement team lead for all aspects of volunteer recruitment, training and fundraising activities.
Provide professional level support to all reunion committee volunteers for all team members.
Work closely with Institutional Advancement leadership and volunteers to set class-specific goals, lead meetings, etc.
Prepare and provide regular reports, communications, collateral materials and prospect briefings to ensure volunteers’ success.
Lead planning and execution of volunteer training and stewardship programs and events for reunion class volunteers to ensure their success.
Partner with gift officers on all managed prospects participating in reunion.
Reunion Class Giving Management (20%)
Manage at minimum two reunion committees.
Responsible for meeting established goals for personal visits, recruited committee members, committee meetings, class participation and dollars raised.
Manage a portfolio of active volunteers recruited for reunion committees.
Qualify prospects for possible management and upgrade them if possible to the major gifts program.
** The employer reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position **
Bachelor’s degree plus five years of experience in 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.
Ability to travel within the Twin Cities, the state of Minnesota, and nationally, as well as attendance at occasional evening and weekend activities.
Positive attitude and good sense of humor.
Experience working with reunion programs and/or class giving.
Alumni relations and fundraising in a higher education setting, preference given to those with experience in a business school setting.
Innovative, strategic thinker; ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment.
High level of confidence in making strategic decisions, good judgement and innovative and creative problem solving skills.
Enjoys working independently and as part of a team on multiple, large and complex event projects.
Ability to strategize and conceptualize with the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving on new ideas for events and be able to translate these ideas into specific actions.
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.
Interaction with senior-level executives and professionals.
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