Position Summary: Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, seeks an entrepreneurial Director of Alumni Relations who will join the College at an exciting time of educational reinvention and growth. This position offers a unique opportunity to join a leadership team that is re-establishing a storied liberal arts college to a place of national prominence through innovation. (See later in the posting for more information about Antioch College) The Director of Alumni Relations will report to the VP of Advancement and work closely with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Advancement colleagues, other staff, faculty and students to effectively engage alumni and others in the life of the College. S/he will lead an innovative alumni relations program, capitalizing on the commitment and enthusiasm of the College’s deeply loyal alumni. The Director will develop and execute a strategic platform of engagement involving alumni and current and new friends of the College. Activities will include alumni programs, reunions and signature events, visiting scholars, and programming that advances the mutual interests of alumni and the College.
Essential Responsibilities: Create, implement, and communicate a comprehensive alumni engagement plan that strategically engages alumni and connects them to their alma mater, including events, programming, networking and volunteer opportunities including (but not limited to) Reunion and Volunteer Work Project. Create, implement, and communicate a comprehensive plan that explores and engages others who are/will be friends to the College including networking and development activities. Serve as primary liaison to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Help define goals, manage committee membership, develop schedules and agendas, guide and support the Board’s work. Develop an outreach plan focusing on reunions segmented by class years, chapters, interests, and activities. Work closely with Advancement colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni and other gifts. Ensure that the President, Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board of Directors are effectively and professionally staffed with regard to alumni activities and provide focus for their efforts so that their time is productively managed. Become an active member of the local Yellow Springs community. Help to build on the existing goodwill that Antioch College receives from residents. Examples of specific tasks associated with this position: Develop and manage strategies to activate and leverage the unique population of Antioch alumni through community building and grassroots efforts, and further build upon the culture of volunteerism exemplified by the decades-old Volunteer Work Project. Develop, maintain and update internet-based programs to connect with alumni Build a support a network of Class Agents to effectively engage alumni classes and individual leaders in ways that link their own exceptional experiences at Antioch College to equally exceptional experiences for future generations of students Develop a process to identify alumni from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s who have not been engaged with the College and energize them with the vision of the new Antioch and its aspirations Expand, support and build on the loyalty of Alumni Chapters across the country Connect geographic and virtual alumni communities with development goals
Antioch College is establishing itself as A New Kind of College—A College of Action—using its historical strengths and unique position to build and scale a model for what the liberal arts experience can be for all students in the 21st century. As A College of Action, Antioch is not a four-year retreat from the world, but a deeper engagement with it. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College has long been an agent of change, having been the only liberal arts college in the country with a required work component for more than 100 years. The cooperative education program reflects Antioch College’s critical pedagogical insight that the separation of classroom learning from the world of work is artificial—a philosophy that has produced Nobel laureates, Fulbright and Rhodes scholars, and notables in the arts, government, business, sciences and education.
The College was closed in 2008 and an alumni-led group purchased the campus and other College assets in 2009. Alumni have since raised over $120 million in support of the College’s re-launch. As a recently accredited “start-up”, the College is in the process of transitioning from an operating budget driven primarily by alumni donations to a budget with diversified revenue streams generated through new initiatives based in the College’s core strengths and resources, as well as through strategic partnerships. The College’s fundraising efforts have been incredibly successful, generating more than $120M in gifts and commitments since reopening in 2009 and admitting its first class in 2011. Today, in the Fall of 2019, the College is embarking on a comprehensive campaign to support the vision for A New Kind of College which has been developed through an inclusive process involving the entire College community. In collaboration with colleagues in Advancement, Communications, and other areas of the College, the Director of Alumni Relations will strategically leverage the vision for Antioch College to engage—and help build support from—alumni and other supporters of the College to develop an even more integral source of organizational and professional, as well as financial support.
Qualifications, Attributes, And Experience: Bachelor's degree (Master’s degree or MBA preferred) A minimum of 5 years increasingly responsible professional level experience in alumni relations, fund raising, public affairs, or related field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience) A proven track record in spearheading alumni services, events, and programs. The professional credibility and maturity required to work closely with the President, VP for Advancement, alumni volunteer leadership, colleagues and other key stakeholders. Strong strategic planning, relationship building, communication, and management skills. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; the ability to influence and inspire. Demonstrated digital communication savvy. Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, and perspective; a strong work ethic, supported by commitment and follow-through. The confidence and knowledge required to advance and defend ideas and programs in an environment that respects conviction but demands analytical rigor; a love of intellectual exchange and lively dialogue. The intellectual depth necessary to understand and translate academic, technical, and other information for a variety of audiences, crisply and concisely. Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and Google tools Proficient with standard office equipment such as networked computers, telephones, copiers, fax machines Able to travel and to work nights and weekends as needed.
Physical Requirements: Position works extensively in an office environment; seated for up to an hour at a time Up to three hours of standing during events Utilization of standard office equipment such as networked computers, telephones, copiers, fax machines Ability to keyboard for up to one hour at a time Requirement to move around campus, indoors and outdoors, over paved and rough terrain in all weather Requirement to travel by car, airplane, or other forms of public transport in support of Antioch needs
Application Process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled or cancelled. For full consideration, however, candidates are encouraged to submit an application by September 4, 2019.
To apply, please submit: 1) a letter of application, in which you address the leadership priorities and attributes above, 2) a resume detailing your positions and relevant experience, and 3) contact information (name, relationship, telephone number and email address) for three references who are familiar with your work – to email@example.com. Include the position title in the subject line.
Your application will not be reviewed unless all application materials are received.
Electronic applications with documents in pdf are preferred. Alternatively, you may send the same information by US mail: Office of Human Resources Antioch College One Morgan Place Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Antioch College is an equal opportunity employer; the College offers employment, advancement opportunities and benefits in a harassment-free environment on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competency to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or covered veteran status. Candidates who can contribute to Antioch’s commitment to diversity and its evolving multilingual culture are encouraged to apply.
About Antioch College
Antioch College is a new kind of college where students own their education, learn experientially and act for justice.