Employment

Adler, Graduation

The Adler School:
Leading Social Change.

Why join the Adler School?

  • Subsidized group health insurance
  • Employer-paid group life, long-term disability and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Employee-paid dental, vision, and transportation benefits
  • 403(b) savings/retirement plan benefit, with a fully-vested employer matching contribution of up to 5% in the first year. After two years of participation, matching grows by 1% per year, to a limit of 10% employer match. 
  • $1,500 professional development allowance per fiscal year
  • Tuition reimbursement of 50% for coursework related to Adler School employment
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick days

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Job Description

Job Title Director of Alumni Services
Job ID 734038
Location Chicago, 
Other Location
Description JOB DESCRIPTION
 
Director of Alumni
 
Department:     Office for Institutional Advancement             
 
 
Job Summary:
 
Responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and fundraising campaigns that strategically engage alumni to strengthen programs and provide tangible benefits to alumni, current students, and the Adler School.

The Director will assume a leadership role in developing a model for alumni to share their professional expertise and serve as volunteers; collaborating with colleagues in the administrative offices (including, but not limited to Institutional Advancement, Admissions, Marketing & Communication, and Student Affairs) and the Adler School to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of the Institution; partnering with Advancement colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni giving; and serving as a liaison between the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the academic and administrative leadership.

The Director of Alumni reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and is a key member of the Advancement team. This position assists, advises, and represents the Vice President for Institutional Advancement by performing executive and administrative duties of considerable scope and complexity requiring the exercise of initiative, independent judgment, and knowledge of Adler School activities and staff responsibilities. Work is reviewed for soundness of judgment and effectiveness in achieving desired results and organizational goals. The alumni community currently numbers approximately 3,500, of whom approximately 3,000 may be reached via current contact information.
 
Principal Responsibilities:
 
 
  1. Communication and Engagement Services. Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; maintain regular communication with alumni via direct contact, email blasts, alumni web pages, e-newsletters, print publications, and social media; effectively track alumni engagement, reporting regularly on progress and results.
 
  1. Institutional Fundraising.  Collaborate closely with Advancement colleagues to increase support from alumni; manage a portfolio of annual contributors and advance their giving to higher levels; raise funds for select special projects and events in collaboration with Advancement colleagues; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts; communicate advancement-related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser's Edge and attend periodic prospect management meetings.
 
  1. Institutional Involvement: Campus Relationships. Work closely with each and every area within the institution to increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of the alumni association to serve current students and alumni.  Advance the Adler School through recruitment of qualified students, assisting graduates in employment, promoting legislative advocacy, and increasing student and alumni affinity with positive results in alumni contributions of time, talent, and treasure.
 
  1. Professional Opportunities & Event Planning. Work closely with Adler School’s Academic Affairs Office to sustain, enhance, and plan the growth and accessibility of career development and networking services for alumni and students through special events (e.g., homecoming, reunions, etc.) and various continuing education opportunities that connect alumni to for-credit programs, certification, and training programs, or programs that simply respond to intellectual interest or curiosity.
 
  1. Program Planning.  Plan, implement and promote alumni programs that support the Institution’s strategic plan as well as the goals of the Annual Giving Program in collaboration with colleagues within the Office for Advancement, the Academic Affairs Office and throughout the School; develop and submit annual strategic and operating plans for approval by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
 
  1. Board and Volunteer Management. Work closely with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, arranging its meetings, staffing its committees, providing guidance, and ensuring strong and productive relationships between its members and the academic and administrative leadership; serve as ex officio Executive Director of the Alumni Association.
 
  1. Student Outreach. Maintain a strong and productive working relationship between alumni office and student affairs staff and appropriate student leaders to educate current and graduating students about alumni benefits and engage them in programs.
 
  1. Other Functions.  Perform other related duties as assigned, including, but not limited to:
  • Budget Planning: Oversee and balance the budget for Alumni Relations within the annual program budget; manage existing and/or additional alumni programs, services and communications.
  • Supervision: Supervise work/study employees (p/t), as appropriate.
 
 
Universal Core Behaviors:
Communication:
  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School’s Vision, Mission, Values and Key Strategies through
      verbal and written communication.
 
Teamwork and Collaboration:
  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships
 
Responsive to Change:
  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate and informed independent judgment when needed.
 
Quality-Driven and Accountable:
  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accepts responsibility for actions and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in professional, timely manner.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).
 
Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:
  • Supports and models the School’s Values of: social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School’s Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment in advancing the School’s Vision, Mission and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the School’s strategic plan and key strategies.
 
