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The Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations is to serve as the engagement leader of Law Advancement with regards to events and other engagement and stewardship opportunities, in order to create and strengthen relationships to advance the mission of Law Advancement. Accountable to plan, market and implement a variety of engagement strategies, events and programs designed to maintain and strengthen alumni ties to the School of Law. Events include but are not limited to: the School of Law Reunion, Distinguished Alumni Awards, Scholar-in-Law event, various regional and Law Eliot events.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Law Reunion: Plan, produce, and manage a successful annual law reunion, recruiting and working with 10 reunion classes, including the 50th Class in partnership with fundraisers to maximize opportunities to advance productive strategies. Recruit and productively engage with reunion class volunteers; oversee and implement effective marketing approaches to achieve and exceed engagement, attendance goals, and collaborate with fundraisers on reunion giving, and strategic relationship development.
DAA: Provide leadership and primary staff support for the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner by overseeing the committee nomination and review process, and working with all nominees and final awardees with a personal approach for a successful cultivation event experience. This includes but is not limited to the planning, production, and coordination of all details related to the DAA ceremony and event including the invitation development, strategic marketing of the event to ensure attendance goals are achieved and exceeded; development of talking points and briefing documents for the Dean and Chancellor.
Scholarship Event and Related Responsibilities: Plan, produce, and manage successful annual stewardship for the management of all aspects of annual and endowed scholarship donor and recipient events, such as the Annual Scholars in Law event, and producing the annual program and list of scholarship awards; create talking points and briefing documents for the Dean and Chancellor. In close collaboration with Law School staff, fundraising colleagues and Senior Director of Advancement, oversee the appropriate matching of scholarship criteria with scholarship recipients and carefully track and manage donor and recipient information. Develop and implement effective process to entice law students to thank donors annually, and to ensure donors receive information on student recipients; develop and implement plan to ensure stewardship of donors unable to attend the annual event; Participate in A&D monthly scholarship meetings seeking best practices and creative ideas.
Internal and External Ambassador: Establish and maintain strong and effective relationships with alumni, seeking to strengthen their connection with the school and Advancement. Establish and maintain strong and effective relationships with internal constituencies including university leadership, University Advancement colleagues, the dean of the Law School, members of the Dean’s law school leadership team and their direct reports, law faculty, as well as leaders of the Student Bar Association and other student organizations. Specifically cultivate, maintain and grow relationships with prospective and current alumni to increase alumni interest in WashULaw, alumni engagement with the school and students, partner with our career services office, and create Alumni Ambassadors across the nation and world. Establish productive working relationships with vendors with best interest of the law school and university in mind.
Cultivation & Stewardship: Serve as accountable to work with Senior Director to link students and alumni in a variety of mutually rewarding ways, for example strategically identifying alumni to serve as speakers or career advisors on behalf of the Law Advancement Team; introduce scholarship donors to students; ensure accomplishments, significant occasions, and special interests of individual alumni are appropriately recognized by the department and school with notes of congratulations or other appropriate gestures; strategically engage fundraisers with select alumni to expand relationships.
Other Events: Assist as appropriate with preparations for university-wide cultivation events involving law alumni. Oversee the Chancellor’s 50th Class Medallion Ceremony for the Law School. Provide leadership and oversee staff support for Alumni-Student Dinner Program or related programs. Plan and coordinate all Law Endowed Professorship Installations including the creation of talking points and briefing documents for the Dean and Chancellor and other events as needed. Oversee Law Eliot related events, Women’s Law Initiative, and faculty programs, whether virtually or in person, locally or in key markets such as but not limited to Chicago, DC, LA, San Francisco and New York. Manage to the department’s program budget.
Strategic Communication: Participate in and contribute significantly to the development and implementation of the department’s long-range strategic plans, providing specialized assistance to include invitation development, email marketing, writing, editing, drafting letters for the Senior Director as needed. Oversee the design, editing, and review of web content and e-communications for the office. Oversee Social Media – LinkedIn and Facebook. Ownership of outcomes, to be measured largely by effectiveness of marketing, event attendance, alumni engagement, and collaborative approach to key team mission of fundraising on behalf of the School of Law.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience working in higher education, or in a law school environment.
Five to seven years of experience in alumni relations, event planning, higher education, public relations, sales, marketing, or a related field.
Enthusiasm for the mission of Washington University and University Advancement, matched by a desire to reflect its excellence and to build and strengthen relationships in a collaborative fashion in order to advance the interests of WashU Law.
Superior interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
Excellent customer service orientation and a strong attention to detail.
Polish and professionalism.
Ability to thrive and be flexible in a fast-paced and complex organizational environment.
Ability to seek constructive feedback, implement recommendations, spot opportunities and measure results with a focus on continuous process improvement.
Ability to remain focused on multiple priorities and to work collaboratively with colleagues across the department and University.
Strong work ethic, a sense of commitment to our mission, and personal initiative and integrity.
The hiring range for this position is $60,801 - $75,000 annually.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
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.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of University Advancement. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
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