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California State University, Stanislaus
  • Position Number: 4664660
  • Location: Turlock, CA
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising

Director of Alumni Engagement

Job no: 532257
Department: University Advancement
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Fundraising & Alumni Relations, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Position Summary
Full-time position under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) available on or after December 1, 2023 in University Advancement.

Be a part of our story. California State University, Stanislaus (Stanislaus State) is seeking a Director of Alumni Engagement. We are a proud member of the 23-campus California State University System. The University enjoys an ideal location in the heart of California's Central Valley, which is a short distance from the San Francisco Bay area, Big Sur, Yosemite National Park, the Sierra Nevada and the governmental hub of Sacramento. The Director of Alumni Engagement position is housed within the Division of University Advancement and reports to the vice president. The Division also houses Development, Events, Advancement Operations, and Communications. We have nearly 60,000 living alumni.

You will be part of a dedicated community of faculty, staff and students who are striving to meet the critical challenges of our time and remove barriers to students' success. With many of our faculty and staff being first generation college grads and Stanislaus State alums, we recognize the hard work and choices our students make to attend college. We're proud to be nationally recognized #6 in the West for Social Mobility (U.S. News & World Report) and No. 7 in the West for "Best Bang for the Buck" by Washington Monthly.

The Director of Alumni Engagement is responsible for leading the Office of Alumni Engagement, overseeing alumni engagement efforts, which includes leading a volunteer council, supervising work-study student(s) and staff support member, developing and administering programming for students and families, fiscal planning, and serving as the lead administrator for the Alumni Council and CSU Alumni Association. The overall objective is to measurably build and strengthen the University's network of alumni, friends, donors, and supporters. The Director will provide inspirational leadership for a developing program focused on alumni relations and family engagement, aimed at achieving the University's goals of enhancing visibility, fostering connections and engagement, and enhancing student mentorship and donor engagement.

Job Duties
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Provide leadership and oversee the Office of Alumni Engagement, which includes the implementation of a comprehensive engagement strategy to enhance relationships with Stan State Alumni, families, and community supporters.
  • Foster and build connections between the University, Alumni Council, alumni, families, and the community, resulting in increased engagement through event participation, Council membership, volunteer participation, giving, and social media activity.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations for the Office of Alumni Engagement and ensure effective communication.
  • Plan and support virtual and non-virtual events to create inclusive engagement opportunities, facilitating interaction among university staff, alumni, and students and families.
  • Engage alumni and families in the University's life through consistent messaging using social media, electronic, and print communications.
  • Act as the administrative liaison for the Stan State Alumni Council, providing staff and volunteer support, leadership, and facilitating the recruitment and on-boarding of new council members.
  • Support the long-term planning and evaluation of alumni engagement programs, identifying new opportunities and refreshing program strategies.
  • Track and regularly measure the effectiveness of alumni programs and services, preparing reports for presentation to campus partners and volunteer leadership.
  • Exercise judgement in the development of policies and procedures related to issues not covered by existing guidelines, referring to precedents and policies when necessary.
  • Represent the Division on committees and boards related to University initiatives and priorities as assigned by the Vice President of University Advancement.
  • Represent the Institution at community events and engagements as assigned.
  • Supervise volunteers, students, and administrative support staff.
  • Recruit and conduct interviews for student employees, ensuring the verification of hours worked, assigning tasks, and overseeing completion.
  • Manage the budget for Alumni Engagement, developing annual and event budgets, monitoring expenses, and working closely with the Division Budget team.
  • Collaborate with Career Development to support recruiting events, mentorship programming, and career development initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with campus partners, alumni, community members, potential donors, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
    Experience: Five years of professional experience working with a higher education or nonprofit institution in an alumni, constituent, or volunteer engagement program, with at least 1 year of experience in a supervisory role.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Three to five years of experience leading an Alumni Relations program.
  • Progressive management of people in front-facing roles with proven results establishing and maintaining relationships.
  • Professional experience as a seasoned performance-driven leader in a higher education or nonprofit institution.
  • Advanced degree in relevant field and/or Certified Fund-Raising Executive certification.
  • Working knowledge of major gift, planned giving strategies, and donor stewardship.
  • Proficient in Raisers Edge NXT.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Demonstrated leadership, management and administrative expertise in work planning, scheduling, budgeting, and coordinating within a team and volunteer environment.
  • Inclusive communication and teamwork skills, fostering positive working relationships with and among diverse backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with higher education, philanthropy, donor stewardship, and customer service.
  • Tact, diplomacy, and problem-solving abilities in handling interpersonal situations and conflicts.
  • Excellent communication skills in both verbal and written forms, including proficiency in English grammar and spelling.
  • Knowledge of strategies, policies, and procedures related to University Advancement and the prospect pipeline.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and prioritize tasks with time management skills.
  • Flexibility for independent travel, extended workdays, and occasional weekends as needed.
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, online systems, and email.
  • Experience leading and managing volunteer boards or councils.
  • Experience on social media platforms and other messaging systems.

    License or Certifications

  • Valid California driver's license.

    Salary Range
    Anticipated salary will be $6,667 - $6,833 per month plus excellent paid benefits. Salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful finalist.

    Compensation & Benefits
    Commensurate with qualifications and experience. As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year. Link to Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    How to Apply
    To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resume. Applications are accepted electronically only. Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration. To apply online, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    Application Deadline
    OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 16, 2023. (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

    Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    Additional Information
    Campus & Area
    California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion - one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

    Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West's No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Clery Act Disclosure

    Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

    Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD. As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool. Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at: Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

    CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    The CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. The CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California.

    The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.


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