Director of Alumni Relations

first_imgProvides vision, leadership, and oversight to the Office ofAlumni Relations, the Alumni Association board of directors and itscommittees, and other partners and committees to plan and executethe vision and strategy of the University related to alumniengagement.Creates a solid foundation in systems, processes, andprocedures providing standards and guidance in the day-to-dayrunning of the association and supporting the development andlaunching of strategic programs.Engages alumni in the life of the University through consistentand positive communication using electronic, print, and socialmedia, exceptional customer service, and meaningful opportunitiesfor volunteerism, service, personal and professional development,and events and programs.Manages the student and young alumni engagement plans to buildlifelong connections and facilitate continued engagement andsupport for the University.Develops and manages an effective volunteer management systemthat supports the objective of engaging alumni in meaningfulvolunteer opportunities and serving as a source for alumni talentand resources for students, faculty, and staff.Develops and maintains collaborative relationships and programswith campus partners, including Admissions, Parent and FamilyPrograms, Athletics, Student Affairs, and academic colleges anddepartments.Meets the needs of all constituencies during Homecoming bychairing the committee that plans and executes Homecomingactivities for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and thecommunity.Develops and executes plans and activities for alumni affinitygroups (Alumni Chapters and Emissaries), identifies and cultivatesvolunteer leadership, develops strategies for the success of eachgroup, and supports their events and activities.Develops and executes promotional events and partnerships thatraise the visibility of the University and the Alumni Associationamong constituents across the country.Identifies and launches loyalty programs to provide a benefitof service to alumni, to cultivate volunteers and donors, and togenerate income for alumni association programming.Oversees the selection and distribution of several alumniassociation scholarship awards and awards that recognizeoutstanding alumni achievements.Ensures the alumni database is current and safeguarded.Prepares, monitors, and administers budget for functionalarea.Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of,respect for, and development of skills to engage with those ofother cultures or backgrounds.Remains competent and current through self-directedprofessional reading, developing professional contacts withcolleges, attending professional development courses, and attendingtraining and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.Contributes to the overall success of the Office of AlumniRelations by working on special projects and performing all otherduties and responsibilities as assigned by the Associate VicePresident for Enrollment. APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESSConfidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations areinvited.Applications1) Application packet must include: Job LocationMissoula,Montana, United StatesPositionTypeFull-Time/Regular Qualifications, Required Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesBachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferredAt least five (5) years of successful experience in highereducation alumni relations, which includes an acknowledged workhistory showing creative productivity; however, experience inpublic relations or a related field in which the candidate candemonstrate a successful track record may be substitutedWorking knowledge of higher education processes andproceduresExtensive knowledge of the University of Montana and itshistory preferredAmenable to frequent travel and attendance at evening and/orweekend activities, meetings, events, seminars, and workshopsStrong verbal and written communication skills andwell-developed public speaking skillsExceptional interpersonal skills with successful team-buildingexperience both within the team andwith campus partnersDemonstrated ability in motivating volunteersAbility to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills toengage with those of varied cultures orbackgroundsProficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to effectivelyutilize a broader range of technology, systems, and packagespreferredAble to meet physical demands such as lifting and carryingmaterials up to 70 pounds, standing up to eight hours each day, andworking in all weather conditions The Director of Alumni Relations is responsible fordeveloping and implementing a comprehensive engagement programdesigned to provide meaningful opportunities for volunteerism,service, personal and professional development, and events andprograms for alumni to enhance loyalty, dedication, and support forthe University of Montana. This person reports to the AssociateVice President for Enrollment, supervises the Associate Director ofAlumni Relations, and oversees the management of staff, studentinterns, and alumni volunteers.About the University of MontanaThe University of Montana (UM) is a multi-campus, public researchuniversity serving the western portion of the state of Montana. Themain campus is located in Missoula, as is Missoula College—thetwo-year college of UM, with additional campuses in Helena, Butte,Dillon, and Hamilton.The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula thathelps cultivate an educated, engaged, and vibrant community. Themain campus, nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunningnatural landscape,b spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentineland along the Clark Fork River. It includes the park-like Oval atthe center of campus, more than 60 architecturally uniquebuildings, and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM’s 180-acre SouthCampus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer and softballfields, and an outdoor track facility. Missoula College occupiestwo sites, one just across the river from the main campus and oneon the southwest side of Missoula.At UM, students receive a world-class educational experience in abroad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts,sciences, graduate and postdoctoral study, and professionaltraining. The University of Montana comprises 10 colleges and ishome to a variety of research centers and institutes. Close to10,000 students attend the University of Montana. Thestudent-to-faculty ratio is 13:1 with an average class size of 30.UM’s College of Business is tied at No. 1 as “Best Business Schoolin the Big Sky Conference” by U.S. News & World Report(2020).The University of Montana ranks 17th in the nation and 5th amongpublic universities in producing Rhodes Scholars. It has 11 TrumanScholars, 14 Goldwater Scholars, and more than 40 Udall Scholars toits name. Currently, 26 outstanding freshmen are PresidentialLeadership Scholars. UM has more than 100 different studentorganizations, students have opportunities for community service,recreation, professional development, and more.As Montana’s flagship university, and the second largest campus inthe Montana University System, UM sets the bar high for academicstudies, creative accomplishments, and scientific exploration thatbenefits students, their communities, and the world at large.In athletics, UM’s Grizzlies are part of the NCAA I. The Grizzlieshave competed in the NCAA’s Big Sky Conference since the conferencewas formed in 1963. Intercollegiate sports include football,basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s golf, men’sand women’s track and field, men’s and women’s indoor track andfield, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, women’ssoccer, and women’s softball. Intramural sports include men’s andwomen’s lacrosse, the Alpine Ski Team, rowing, dance and cheer,men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, the Woodsman Team,rodeo, the Missoula Footbag Alliance, triathlon, cycling, fencing,Jesters Rugby, and Betterside Women’s Rugby.Position DescriptionThe Director of Alumni Relations oversees the planning andexecution of alumni activities locally, in targeted regions acrossthe country, and internationally, to enhance alumni engagement andcultivate connections and facilitates the growth of student-alumniconnections while fostering student engagement andphilanthropy.The Director develops and maintains cooperative and collaborativerelationships and programs with key University partners, such asthe University of Montana Foundation, the Grizzly ScholarshipAssociation (GSA), the Associated Students of the University ofMontana (ASUM) academic colleges and departments, Admissions,Parent and Family Programs, and Athletics.The Director of Alumni Relations oversees online content on socialmedia platforms directed to alumni and sits on the board of theUniversity’s alumni publication, Montanan Magazine.Additionally, the Director of Alumni Relations:center_img 2) Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to:[email protected] information will be requested upon receipt ofapplication.Review of applications begins immediately. For best consideration,submit applications by February 5, 2021 . The position isopen until filled.NominationsSubmit nominations to: [email protected] complete contact and e-mail information for the individualbeing nominated. a) A letter of application that addresses the responsibilitiesand qualifications of the positionb) Current resumec) At least five references with full contact informationincluding e-mails (References will not be contacted without consentfrom the applicant.) Kenny Daugherty, President of Myers McRae ExecutiveSearch and Consulting, is assisting UM with this search.last_img

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