Founded in 1963 as the country’s first public arts conservatory,
UNCSA is a top-ranked creative and performing arts conservatory
located in Winston- Salem, N.C. It is the state’s unique
professional school for the performing, visual, and moving image
arts, and is one of 17 constituent campuses in the UNC System.
UNCSA provides gifted emerging artists with the
experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their
disciplines and in their lives. By training creative, gifted, and
hardworking emerging artists to do what they love and do it
brilliantly, UNCSA serves and enriches the cultural and economic
prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation.
The Office of Advancement directly supports UNCSA’s
mission and strategic priorities by building meaningful
relationships with a variety of constituents and developing
opportunities at all levels of alumni, volunteer, and philanthropic
engagement. The Office of Advancement works closely with the UNCSA
Foundation, which provides oversight of philanthropic gifts to
UNCSA, including gift processing and records management. This is an
exciting, fast-paced team made up of talented colleagues who are
passionate about their work, strive for excellence, support and
care about each other, and work to embody the values of equity,
diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
The Position | Director of Alumni Engagement
The Director of Alumni Engagement (DAE)
develops and implements a comprehensive alumni engagement plan to
create an extensive, vibrant community of meaningfully engaged
constituents for the University of North Carolina School of the
Arts. Supporting UNCSA Forward (the University’s five-year
strategic plan), and based on national best practices, the alumni
engagement plan will include long-term vision and goals, metrics
and benchmarks, and annual plans to create and maintain pathways
for alumni engagement that advance UNCSA’s goals, foster a sense of
community, and encourage alumni participation across multiple
opportunities, including volunteerism and philanthropy.
Following best national practices, including CASE standards for
measuring alumni engagement, and working in close conjunction with
other members of the Advancement team, campus leadership, and key
alumni, the Director of Alumni Engagement will lead a team
Alumni Engagement – 60%
- Developing, maintaining, implementing, and annually updating
UNCSA’s Alumni Engagement plan.
- Setting key alumni engagement metrics and ensuring consistent
growth and improvement year-over-year.
- Representing the Advancement team and UNCSA as a key point of
contact for alumni.
- Representing alumni viewpoints and priorities within the
Advancement team and on the campus.
Donor Strategy – 20%
- Participating in donor strategy sessions, providing insights
and opportunities to effectively cultivate, solicit, and steward
prospective and existing donors.
- Developing and supporting alumni events on campus, in the local
community, and nationally.
- Supporting the identification, recruitment, and coordination of
alumni involvement in UNCSA activities and priorities, including
guest artists, recruitment and admissions, mentoring, volunteering,
Alumni Communications – 15%
- Developing an alumni communications plan in partnership with
Strategic Communications and Donor Relations, including online
newsletters, magazine articles, social media, and support of
- Gathering alumni input and support for key campus initiatives
as determined by UNCSA’s chancellor, deans, and other campus
Alumni Social Media and Activities –
- Managing and promoting alumni social media pages to monitor and
track alumni successes and awards and
- Tracking alumni activities in Raiser’s
- Supervisor of Alumni Engagement Coordinator and Federal
Knowledge, Skills, and
- Knowledge of best practices in university advancement and
alumni engagement; strong organizational and communication skills;
demonstrated ability to develop relationships with a broad range of
constituents; interest in/knowledge of the arts and arts
- Three to five years of demonstrated success in advancement
work, with at least two years of experience working with
- Demonstrated project management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to manage volunteers.
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including
the ability to work collaboratively and creatively with colleagues
throughout a variety of constituent groups.
- Strong interpersonal skills with a track record of relationship
building to meet financial or other goals.
- Experience in community building, both with vision and
- An affinity for the goals and mission of UNCSA and a passion
for supporting the arts.
- Ability to travel and work on evenings and weekends.
Bachelor’s Degree with three to five years of experience in
alumni relations, advancement, or other related professional
- Strong awareness and interest in evolving trends, developments
and best practices in alumni engagement and communications.
- Knowledge of university
- Proficiency in Advancement software (Raiser’s Edge, Wealth
UNCSA has retained Capital Development Services
(CapDev) to assist with professional recruitment. Candidates
should include a cover letter and a resume. All material will
be kept confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to
CapDev at firstname.lastname@example.org.