Department: Alumni Relations & Development Salary/Grade: EXS/6
The Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement is a functional expert responsible for the planning, staffing, and tactical execution of group and/or broad-based relationship management plans, programs & events designed to strategically identify and cultivate alumni and students in meaningful ways that result in engaged volunteers & donors. May coordinate all activities of one or more smaller less complex programs or provide support on complex programs. Serves as liaison to both University and Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA). May supervise student workers and/or support staff.
This position is on the Programs team of the Northwestern Alumni Association in Alumni Relations and Development. Helps execute a post-Campaign comprehensive strategy to engage alumni through educational and other signature programs, including digital intellectual programming. Current programs include A Night with Northwestern, Faculty Live and Chicago Loop series events.
Administers and maintains existing strategic plans.
Recommends changes & improvements to maximize & ensure most effective & efficient use of revenue streams ultimately leading to a culture of engagement and participation with the University.
Involves collaboration with internal department partners and with University partners in implementing and expanding existing relationships to accomplish strategic goals.
Various Campus Partners (Venues, catering, etc. to plan events)
ARD partners: NAA teams, Marketing and Communications, Special Events
Prospects & Gifts
Manages 1 or more portions of alumni engagement or participation programming.
Works with development officers to implement strategies that will maximize participation of donors.
Markets & promotes events using broadcast email, individual web pages, &/or social media.
Assists in scheduling details such as venue, space, caterers, musicians, technical requirements, name tags, etc.
Prepares event plans & summaries.
Reviews information & recommends “best practices” for future events.
Organizes and executes administrative aspects of production and distribution of constituent communications.
Includes data manipulation.
Manages timelines and related expenses.
Coordinates graphic design and/or scripting.
Documents results and response levels.
Responsible for tracking participants & volunteers, recording engagement, and donor interactions in database.
Optimizes the use of technology including social media for marketing, communications & data reporting & analysis.
Assists in the development of dashboards & metrics which provide quantitative analysis of program & event outcomes.
Implements & administers approved budget for designated programs &/or events.
Supervises or leads part-time, temporary, and/or work/study employee.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
2 years development, marketing, sales or the equivalent experience is required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Organization, detail oriented, able to take verbal/oral instruction.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36302
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.