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Director of Alumni Relations

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
Maryland, United States
$72,600.00 - $127,000.00
Closing date
Nov 29, 2023

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Grounded in the Johns Hopkins’ legacy of excellence and research, we aren’t trapped by tradition. We’re inspired by it. At Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, we shape business leaders who seize opportunity, inspire change, and create lasting value. Our full-time, part-time, and online MBA and MS degrees in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are data driven, built to compete in the global marketplace. Our faculty are thought-leaders, trailblazing what’s next in the business world and in the classroom. But a Carey Business School education doesn’t end there. We learn by doing. Our experiential learning courses immerse students on one-day to month-long field projects from Baltimore to Belize and beyond. Together, we build for what's next. With 30,000 graduates and 260,000 Johns Hopkins alumni, a Carey Business School degree opens doors to a powerful network of leaders across the world’s most innovative organizations.


Johns Hopkins University supports a flexible work model which includes four different work modalities. This role has a hybrid work arrangement with an onsite presence of 3 days per week. The manager will confirm the team’s core onsite days where the majority/all team members will work in the office. Employees who travel on university business can count those days toward their onsite days.


The overall management of the Carey Business School (CBS) volunteer and alumni engagement program plays an integral role in the school’s development and fundraising activities. A crucial part of the division’s overall ability to garner philanthropic support is the identification and cultivation of donors and volunteers, who provide keen insight, a significant share of fundraising dollars, and access to critical alumni networks. The Director of Alumni Relations will lead all efforts to engage and cultivate alumni, students and donors in the philanthropic priorities of the school through volunteering, alumni leadership, and events. The Director will lead a team ensuring that prospects and donors receive appropriate, customized engagement to cultivate and steward further giving and to increase affiliation with the school and the university. The Director will supervise a staff of three in the coordination of volunteer leadership groups, events, and award nominations. The Director will also maintain a personal portfolio of high-end annual and major donors.



  • Lead all of the school’s alumni engagement activities
    • Oversee and manage responsibilities for various volunteer leadership groups, including the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board, affinity networks and alumni clubs.
    • Oversee the successful conception, design, and execution of semi-annual meetings for each leadership group. Partner with the Associate Dean and Director of Development to develop targeted volunteer engagement strategies and timely succession plans for selective members of the volunteer leadership groups.
    • Work closely with the volunteer leadership of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board and alumni clubs to ensure the groups are engaged in meaningful work that will advance the school and that participation in these groups enhances their relationship with the school and its priorities.
    • Supervise the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, whose responsibilities include managing all alumni volunteers coming into the school, working alongside partner departments within the school, and managing affinity networks and regional clubs.
    • Supervise the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations to build a culture of philanthropy among the student body as they transition to alumni, and to execute Beet Week, the school’s annual spirit week.
    • Work with faculty and the dean to develop and shape new program- and affinity-based volunteer groups; ensure that these groups are designed to advance the school’s priorities.

  • Maximize the efficiency and productivity of the school’s special events program
    • Lead planning for a calendar of Development and Alumni Relations events throughout the year. Most notably these include Beet Week and Alumni Weekend, as well as alumni club events nationally.
    • Supervise the Sr. Events Coordinator in the execution of event planning and execution, ensuring highest quality and attention to detail.

  • Major and annual gift fundraising
    • Maintain a portfolio of approximately 50 high-end annual and gift prospects, with an annual financial goal of $100,000+. This position has the ability to grow annual donors into major donors.
    • Cultivate specific prospects and donors for annual and major gifts, advance school and university priorities, and steward existing donors.
    • Work with the Associate Dean and Director of Development to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward the School’s top financial prospects.

  • Collaborate with central partners to advance school and university priorities
    • Serve as the CBS liaison to the Office of Alumni Relations, attending quarterly divisional representative meetings and communicating information to Carey staff. Attend key Alumni Council meetings throughout the year.
    • Engage in regular communication with Alumni Relations to maintain and increase partnership between the two offices, including the coordination of Carey faculty speakers at alumni and campaign events and the potential linkage of Carey and university alumni events.
    • Maintain and cultivate a list of potential nominees for the Leadership Fellows, Alumni Council and Alumni Trustee. Coordinate the production of nomination letters. Facilitate ongoing process to secure and submit names for Alumni Awards. Drive strategic conversation about potential candidates for alumni awards and recommend timing for award presentations.
    • Serve as the CBS liaison to the Office of Homecoming and Reunion. Attend all reunion meetings and relay pertinent information to Carey’s DAR team. Ensure appropriate staffing for Carey events held during reunion as well as centrally managed reunion events.

  • Supervise staff
    • Directly supervise a staff of three including the Events Coordinator, the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, and Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Five years related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Skilled in exercising sound administrative judgment and assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of service within the functional area.
  • Must be able to exchange non-routine information using tact and persuasion as appropriate.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and camaraderie among colleagues.

Demonstrates an ability to multi-task and function in a fast-paced environment; proven organizational skills and attention to detail. Familiarity with university nomenclature, protocols and programs as well as any previous experience with the JHU development database are highly desirable. Knows formal and informal departmental goals, standards, policies and procedures including familiarity with other departments within the school. Is sensitive to the interrelationship of people and functions within the department. Demonstrates a high level of professionalism and a solid work ethic.

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