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As a senior member of the Olin Alumni & Development team, the Senior Associate Director, Alumni Engagement and Stewardship has management responsibility for one assistant director and an administrative assistant and also manages the major donor stewardship initiatives and events which contribute significantly to the development of our best prospects. By strengthening alumni and volunteer relationships, and planning, executing and evaluating selected high visibility programs, this position also engages Olin alumni and motivates them to support Olin.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
In coordination with Assistant Director and administrative staff, oversees team stewardship activities, including implementing new stewardship initiatives customized and aligned to individual donors. This includes but is not limited to coordination of endowment stewardship reports, managing small stewardship events for key donors, oversight for gift acknowledgement process, special initiatives to celebrate major contributions.
Manages events designed to engage alumni and motivate them to increase their financial support, providing benchmarking and analysis to measure their effectiveness as discovery, cultivation fundraising or stewardship opportunities. These events may include the Century Club Business Series, Calhoun Lectures, the Brauer Free Market Lecture Series, Olin Veteran’s Association Events, and Niche events in key alumni markets.
Manages Scholars in Business scholarship dinner to provide donors and students with meaningful stewardship and connections, increase attendance from donors and prospects. This includes establishing metrics to track attendee giving to scholarships and developing strategies to more effectively steward this important constituency.
Manages annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala over Olin Celebration Weekend. This is Olin’s signature event hosting 300-500 guests and is a primary means to cultivate major gift prospects. Responsibilities include recruiting and managing committees for award selection process, planning gala, overseeing all aspects of event and providing very high touch and impactful honoree engagement.
Manages endowed chair installations (0-4 per year) and works closely with the Dean’s Office to oversee invitation process for chair receptions and dinners. This involves stewarding important major donor and faculty relationships to positively impact engagement and giving over time.
Manage caseload of established alumni relationships and work in collaboration with the team on our annual fund campaign, to solicit new gifts and upgrades and renew gifts to achieve our goals.
Other duties as assigned by the Senior Associate Director of Development of Olin Business School.
Some travel, evening, weekend, and early morning hours are required.
Bachelor’s degree is required. Candidates should have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in alumni relations, event planning, higher education, public relations, sales, marketing, or a related field.
Other relevant skills:
Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with individual donors and successfully solicit leadership annual and major gifts.
Superior written and oral communication skills.
Exceptional interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with business alumni of all ages.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines, plan high quality events, and recruit volunteers.
Ability to use technology to manage prospect data and programs.
Ability to think strategically, be creative, and effectively plan and implement programs that engage prospects in the school.
Ability to work collaboratively with associate deans, development colleagues, students, and volunteers.
Ability to listen carefully, learn quickly and work effectively in a complex organization.
Must possess a strong work ethic, determination, energy and be detail-oriented.
Ability to travel, and work evening, weekend, and early morning hours as needed.
Familiarity with business school graduate/undergraduate programs, and/or knowledge of business is a plus.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the Alumni and Development Programs. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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