UMR Director of Alumni and Development Relationships
This new development and alumni relations leadership role at the innovative Rochester campus of the University of Minnesota will design and implement a comprehensive, long-range development plan for this young institution devoted to student learning in health sciences and higher education innovation. Driven by the campus vision and reporting directly to the Chancellor, this position will also ensure strategic care to friends of the campus by cultivating, enhancing, and sustaining relationships with alumni, parents, community supporters, and donors. In addition to designing the long-range development plan and engaging alumni and friends, the position will work in partnership with colleagues in marketing, government and community relations, and events.
Alumni Community Leadership: Lead the development and delivery of a creative alumni relationship program for recent graduates of this young campus. - 45%
• Lead the strategic vision and planning for building a best practices oriented alumni relations program designed to serve as a pipeline for future philanthropic support • Engage in UMR campus community, including students, faculty, and staff, to learn and sustain understanding of our distinctive culture and vision. • With six classes of traditionally-aged graduates, lead the strategic vision and planning for building a best practices, youth-oriented alumni relations program designed to sustain strong relationships and serve as a pipeline for future philanthropic support. • Work with the Marketing and Communications team to integrate strategic alumni communication with development-related communication. • Work with the Director of Community Engagement and Career Development to connect alumni with current students in key endeavors (e.g. career mentoring). • Work with the Senior Advisor of Strategic Collaborations to connect alumni with local leaders and mission-aligned partners. • Develop a culture of innovation and engagement in alumni programming, leading the implementation of a creative and meaningful engagement for alumni that is consistent with the UMR Vision and relationship-focus of the student experience. • Encourage partnerships, stimulate interest and engagement, and promote communication among and between UMR alumni.
Development: Create and implement a creative and comprehensive campus development plan for the innovative, young campus of the University of Minnesota Rochester, working closely with the Chancellor and the University of Minnesota Foundation. – 45%
• Develop comprehensive fundraising program that includes annual, major, and planned giving. • Create meaningful stewardship opportunities and impact messaging. • Develop and manage a portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospective donors. • Create a case statement for UMR, aligned with our Strategic Growth Plan. • Serve as UMR’s liaison to the University of Minnesota Foundation.
Leadership: Function as a visible and contributing member of the UMR senior leadership team, providing strategy and staying informed and engaged in campus endeavors. - 10%
• Coordinate development-related goals among colleagues in marketing, government and community relations, and events. • Inform and shape the communications plan for community, alumni, and donor care. • Manage development and alumni budget. • Supervise event coordinator. • Manage scholarship process relative to funds available to award to students. Personalize donor recognition efforts for sustained and/or large gifts. • Provide structure and guidance necessary to promote a high-performance culture that meets the needs and expectations of a successful, entrepreneurial and fast- moving alumni and development community • Sustain collaborative culture of UMR while serving as the sole development and alumni staff member.
* Flexible work environment
Required Qualifications ? Bachelor’s degree ? At least five (5) years of experience in alumni relations, donor relations, and/or another aspect of higher education fundraising, with demonstrating success in generating philanthropic support. ? Experience with executing strategic plans. ? Strong interpersonal and public communication competence. ? Demonstrably strong writing, planning, project management, and organizational skills ? Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues and constituents. ? Demonstrated ability to strategize, implement, and build creative constituency programs and activities ? Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals ? High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information ? Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines ? Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed ? Demonstrated behaviors aligned with UMR’s values of diversity and inclusion, respect, human potential, community, and evidence-based decision making.
Preferred Qualifications ? Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study such as Business, Public Relations, or Marketing. ? At least eight (8) years of experience in alumni relations, donor relations, and/or another aspect of higher education fundraising, with demonstrating success in generating philanthropic support. ? Master’s degree in related field. ? Administrative experience in a higher education foundation or alumni association. ? Major giving or planned giving experience and demonstrated success.
Internal Number: 324722
About University of Minnesota, Rochester
The University of Minnesota Rochester is located in University Square, one block away from the Mayo Clinic, seven miles south of IBM, and just 75 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. As a student on the UMR campus in downtown Rochester, you will be at the heart of one of the world?s top medical centers and at the center of an internationally known research community.