Director of Alumni Engagement

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Posting Information

Department to which position will be assigned Alumni Relations
Position Title Director of Alumni Engagement
Position Type Management and Administrative
Application Deadline Date
Posting Number 10171684
Salary or Wage Commensurate with experience
Full-time / Part-time Full Time
If Part-time, specify percentage
Temporary / Permanent
Position Start Date
Work Schedule M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to the nature of University work, there is a potential for 24 hour coverage.
Bargaining Unit MANAGEMENT
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Position Summary Information

Job Description

The University Advancement office carries out the major fundraising efforts of the University. The Director of Alumni Engagement is responsible for the planning and implementation of programming to engage alumni in the strategic efforts of the university as well as increasing annual fund support. This will also include cultivating current students to transition to active alumni through coordination with university career services and mentoring programs. This position will also manage a portfolio of annual fund donors in support of annual and campaign fundraising goals.


Specific responsibilities:

  1. Design and implement all activities for EU alumni to engage alumni in mentoring, volunteering, recruiting and annual giving. This includes, but is not limited to: planning and executing networking, educational and social events; maintaining regular communication, including surveys on interests and employment; keeping contact information updated.
  2. Develop and manage regional and national alumni chapters, including outreach, gatherings, receptions and development of alumni volunteers. Develop the University’s presence among alumni where they live and work including the growth of participation from diverse alumni audiences.
  3. Develop ideas and content for Alumni print publications, website and social media in collaboration with Marketing and Communications.
  4. Manage a portfolio of 50 annual fund donors and/or prospective donors with the purpose of generating fundraising revenue (including annual fund and campaign goals). This includes: maintaining communication with donors, adding 75 new high quality donors annually, coordinating donor visits to campus and opportunities to meet with students and faculty.
  5. Partner with Admissions to include alumni in the recruiting and admissions process. Partner with the office of Career Services to plan the growth and accessibility of career networking services for students and alumni. Meet with student clubs to introduce the Alumni Association and encourage participation.
  6. Manage the Distinguished Alumni Program, in conjunction with academic departments and Athletics.
  7. Serve as primary liaison to the Alumni Association; attend Alumni Association board meetings. Strengthen foundational elements critical to the success of the Alumni Association.
  8. Represent EU in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, donors, vendors and the community we serve. Interact effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other community members.
  9. Working closely with advancement and academic departments, identify faculty and alumni speakers for Alumni programs, class speakers, marketing and communications who exemplify/model thematic areas. Demonstrate and market the contributions of alumni to their professions and society.
  10. Develop relationships with student leaders and academic departments. Develop programs that teach students about EU’s heritage and traditions as well as the opportunities for involvement with the University after graduation, including the importance of volunteerism and philanthropic support. Create an alumni presence at student orientation, commencement, Grad Fair and other important campus events.
  11. Other duties as assigned. Travel, evening and weekend work may be required.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor degree required. Knowledge and experience of fundraising and development functions (higher education experience preferred).


  • Ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including writing, proofreading, and speaking.
  • Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments that requires assistance from a variety of staff and volunteers.
  • Able to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to prioritize projects, meets deadlines, manage several projects simultaneously, work well under pressure, and achieve fundraising goals.
  • Familiar with MS Office (preferably 2007 or newer)
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups including internal and external audiences; Sensitivity to working in a multicultural setting is imperative.
  • Professional dress required.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum of two years’ experience in a higher education environment preferred

Specific Duties
Physical Demands
Diversity Statement

Edinboro University is committed to ensuring compliance with all Title IX, the Clery Act, and CampusSaVE requirements in order to provide safe and equitable educational opportunities for all students. Edinboro University is an equal opportunity educational institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, sex and disability in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, ADEA and the ADA. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures and for inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation, contact the Title IX Coordinator, 219 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16444; Phone: (814)732-2167; Email: Additionally, inquiries concerning Title IX and its implementing regulation can be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Region III, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East – Suite 505, Philadelphia, PA 19107; Phone: (215) 656-6010; Fax: (215) 656-6020.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a credential verification and all Act 153 criminal background investigations to include: a report of criminal history information obtained from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), clearance from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (formerly Department of Public Welfare), and the Federal fingerprint-based criminal history report. Finalists will be required to complete an interview and/or demonstration/presentation.

Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Chronicle Vitae
    • Edinboro University Website
    • Erie Times News
    • PASSHE website
    • Other PASSHE school
    • Regional newspaper - Cleveland Pittsburgh Buffalo
    • HERC
    • Higher Ed
    • the Career Services Office on my campus
    • HBCU Connect
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Insight into Diversity
    • Diversity publication (not listed)
    • Academic Careers Online
    • Facebook/LinkedIn
    • Monster/Indeed
    • Equal Opportunity Council
    • Other (not listed)
  2. * Please indicate the highest level of education you have completed:
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • ABD
    • PhD, Ed.D, DBA or J.D.
  3. * How many years of experience do you have working in a higher education environment?
    • Less than 5 years
    • 5 years but less then 8 years
    • 8 years or more
  4. * Please give a brief description of your fundraising/development experience. Be sure to list your area of responsibility relative to the fundraising effort.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Supplemental Information
  2. Unofficial Transcripts (copies acceptable initially)