Associate Director of Affinity Engagement

Posted on 11/08/2021

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

The Associate Director of Affinity Engagement is responsible for establishing new, and expanding existing constituent engagement initiatives through experiences, events and volunteerism, with a focus on enhancing constituent connections with Seton Hall and expanding philanthropy, as we head into a comprehensive capital campaign. The Associate Director will partner with members of the Alumni Engagement & Philanthropy Team, and University Advancement division to create alumni, parent and other constituent engagement and fundraising opportunities. This individual will assist with the execution of several affinity-based engagement initiatives such as reunions, alumni affinity group experiences, young alumni activities, regional alumni groups, parent activities, school/college-based activities, amongst others. The individual will assist with establishing new experiences such as the expansion of the reunion program, creation of an alumni weekend, generating young alumni engagement opportunities, establishing new regional alumni networks and creating new parent engagement opportunities. The Associate Director will be front-facing, meeting and engaging with several key alumni groups. The individual will inspire alumni to become connected, engaged and invested in the progress of Seton Hall. In addition, the Associate Director serves as the University liaison to the Young Alumni Club, overseeing programming implementation, and working to increase young alumni engagement and philanthropy. Periodic travel, both in state and out of state, will be necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate a wide array of programs and projects to promote a lifelong relationship with Seton Hall among constituents. Strategically build a vibrant and involved network of Seton Hall constituents throughout the country. Identify and recruit alumni leaders. Regularly meet and communicate with constituents using existing and developing communication strategies, methods and technologies. Engage, cultivate, solicit and steward donors as needed. Develop new ways to foster constituent pride and tradition, while building engagement and philanthropy. Meet with key alumni both locally and regionally, with special attention to building Seton Hall constituent engagement through volunteer champions, while promoting philanthropy. Liaison to the Young Alumni Club, overseeing programming implementation while meeting with key young alumni Bayley Society members.
  • Work collaboratively with University Advancement and campus partners, and as an integrated member of the Alumni Engagement & Philanthropy team. Participate in all aspects of alumni engagement, including philanthropy, communication, digital, experiential, leadership giving, and volunteerism. Build mutually beneficial relationships that inspire loyalty and financial support, strengthen the institution’s reputation and involve alumni in meaningful activities to advance the institution’s mission.
  • Help to manage Alumni Engagement & Philanthropy events and experiences, including planning, budgeting, administering and reviewing. Attend engagement activities. Oversee event logistics and management. Ensure that alumni engagement and University messages are disseminated in the most efficient and effective ways throughout each event by working closely with the Alumni Engagement team. Promote the mission of the University at the engagement initiative and work to strengthen the University’s reputation. Provide guidance and direction to staff and volunteers in support of programs and experiences.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA and 1-3 years experience with alumni engagement and fundraising, or related customer service, sales, and event experience. Valid drivers license required.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Please submit names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Seton Hall University is committed to programs of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the principles of affirmative action.

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