Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
Bow Valley College contributes to the vitality of communities and strength of the economy through innovative adult education programs and services. We equip students for successful living, lifelong learning, and employment in a global knowledge-based environment.
Why work at Bow Valley College? We have been named one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers for 2018. Bow Valley College is made up of employees who are committed to our learners´ success, as well as each other´s. Our staff and faculty consistently say it is the people who keep them at the College, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students, and the incredible support they receive from their co-workers and supervisors.
We are currently accepting applications for the role of Alumni Relations Specialist.
Reporting to the Director, Fund Development and Alumni Engagement, this position will develop, coordinate and implement an alumni program at BVC, aimed at engaging Bow Valley College graduates as lifelong learners, positive ambassadors in the community and in the long term, potential donors.
Areas of responsibility will include:
In partnership with the Director, Fund Development and Alumni Engagement, lead in the development, implementation and execution of a strategic plan for alumni engagement.
Develops and implements an institutionalmodel for an alumni program suitable for the long term development of potential donors, influencers and advocates for the College.
Collaborates with partners across Bow Valley College including Fund Development, Learner Services, Continuing Education, as well as our 6 Schools, to create and maintain pathways for current learners and alumni for engagement that advances the goals of College.
Develops a creative and dynamic alumni program that focuses on alumni in their first 10 years after graduation.
Promotes the Alumni community to current students.
Plans and executes alumni engagement events. These duties may include overseeing all aspects of event execution, including maintenance of guest lists, invitations, selection of venues and menus, and general oversight of the event.
Collects, analyzes and interprets information, using internal files, data and other confidential information sources, as well as a variety of publically available online sources.
Establishes an alumni community by building relationships locally, nationally and internationally maintaining regular communication with alumni via direct contact, email blasts, alumni web pages and publications.
Prepares monthly financial reports, appeal reports and analysis, reconciliation reports and other reports as required.
Develops and maintains excellent working relationships with a range of alumni, donors, colleagues, and stakeholders and use these to facilitate efficient service delivery.
Assists the fund development team with the identification of major donors via research of the Alumni community and identified through annual giving and alumni activities.
Works with the Advancement Officer in Fund Development to develop an active database of alumni.to ensure that the database for the alumni and other appropriate records are maintained accurately so that appropriate mailing lists and reports can be produced. Work on campaigns for address and contact detail updates.
Develops an integrated approach to strategically utilize social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or other appropriate social networking tools; to promote alumni involvement.
Consistently promotes awareness of inside and outside the College.
Communicated and markets alumni engagement opportunities to promote awareness inside and outside of the College.
Ensures the collection and use of alumni data is in compliance with all relevant privacy legislation.
Tracks effectiveness of marketing campaigns, stats and gathering data for regular reports.
Tracks and analyzes progress toward goals and evaluate overall effectiveness to inform program development; prepare regular written progress and evaluation reports.
Develops and conducts a survey to gather information on alumni academic and career outcomes.
Diploma in a related field in combination with 3 - 5 years of progressive career experience.
An equivalent combination of directly related education and experience may be considered.
Excellent organization skills, communication skills, including the ability to connect people with one another and, most importantly, to the College.
Ability to effectively articulate the goals and mission of the College to the alumni.
Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising database experience preferred.
Experience in a marketing and/or communication setting with direct in community relations/ outreach as well as experience with social media and online platforms.
Must be able to think critically, analyze data, problem-solve, multitask and have a strong customer service orientation.
Strong computer skills including database work, MS Office, Google, Banner, e-Newsletter platform, and web/social media expertise.
Superior oral and written communication skills including copywriting and editorial skills.
About Bow Valley College
Where people live and work, Bow Valley College will contribute to the vitality of communities and the strength of the economy through innovative adult education programs and services which equip people for successful living, lifelong learning, and work in a global, knowledge-based economy.