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The Director, Alumni Relations plans, develops, implements strategies for alumni-specific programs, events, and activities. They will also need to work within policies that are complex or possibly sensitive in nature. Manages and evaluates alumni engagement programs that advance the mission and goals of UC San Diego Alumni and the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and School of Public Health. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Alumni Outreach and Engagement and works collaboratively with the Deans, development officers, Alumni Relations colleagues, and Advancement partners.
The Director is responsible for cultivating affinity among alumni by creating effective communication tools to engage alumni and encourage participation in programs and initiatives. The Director works closely to facilitate connections between alumni and current students to provide mentoring opportunities. The Director will be the strategic liaison and representative between the Schools and alumni, sharing engagement opportunities which include, but are not limited to: career advising, career development and mentoring programs, student engagement, global engagement, and industry engagement.
The incumbent will engage the alumni community in initiatives and programs defined by Alumni and Community Engagement (ACE) and the Schools; manage the information and data pertaining to alumni engagement, areas of interest and expertise, and general contact; develop annual unit plans that represent ACE strategies and priorities in collaboration with School strategies and priorities. The incumbent fosters strong working relationships with the Advancement and other campus partners to advance alumni engagement, by involving alumni in opportunities representing their areas of interest and expertise (mentoring, regional clubs, athletics, speaking at programs, volunteer programs, etc.). The incumbent will provide input for the creation and dissemination of relevant and timely communication in collaboration with the Marketing and Communication colleagues in Alumni and Community Engagement in order to share news and promote programs and events. The incumbent will also be responsible for the qualification of prospects and donor management within their assigned portfolio. Collaboration between the Director and Career Center colleagues will be vital to create career referrals and alumni professional and career development opportunities.
Directors of Alumni Relations will work for alumni-specific programs and are assigned a specific area of focus within: School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health. Therefore, it is preferred that the incumbent has professional and/or academic experience in the health sector given the unique characteristics of the academic units and alumni.
Advanced knowledge of the assigned area of responsibility, for example, the campus scientific community. Graduation from college with a major in business administration, economics, statistics, political science, educational administration, or an allied field.
Proven success as an engagement officer in a highly sophisticated engagement-centered environment. Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation with the proven ability to persuade colleagues and alumni.
Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of alumni, internal and external constituencies. Ability to establish professional working relationships and interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the university and community. Proven ability to provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for alumni prospects and donors.
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