Reporting to the Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or designate and the Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Engineering, the Alumni Relations Manager will plan, execute, and evaluate a variety of engagement programs and initiatives on behalf of the department that strategically align with the broader advancement (development, alumni relations, communications) and recruitment goals of the college and university. The manager will develop an annual work plan in consultation with the two supervisors and is evaluated against the success of that plan.
The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has 1,800 students, 125 faculty members, and a research portfolio of more than $28 million annually. It is the fourth largest electrical and computer engineering department in the nation. Each year it graduates 500 new alumni and currently has 15,195 alumni.
The Alumni Relations Manager must have a strong background in project management and/or event management delivering programming to multiple audiences. Skill sets necessary may include writing for a variety of platforms and occasions, professionally
interacting with partners across campus and external audiences, strong communication skills, and strong computer skills working with writing, design, and database software.
The manager should have excellent organizational skills, creativity, flexibility, self-motivation, and attention to detail. The manager should also be able to navigate multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment. This individual is a member of the college’s alumni relations team and the department head’s leadership team.
The Alumni Relations Manager develops, coordinates, promotes, maintains, and evaluates alumni and donor events and programs. Specific work responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, conceptualizing, planning and executing engagement programs and events for alumni, students, and other external audiences; providing stewardship for departmental donors; serving as writer and producer of email communications and e-newsletters for alumni and external audiences; participating in student and faculty recruitment activities; communicating professionally with multiple internal and external audiences; working with a confidential data management software.
Working within the advancement model, this individual’s efforts must be strategically aligned to support the goals and priorities of the department, college, and broader university. The Alumni Relations Manager must follow established brand guidelines, university policies and procedures, and accessibility standards.
● Bachelor’s degree in related field with appropriate experience in marketing, communications, or related field
● Experience working with project management and/or event planning in a professional setting.
● Experience meeting deadlines and navigating multiple projects simultaneously.
● Strong organizational/interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in a team setting.
● Strong written communication skills speaking to multiple audiences.
● Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and data management system.
● Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
● Willing to travel to/from Washington, DC metro area and Blacksburg, VA on a monthly basis, as well as across the nation periodically as needed for events.
● Experience with developing, planning, and executing events for multiple audiences.
● Familiarity with graphic design and/or web/email design software.
● Experience in a higher education, independent school, or non-profit environment.
● Strong attention to detail.
Commensurate with Experience
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
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