Associate Director, Alumni Relations Maryland Institute College of Art
General purpose: The Associate Director of Alumni Relations reports directly to the Director of Annual Giving, Alumni Relations & Parent Engagement and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies, programs and opportunities to increase alumni and constituent engagement for MICA on behalf of the Office of Advancement. This position also plays a critical role in building the pipeline of donors by strategically engaging MICA alumni, donors, friends and parents, and identifying unaffiliated prospects through communications, experiences, visits and stewardship designed for prospect identification, cultivation and solicitations to support development goals.
Summary of Essential Functions:
Develop and implement an alumni relations program to increase engagement from three core constituencies: alumni, parents and friends
Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of leadership annual fund donors
Direct oversight of the Regional Alumni Networks and other volunteer committees
Maintain a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects; conducts up to 60 face-to-face meetings per year, for the purpose of securing philanthropic gifts ($80-100k) to the College.
Create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of the College; identify cultivate, solicit and steward alumni with leadership potential
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Manages all aspects of Alumni Relations including, and not limited to, planning, directing, and executing alumni engagement (e.g., reunions, special events, regional network events, student-alumni relations, career networking efforts, mentoring, volunteers meetings and events) to meet MICA's goals to engage alumni and connect them to the College
Design, execute, and implement a strategic plan for long term development of MICA alumni relations, collaborating closely with colleagues from the Office of Advancement, the Provost's Office, Admissions, Student Life, Career Development and the various academic departments.
Lead the development, expansion and strategic growth of MICA Weekend to include reunion activities by departments / classes
Work with the Annual Giving team to plan and implement fundraising initiatives to secure increased alumni participation to the Annual Fund.
Collaborate with various departments to help foster alumni involvement and to advance all fund raising and stewardship visions and goals
Work with the Marketing and Communications office to produce monthly alumni e-communications.
Partner with Director of Admissions to spearhead the introduction of alumni involvement in the admissions process
Partner with Career Services to involve alumni in mentoring students and giving opportunities to students for internships and career-path employment
Create a robust and comprehensive alumni volunteer program, including recruitment, acknowledgement and reward
Perform other related duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of leading an alumni relations program at an higher educational institute
Experience in events management, logistics, marketing and communications
Must perform well under pressure while managing competing priorities with a high degree of accuracy and diplomacy
Must maintain a high level of professionalism, honesty, and reliability and be able to handle confidential information with discretion.
Superior analytical and planning skills, exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, leadership, administrative strong supervisory skills
Administrative and leadership expertise - Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Excellent research and proofreading skills
Ability to be flexible and take initiative as well as work independently
Bachelor's degree in a related field
Demonstrated years of experience in alumni relations, volunteer management, annual fund
Prior experience in development working on a capital campaign
Familiarity with fundraising databases, particularly Raisers Edge
Familiarity with non-profit world and the arts
Experience in higher education fundraising
Experience in volunteer management
Conditions of Employment:
Conditions: Satisfactory Background Check
Limited amount of travel for conferences and cultivation of potential donors and regional events
Staff and attend college-wide, Advancement Division and Development Department meetings and events as appropriate.
Physical demands and work environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. (may be adjusted depending on position)
Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
Required training: Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment.
MICA is an equal opportunity employer. As an educational institution dedicated to individual development in the visual arts, MICA nurtures, supports, and celebrates diversity in all of its forms including aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, socio-economic status, and marital status. This requires that the College develop and maintain a diverse community of trustees, administration, staff, faculty, and students; and that diversity is a fundamental philosophic value that informs the content of all of its programs and activities. MICA's commitment to diversity prepares its graduates to excel professionally and assume leadership roles in a global context.
MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.