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SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The Assistant Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the university’s alumni program and for the executive support of the Schreiner Former Student Association (SFSA). This position is responsible for building strategic relationships with alumni and the planning and conducting of alumni and SFSA activities and programs designed to strengthen the support and vitality of the university. The Assistant Director will align and coordinate their work with the development team and shepherd alumni fundraising efforts. The Assistant Director will ensure that the alumni budget is managed well. The Assistant Director will help establish and implement both short and long-term goals for the program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Establishes and implements fundraising strategies to increase alumni and former student giving to the SFSA Endowed Scholarship and other university priorities.
  • Plans and organizes former student relationship-building activities including, community service projects, mentoring, networking and recruitment support projects, reunions, and Recall (homecoming).
  • Supervises the alumni development officer and works cooperatively with the development team to maximize contributions to the university from alumni.
  • Manages a portfolio of major alumni donors and prospects.
  • Works to maintain the integrity of alumni records and keep them up to date as much as is possible.
  • Serves as the University’s main liaison to the SFSA, provides direction and leadership to SFSA, coordinates the relationship between SFSA and the university, including coordinating SFSA’s board of directors, committee members, and SFSA meetings, plans, and activities.
  • Directs SFSA’s growth and development by designing and implementing activities and programs that increase the meaningful involvement of Schreiner Alumni in support of the university’s goals.
  • Represents Alumni on committees and participate in meetings and conferences involving senior university officials and volunteer leaders.
  • Works cooperatively with members of the Schreiner University staff, including but not limited to marketing, admissions, athletics, and student services to ensure that former student participation in recruiting, mentoring, and networking activities are coordinated with the appropriate office on campus.
  • Evaluates and monitors program effectiveness.
  • Assists with university advancement events and performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Development or Vice President.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Three years of successful work experience in a related field including, fundraising, public relations, direct marketing or sales, event planning, and volunteer management. Alumni work preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Excellent verbal, visual. and written communication skills.
  • Well organized, systematic thinker.
  • Ability to travel overnight with some frequency.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Schreiner University.
  • The ability to work with and motivate a broad spectrum of people, including entrepreneurs, professionals, executives, advisors, students, volunteers, faculty, and staff members.
  • Experience with and ability to develop and use computer applications and capabilities to produce correspondence, reports, and tools for analysis and review, i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, Access.
  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Driving is required. Must have a valid Texas driver’s license, related insurance, and good driving record.
  • Proven experience in and knowledge of the full spectrum of development including, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, high-level boards, volunteer groups, and administration. Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events.
  • Creative ability to conceptualize, develop, and implement programmatic activities from only very general guidelines. Proven success in initiating, planning, and strategically implementing cultivation opportunities through engagement. Knowledge of the principles and practices of developing and utilizing volunteer leadership.
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, prioritize assignments, and departmental needs to meet deadlines. Demonstrated strong managerial, leadership, and communication skills.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate of Schreiner University preferred.
  • Experience in a higher education preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other donor management software preferred.
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