DEPT: Office of Alumni Relations HOURS: 40 hours per week FT/PT/TEMP: full time EXEMPT STATUS: exempt REPORTS TO: Chief of Philanthropy
POSITION OBJECTIVE The Executive Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for the development of deep and long-lasting relationships between Fuller and its 44,000 alumni.
The Executive Director will create and execute a multi-year strategic plan for all alumni relations activities, with the goal of increasing alumni's overall connection to the Seminary as well as their participation in philanthropy, mentoring, admissions, and career services. The Executive Director, in partnership with the Director of Alumni Relations, will serve as the key contact to Fuller's alumni throughout the world and, by demeanor and professionalism, be comfortable with a wide variety of Fuller's stakeholders. The Executive Director will serve as the lead staff with Fuller's Alumni Council.
The Executive Director will report to the Chief of Philanthropy and serve in an executive role to further Fuller's advancement program. This individual will possess the ability to create new networks for advancement efforts and partner with development officers to further a strong pipeline for fundraising, particularly as part of Fuller's Campaign. When appropriate, the Executive Director may solicit prospects to participate in the Annual Fund and Capital Campaign. Visiting alumni (approximately 50-75 per year) to cultivate and to solicit their support, is an integral part of this position.
This position will involve extensive travel, including possible international travel.
Develop high "value-added" and lifelong learning programs for our alumni while building local, regional and international alumni networks on an active and ongoing basis;
Manage all aspects of a strategic alumni program with the goal of increasing alumni participation in philanthropy, mentoring, admissions, and career services and ensuring the program complements the work of advancement and campaign activities.
Serve as the lead staff member to develop and implement a strategic plan, with input from the Alumni Council, based on Fuller's overall direction.
Serve as primary liaison for alumni and the Alumni Relations Office; work collegially with Communications & Marketing, Global Recruitment & Admissions, and Development to leverage alumni-based activities;
Design and oversee execution of a strategic alumni programming plan that offers regular connection to high-level donor prospects, alumni and friends throughout the country; and development of an international strategy. Use faculty partners for connecting with alumni activities;
Serve as primary liaison to other external-facing departments such as career services, admissions, and other faculty departments on alumni-related programming;
Visit alumni (approximately 50-75 visits per year) to identify, cultivate, and solicit alumni as part of advancement efforts;
Devise a strategy to manage the technology associated with alumni communication, including social networking, web site development and management, and alumni database management. Work with Communications & Marketing and Advancement Services to identify opportunities for alumni collaboration and input. Grow social media participation and other innovations for alumni to connect;
Develop and implement a strategy for increasing communication with alumni, in conjunction with Fuller's overall development and marketing efforts. Ensure that alumni involvement is properly tracked for development purposes;
Establish metrics to determine the success of alumni programs and communications.
Measurements for success will include:
Deepening connections between Fuller and its alumni (as measured by regular surveys)
A growing percentage of alumni who are giving regularly to Fuller
A broadening role for alumni in identifying prospective students
Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief of Philanthropy in furtherance of the mission and goals of the Seminary.
Directly supervise Director of Alumni Relations
Eight years of demonstrated success in alumni relations, special events, development, corporate relations or related field is required.
Bachelor's degree required.
Ability to develop and manage a strategic program. Outstanding planning and organizational skills with particular attention to follow through and quality control in execution of activities and communication;
Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and to use sound judgment;
Sense of personal accountability and responsibility for understanding priorities, meeting deadlines and managing and completing multiple tasks;
Demonstrated ability to work with the public, especially with alumni and volunteers in an upbeat, sensitive, mature and productive manner;
Takes initiative and has well-developed problem-solving skills;
Provides solutions and serves customer needs;
Ability to work in a team environment.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite products/ Banner.
Fuller Theological Seminary is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To the extent required by law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. As a religious institution, Fuller Theological Seminary is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees or prospective employees for certain positions on the basis of religion.