Claremont Graduate University

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Claremont , CA
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Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA Full-time
Posted on September 27, 2018


Starting Salary: Dependent Upon Qualifications
Closing Date: Until Filled

Claremont Graduate University is seeking a strategic, collaborative, and highly motivated leader who has a deep understanding of alumni relations and leading and developing teams. Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director of Alumni & Community Engagement will lead a team and be responsible for designing and executing strategies focused on connecting an international network of 20,000+ CGU alumni and friends with the university at an important and exciting time as CGU approaches its centennial in 2025.

The Director of Alumni & Community Engagement is expected to convey a strong alumni relations and community engagement vision, developed in partnership with the University President, Vice President for University Advancement, Advancement colleagues, the Alumni Advisory Board and volunteers, and academic and staff leadership.


  • Lead the development of strategic priorities to engage CGU's alumni base and community network with the university's emerging Centennial Campaign.
  • Identify and execute strategies that increase and enhance alumni engagement with campus activities and lifelong opportunities aimed at fostering a positive alumni culture.
  • Work in partnership with Marketing and Communications to develop a plan to strengthen the CGU alumni brand.
  • Work across campus with schools, centers, institutes, and divisions to design and/or elevate alumni and community programming that promotes CGU's mission and goals.
  • Provide vision and oversight for CGU's alumni events programing. Provide leadership support to the Alumni Association Board, including executive committee meetings and committee work.
  • Actively represent CGU at alumni and community functions.
  • Help to identify and engage alumni who have the capacity to engage with CGU personally and/or through their employer through regular giving, internships, mentoring, cohort and partnership development, etc.
  • Provide strategic planning and support for other Advancement teams, including Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Annual Giving to ensure that all areas are working cohesively towards the goals of the university.
  • Provide leadership in developing assessment strategies and performance indicators of alumni programming.
  • Oversee all financial decisions of the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement, including setting and monitoring budgets, and ensuring a clear, independent financial audit.
  • Oversee the total operations of the Alumni and Community Engagement Office, including budget, personnel, the progress of specific programs, and leadership.
  • Lead staff and provide the guidance and support necessary for their professional success and personal development.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned or directed by the Vice President for University Advancement.

Individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Ability to manage effectively in a complex environment comprised of multiple constituencies.
  • Demonstrated experience executing comprehensive strategic plans with measurable results.
  • Demonstrated integrity, good strategic judgment, self-motivation, goal orientation, and a high degree of initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to interact positively with a culturally diverse population of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors.
  • Creativity required to introduce new ideas for engaging alumni and the greater community.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a university environment with an understanding of how to motivate and develop volunteers.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the values of independent higher education.

A bachelor's degree; master's is preferred or any combination of education and experience that provides the required skills and ability. Minimum eight or more years of relevant leadership experience. Experience with setting and executing priorities for university campaigns and/or applicable experience preferred. Demonstrated success in leadership roles is especially important, as the Director of Alumni & Community Engagement will work directly with the University President, Vice President for Advancement, senior members of University administration, and lead volunteers in the Alumni Association and on the Board of Trustees. Additional experience specifically in other Advancement disciplines including major gift fundraising, annual fund, marketing, or communications in higher education is desirable. Must possess a valid California driver's license and meet CGU's authorized driver's requirements and be able to travel frequently to meet with a wide variety of university constituents. Evening and weekend hours are required and overnight travel is expected.


OTHER: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full background check. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.