Associate Director, Alumni Communities and Volunteer Engagement - Career Programs
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR21645
Location: Chicago, IL
Leads a team focused on career development and industry-driven programs and resources for the global alumni community.Â Oversees all aspects of team projects focused on professional networks and development. This position has two direct reports.
Develops a strategy for career programs, using analytics to develop recommendations and measurable goals. Uses data to develop innovative ways to engage the UChicago Alumni community by utilizing digital and in-person formats.
Partners on the strategic oversight and implementation of industry networks and affinity groups. In alignment University goals, recruits and maintains relationships with alumni volunteers to serve as community leaders, speakers, mentors, and industry advisors.
In collaboration with unit partners and alumni industry leaders, generates meaningful programs and opportunities for segments of the UChicago Alumni population at all stages of professional development, with a renewed emphasis on recent graduates.
Manages all aspects of career development and industry-driven initiatives, including programming, event execution, communications/marketing, and budget.
Develop strong working relationships with partners managing career services and programs across campus, including at The College, graduate and professional schools, and UChicagoGRAD, to coordinate, align, and strengthen initiatives and offerings.
May manage a portfolio of alumni volunteers and donors. Uses personal visits to assess volunteer interests, wealth factors, giving capacity, and other qualifying details and to solicit for annual gifts.
Hires, manages, evaluates, and retains top talent. Provide direct management of staff responsible for fundraising strategy. Sets clear goals and expectations.
Build a culture of philanthropy across assigned alumni communities, ensuring that volunteer boards meet participation giving goals.
Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions, with an eye towards broadly diversifying the advancement profession.
Assists in leading and coordinating the planning, organization and management of events, programs and services designed to cultivate and maintain the ties between the University of Chicago and key constituent groups. May assist in or individually create a marketing plan to maximize participation and engagement of alumni, parents, and friends.
Has a deep understanding of strategic planning, data management, the creation and tracking of metrics, and the creation and implementation of new constituent relations programs worldwide. Measures, tracks, and reports participation and success of initiatives.
Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum five years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni engagement, marketing, public relations, sales, or similar professional work experience.
Experience managing staff, volunteers, alumni or similar constituent group.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including the University's donor relationship management system and the Microsoft Office Suite.
Experience with Salesforce CRM.
Build, lead, mentor, and motivate a diverse team, and to encourage growth and change in both people and programs. A strong commitment to personal and professional development, and the ability to foster a collaborative and inclusive team environment.
Act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
Work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
Prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.
Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative.
Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write effectively.
Strong commitment to customer service.
This position has a hybrid work schedule which includes weekly in office presence.
Standard office environment.
Travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Work some evenings and weekends as needed. This position is located in Hyde Park at 5235 South Harper Court.
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