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Director of Alumni Engagement

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Department: University Advancement
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Fundraising & Alumni Relations, Full Time

    • Position Summary
    • Full-time position under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) available on or after July 18, 2022 in University Advancement.


      Reporting to the Vice President of University Advancement, the Director is responsible for over management of the alumni & family engagement efforts including programming, fiscal planning, and serving as the staff liaison for the Alumni Association. The overall goal is to build and strengthen the University's pipeline of alumni, friends, donors, and friends.

      The Director of Engagement will provide inspirational leadership for a developing alumni relations and family engagement program to help meet the goals of the University, which include elevating visibility, connectivity, and engagement, along with bolstering student mentorship and donor engagement.

      To be successful, the Director will activate relationships with alumni, families, faculty, staff, students and the community across the University including the Career and Professional Development Center, Warrior Cross-Cultural Center, each of the four academic college deans, Student Leadership and Programs and various other units, divisions, and programs. The Director will establish connections to all areas of the college and increase and document engagement.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Provide vision, leadership, oversight and implementation of a comprehensive engagement strategy to enhance and build relationships with Stan State Alumni, family members and community supporters.
      • Foster connections between the University, Alumni Council, alumni, families and the community resulting in a growth in engagement through event participation, Council membership, volunteer participation, giving and social media activity.
      • Oversee day-to-day operations and serve as the primary point of contact for alumni and family engagement.
      • Create opportunities for interaction among University staff, alumni, and families by planning and supporting virtual and non-virtual events that create inclusive engagement opportunities.
      • Engage alumni and families in the life of the University through consistent messaging using social media, electronic and print communications.
      • Serves as the primary liaison for the Stan State Alumni Council. Provide staff support and leadership for the Council and its committees, identifies, solicits and onboards new council members.
      • Support and maintain the synergy with Career Development by participating in recruiting events (e.g. Career Fairs), mentorship programming and career development programming.
      • Develop and maintain relations with a wide variety of campus partners, alumni and community members, potential donors, volunteers and vendors.
      • Coordinate Alumni & Family Engagement budget by monitoring expenses and working collaboratively with the Operations teams.
      • Support the overall long-term planning and evaluation for alumni engagement programs, including working collaboratively to identify new opportunities and refresh program strategies.
      • Responsible for tracking and regular measurement and evaluation of alumni and family engagement, programs and services including developing reports for presentation to campus partners and volunteer leadership.
      • Use judgement in the development of policies and procedures related to issues frequently not covered by existing policies and procedure. Precedents and policies to guide development may be available for reference.
      • Represent the Division by participating in committees related to university initiatives and priorities as designated by the Vice President of University Advancement.
      • Perform other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education:  Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.


      • • 5-7 years professional experience with a higher education or nonprofit institution.
        • 2-4 years experience working with an alumni, constituent, or volunteer engagement program
        • 1-3 years experience supervising teams of individuals.
    • Preferred Qualifications

      • 3-5 years of experience leading an Alumni Relations program.
      • Progressive management of people in front-facing roles with proven results establishing and maintaining relationships.
      • Professional experience as a seasoned performance-driven leader in a higher education or nonprofit institution.
      • Advanced degree in relevant field and/or CFRE certification.
      • Working knowledge of major gift, planned giving strategies and donor stewardship.
      • Proficient in Raisers Edge NXT.
    • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

      • Demonstrated ability to manage, inspire and support the Engagement unit to help meet their performance targets.

      • Demonstrated ability to be an effective team builder and maintain positive working relationships, on and off campus, with culturally, socially, and economically diverse backgrounds.
      • Demonstrated ability to serve as a liaison to the university's administration, staff and faculty.
      • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and support to all members of University Advancement including the Vice president for Advancement and the University President.

      • Demonstrated ability to effectively and credibly communicate with a variety of constituents.

      • Demonstrated ability to function on multiple tasks with self-motivation and initiative.

      • Demonstrated ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.

      • Demonstrated ability to use excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.

      • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

      • Demonstrated excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.

      • Demonstrated knowledge of management and administrative expertise related to the development and implementation of appropriate methods of work planning, scheduling and coordination in a team environment to meet changing organizational objectives.

      • Demonstrated knowledge of initiating, establishing, and fostering communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere.

      • Demonstrated knowledge of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.

      • Demonstrated knowledge of higher education and philanthropy.

      • Demonstrated knowledge of customer service requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.

      • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

      • Demonstrated knowledge of interpreting, communicating and applying strategies, policies and procedures related to University Advancement activity and the prospect pipeline.

      • Flexibility and willingness to travel independently and work extended workdays and periodic weekends as needed to meet institutional goals.

      • Demonstrated excellent computer skills and competence with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.

    • Special Conditions
    • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at:
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    • How to Apply
    • To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only.  Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.  To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.


    • Application Deadline
    • OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER JULY 18, 2022. (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area

      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:  Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.



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