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Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

The Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs will lead the advancement enterprise including: philanthropic development, major gifts, annual fund and alumni relations and any special campaigns. This position has the primary responsibility for developing and implementing strategies to ensure that the College implements an aggressive, creative and successful fundraising program to meet or exceed the near and long-term fundraising goals for the College. This position offers advancement opportunity for successful performance.


We are seeking an advancement professional with evidence of considerable fundraising, alumni relations and management experience with an advanced degree in a related field. Additional experience is required in leading all aspects of a comprehensive development operation including: the development of a strong management team and motivation of the professional fundraising staff, campaign leaders, volunteers and the direct cultivation and solicitation of major donors. This individual also serves as a liaison between the College and its alumni. Responsibilities include the coordination and planning of alumni events, management of the alumni professional staff, as well as support for the School of Medicine Alumni Association.


Plans, directs and manages all activities and professional staff in development, advancement services and alumni relations.
Develops and manages the budget for all the above programs.
Hires, leads and inspires staff in each area of responsibility by promoting direction and leadership on a day-to-day basis.

Responsible for creating the strategic plan and goals for each area of major accountability. This plan must align with the College’s strategic plan.
As the College’s Chief Development Officer, the incumbent directs and guides the development staff, by implementing strategies to increase major gifts, unrestricted giving, planned giving, endowments, foundation support, annual giving and scholarship support. From time to time the incumbent may be asked to organize and plan special campaigns.

Assists the Chancellor and CEO and the Board of Trustees in building and nurturing long-term relationships that yield significant major gifts and endowments.
Supports and serves the Chancellor and CEO, the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the Board of Trustees, the Development Committee, and other key constituents.
Advises the Chancellor on all issues pertaining to development and alumni relations.
Directs the Alumni Office and staff, serves as the key liaison and support for the Alumni Association and its activities.

Manages development and alumni relations events including the College’s Founder Dinner, Alumni Reunion, and various alumni gatherings.
Supports the Vice President of Communications in supplying content for College’s alumni publications including Chironian and quarterly electronic alumni newsletters.
Directs programs that recruit, train and steward the involvement of volunteers in efforts that support fundraising and alumni relations.
The incumbent provides leadership and support to other members of the senior executive team.
Other responsibilities as assigned by the Chancellor and CEO.

Provide leadership abilities through demonstrated results at an executive level in philanthropy and alumni relations.

Ability to inspire and motivate staff and colleagues and to foster a success-oriented environment.
Superior interpersonal, management and communications skills.
Knowledge of the non-profit and philanthropic world.
Ability to work with volunteer boards and committees.

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