The Director of Alumni Outreach and Engagement is responsible for the development, management and execution of strategies to deepen the academic unit and regional pipeline of donors and volunteers, lead thoughtful campus leadership and faculty engagement efforts within key markets and build a sustainable presence for the University within target regions and academic units. This will be accomplished through cultivating and managing relationships with UC San Diego alumni in key geographic regions and academic units.
The Director will lead a team of ten alumni engagement officers and academic unit directors and recommend institutional guidelines for prospect development at this stage of the donor development pipeline. The Director will play a critical role in substantially increasing personal contact with alumni across the globe and various academic units with the goal of developing a sense of connectedness to the University through meaningful engagement opportunities that inspires consistent engagement, and annual leadership philanthropic support.
The Director will work collaboratively with the Alumni, Annual Giving and development peers to develop qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies as well as conceptualization of regional and academic unit alumni engagement programs. Specifically, the Director will outline multi-year plans to effectively and meaningfully engage alumni, qualify them as donor prospects, and solicit them while deepening their propensity for advocacy and volunteer service.
Having wide-ranging experience, administers, oversees, or performs work involved in establishing and maintaining the highest level relationships between the institution and its many alumni and other constituents, including the general public, and various other relevant interest groups, which may include internal, external, domestic and foreign audiences. Constituencies typically include the most influential or powerful institutional publics or special interest groups.
To accomplish the goals and objectives of this critical position, the Director will collaborate with Alumni and Advancement colleagues, the UC San Diego Alumni Board of Directors, and University leadership to foster a long-term dialogue that advances the role of alumni at UC San Diego, including annual giving, leadership giving, university development, undergraduate colleges, academic divisions, and vice chancellor areas, and will interact frequently with senior leadership, donors, prominent volunteers and board members. The Director reports to the Senior Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and serves as an active member of the Alumni Engagement leadership team.
Must be willing and able to travel. Must have access to reliable transportation.
Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
Strong leadership skills, providing vision, motivation and guidance to staff, a diverse volunteer constituency, colleagues and campus groups. Ability to coordinate and encourage interaction with diverse populations.
Expert knowledge of alumni, internal and external constituencies, including their composition and areas of concern.
Expert knowledge of the principles and concepts of building and maintaining effective relationships with alumni and key constituencies to achieve institutional goals and objectives.
Demonstrated experience developing, managing and executing strategies to creatively identify, qualify, engage, cultivate, retain and solicit prospects.
Proven ability to provide direction to staff and manage volunteers in accomplishing established goals and objectives and maintain office activities with respect to established procedures and guidelines.
Strong ability to shepherd projects and programs to completion, determining priorities and demands of diverse constituents. Ability to set priorities that accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities and take into consideration deadlines, competing requirements and complexity.
Proven ability to manage a complex and growing program including skills in planning or supervising the planning of special and cultivation events.
Expert level analytical and decision-making skills, sound judgment and highly developed political acumen.
Creative ability to conceptualize, develop and implement programmatic activities from only very general guidelines.
Ability to establish professional working relationships and interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the university and community.
Demonstrated working knowledge of accepted accounting principles and practices and experience in drafting and overseeing a program budget.
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