Director of Alumni Engagement

Posted on 07/07/2021

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

The University’s Office for Advancement/Alumni Engagement invites applications for the full-time, on-campus position of Director of Alumni Engagement.  This position leads the strategic execution of a comprehensive alumni engagement program that builds lifelong engagement opportunities for alumni to learn, lead, serve and give back to the University.


Strategic Alumni Engagement Program Management:

  • Design, execute and grow an integrated alumni strategic plan with metrics and benchmarks to gauge success, consistent with industry standards
  • Lead volunteer management programs for alumni volunteers including the Alumni Association Board of Directors, committees and/or Affinity Groups
  • Plan, manage and attend events including Homecoming, Regional Committee events, and other alumni and volunteer engagement programs

Alumni and Volunteer Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship:

  • Sustain and grow attendance at and engagement through campus, regional and national events and affinity groups.
  • Build relationships with alumni regionally and nationally to increase closeness ratings.
  • Manage a portfolio of key alumni donors and prospects.
  • Partner with the Director of Annual Giving to promote alumni engagement and philanthropy.

Alumni Engagement Operations:

  • Manage Alumni Engagement budget.
  • Direct Alumni Engagement operations including but not limited to event coordination and data management.
  • Supervise and lead Alumni Engagement staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in advancement and engagement
  • Excellent communication skills–oral, written, and listening.
  • Strong people and relationship-building skills with constituents from a variety of backgrounds and a range of generations.
  • Local and national travel up to 20% of the work schedule; average of 3-5 overnight trips a year
  • Valid US driver’s license.

Application Information: 

Feel free to also include a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. In addition to the aforementioned materials, applicants should provide a one-page statement describing their understanding of inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to contribute to the IWU commitment of building a diverse and inclusive environment.

Review of complete applicant materials will begin immediately and the position is open until filled.  The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation.

Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions.

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