Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Manager

Location: Takoma Park, MD
Date Posted: 05-02-2017
Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations
Position is available immediately and 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.
With primary focus on the Annual Fund, the Annual Fund & Alumni Relations Manager will play a key role in the expansion of the fundraising program and engagement of current students and alumni.  Reporting to the Executive Director of Development, the Annual Fund & Alumni Relations Manager will collaborate and partner with WAU leaders, key faculty and staff, to develop strategies, implement tactics, and identify & cultivate volunteers and donors to advance a culture of philanthropy among the university’s key constituencies.  The Manager will work to increase WAU’s Annual Fund through increased overall participation rate of WAU alumni in the Alumni Association.  He/She will oversee the activities of the Alumni Association, the alumni board of directors and key alumni events, such as reunion activities.
Annual Fund:
  • Works with Executive Director of Development to set performance and giving 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 Corporate Communications teams on annual fund solicitations to include: timing and nature of appeals, assisting with copy writing, working with outside vendors (as necessary), etc.
  • Conducts personal solicitations, as well as staffing Executive Director of Development and/or President to facilitate solicitations by them, where appropriate
  • Manage stewardship activities to assure regular contact with donors by President, Executive Director of Development, or other key individuals
  • Prepare written and oral presentations and reports as needed
Alumni Association:
  • Serves as liaison between the National Alumni Association and the university, also acting as liaison to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, committees and alumni groups beyond the WAU campus
  • Oversee Alumni Association to foster joint activities and maintain strong relationships through alumni engagement campaigns, working closely with alumni in planning activities and programs
  • Examine current alumni programs to identify and strengthen best strategies
  • Represent Alumni Relations and WAU to numerous constituencies in a variety of settings
  • Maintains communications with alumni, encouraging long-term relations
  • Prepare written and oral presentations and reports as needed
  • Bachelor’s degree required,
  • At least 2 years of development experience, preferably in higher education
  • Experience in planning and managing special events and fundraising activities
  • Experience 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, 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
  • Long Term Care 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.
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