Wells College seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Alumnae/i Engagement. This position serves as a key member of the College’s Advancement team, reporting to the Vice President for Advancement and is responsible for the development, oversight and execution of a strategic plan to engage and cultivate the College’s alumnae/i to broaden the base of support for the College. The Director creates opportunities for alumnae/i to stay connected to the College and to each other through programming that supports the College’s mission. The Director plans and oversees the College’s signature on-campus alumnae/i events, as well as future site-specific virtual or in-person events.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Provide direct supervision of the Alumnae/i Engagement staff and leadership for the day-to-day operations of all aspects of alumnae/i engagement.
Work closely with annual giving and other advancement colleagues to develop strategic plans to align engagement activities and support the resource development goals of the College, including donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship as appropriate.
Engage in travel and other relationship-building activities including personal contact with donors and volunteers and to manage off-campus events.
Develop and oversee the implementation of a culture of engagement and philanthropy on and off campus. Identify appropriate student/faculty/staff to participate in alumnae/i events on or off-campus.
Develop and implement a comprehensive Alumnae/i Engagement program that strategically increases the engagement of alumnae/i in the life of the College, through volunteerism, participation in events, and philanthropy (Time, Talent, and Treasure). Develop and maintain a system for encouraging, monitoring and assessing alumnae/i involvement.
Manage programs and volunteers in compliance with the WCA by-laws. Provide support for the WCA board and officers. This includes helping to identify, recruit and manage volunteers, organize meetings and subsequent virtual meetings, provide updates and coordinate solicitations and activities as needed. Coordinate and oversee work and assignments between the nominating committee, Award Committee, reunion campaigns, FARGO board, and the activities of the WCA. Coordinate and monitor mentoring programs with Career Services as appropriate. Maintain relationships to provide the foundation for effective fundraising work.
Supervise alumnae/i programs with Advancement staff including, but not limited to, Reunion, Fall Weekend, fundraising events, off-campus club events or other special events. Oversee event logistics and communications. Provide appropriate program and event follow-up with attendees, volunteers, vendors, etc. Manage alumni/faculty/staff/student involvement in alumnae/i programs and events.
Develop strategy and management of the College’s key communications with alumnae/i and donors to include monthly e-newsletters, digital platforms, Wells Notes, the Express and special constituency mailings, in collaboration with Marketing & Communications colleagues.
Manage process of responding to alumnae/i and other individual requests in timely fashion.
Oversee maintenance and collection of data of alumnae/i records within the College’s primary database.
Provide counsel and supporting materials to senior administrators and other college personnel in support of the Alumnae/i Engagement programs, including monitoring progress against goals and provide reports to key volunteers including the Board of Trustees.
Coordinate with Advancement and Marketing & Communications staff to monitor and update webpages and social media sites on a regular basis.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, and three or more years of experience in alumni engagement work. Outstanding communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills with individuals at all levels of the organization is a must. The successful candidate will have effective oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences, and be able to work effectively with donors and volunteers. Confidence in public speaking is a key attribute.
The candidate should be proactive, detail and customer-relations oriented, highly motivated, and able to juggle multiple and changing priorities while also exhibiting excellent organizational and time management skills. Demonstrated volunteer management and supervisory skills are needed. The candidate should have the ability to represent the College effectively and honestly, and to work collaboratively in a team environment with a mix of alumnae/i and colleagues. Ability to travel, work evenings, and weekends is required. Volunteer management and fundraising experience preferred, especially experience in and/or knowledge of the principles and practices of fundraising. Strong computer, data management, and analytical skills are required, including knowledge of mainframe database operations and reporting. Working knowledge of Excel and Word required; intermediate or advanced Excel skills preferred. Travel is required along with nights, weekends and special on and off campus events.
Wells College is a small coeducational liberal arts college located in the village of Aurora, New York, which offers affordable, family-friendly living within a half hour's drive of Ithaca and within a 75 minute radius of Rochester, Syracuse and numerous other colleges and universities – an area rich in natural, educational and cultural resources.
Wells College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. The College seeks to promote diversity in all of its hires to create a multicultural teaching, learning, and working environment; members of under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications should be submitted online at www.wells.edu/employment and include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references. All materials submitted should be in PDF. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
About Wells College
The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.