Friends University is seeking a Director of Alumni to be responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage alumni (25,000+) in strengthening programs and provide tangible benefits to alumni and current students. Serving as an ambassador, the director is charged with engaging alumni with the University in ways that are mutually beneficial and satisfying. The director shall collaborate with colleagues in administrative offices including, but not limited to, Development, Communications, Admissions, Career Services, and Student Affairs to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of the University. As a member of the University Advancement team, the director shall partner with Development colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni donors. The director will also serve as the liaison between the Alumni Advisory Council and University leadership and will direct the AAC in its activities to advance the University.
Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, and nationally; maintain regular communication with alumni via direct contact, email, alumni web pages, social media and print publications.
Plan, create, produce and promote alumni programs and activities that support the University's strategic plan in collaboration with colleagues within the Office of University Advancement and throughout the University.
Work closely with the Alumni Advisory Council, arranging its meetings, staffing its committees and ensuring strong and productive relationships between its members and the academic and administrative leadership.
Educate graduating students about opportunities for alumni to remain involved and helpful to the University after graduation.
Partner with the Admissions Department to spearhead the introduction of alumni involvement in the admissions process; partner with the Career Services Department to plan the growth and accessibility of career networking services for students and alumni.
Oversee and balance the budget for Alumni Relations; within the annual program budget, manage effective alumni programs, services and communications.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY & THE COMMUNITY
Friends University offers a complement of traditional undergraduate majors, non-traditional adult degree-completion programs, and professional graduate programs. Founded in 1898, the University is situated on a beautiful park-like campus in the heart of Wichita, Kansas. Wichita is a vibrant urban city with all the charms of a small town. Our great community offers something for everyone and is rich in arts, education, leisure, and commercial resources.
Friends University seeks to hire individuals who will embrace our mission and celebrate our commitment to equipping students to honor God in their personal, professional, and spiritual lives by adhering to the University’s RISE Core Values (Respect, Inclusion, Service and Excellence). The mission of the University is:
Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree is preferred.
A minimum of two years’ experience in alumni relations, external affairs, constituent relations, fundraising, or related area, with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with constituents.
Excellent communication and motivational skills. The ability to create, maintain, and cultivate new relationships is necessary.
Strong planning and organizational skills. Ability to multi-task, plan and organize meetings, strategize and build programs, and work collaboratively with a wide array of faculty, staff, and constituents.
Please visit our employment site at www.friends.edu/employment to apply. Only applications submitted through this Friends University website application process will be accepted.
Friends University, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive, independent university situated in an attractive, park-like campus in the heart of Wichita, an urban city of 500,000 persons, rich in arts, education, leisure, and commercial resources. The University is one of the largest independent institutions of higher learning in Kansas and currently enrolls about 1,800 students and provides a welcomin...g environment for both traditional and adult students. Friends is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Though no longer formally affiliated with the Society of Friends, the University’s Quaker/Christian heritage continues to shape its ethos and values and is a key element of its present-day identity and mission.