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Director of Alumni Affairs

University of Chattanooga Foundation/University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Chattanooga Foundation seeks to fill the position of Director of Alumni Affairs for UT Chattanooga.  The Director is responsible for carrying out the development and execution of alumni programs in accordance with the initiatives of the UTC Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, the UTC Alumni Boards/Councils and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, including strategic planning, program development, fiscal development and marketing strategies.

Duties include:

  • Under the direction of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Alumni Affairs, coordinate programs for the UTC alumni chapters/clubs, reunions and constituency groups, including event planning, leadership development, budget development and management, regional outreach and communication, and liaison between the chapters and UTC
  • With guidance from the Assistant Vice Chancellor, collaborate with university partners (student affairs, athletics, admissions, etc.) to increase engagement with current students and recent graduates. Work with colleges, units, and schools to enhance alumni programing
  • Build and maintain alumni outreach by developing growth strategies, providing guidance to, and coordinating with Director of Annual Giving and Communications for implementation
  • Oversee the cultivation of new alumni benefits and services, working as a liaison with the UTAA for alumni benefits
  • Work with all alumni programs in various capacities including leading, planning, assisting and implementation
  • Identify potential alumni donors and work with Development staff to further cultivate the relationship
  • Oversee and approve selection and purchase of promotional swag items including bidding, ordering, funding, design selection and maintaining products
  • Guide Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Communications in the development of programs and methods for collecting alumni data through alumni and campus campaigns (update paper and on-line forms, data drives, etc.)
  • Provide leadership and guidance, as approved by Assistant Vice Chancellor, to overall office operations, alumni programs, support staff, student assistants and volunteers

The Foundation is an interdependent nonprofit corporation that enriches the lives of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga through alumni engagement, financial stewardship and private investments.

Nestled between the foothills of southern Appalachia and the Cumberland Plateau, Chattanooga is an outdoor lover’s playground, where celebrated climbing, hiking, biking and paddling abound. Called the Scenic City, Chattanooga has twice been named the “Best Town Ever” by Outside magazine and is well known for its vibrant downtown thriving with tech, foodie, art and start-up scenes.  

Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s preferred. The ideal candidate will be highly supportive of and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To build a diverse workforce The University of Chattanooga Foundation, Inc. encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women.  EEO/AA employer.

A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is required due to travel responsibilities of the position. UC Foundation reserves the right to consider all appropriate circumstances.  In general, any significant driving offense less than 12 months old will eliminate the application from consideration for the position.

Experience: Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in management, sales, marketing/communications (print and online), volunteer management, fundraising.  The ability and willingness to travel is required. Experience in budget preparation and analysis, special event/alumni program development and implementation is preferred.

Skills:  Excellent communication skills, strong event planning skills, successful volunteer management experience and computer expertise in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarization with computer database programs. Proven ability to manage multiple priorities, handle heavy workloads, think in a fast-paced environment and demonstrated experience in the team concept in the workplace. Must be able to meet deadlines, make decisions, and interact effectively with diverse groups. The ability to work independently while taking direction on numerous projects with ease, a good sense of humor and efficiency. High energy, creative, organized, self-motivated, detail oriented. Flexibility in time of work (subject to frequent weeknights and weekends). Familiarization with social media platforms (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) is preferred.

Applicants should complete the on-line profile in entirety to demonstrate the minimal education and experience required for this position. Incomplete profile information as it relates to the requirements listed will eliminate candidacy for this opportunity.

In order to be considered for candidacy, please include a cover letter and resume in addition to completing the on-line profile.

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