Director of Alumni Relations
Holy Family University’s Office of Advancement is undergoing
exciting changes under the leadership of the new Vice President for
Advancement. The new organizational structure aligns with the
strategic plan and will build upon prior successes, creating an
advancement program focused on nurturing lifelong relationships
with Holy Family alumni and friends and developing rewarding
partnerships that result in increased philanthropic giving for the
We are seeking a Director of Alumni Relations
(DAR), providing leadership and oversight for developing
and executing a comprehensive engagement program for over 22,000
alumni to foster loyalty, lifelong relationships, commitment, and
community among all alumni, future alumni, and friends in support
of the initiatives of University Advancement.
The DAR reports to the Assistant Vice President for
University Advancement and is a strategic partner in building a
sustainable culture of alumni engagement and philanthropy. The DAR
leads and manages all alumni communications, programs and events
(in-person, virtual, and hybrid), advisory groups and volunteers.
The Director co-chairs the University’s annual Homecoming
celebration and connects alumni and friends to other campus events
and initiatives. The DAR facilitates the activities of Holy
Family’s Alumni Association and Board, and actively recruits and
manages specific groups of alumni, including Reunion classes, the
Golden Alumni Society, Affinity groups, Class Representatives, and
Young Alumni. The Director supports all University giving
initiatives, including identifying prospects for the Advancement
pipeline, encouraging alumni giving, and fostering lifelong loyalty
to Holy Family University.
Employees must understand the mission of Catholic Higher
education and be committed to the core values, mission, goals, and
objectives of Holy Family University.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Establish and build strong relationships with a wide range of
alumni (locally, regionally, nationally and internationally) with
the goal of increasing overall engagement, giving, volunteering,
and lifelong loyalty.
- Lead and strategize regular communications with alumni
via a multi-platform approach. This includes working with
University’s marketing and communications team on the HFU Magazine
and other University communications, as well as independently
composing, designing, planning, and distributing content and
messages via social media, direct mail, the monthly Alumni
eNewsletter, dedicated emails, the University website, and other
- Develop, promote, and execute a comprehensive offering of
in-person, virtual, and hybrid events for alumni and friends each
year, including, but not limited to Homecoming, Reunion,
fundraisers, networking opportunities, and receptions for segmented
groups (Golden Alumni Society, Recent Grads, etc.). The Director,
with support from the Advancement team and various volunteer
groups, will attend and host all alumni events where
- Create and implement non-event engagement opportunities, such
as service activities, ‘fun’ social media posts, birthday and
holiday eCards, alumni spotlights, alumni library access and other
- Recruit for campus-wide alumni volunteer opportunities
(advisory boards, admissions representatives, career and
experiential learning partners, etc.) and manage all alumni
volunteer groups, including the Alumni Board, class representatives
and Reunion Committees, etc. Plan and host all established
volunteer meetings (mostly outside of working hours), create and
share agendas, bylaws and goals.
- Manage and regularly report on all Alumni Relations finances,
including maintaining an annual budget, maximizing non-event
revenue opportunities and partnerships, and tracking event expenses
and ROI, where appropriate.
- Work with colleagues in operations and research to ensure that
alumni records are updated in Raiser’s Edge, including contact
information, business information, class notes, event attendance,
awards, personal and professional news, relationships between HFU
- Collaborate closely with colleagues to increase alumni giving
and support; routinely identify new donors and candidates for the
prospect management pipeline; communicate giving programs and
initiatives and represent Alumni at events.
- Contribute to a culture of best practices in Advancement and
building a robust culture of alumni engagement and philanthropy at
Holy Family University.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Experience: Minimum of 3 - 4 years of experience in alumni
relations, non-profit development, volunteer management, and/or
related experience in marketing, communications, or business.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge about best practices in alumni engagement and
- Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office, Raiser’s Edge,
Social Media, and other industry-standard communications programs
(Constant Contact and Canva). Graphic Design and Photography skills
are a plus.
- Effective leadership, organizational, time-management,
multi-tasking, and communication skills (interpersonal, oral,
written and web-based.)
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships across the campus community with internal and
- Ability to foster and display teamwork
- Commitment to the mission and core values of Holy Family
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue
until the position is filled. To apply, submit resume and
cover letter to email@example.com.
A cover letter is required for consideration.
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federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis
of sex in education programs and activities. Holy Family University
is dedicated to ensuring an environment free of discrimination or
harassment of any kind, and promotes equal opportunity and
inclusion in its education programs. Applicants requiring a
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