Associate Director, Young Alumni 20108
- Admin - Development and Fundraising
- Admin - Alumni Associations and Services
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Northwestern University is a private research university located on lakefront campuses in both Evanston and downtown Chicago, Illinois. Northwestern was founded in 1851. In fall 2008, Northwestern opened another campus in Doha, Qatar offering bachelor's degrees in journalism and communications in partnership with the Qatar Foundation.
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Currently, we have a career opportunity as an Associate Director, Young Alumni.
Manage and implement young alumni programs with an emphasis on creating a culture of philanthropy within the student and young alumni (first 10 years from graduation) population. Raise current giving levels and increase participation among the young alumni group through the use of alumni volunteers and activities for current students, presenting them with the fundraising needs of Northwestern in an effective way. Coordinate prospect cultivation, solicitation, and donor acknowledgement and recognition targeted specifically for the young alumni group.
This critical role:
- With the Director of Direct Appeals Services and other OARD partners, establish and implement short-term and long-term tactics for: inspiring consistent giving by young alumni and students; increasing the impact of young alumni volunteer opportunities; and promoting a lifelong connection to the Northwestern community. Set annual dollar and donor goals for the young alumni group.
- Manage the Senior Class Gift campaign in collaboration with NAA colleagues. Manage a committee of 75-100 senior volunteers. Send solicitation emails. Plan 2-3 fundraising events during the year. Work to educate seniors about the impact of their gifts and the importance of annual giving, in support of the goal of retaining at least half of these donors in their first year out.
- Create and implement a Class Agent Program to build class identity, promote volunteer opportunities, and increase philanthropy. Recruit, train, engage, and manage volunteers. Work with the Northwestern University Leadership Circle and the Young Alumni Committee of the NAA Board of Directors to engage young alumni members as the "voice" of young alumni.
- Manage a portfolio of young alumni leadership donors. Identify, cultivate, and solicit these donors for annual leadership gifts. Work with colleagues in the Northwestern University Leadership Circle to build on the regional leadership donor efforts specifically for young alumni. Work with Donor Relations to effectively steward these donors.
- Work with colleagues in Alumni Relations to implement community-building programs such as Neighborhood Nights, networking opportunities, social events, and mini reunions with affinity groups in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and other cities with large populations of young alumni. Provide creative direction and help plan and staff the events.
- Work with colleagues on the Reunions team to identify class leaders and keep them engaged before, during, and after their 5th and 10th reunions. Coordinate with the Reunions team to create and implement programming and events during Homecoming & Reunion weekend for the "Inside of Five" young alumni.
- Implement innovative branding and messaging for print and web marketing campaigns to young alumni. Craft compelling solicitations that convey Northwestern's needs and help explain why participation matters. Write and utilize Wildcat Stories to inspire personal connections to annual giving. Utilize social media for marketing and communications.
- Work with Gift and Record Services and the NAA teams to create and implement new ways of capturing address changes and other data updates for young alumni.
- Develop metrics for young alumni to provide quantitative analysis of giving and engagement. Use research methods to gain an understanding of young alumni, including focus groups, published articles, networking, and analysis of NU's participation data. Report on progress weekly to Director, Direct Appeal Services.
- In collaboration with Associate Director, Affiliated Group Fundraising, identify affinity groups and implement new solicitations for these groups.
- In collaboration with Associate Director, Loyalty and Stewardship, identify innovative ways of thanking and recognizing young alumni donors.
- Work with colleagues at the NAA, Student Affairs, and the Center for Student Involvement to design and implement programs that educate students about the importance and impact of philanthropy.
- Co-manage a program assistant.
- Manage the young alumni program budget.
- A bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and manage fundraising strategies.
- Three years' experience working with students or young alumni.
- Strong consensus-building skills.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Adept at using social media as a communication and fundraising tool.
- Computer proficiency working in a Windows environment.
- A bachelor's degree from Northwestern University of or of it's peer institutions.
Beyond being a place to learn and grow professionally, Northwestern is an exciting and fulfilling place to work! Northwestern offers many benefit options to full and part-time employees including: competitive compensation; excellent retirement plans; comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage; dependent care match; vacation, sick and holiday pay; professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.
Northwestern greatly values work/life balance amongst its employees. Take advantage of recreational, cultural, and enrichment opportunities on campus. Employees also receive access to childcare solutions, retail discounts, and other work/life balance resources.
Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly believes in creating an environment that welcomes students, faculty and staff of all races, nationalities and religions. In doing so, we offer our students the opportunity to learn and grow in diverse communities preparing them for successful careers in an increasingly global and diverse work force.
For consideration, please click on the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University's electronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will search and apply for current openings. To apply for this position in eRecruit, enter the Job Opening ID number in the appropriate search field. Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your resume. For all resumes received, if there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter or the department hiring manager will contact you. Job Opening ID number for this position is 20108.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.