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ISU Alumni Association Executive Director

Indiana State University
Indiana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Alumni Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

ISU Alumni Association Executive Director

Indiana State University, a premier higher education institution known for its commitment to excellence in education and community services, is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to join the Division of University Advancement as the Executive Director of the Indiana State University Alumni Association. This pivotal role is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the University’s alumni program and executive support of the alumni association and alumni board of directors. As Indiana State University moves forward on a comprehensive campaign, the Executive Director of the Alumni Association will serve in a leadership role for the campaign. The Executive Director is responsible for planning and conducting all alumni-related activities and programs designed to enhance the University and the alumni association. The Director will be responsible for increasing alumni philanthropic giving and annual and lifetime membership goals. The Executive Director is responsible for expanding and sustaining alumni participation and giving during the comprehensive campaign and beyond. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to managing events designed to increase alumni participation, managing the Alumni Board of Directors and all fundraising events associated with the charge of the Board, and working with the Director of the ISU Annual Fund on joint fundraising ventures. Responsible for long-range strategic planning, strategic vision, staff supervision, policy support, budget management, and programmatic efforts of the alumni association.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide executive leadership to the Alumni Association’s board of directors.
  • Recruit new members to the Alumni Association board
  • Develop strategies for success for the alumni association board, including but not limited to committee work, volunteer opportunities, mentorship with students, and fundraising.
  • Coordinate the involvement of alumni and students in the development, planning, implementation, and management of alumni events
  • Enlist, motivate, and train a corps of volunteers committed to successful alumni programming
  • Advance the alumni association’s membership program
  • Provide direction and leadership to the staff members reporting to the Executive Director
  • Coordinate the programs of the alumni association, including but not limited to Homecoming, alumni club events, and engagement with out-of-state alumni
  • Establish annual operating strategies and budgets
  • Supervise alumni staff, student workers, and volunteers
  • Provide leadership for various communication programs for alumni
  • Maintain a portfolio of new alumni and annual giving prospects and solicit their support for gifts such as annual giving, annual membership, lifetime membership, and student philanthropy participation.
  • Schedule and conduct 4 to 5 face-to-face visits weekly with alumni to garner volunteer support, increase membership, or solicit annual gifts.
  • Establish relationships and collaborate with the appropriate university staff and the external community to generate interest in the alumni association among alumni and current university students. This may include having an association presence at community and university events. 
  • Represent the Alumni Association and/or University at on- and off-campus meetings, conferences, and seminars.

Required Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Minimum of five years of successful management experience with a comprehensive university advancement, alumni, or development program, or five or more years experience in sales or marketing fields.
  • Thorough knowledge of principles and methods for the operation of a successful alumni program
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with multiple constituencies, both internal and external

Application Process:

The review of applications will begin May 6, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, or to apply, please find the job posting here

About the Institution:

Indiana State University is a world-class center of higher education, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, and serving a multi-state region that stretches from Indianapolis to St. Louis, Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, and beyond. It has been recognized by the Princeton Review as among the best universities in the Midwest.

Indiana State is a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly campus located within walking distance of local shops, restaurants, and activities in Terre Haute’s historic downtown district. Situated near the Indiana-Illinois border, the campus is about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis and within a few hours of other major metropolitan areas.

Indiana State offers more than 100 undergraduate degree programs and more than 70 graduate degrees, certificates, and licensure programs, many offered on campus and online. It also serves as a dynamic educational partner for businesses and industries across Indiana and throughout the Midwest. Indiana State is noted for programs in education, business administration, operations and supply chain management, aviation, criminology and criminal justice, cybersecurity, insurance and risk management, psychology, engineering technology, and a variety of health and human services degrees, among many others.

Indiana State, one of the most diverse campuses in Indiana, is a welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff representing most U.S. states and many countries around the world. There are more than 260 student-run organizations offering activities and entertainment throughout the year, along with 15 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a first-rate student recreation center with numerous classes and recreational sports programs, and a Performing Arts Series and University Speakers Series that bring national touring productions and speakers to campus.

Indiana State is a place of belonging where students, faculty, and staff learn and thrive together. Join our Sycamore family!

Indiana State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring people with many varied backgrounds, identities, and characteristics to join our institution; additionally, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures.

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