The Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving has a dual leadership role, in William James College’s (WJC) Institutional Advancement department, to develop and expand WJC’s Alumni Relations and Annual Giving programs, respectively. This position will work closely with his/her Advancement colleagues, reporting directly to the VP of Institutional Advancement, as well as the Marketing and Communications team. The position will also work collaboratively with other WJC colleagues to lead the development of a highly effective Alumni Relations program and productive Annual Giving program. Key to the position’s success will be developing and monitoring relevant measures of alumni engagement of which Annual Giving is but one – albeit an important one. As a visible and reliable point of contact and resource to WJC leadership, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, donors, and other stakeholders, this position is fundamental to helping WJC fulfill its mission and achieve its strategic goals.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Work closely with and support WJC colleagues (i.e. Career Services, Field Placement, Academic Departments, “Centers of Excellence,” and Continuing Education) to develop, expand, and manage an active alumni relations network;
Develop and implement creative ways to grow Annual Fund participation rates and total giving by alumni, other WJC stakeholders (trustees, friends, students/parents, faculty/staff, Continuing Education participants), and businesses;
Develop and manage available mechanisms (e.g. WJC Connect, Alumni eNewsletter, etc.) to facilitate increased Alumni and WJC stakeholder engagement;
Work closely with Marketing & Communications and other WJC colleagues, as needed, to support or help develop public relations and social media campaigns that advance and grow the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving programs, respectively;
Solicit Annual Fund gifts and support/enable interested WJC stakeholders in helping to secure Annual Fund gifts;
Develop, manage, and/or support programs (e.g. speaker series, admissions/recruitment activities, alumni mentor programs, class or academic program reunions, affinity groups, etc.) that meaningfully engage alumni and other WJC stakeholders;
Play an active role – in coordination with the Development Associate – in maintaining current alumni, prospect, and donor contact information in WJC’s relationship management database;
Make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting the Annual Fund;
Develop Alumni Relations and Annual Giving materials to be used by the President, trustees, other institutional leaders, and WJC stakeholders for meetings, visits, or individual contacts;
Participate in the planning and execution of advancement-related events;
Submit timely and detailed contact reports for prospect and donor visits;
Attend relevant advisory committees;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree, Master’s preferred, and three-plus years of successful experience with Alumni Relations and/or Annual Giving, preferably in higher education. Five-plus years of relevant experience will be considered in lieu of direct experience with Alumni Relations and/or Annual Giving;
Strong interpersonal skills, both written and oral, as well as a high level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings;
Proven track record of successful solicitation and securing philanthropic gifts (or relevant experience);
Proven ability to set goals and to develop strategies and timelines to complete projects and reach goals;
Excellent oral communication and writing skills with the ability to synthesize information from a variety of sources;
Discretion and an ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality;
Ability to be an effective advocate for the college, actively listen, and be proactive;
Demonstrated proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, scheduling, presentation and database software;
Ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively with staff and colleagues;
Knowledge of Raiser's Edge highly desirable;
Ability to work a flexible schedule and work evenings or weekends as needed;
A valid driver's license.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Monica Davis, Human Resources Assistant, at HR@williamjames.edu.
William James College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is a community that embraces multiculturalism. As such, persons from historically under-represented minority groups are encouraged to apply.
About William James College
William James College strives to be a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. We assume an ongoing social responsibility to create programs to educate specialists of many disciplines to meet the evolving mental health needs of society.