I) Summary of Responsibilities: The Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage alumni to Geneva College. They work to promote the growth and development of effective relationships that strengthen their affiliation to the College. This position will encourage alumni engagement in both student recruitment and philanthropic support of the College. The person is a member of the Institutional Advancement team. This position reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
II) Essential Responsibilities: (These essential responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.)
Engagement /Building Relationship
Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni locally, regionally, and beyond.
Create, plan and implement alumni events and gatherings internally and externally, including, but not limited to Homecoming, as well as cultural, social and athletic events.
Engage faculty and academic departments who have strong connections to alumni.
Partner with the Admissions office to involve alumni in the admissions process to serve as informal recruiters and to facilitate events for incoming freshman and send-off gatherings for seniors.
Partner with Career Development to provide career services and networking opportunities for students and alumni.
Maintain regular communication with alumni either by phone or in writing via direct contact, electronic avenues (email blasts), and print publications, including Alumni@Geneva and alumni section of the website.
Capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects, correspondence, website, etc.
In collaboration with Public Relations, maintain and submit relevant alumni information for the magazine, including class notes.
Serve as a member of the Editorial Board for the Geneva Magazine.
Participate in the content and production of the annual yearbook.
C. Integration with Advancement and Recruitment
Strategically encourage alumni to be active student recruiters for Geneva College.
Plan, implement and promote alumni programs that support the College’s development goals in collaboration with colleagues within the Advancement team.
Cultivate and steward key stakeholders to increase contributions of time, talent and treasures.
Provide leadership to the Alumni Council for the recruitment of new members, defining responsibilities, planning meetings and enhancing the image of Alumni Council. Serve as an ex-officio member.
Work closely with Alumni Council to develop guidelines for the alumni awards selection process including the promotion, nomination, selection and presentation of the award.
Responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic plan for alumni relations.
Actively keep current on trends, benchmarks and alumni programs or services to further engage and strengthen their connection to Geneva.
Serve as a liaison to the efficient operation of the activities of Geneva Women.
Supervise regular employees, student employees and volunteers to include interviewing, hiring, training, planning, assigning and directing work, coaching, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Must have a mindset of mentoring employees under supervision. Should be able to lead in a way that sets a good example, promotes teamwork, and encourages a positive, efficient work environment.
III) Performance Development Areas:
Achieves Results – Achieves needed results; takes initiative and responsibility; seeks solutions to operational problems; listens and communicates adequately and effectively; keeps others informed; uses resources effectively (time, materials, finances); completes job responsibilities in a safe manner.
Personal Organization – Plans and organizes work; demonstrates dependability and good attendance; adapts to changes in the work environment; makes decisions and demonstrates good judgment; handles multiple tasks simultaneously.
Knowledge/Learning – Demonstrates and develops job knowledge and skills; possess and improves knowledge of all tools, equipment and resources; demonstrates creativity/innovation in work; increases understanding of how his/her work relates within the department and organization.
Interpersonal Skills – Shows respect and kindness towards others; actively builds trust; acts with integrity and fairness; maintains appropriate levels of confidentiality; routinely expresses positive feedback and gratitude; seeks to understand others’ perspectives.
Student & Organizational Success – Makes students’ needs a priority; treats students, families, faculty, employees, and vendors, etc. with respect and support; respects and supports diversity differences; clearly displays a mission-mindedness; shows support and respect for policies and procedures, management and the institution.
Teamwork/Conflict Resolution – Works in collaboration with others; supports the work and goals of others; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives credit to others when appropriate; accepts criticism and feedback; takes initiative and uses productive means for resolving interpersonal conflicts without unreasonable delays; shows loyalty to those not present by avoiding backbiting and gossip.
Supervisors Only-Supervision/Management Positions: Establishes clear goals and performance standards; provides direction; empowers others and delegates as appropriate; regularly monitors delegated activities; provides recognition and regularly engages in coaching and constructive feedback; identifies, utilizes and develops employee’s skills and encourages growth. Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires respect and trust; reacts well under pressure; shows courage to take action; fosters a culture of excellence.
IV) Job Requirements - Administrative:
A. General: Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed or have the ability to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential responsibilities of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations in order to safely perform the essential responsibilities of the job.
B. Physical: Must be able to perform the following: talking, hearing, and seeing. Must have sufficient manual dexterity to be able to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to: computers, fax machines, copy machines, modems, and telephones.
C. Confidentiality: Individuals must recognize that management of data, including personal information, grades, budgets, programs and policies is necessary to the operation of the College. Such information must be kept private and confidential for the protection of the College and to obey Federal and/or State laws.
Should there be doubt as to whether a certain matter is to be protected, it should be discussed with your supervisor before making a disclosure.
D. Mental: Must be able to reason, analyze, prioritize, conceptualize, make judgments, and solve problems.
1. Education/Certification: Graduate of Geneva College
2. Experience: Long-term ties to the College’s various constituencies. Three years of professional experience in alumni, public relations or a related field. Two years of proven leadership experience.
3. Skills/Abilities: Strong relational and communication skills, including public speaking; excellent computer skills in Microsoft Windows and in database software.
4. Christian Commitment: Eligible candidates must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical church. Preference will be given to candidates who support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith. The individual must understand and support the College’s “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
1. Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in marketing, public relations, business, or related field
2. Experience: Three to five years of professional experience ideally in alumni relations and secondarily in development or generally in higher education. Must have the ability to work effectively with diverse groups and must have the ability to make decisions and develop strategic plans to effectively implement an alumni relations program.
Internal Number: BUS-18-00001
About Geneva College
Geneva College is a challenging Christian college that prepares students to challenge the world and succeed.
We provide an academically rigorous education comprised of distinctive and innovative courses. Geneva offers over 40 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs, with the most popular including business, engineering, education, biology, communication, psychology, student ministry and human services. And our liberal arts core fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, the social and natural sciences, biblical studies, and experiential learning. Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva helps students meet the challenge of becoming everything God means them to be.
Our 55-acre campus is located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Geneva College is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).