UC San Diego
DIRECTOR, ALUMNI RELATIONS
Salary Range: $68k-$78,500
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 academic area they are assigned to. 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
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
academic areas 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 academic areas; 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 academic area 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: Jacobs
School of Engineering, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Health
Sciences, Social Sciences, Global Policy & Strategy, Arts &
Humanities, Physical Sciences, Graduate Alumni Programs, and
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego
and Advancement is committed to a continuous process of learning
and updating practices to support systemic evolution toward equity,
diversity, and inclusion for our team and constituents. We foster
the UC San Diego Principles of Community by encouraging and
developing a collaborative and positive environment among
colleagues. UC San Diego provides resources and services so
employees can develop a deeper connection to our diverse campus
community. Explore more at UC San Diego Staff Associations network
and Campus Community Centers.
• Advanced knowledge of 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
• 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.
• Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education.
Proven ability to negotiate and to exchange ideas, information and
opinions to make joint decisions, conclusions or solutions.
• Advanced knowledge of the campus, its vision, mission, goals,
objectives, achievements, issues of concern and infrastructure.
Demonstrated working knowledge of the administrative structure and
academic programs of a major university, with knowledge of alumni
relations industry and trends.
• Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan
and implement successful events. Creative ability to conceptualize,
develop and implement programmatic activities from only very
general guidelines. Proven success in initiating, planning, and
strategically implementing cultivation opportunities through
engagement. Knowledge of the principles and practices of developing
and utilizing volunteer leadership and organizing and maintaining
volunteer support organizations.
• Proven experience in and knowledge of the full spectrum of
development including: solicitations, stewardship, donor
recognition, high level boards, volunteer groups and
• Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication
skills, including skill to produce information that is
appropriately presented and effectively received by target
constituencies. Demonstrated skill in researching and evaluating
information, preparing concise, well-organized reports, summaries,
correspondence, policy documents and personalized letters. Ability
to represent Alumni and Community Engagement on task forces and
committees and to participate in meetings and conferences involving
senior university officials and volunteer leaders.
• Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking
and analytical skills.
• Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and
address, resolve and / or mitigate problems or issues.
• Proven ability to work with a high level of independence,
prioritize assignments and departmental needs to meet deadlines.
Demonstrated strong managerial, leadership, and communication
• Experience with and ability to develop and use computer
applications and capabilities to produce correspondence, reports
and tools for analysis and review, i.e., Word, Excel, Access.
• Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity
• Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.Must have
access to reliable transportation.Occasional evenings and weekends
may be required.
Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC
COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented
proof or approved exception/deferral).
To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC
San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment,
inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and
visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego
Principles of Community - https://ucsd.edu/about/principles.html.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran
status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete
University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action
policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html