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Director of Alumnx Engagement

Naropa University

This is a Full-time position in Boulder, CO posted September 9, 2021.

We are searching for an experienced Director of Alumnx Engagement at our 63rd St Operations facility.

 Position Title: Director of Alumnx Engagement
No.

of Positions to Fill 1
Department/Program: Development 64000
Remote Work Authorization: Hybrid On-Site/Remote
Campus Location: 63rd St Operations
Reports to: Vice President for Development
FLSA Classification: Exempt/Salaried
FTE: 100% (40 hrs/week)
Type of Employment: Regular/FT (30+ hrs/week)
DEI Tier: Tier I
Compensation: $55,000

– $60,000

Job Summary
The Director of Alumnx Engagementprovides vision, strategy, and leadership to develop, implement, and maintain acomprehensive program designed to provide meaningful opportunities forvolunteerism, service, personal and professional development, and events andprograms for alumnx, parents, friends, and donors to enhance loyalty, dedication,and support for Naropa University.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

Serves as an on-campus spokesperson for more than 7,000 living undergraduate, graduate and certificate alumnx.  Engages all constituents to actively contribute back to the University through philanthropic support, fostering strong relationships with alumnx by engaging them in the life of the University and with each other.

Develops specific programming to facilitate lifelong dialogue between the University and its alumnx to increase alumnx participation and giving.  Works diligently with University leadership and other colleagues to lead efforts and sustain strong value connections for alumnx, parents, friends and donors across the state, country, and around the world.

Makes connections for current students through the network of alumnx and friends to further the mission of the University, and leadership development.  Fosters student philanthropy, student engagement, and student-alumnx connections that build life-long connections and facilitates continued engagement and support for the University.  Develops and maintains cooperative and collaborative relationships and programs with all academic departments, as well as administrative units that include, but not limited to Admissions, Career & Life Development, Student Success.

Engages alumnx, parents, friends and donors in the life of the University through consistent and positive communication using electronic, print and social media, as well as manages the Naropa alumnx website and Naropa University Beloved Community engagement platform.  Manages a small portfolio of leadership annual gift, major gift and planned gift donor prospects and donors and ensures that timely steps are taken toward cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.  Provides exceptional customer service by immediately addressing constituent concerns, needs and requests, and effectively responding to constituent questions.  Creates opportunities for interaction among University staff, alumnx and potential donors to enhance the potential for giving by representing the University at various functions where there is a significant concentration of alumnx and/or potential donors.  Develops and manages an effective volunteer management system that supports the objective to engage alumnx in meaningful volunteer opportunities and serving as a source for alumnx talent and resources for students, faculty and staff.  Develops and executes plans and activities for alumnx affinity groups (academic, special interest, professional affiliations, etc.), identifies and cultivates volunteer leadership, develops strategies for the success of each group, and supports their events and activities.  Develop and implement high-quality regional programs of interest such as professional development, networking and contemplative practice in cities/geographic regions that have large concentrations of alumnx, parents, friends and donors.  Partners with the Director of Annual Giving to ensure accurate and complete constituent database records by capturing contact, biographical and career information via surveys, projects, events, correspondence, website, postal returns, etc.
Partners with the Director of Annual Giving to design, implement and maintain robust donor stewardship activities and programming, including the planned gift recognition program, The Nalanda Society.  Enhances operational efficiencies to ensure all systems and processes are accurate, such as constituent records, attributes and relationships.  Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.  Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the Vice President for Development.  Contributes to the overall success of Naropa University by working on special projects and performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President for Development.

What WeRequire
Educationaldegree/diploma required:
Bachelor’s Degree in any field
Minimum length of priorrelevant professional experience required:
Five (5) years of successful and progressive experience in alumnx engagement, constituent communications, institutional advancement, donor relations, marketing, annual giving and/or a comparable role that includes an acknowledged work history showing creative/innovative productivity with success
Other Experience,Knowledge, Skills, or Competencies Requirements?

Experience and demonstrated constituent engagement and relationship success in a college/university, large nonprofit organization and/or similar complex setting, especially the ability to effectively discern the interests and concerns of a diverse community of constituencies and donors.  Professed self-starter with a high degree of emotional intelligence, critical thinking and assertive communication skills
Possess exceptional time management, project management and organization skills with a highly developed attention to detail.  Demonstrated excellence with interpersonal and communication skills including an ability to communicate effectively on the telephone, in person, virtually online and in writing.  Willingness to travel with the aptitude to organize and execute an active travel schedule.  Availability to work beyond a traditional 9-to-5 work day with some nights and weekends required.  Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality, discretion and sensitivity regarding all University business and, most importantly, personal information pertaining to each and every constituent.  Affirmation, appreciation and experience working with a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff with many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds with a strong comprehension of the dynamics and impact that privilege and oppression have in the workplace.

Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including effective listening, emotional intelligence and political acumen, in order to build and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally.  Thorough understanding and command of constituent engagement concepts, principles, techniques, procedures and best practices, and general knowledge of annual giving and major gift fundraising and moves-management systems.  Analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making, problem solving, and conflict resolution with exceptional organizational, administrative and staff management experience.  Ability to travel in
– and out-of-state as needed to meet the objectives of this position.  This position requires that the individual must possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence and be approved by an insurance carrier to drive a personal vehicle.  Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace and Microsoft Teams.  Proven abilities to operate and maximize functionality of a CRM (Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge NXT, etc.) with database management, analysis and reporting experience.  Knowledge of and commitment to Naropa’s distinct mission of contemplative educational philosophy and pedagogy that fuels the University’s strength, growth and commitment to mindfulness, compassion, sustainability and social justice.  Must embody the essential personal and professional qualities of the University’s mission, vision, values and purpose statements
All job candidates must hold a commitment to co-create a diverse and inclusive community and actively participate in related JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) professional development regarding the dynamics of privilege and oppression and the impact these have in the workplace.

All job candidates must demonstrate their level of understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity.

All job candidates must demonstrate an appropriate level of understand