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SUMMARY: Oversee the strategy development, implementation and management of building and maintaining meaningful, lifelong relationships to engage alumni for the purpose of learning and mutual support between and among alumni and their University. Responsible for creating and implementing innovative, strategic focused and excellent programs for alumni and other key constituencies embracing broad-scope diversity and commitment to the high standards of character, transparency and unwavering ethical Otterbein standard to advance a culture of philanthropy and educational excellence at Otterbein. Educate and advance alumni along the 6 I’s of the alumni engagement continuum to be demonstrated through increased volunteer participation in the life of the institution, increased attendance at University events and reunions, an enhanced understanding of the University. This will be done by performing the following duties:
BENEFITS at Otterbein include: tuition benefits for employees and their dependents, 4 weeks of vacation, 11 paid holidays, medical, dental, vision, and competitive employer contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan.
ABOUT OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY: Historically progressive. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio. Otterbein University was established in 1847, a set of deeply rooted values still guide this model community of leaders and learners. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative and inclusive. Today Otterbein University enrolls 2,480 undergraduate students in more than 70 majors and 456 graduate students working toward one of six master’s degrees or a doctor of nursing practice degree. Students come from towns throughout Ohio and represent 42 states and 11 countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. Integrity, humane values and an inherently just, moral compass have guided Otterbein’s forward-thinking vision and actions—from its curriculum to its responsibilities as a member of academic, regional and global communities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Provide strategic direction and leadership to engage students, alumni, parents, and friends of Otterbein with each other and students, faculty and staff. Set strategic goals and priorities for alumni programming, consistent with the goals and priorities of the University and the Division of Institutional Advancement and with the evolving needs and interests of the University constituents.
Provide leadership and operational oversight to staff in the implementation of programs, services, activities and events bringing various constituent groups together on campus and regionally.
Serve on the Executive Team reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Provide day-to-day direction, guidance, and supervision of direct reports.
Conduct points of evaluation, metrics, and analyses necessary to reflect progress, trends and recommendations for future alumni programming.
Plan, organize and implements a comprehensive volunteer organizational structure that stimulates volunteer involvement in a variety of capacities on behalf of the University.
Administer activities of the Alumni Community including oversight of the Alumni Council and Consultants and all related volunteer leaders and groups.
Lead, plan, organize and implement events associated with Homecoming, class reunions, and special interest reunions and activities.
Work closely with the Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship to enhance a sustainable, positive and mutually rewarding donor relations and stewarding program.
Serve as the editor of the alumni magazine, Towers
Create and oversee implementation of alumni programs that fulfill the mission of Otterbein University through service and lifelong learning including, but not limited to, Young Alumni, Alumni College, Cardinal Migration, international and domestic travel, specific service projects, Alumni Admission and other programs as appropriate and able.
Oversee activities for the annual alumni award program.
Coordinate and implement the Lifelong Learning Community at Otterbein with assistance from a faculty representative.
Work with colleagues in marketing, for the designing, producing, and evaluation of all alumni programs and goals through print, broadcast and web media. Use these vehicles to build alumni affinity and involvement; administers all marketing programs including insurance programs, travel, soft goods and other programs.
Support the goals of the Development Office including the documentation of relevant donor contacts through Call Reports and assisting Development Officers in building appropriate donor relationships.
Develop programs that stimulate affinity and school spirit within the student body.
Creates annual plan with goals and objectives and formulates budgets to support those plans.
Assess progress and impact of all programs against annual goals.
Represent the University through the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and have comfort speaking in front of large and small groups on behalf of the University and alumni.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Assistant Director and Administrative Assistants.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university is required, master’s degree preferred; strong working knowledge of and experience in higher education organizations, especially small, independent liberal arts universities. A minimum of five years professional experience in a related field is required. Previous success in program planning and implementation in a university, corporate, or non-profit setting and prior success in supervising staff and volunteers alike must be effectively demonstrated. The candidate must possess strong organizational, oral/written communication, creative writing and leadership skills, and must be willing to take initiative. The candidate must have experience in working with social media platforms to engage audiences, design skill set in Constant Contact and database reporting/extracting. The candidate must work as a team member and work effectively with volunteers. The candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, and oversee multiple programs/projects simultaneously. The successful candidate must also be willing to travel occasionally and maintain occasional evening and weekend hours.
Special events and public relations experience is highly desirable.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: N/A
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written English skills including grammar. MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Must be competent in general math.
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Must possess strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills; solid writing and computer skills; knowledge of general office procedures. Must take pride in and be thorough in quality of work produced; must be able to use general office equipment including copier, telephone, facsimile machine, etc.
REASONING ABILITY: Must be able to work effectively with volunteers and oversee multiple programs and volunteer initiatives simultaneously; must possess excellent attention to details; must be a team player and interact collegially with co-workers and other constituencies; must possess excellent customer service skill; must possess ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment in unusual or new situations. Must be able to work independently and must retain confidential information.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear, sit, reach and use repetitive motions of hands and wrists. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop or bend. The employee must occasionally lift and/or carry up to 20 pounds and occasionally push and/or pull up to 20 pounds. This position requires close vision. Must be willing and able to travel extensively and maintain occasional evening and weekend hours. Must be able to meet regular and predictable attendance standards.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting.
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind of level of difficulty.
Otterbein University is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.
Otterbein University is committed to providing a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination. To this end, the University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status in its programs and activities. However, the University’s commitment to a nondiscriminatory environment is not intended to abridge unduly its commitment to academic freedom, free speech, or its educational mission. Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to:
Scott Fitzgerald Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs
Title IX Coordinator
About Otterbein University
Founded in 1847, Otterbein has a proud history of inclusion and community service. Its beautiful 140-acre campus is accented by the historic Towers Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Otterbein enrolls 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 700 part-time, evening and graduate students. The institution consistently ranks among the top comprehensive institutions in the Midwest. Otterbein’s award-winning Integrative Studies core curriculum and its emphasis on hands-on learning have won national honors. Students are expected to fulfill a set of high-impact experiences that extend their learning beyond the classroom and prepare them to lead successful and fulfilling professional and personal lives. More information about Otterbein may be found at www.otterbein.edu. Otterbein is located in Westerville, in the northeast corner of Ohio’s fastest growing region. Westerville is a vital community of 37,000 residents, a leader in job creation, located just 10 miles from Port Columbus International Airport and the state capital of Columbus. Named one of the nation’s best places to live by Money Magazine, Westerville offers a small town atmosphere in a thriving and dive...rse metropolitan area of 1.4 million people. Additional information about Westerville may be found at www.westerville.org.