Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
|Job ID #||21-033|
|Reports To||Executive Director of Development and NU Foundation|
The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations will report to the Executive Director of Development and the Northwest University Foundation to ensure growth in alumni and parent engagement in support of fundraising success for the University. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations will create and implement strategies to cultivate and involve key alumni and top parent donor prospects for the purposes of relationship development and major donor giving. The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations will also serve as an additional point of contact for specific donors and prospects and managed them in a donor portfolio. The Director is responsible for supporting the NU Alumni Board. This is a full-time (1.0) FTE position.
- Identify and build effective, ongoing relationships with key alumni donors and prospects.
- Communicate with key alumni, donors and prospects via one-to-one cultivation, event participation, phone calls, emails, hand-written notes, and letters.
- Direct and plan alumni events (affinity group development, target area events, reunions, Homecoming, etc.) to engage alumni in participatory programs.
- Direct and help develop alumni affinity groups, emphasizing alumni participation and giving.
- Direct and implement strategies for key alumni programs for involvement and major donor cultivation, including event participation and other fundraising programs/projects as determined; utilize a giving community program (i.e. President’s Circle).
- Develop strategies for annual campaigns and appeals; create project codes for each.
- Direct communication with alumni and parents including alumni and parent newsletters, social media channels (linked in, Instagram, alumni app, Facebook) in collaboration with NU Marketing and Development Operations Director.
- Manage the Alumni Board, in partnership with the board resident, providing leadership, oversight and direction to help the board effectively engage the alumni association and the university.
- Raise visibility of NU Alumni Association with faculty, staff, and university leadership.
- Ensure that the University President and senior leadership are aware of influential alumni who have the greatest potential to partner with NU.
- Research and identify top parent donor prospects of current and past students.
- Create and manage annual top parent donor prospect lists for engagement, one-to-one relationship, major gift cultivation and solicitation.
- Involve top parent donor prospects in strategic events, annual fundraising events, VIP receptions, and in the life of the university through lectures, student performances, etc.
- Communicate with top parent donor prospects via one-to-one cultivation, event participation, phone calls, emails, hand-written notes, letters and publications.
- Actively manage, with annual expected revenue goals, a donor giving portfolio for select alumni and top parent donor prospects.
- Manage the Alumni Association Board, and Board member relationships, providing leadership, oversight, and direction (in partnership with the Board President), to make the Board active and effective.
- Manage alumni specific events, and assist in developing marketing materials for mailings, events, and other methods of alumni, parent, and donor outreach.
- Oversees and drives management of web-based communication to alumni and parents, including e-newsletters and social media engagement.
- Attend all advancement, development, fundraising and campaign meetings.
- Serve on Campaign Steering Committee
- Maintain a professional and organized work or office space.
- Performs other work-related duties as assigned.
- Completion of a Northwest University degree required; master’s degree preferred.
- Fundraising experience preferred.
- Ability to conduct a relational telephone conversation, email, or letter with skill and grace.
- Ability and desire to represent Northwest University in a positive way.
- Disciplined work habits and personal motivation.
- Dependable in attendance, follow through and task completion.
- Interest in continuing in the position for several years strongly preferred.
- Must maintain a specified level of productivity with an understanding that assigned tasks are important to the future of the University.
- Must demonstrate an ability to adhere to policy and procedures established by the University.
- Demonstrates commitment to maintaining a safe work environment free of harassment, violence, and unlawful discrimination.
- Ability to communicate effectively; getting along well with co-workers, dealing effectively and professionally with colleagues.
- 40-plus hours per week required, with a significant amount of scheduling flexibility.
- Work is generally performed indoors in a typical office setting.
- Occasional weekend/evening work required.
- Position works with strictly confidential information.
- Frequently required to be in front of a computer screen for long periods.
Recognize, understand, and agree to live by the spiritual, moral, and ethical standards of Northwest University, as outlined in the Employee Manual.
Please submit your resume, a letter of interest describing your qualifications, and a completed application form to the Human Resources office. Applications are available online (www.northwestu.edu/jobs), or in the Human Resources Office of Northwest University.
You may submit your package by mail or email.
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 579
Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
Inquiries regarding staff positions may be made to:
Human Resources Office
5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
Northwest University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in admissions and access to, employment, or treatment in its programs or activities. Northwest University is an "At Will" employer.