Director of Alumni Outreach, School and Career Programming (14442)

American University

Washington, DC, USA Remote / Work-at-Home /WFH This is a hybrid position

Full time

Diversity and Inclusion

Mar 14


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations, the Director of Alumni Outreach, School and Career Programming is charged with leading and executing a comprehensive strategy engaging alumni and students as volunteers for and participants in the work of the schools and colleges, the Career Center, the alumni association, and the existing domestic and international alumni communities. This work will be accomplished through the development and implementation of communications, programmatic opportunities, and volunteer engagement strategies that meet organizational need and increase alumni participation as volunteers, philanthropists, and ambassadors.


In addition, the director will expand relationships with AU’s schools and colleges and continue cross-divisional outreach designed to provide meaningful connections between the university and alumni. This position will work in concert with the Career Center to ensure that career-related opportunities facilitate both student and alumni networking, leverage alumni expertise, and provide support to alumni in career development.

Essential Functions

  1. Manages the Alumni Outreach, Schools and Careers portfolio, setting priorities and directing strategies designed to enhance alumni-to-alumni and student-to-alumni career connections, as well as to highlight the schools and colleges. Provide strategic oversight for regional, international, school-based, career and academic programming, including goal setting and assessment. Creates, implements, and executes communications, programmatic opportunities, and volunteer engagement strategies designed to meet organizational need and increase alumni participation. This includes volunteer recruitment, training and stewardship for pertinent programs, event and program management, and administrative and marketing responsibilities for these programs. Collaborate with volunteers to plan and coordinate programs. Assess and market existing programs/events and seek out possibilities for additional programs in partnership with other initiatives.
  2. Creates, implements, and executes programs designed to connect students with alumni for the purposes of recruitment and retention, career preparedness, and career placement of students. Strategies may include, but are not limited to, the leveraging of existing programs to ensure needs are met, the exploration of new programs and services to achieve new objectives, and development of marketing strategies in consultation with OAR colleagues in an effort to enhance communications and outreach. Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with campus colleagues, inclusive of the Office of Campus Life and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, as appropriate.
  3. Manages a team of full-time staff members, including two associate directors and an alumni career programs coordinator. Establishes goals and metrics to track progress. Administers the performance management process annually and actively seeks professional development opportunities for direct reports.
  4. Writes, edits, and organizes various communications, including web content, direct mailings, Alumni Update newsletter content, and social media posts.
  5. Serves as a University ambassador, representing alumni, the Alumni Relations office, and/or the Office of Development on various divisional and university-wide committees and at certain university events. Fosters professional knowledge and skills through networking with those who lead similar programs at other universities, maintaining a current awareness of best practices.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position reports directly to the Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations.
  • Number of Personnel Directly Supervised: This position supervises three fulltime staff and may also supervise student or parttime staff.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time
  • Exempt

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of successful experience in alumni or donor relations for educational institutions or non-profit organizations
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer management
  • Training and or experience managing DEAI initiatives and/or programs preferred
  • Intercultural communication skills or a level of intercultural competence preferred
  • Ability to independently formulate long-range objectives, and manage varied programs and services
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and work independently

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


  • Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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