Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager

Location: Takoma Park, MD
Date Posted: 01-12-2018
Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations
(Modification to position title and duties)

Position will be open until filled
Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.
The Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager is charged with the expansion of the annual fundraising program through the engagement of current students and alumni.  Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager will collaborate with colleagues in WAU’s administrative offices (including, but not limited to Admissions/Enrollment, Marketing/Communications, Student Life) to create and maintain pathways that advance the goals of the university, while increasing alumni engagement and giving.  As liaison to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Manager will oversee the activities of the Alumni Association and key alumni events, such as reunion activities.
Alumni Association:
  • Serves as liaison between the Alumni Association and the university, also acting as liaison for current and new alumni groups & committees beyond the WAU campus
  • Oversees Alumni Association to foster and build strong relationships through alumni engagement campaigns, working closely with alumni in planning activities and programs
  • Examines current alumni programs to identify, strengthen and implement best strategies for increased alumni participation
  • Maintains communications with alumni, encouraging long-term relations
  • Ensures data integrity of alumni information in the University’s database
  • Prepares written and oral presentations and reports as needed
Annual Fund:
  • Works with Executive Director of Development to annual and long-term goals for the annual fund (from WAU alumni, faculty, staff, businesses, parents, etc.) and strategies to achieve them
  • Collaborates with members of Advancement & Alumni Relations and Marketing/Communications team on general alumni communications and annual fund solicitations to include: timing and nature of appeals, assisting with copy writing, working with outside vendors (as necessary), etc.
  • Manages a portfolio of alumni prospects for annual giving, identifying those with potential and propensity for Major Giving
  • Manages alumni stewardship activities to assure regular contact with donors by President, Executive Director of Development, or other key individuals
  • Prepares written and oral presentations and reports as needed
  • Bachelor’s degree required,
  • At least 2 years of development experience, preferably in higher education, desired
  • Experience in planning and managing special events and fundraising activities; Experience also in working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, plan, execute and evaluate programs
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously, with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Preference will be given to WAU Alumni
  • Ability to work extended hours, including some weekend days, with some possible travel (minimum)
  • Health care, including vision, dental and prescription drug
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Competitive 403B Retirement Plan
  • Tuition assistance for employees, spouse and dependents
  • Life insurance including supplemental and accidental deal and dismemberment policies
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • AFLAC Insurance
  • Legal Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program 
Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such, the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist (“SDA”) Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.
this job portal is powered by CATS