Director of Career Development and Professional Networking
Reporting to the Executive Director of Alumni Engagement, the
Director of Career Development and Professional Networking works
independently and in collaboration with members of the Division of
University Advancement and numerous campus partners to identify and
engage alumni and other university constituents to help grow the
Catholic University network. This position will play a critical
role in our mission of connecting alumni with each other and back
to the campus through career development and professional
This individual will build a robust Cardinal Network that will
focus on supporting alumni and students. S/He will be a connection
point between the Center for Academic and Career Success (CACS) and
alumni. Working collaboratively with CACS and other campus partners
this individual will help manage an online mentorship platform.
S/He will develop engaging programming that helps connect alumni
with each other and the university. S/He will launch a C-suite
group in our key markets (Baltimore, Boston, D.C., Philadelphia and
S/He will manage an online professional development webinar series.
This individual will explore and potentially launch industry alumni
networks. The Director will work with our school partners to launch
Book Clubs and explore the potential of launching a podcast
S/He will be responsible for managing an online mentorship platform
S/He will communicate the values and mission of The Catholic
University of America to alumni and friends through face-to-face
meetings, online video calls, phones calls, and written
Some travel is required with up to 35% of the time spent outside
the office visiting with alumni and friends of the university.
Visits mostly consist of travel in the DMV area and East Coast with
potential travel to the Midwest, West Coast, and South.
S/He may have supervisory responsibilities added to their
• In collaboration with CACS manage the online mentorship platform.
Ensuring alumni and students are actively using the platform and
forming meaningful connections. Working with the Advancement
Services team to ensure data is flowing accurately between the
online mentorship platform and our internal database. Identifying
potential donors and prospects, by analyzing usage on the online
mentorship platform, and sharing those names with prospect research
and gift officers.
• Create engaging career development and professional networking
programming that is appealing to alumni across disciplines and
• Manage a monthly virtual professional development series. Work
with gift officers and colleagues across campus to put on engaging
content that highlights alumni and faculty members.
• Launch and manage C-suite groups in our key markets (Baltimore,
Boston, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York)
• Explore and potentially launch industry alumni networks
• Develop and implement a Career Week for alumni and students. In
collaboration with CACS, develop an internship program.
• Utilize Raiser's Edge database to document communications,
visits, and other relevant information about donor and prospect
• Effectively communicate results of contacts to appropriate
Advancement and University staff.
• Have input and responsibility for the planning of Cardinal
Weekend activities and other university events as needed.
• Attend University events and functions, including but not limited
to Cardinal Weekend and Commencement weekends, representing the
Division of University Advancement as necessary and
• Explore the need and value of launching a podcast series
Bachelor's Degree with at least seven (7) years of experience
working in alumni relations, event management, career
development/professional networking, or related field; preferably
in higher education. Experience working with volunteer management,
alumni relations, or event management is desirable.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Google for
Education, and ability to learn new software programs and functions
including donor database and online community.
Possession of current and valid U.S. driver's license appropriate
to the type of university vehicle and an acceptable Motor Vehicle
Driving Record (MVR) as stipulated in the Vehicle Guidelines and
Procedures Manual administered through the office of Environmental
Health and Safety. Annual clearance of MVR check through the Office
of Environmental Health and Safety.
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to
handle deadline pressure and flexibility to pivot when needed.
Detail-oriented, ability to multitask, excellent interpersonal
skills, and ability to motivate volunteers and colleagues.
• Experience working with a data management platform.
• Self-starter that can work independently and in a team.
• Experience managing online platforms and ability to create and
• Constituent-focused and able to work with minimal supervision.
Creativity and initiative required.
• The ability to drive a vehicle (campus or non-campus) on behalf
of university business.
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