Essential Functions: Job PurposePlan and implement a wide range of alumni engagement initiatives including programs, events, and services. Share in the duties of officially representing the Office of Alumni Relations (Alumni Relations) and the Alumni Association (Association) at on and off-campus events. Assist in building and managing a robust and sustainable alumni volunteer base that is representative of the Wayne State University alumni population at-large and key sub-populations.Essential FunctionsParticipate in the planning, coordination and implementation of a portfolio of affinity programs that bring together and serve alumni who share common industry and/or identity-bonds through events, programs, benefits, services, and volunteer opportunities that create and sustain lifelong relationships with the University. Assist with all aspects of related events, programs, benefits/services, and volunteer opportunities that encourage and facilitate student-alumni interaction.Serve as primary liaison for alumni affinity groups, students (future alumni) and recent alumni (graduated within the last ten years) ensuring stakeholders have accurate information and regular updates on alumni engagement activities.Develop personal contacts and build strong, long-term relationships with alumni, students, and volunteers. In coordination with colleagues, conduct personal visits with alumni to identify, cultivate, and recruit volunteers, and deepen loyalty to the University.Work closely with the Office of Annual Giving and other development colleagues to identify alumni with giving potential, offer prospective donor referrals, collect and maintain accurate alumni contact information in the division's CRM system (Advance).Research, maintain, and apply a current working knowledge of innovative approaches and trends in alumni engagement, specifically related to program, volunteer, and event management. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in business administration, public relations or other related field. Experience Minimum of two (2) years experience in alumni programs, volunteer management, event planning, fundraising, or related area required. Experience in successfully developing, implementing, and executing constituent engagement strategies, programs, and events.Professional understanding of, and interest in, Alumni Relations' best practices and general operations. Positive and collaborative professional philosophy, recognizing that this position is integral to the achievement of the Alumni Relations' goals and objectives. Experience in a higher education or non-profit environment preferred. Knowledge, Skills and AbilitiesCOMMUNICATIONS SKILLS: Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and professionally both orally and in writing. Strong interpersonal skills are a must. Ability to work successfully with persons from diverse backgrounds.PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills required. Demonstrated ability to manage and execute multiple creative projects in various media, often at the same time. Maturity, sound judgment and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-oriented environment.ANALYTICAL AND PRESENTATION SKILLS: Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations. Must possess a demonstrated attention to detail in order to achieve a high degree of accuracy.TECHNICAL SKILLS: Proficient in the use of complex administrative systems software, preferrably in the higher education environment. Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel. LEARNING AGILITY: Independent and innovative self-starter who displays an ability to learn quickly and easily adapts to changing situations. Experience researching topics to gain knowledge and understanding when information gaps exist.TEAMWORK: Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues within the division and other units to gain full understanding of the project and desired outcome; ability to produce high quality and consistent results with assistance of team members; provide support to teammates when tackling complex projects.
Internal Number: 76_207230
About Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.