Director of Alumni Relations, Western Washington University

Posted by NPL Connects on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM PST

The division of University Advancement supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. University Advancement is actively engaged in moving forward the University’s mission through supporting core themes, specifically advancing inclusive success. The external boards of the WWU Foundation and Alumni Association are dedicated to supporting Western’s strategic plan, specifically through the student success campaign. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

Reporting to the AVP Alumni, Annual Giving & Marketing and Communications, the Director of Engagement, Alumni and Constituent Relations will be part of the unit's leadership team to drive strategy and decisions. The Director leads a team of three staff members and is responsible for developing and managing the overall strategic planning, implementation of annual alumni engagement plans and daily activities for alumni events, services and programs to increase engagement with high potential alumni and key alumni segments. The Director will strengthen relationships that are mutually beneficial and result in philanthropic support for Western. Key engagement and service activities under the direction of the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations include the Western Engaged program, reunions, regional events, student/alumni programs, alumni affinity based events, signature events, and programs specifically focused on our young alumni and alumni career assistance/networking. The Director is expected to encourage and facilitate innovation in both content and delivery of alumni best-in-class events, services and engagement programs.

As a director within the division of University Advancement, which encompasses all WWU fundraising efforts as well as alumni relations efforts, the Director will be expected to understand the relationship between all areas of alumni and constituent engagement, including fundraising, and the philanthropic development cycle. In addition, the Director will partner and interact with key volunteers, WWU donors, board members, division colleagues, and faculty and staff leaders throughout the university to ensure strong and collaborative relationships to maximize engagement opportunities and outreach. Additionally, the Director is responsible for overseeing and managing third party affinity revenue-generating relationships including the Alumni Travel Series, alumni insurance program and the Brick program. The Director will develop and oversee a budget; and oversee the accurate tracking and reporting of alumni engagement KPIs through regular analysis.

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