Director of Alumni Relations

Bellingham, WA

Posted: 11/15/19
Deadline: 12/8/19
Salary: $70K - $82K
Reference Number: 9439

About This Organization

Western Washington University

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Division

The division of University Advancement supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. University Advancement is actively engaged in moving forward the University’s mission through supporting core themes, specifically advancing inclusive success. The external boards of the WWU Foundation and Alumni Association are dedicated to supporting Western’s strategic plan, specifically through the student success campaign. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

Job Duties

Creates Strategy and Implementation of University Advancement Alumni & Constituent Engagement Plans

Directs Signature Alumni Engagement management and programs to increase Alumni Engagement

Reporting and Analytics

Revenue Generation Program Management

Budget Management

Industry Research

Other duties as assigned, including community outreach, networking and relationship building with our local and regional constituents. Fielding public questions and connecting community members with university resources.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree;
At least five years of relevant alumni relations, fundraising, donor relations, special events or similar experience;
At least two years’ experience supervising a team;
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing innovative new programs from ideation to implementation in support of organizational goals;
Demonstrated project management experience, with strong detail-oriented and organizational skills and the ability to prioritize projects, as well as adhere to deadlines;
Demonstrated ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative data to inform strategy and use analytics to report on successes of related programs, initiatives or campaigns;
Ability to work in a consensus-driven, diverse, and inclusive team environment;
Excellent customer service and leadership skills;
Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook), spreadsheets and database management;
Experience in budget management.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business administration, marketing, communications, journalism, or other related field ;
Experience directing and implementing membership, customer service, hospitality management, donor relations, events or fundraising programs;
Experience developing a strategic business plan to meet organizational goals;
Experience with alumni development and/ or event management in higher education;
Understanding of fundraising and donor cultivation processes in higher education including
knowledge of alumni or donor engagement best practices;
Experience developing, managing/advising volunteer boards, clubs or organizations;
Certified meeting planner.


$70K - $82K

Other Info

Lindsay Brown

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