College of Media at Illinois

University of IllinoisCollege of Media

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Assistant Director of Annual Funds and Alumni Relations

The Assistant Director of Annual Funds and Alumni Relations will provide overall administration and strategic direction in the areas of annual funds, alumni relations, special projects, and communications in the Office of Advancement in the College of Media. The Assistant Director will play a key role in the growth of the College’s Annual Funds program, and execute strategy and tactics for several leadership giving initiatives in the College of Media.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Annual Funds (80%):

The Assistant Director of Annual Funds and Alumni Relations will be responsible for building and growing the level of private support to the annual fund from alumni and friends of the College of Media. The Assistant Director will build and manage a portfolio of annual fund prospects with giving capacity of $1,000-$25,000. This position will qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward annual fund donor prospects, encouraging existing donors to renew and upgrade their current giving level, and qualifying new donors to grow the College’s annual funds donor base.

In partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement’s Annual Funds Office, the Assistant Director will formulate and implement annual fundraising strategies including planning, implementing, evaluating and enhancing the annual fund campaign which includes direct mail, telemarketing, electronic communications and personal solicitation appeals. Responsibilities in the area of Annual Funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Build and manage a portfolio of annual funds prospects, implementing cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies in alignment with major gifts program for the College. The Assistant Director will make a minimum of 20 personal contacts per month (in-person or via substantive phone conversation) with donors and prospective donors regarding their giving to the College of Media.
  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward donor prospects with giving capacity of $1,000-$25,000
  • Grow the College of Media’s current U of I Chancellor Circle membership ($2,500 and above annual giving) by encouraging new members and asking existing members to upgrade their membership level
  • Analyze constituent data and results of prior annual fund campaigns, and identify giving trends both nationally and for the campus to determine messaging and solicitation methods for specific constituent groups of the College of Media
  • Contribute to overall messaging and marketing efforts to both existing and prospective annual fund donors, continually creating a fresh, compelling, and priorities-focused case for support of the College's giving programs with a particular focus on annual giving, leadership gifts, and student/alumni cultivation
  • Coordinate social media messaging for the College of Media Annual Fund
  • Monitor, update, and evaluate opportunities to leverage and improve the alumni and development portals
  • Regularly assess communications to key constituents for opportunities to refine and strengthen advancement content and strategy
  • Participate in College of Media and Office of Advancement strategy meetings, assisting colleagues and providing support for all ongoing programs and operations as needed to help meet the College’s annual fundraising goals

Alumni Relations (20%):

  • Provides overall administration and strategic direction for the College’s alumni relations office, including maintaining college-wide policies, procedures and guidelines, related to alumni relations initiatives, and the implementation of information technology systems/tools to advance the College’s alumni relations program.
  • In collaboration with the College’s communications office, creates and directs content for the College’s communications and marketing initiatives including web, print, and social media, to ensure they convey consistent and compelling messages to the alumni constituency.
  • Serves on Campus Advisory Council for Alumni Relations to provide collaboration with college and unit campus directors and produces the College’s annual report for alumni relations which is submitted to the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
  • Directs the student advancement program for the College which serves to engage student leaders in advancement initiatives for the College.

Special Projects and Administration

  • Develop and implement targeted fundraising and stewardship strategy for leadership giving societies and affinity groups including student and young alumni giving, reunion giving, parent program, and faculty/staff giving programs.
  • Attend College events as necessary to serve as a host or assistant to other departments.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the Advancement department by performing all other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean for Advancement.
  • Hires, trains, directs and evaluates student interns as needed.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and at least three years fundraising and alumni relations experience, strong public relations skills; strong writing skills; detail oriented; Demonstrated experience working under and meeting multiple task deadlines.

Preferred:

Supervisory experience; demonstrated experience in implementing and executing annual funds programs, familiarity with UIUC policies and procedures.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by March 31, 2014. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile here and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three references who can speak to your experience. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jane Dowler at (217) 333-2351 or dowler@illinois.edu.

This is a non-visiting 12-month, full-time academic professional appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

llinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement and Special Events

The Associate Director of Alumni Engagement and Special Events will be responsible for managing and increasing the number of alumni volunteers and creating robust programming that will increase alumni engagement levels to inspire alumni financial support. This position will also manage all aspects of alumni and College of Media events, working closely with the Dean's Office, the Communications Office, Career Services, Business Office, department heads, faculty and staff.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • In collaboration with the Dean, Associate Dean and the Director of Advancement, facilitate alumni engagement opportunities within the College’s departments and programs within the College of Media.
  • Develop and implement alumni volunteer programs across specific affinity groups within the College.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for volunteer activity tracking and follow up;
  • Develop a College-wide system for capturing alumni volunteer information;
  • Serves on Campus Advisory Council for Alumni Relations to provide collaboration with college and unit campus directors; submit nomination packages for UIAA awards and campus alumni honors and engagement programs; produces the College’s annual report for alumni relations;
  • Align strategy to facilitate the development of prospects for major giving opportunities where possible;
  • Work closely with the Student Services Center to ensure cohesive programming;
  • Establish partnerships with existing campus initiatives that have the potential to engage alumni volunteers and enhance/improve upon existing programming to assure robust programming that will foster alumni financial support;
  • Manage all aspects of alumni and College of Media events, including staffing, assisting in the development of publicity materials, managing travel arrangements, catering, etc.;
  • Manage relationships with multiple vendors including venue contacts, design and printing companies, decor vendors, catering vendors, audio visual companies, entertainment contacts, lighting companies and others to meet the quality expectations of the College;
  • Maintain a comprehensive event budget, estimate event expenses and revenue for the upcoming fiscal year and adhere to the established budget for each event;
  • Work closely with the business office in managing, contracts, invoices, purchase orders, vendor approvals, etc.;
  • Create event timelines incorporating service, speakers/program

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Must also possess a strong customer service orientation and manage high expectations for quality.

Candidate must possess strong organizational and time-management skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently. Must also possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to be resourceful, proactive and seek assistance as needed.

Candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively within a team-environment. Must also possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Outlook). Fundraising experience and/or knowledge about the development process is strongly preferred.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience with direct event management is required. A minimum of five years of professional work experience is required, preferably in higher education and/or in a non-profit working with volunteers. Ability to manage budgets is strongly preferred.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by March 21, 2014. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile here and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three references who can speak to your experience. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jane Dowler at (217) 333-2351 or dowler@illinois.edu.

This is a non-visiting 12-month, full-time academic professional appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

llinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

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