Nature & Scope of Work:
The Director, Alumni & Development is responsible for the University's alumni relations and development strategy to cultivate key relationships and achieve the University's Advancement goals. The Director leads the Development and Alumni Relations team, including senior development officers, alumni relations advisors, the data analyst and the stewardship officer in the design, implementation and evaluation of the alumni and development program. The Director reports to the Executive Director, Advancement and is a key member of the University's Advancement Leadership Team.
- Responsible for the alumni relations strategy and the design, development and evaluation of the alumni engagement program, including communications, benefits and services to alumni.
- Collaborates with the Capilano University Alumni Association to achieve alumni engagement objectives.
- Develops relationships and partnerships that support alumni relations goals.
- Ensures alumni information and data is used in accordance with Provincial and Federal legislation.
- Leads the development and alumni relations team in establishing a comprehensive, integrated plan incorporating: the alumni engagement program; annual, major and planned giving; and, alumni and donor communication and stewardship.
- Oversees all aspects of the donor cycle (identification through stewardship).
- Sets fundraising objectives and targets; accountable for all fundraising deliverables.
- Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors.
- Works with department staff, Capilano University Foundation Board members, Alumni Association members and University leadership to cultivate key relationships and raise funds.
- Promotes and represents the University with potential donors, alumni and the community.
- Uses Raisers Edge and other relationship management databases to track and manage confidential alumni, donor and prospect information.
- Recruits, trains and manages the alumni and development staff.
- Manages the alumni and development operational budget.
- Is a member of the University's senior administrative leadership team.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Proven communication (written & verbal) and interpersonal skills particularly in building relationships, promotion, persuasion and diplomacy.
- Ability to formulate broad strategic plans and set directions while also implementing tactics and managing priorities effectively and efficiently.
- Adheres to the highest ethical standards; demonstrates empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflects optimistic and positive attitude, and conveys sensitivity to needs of the donors.
- Must have the ability to exercise a high level of discretion, and maintain confidentiality.
- Must be an effective representative of the University.
- Demonstrated strategic thinker, action and results-oriented.
- A team player with ability to gain trust and confidence of colleagues and constituents and able to work in a dynamic team environment.
- Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to act with independence of judgment with minimal supervision.