Director of Alumni Engagement

Elon University in North Carolina

Date Posted January 15, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Elon University is currently accepting applications for a Director of Alumni Engagement.  The Director of Alumni Engagement reports to the Assistant Vice President and serves on the Vice President for University Advancement’s Leadership Team. The Director will lead a talented team of eight professionals and help implement a new staffing structure that has doubled the size of the staff in the past two years. As outlined in The Elon Commitment, the university’s strategic plan, the Director will engage alumni of all ages and stages while building a vibrant alumni network that benefits both students and alumni, fosters a culture of philanthropy and supports efforts to double the alumni giving participation by 2020. The Director will provide day-to-day leadership and oversight to a growing program that serves an alumni population of 30,000, 60% of whom are under the age of 40. Working in collaboration with other advancement, athletic, academic, admissions, alumni and student leaders, the Director will coordinate a comprehensive plan that stimulates the engagement of older alumni, with the need to explore new strategies, practices and tools to fully leverage a large young alumni community.  Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred with a minimum eight years total alumni engagement, donor relations and/or development related experience, with gift solicitation experience.  Higher Education experience is ideal.  The successful candidate will have a minimum of four years supervisory/management experience, knowledge of all aspects of the supervisory role and be a savvy judge of talent with skills to coach and effectively mentor supervisors and staff.  The Director handles broad-based complex information across departments with University-wide impact and externally with Alumni. He/she must be comfortable presenting to diverse audiences and internal and external constituencies. A proven track record of negotiating with, motivating, and persuading others with both written and verbal communications is preferred.  Position is open until filled. To apply and for more information go to  
Elon University is a selective, independent university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon's beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden. Elon’s rich intellectual community is characterized by active student engagement with a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarly accomplishment. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. Elon's 364 full-time faculty teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors. The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Law; and the School of Health Sciences. Master's programs are offered in business administration, education, interactive media and physician assistant studies, and doctoral programs include physical therapy and law. Elon's 5,357 undergraduate and 672 graduate students come from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 57 other nations. Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level school in the nation, and was named one of the top three universities in the nation for community service by the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service. In its 2013 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S. News & World Report ranks Elon the #2 Southern University and among the top colleges and universities in the nation "with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching." Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation's 377 "best colleges," and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and the Fiske Guide to Colleges both name Elon one of the nation's "best value" private universities. Elon Phoenix athletics include 16 intercollegiate men's and women's sports in NCAA Division I (FCS football), and Elon is a member of the Southern Conference.
Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.