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Associate Director of Outreach, School and Career Programming (14514)

Date: May 14, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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Reporting to the Director of Alumni Outreach, School and Career Programming, the Associate Director of Alumni Outreach (AD) is the central alumni relations officer of American University charged with working in collaboration with the Director to develop goals, set strategies, and create volunteer structures for the management of new and existing affinity groups designed to meet the organizational need and alumni interest. 


In addition, the AD provides strategic input and oversight for a portfolio of initiatives that engage alumni in the domestic United States and internationally, leveraging virtual and in-person modalities. Precisely, this position will coordinate the planning, marketing, and implementation of various programs, services, and volunteer opportunities for alumni. This position also will liaise with the Leadership Annual Giving team, AU Schools and Colleges, CDOs, Directors of Development, fellow Alumni Relations colleagues, the AU Alumni Board, and other volunteers as relevant, to ensure that the experiences of various alumni groups both advances institutional objectives and provides meaningful engagement experiences for alumni. Attend programs and events whenever possible, serving as a representative of American University.

Essential Functions

  1. Conceptualize, plan, and implement comprehensive programs designed to engage AU alumni in the US and internationally based on alumni interest and institutional focus. This includes volunteer recruitment, training, and stewardship for pertinent programs, event, and program management, both virtual and in-person and the administrative and marketing responsibilities for these programs. Collaborate with volunteers to plan and implement alumni events while also leveraging existing regional and international engagement opportunities. Assess and market existing programs/events and seek out additional partnership opportunities.
  2. Serve as the primary liaison between university offices, particularly with Leadership Annual Giving, the Schools and Colleges, Admissions, Athletics and Recreation, and the central events staff, to identify engagement gaps and streamline all existing initiatives related to students and alumni in domestic and international regions. Collaborate with development staff, including annual giving colleagues, to connect alumni prospects and facilitate giving opportunities. 
  3. Establish and maintain relationships with alumni volunteers in domestic and international regions. Strengthen alumni leadership and develop a pipeline of volunteers to streamline the recruitment and onboarding of new leadership. Develop and execute long-term strategic goals that will position AU for success, increase alumni engagement, and encourage support for the Change Can't Wait Campaign. 
  4. Implement and execute data analysis and reporting on alumni demographics based on existing data, including but not limited to location, age, affinity, interests, etc. Utilize data to recommend strategic alumni engagement opportunities in domestic and international AU communities. 
  5. Write, edit, and organize various communication mediums, including web content, direct mailings, Alumni Update newsletter content, social media posts, and any other communication vehicles geared towards affinity engagement opportunities. Foster professional relationships to gain knowledge and skills through networking with those who lead similar programs at other universities, attending applicable seminars/workshops, and maintaining a current awareness of best practices.
  6. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Alumni Outreach, School, and Career Programming to enhance the mission and goals of OAR and DAR.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Number of Personnel Directly Supervised: May supervise one student worker each semester.

Work Environment

  • This position reports directly to the Director of Alumni Outreach, School and Career Programming
  • This position may supervise student and/or part-time staff

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full time 
  • Senior Coordinator/Analyst B

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education, training, or experience required.
  • At least four years of successful experience in alumni or donor relations for educational institutions or non-profit organizations required.
  • Relevant graduate degree can substitute in part for experience.
  • At least one year of experience in volunteer management required.
  • Clear, concise reporting and writing style. Computer literacy, particularly MS Word and Excel, is required. 

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Preference given to American University alumna/us.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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