The mission of the USM Foundation is to serve as a catalyst for
transformation at the University of Southern Maine. Now in our
third decade of service, the USM Foundation is pursuing new and
innovative ways to strengthen scholarship programs, raise capital
and achieve ambitious goals, as we help to fuel transformation at
the University of Southern Maine. In service to our mission, our
culture and our values are at the center of what we do.
University of Southern Maine Foundation provides a very
robust benefits package which includes four weeks paid
vacation, twelve paid holidays, 401(K) retirement plan and profit
sharing. Additional benefits include medical, dental,
vision, and professional development for employees. Our team
is located on the Portland, Maine campus and has been using a
hybrid work model with some remote days optional, depending on
supervisor approval. All safety protocols are in place while
in office. The hybrid work model is subject to update as
Senior Director of Engagement
Vice President, USM Foundation
$75,000 - $90,000/year depending on experience.
Summary: The Senior Director of Engagement manages the
Foundation’s Engagement Team (alumni, communications, events,
communication and donor relations) and reports to the Vice
President. The Senior Director manages a donor prospect
portfolio of 100 leadership and major gift prospects and key alumni
relationships. The Senior Director cultivates and solicits alumni
prospects, harnessing the power of USM’s 60,000+ alumni network.
The Senior Director provides strategic leadership and direction to
the Alumni Engagement Council, a standing committee of the USM
Foundation Board of Directors.
General Duties and Responsibilities:
Supervisory operations (35%)
- The Senior Director supervises the Foundation’s Engagement
Team Staff: S/he trains, supervises and evaluates the
Foundation’s Engagement Team, including the Associate Director of
Communications, the Communications Specialist, Assistant Director
of Engagement Events, Assistant Director of Donor Relations and
Stewardship, and the Engagement Associate
Alumni and Volunteer Cultivation, Solicitation and
- Manages a portfolio of 100 leadership and major gift level
donors and prospects
- The Senior Director will be responsible for the identification,
cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of current and
prospective donors for leadership and planned gifts ($25,000 -
Strategic Alumni Engagement Program Management
- Designs and leads an integrated engagement strategic plan with
metrics and benchmarks to gauge success, consistent with industry
standards and reporting best practices.
- Builds strong ties among alumni and the University of Southern
Maine through communications and targeted programs and events.
- Manages, supports and deploys the USM Alumni Engagement
- Cultivates and leverages campus and community partnerships to
increase opportunities for engagement among alumni, career
services, faculty, staff and students.
Education and Skills:
- Bachelor's degree (B. A. / B. S.) from four-year college or
university; and five to seven years’ development experience, with a
demonstrated track record of successful major/leadership/planned
- Inspirational leader possessing the charisma, poise and
judgment to serve as spokesperson, influencer and natural connector
across diverse audiences.
- Innovative, tenacious, driven, and intellectually curious
leader who thrives in a fast-paced environment.
- Knowledge of best practices in alumni engagement, board and
volunteer cultivation and development, project implementation and
- Excellent oral and written communications skills and fluency
with Microsoft software (Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint).
Ability to learn new technology swiftly.
- Some travel and availability outside of normal business hours
necessary to fulfill obligations of the position.
- Must maintain a valid driver's license
University of Southern Maine Foundation employees must provide
proof of Covid-19 vaccinations.
University of Southern Maine Foundation does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity,
national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual
orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. We
are an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating an
inclusive culture where employees from diverse backgrounds can
thrive and support our mission.
Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter and
three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.