     
Other Duties:
 
The Director will undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned and appropriate by the Vice President, recognizing that the Office for Institutional Advancement is an integrated office requiring occasional participation in assignments that do not fall under this specific job description. This includes, but is not limited to: planning development and alumni events; participating in presidential briefings, committee meetings, and volunteer activities; and developing a working knowledge of the School in general and funding priorities specifically.
       
Basic Qualifications: 
 
Experience/Training & Certifications/Licenses:
 
Qualifications:
  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred; experience in alumni/constituent relations and external affairs with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with alumni, volunteers and developing volunteer leadership; experience in annual fund program management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the Adler School, alumni, other constituents, and the public
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers
  • Demonstrably strong strategic planning and organizational skills
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills in order to develop correspondence and professional reports
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • Ability to handle tension and stress in a positive manner
  • Must work well in a team setting and interact well with all types of people, including faculty and internal/external program officers, and maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge or a similar constituent database systems
  • Proficient in a variety of word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software applications
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
 
 
 
 
 JOB DESCRIPTION
 
Director of Alumni
 
Department:     Office for Institutional Advancement                Position Code:
 
 
Job Summary:
 
Responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and fundraising campaigns that strategically engage alumni to strengthen programs and provide tangible benefits to alumni, current students, and the Adler School.

The Director will assume a leadership role in developing a model for alumni to share their professional expertise and serve as volunteers; collaborating with colleagues in the administrative offices (including, but not limited to Institutional Advancement, Admissions, Marketing & Communication, and Student Affairs) and the Adler School to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of the Institution; partnering with Advancement colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni giving; and serving as a liaison between the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the academic and administrative leadership.

The Director of Alumni reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and is a key member of the Advancement team. This position assists, advises, and represents the Vice President for Institutional Advancement by performing executive and administrative duties of considerable scope and complexity requiring the exercise of initiative, independent judgment, and knowledge of Adler School activities and staff responsibilities. Work is reviewed for soundness of judgment and effectiveness in achieving desired results and organizational goals. The alumni community currently numbers approximately 3,500, of whom approximately 3,000 may be reached via current contact information.
 
Principal Responsibilities:
 
 
  1. Communication and Engagement Services. Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; maintain regular communication with alumni via direct contact, email blasts, alumni web pages, e-newsletters, print publications, and social media; effectively track alumni engagement, reporting regularly on progress and results.
 
  1. Institutional Fundraising.  Collaborate closely with Advancement colleagues to increase support from alumni; manage a portfolio of annual contributors and advance their giving to higher levels; raise funds for select special projects and events in collaboration with Advancement colleagues; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts; communicate advancement-related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser's Edge and attend periodic prospect management meetings.
 
  1. Institutional Involvement: Campus Relationships. Work closely with each and every area within the institution to increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of the alumni association to serve current students and alumni.  Advance the Adler School through recruitment of qualified students, assisting graduates in employment, promoting legislative advocacy, and increasing student and alumni affinity with positive results in alumni contributions of time, talent, and treasure.
 
  1. Professional Opportunities & Event Planning. Work closely with Adler School’s Academic Affairs Office to sustain, enhance, and plan the growth and accessibility of career development and networking services for alumni and students through special events (e.g., homecoming, reunions, etc.) and various continuing education opportunities that connect alumni to for-credit programs, certification, and training programs, or programs that simply respond to intellectual interest or curiosity.
 
  1. Program Planning.  Plan, implement and promote alumni programs that support the Institution’s strategic plan as well as the goals of the Annual Giving Program in collaboration with colleagues within the Office for Advancement, the Academic Affairs Office and throughout the School; develop and submit annual strategic and operating plans for approval by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
 
  1. Board and Volunteer Management. Work closely with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, arranging its meetings, staffing its committees, providing guidance, and ensuring strong and productive relationships between its members and the academic and administrative leadership; serve as ex officio Executive Director of the Alumni Association.
 
  1. Student Outreach. Maintain a strong and productive working relationship between alumni office and student affairs staff and appropriate student leaders to educate current and graduating students about alumni benefits and engage them in programs.
 
  1. Other Functions.  Perform other related duties as assigned, including, but not limited to:
  • Budget Planning: Oversee and balance the budget for Alumni Relations within the annual program budget; manage existing and/or additional alumni programs, services and communications.
  • Supervision: Supervise work/study employees (p/t), as appropriate.
 
 
Universal Core Behaviors:
Communication:
  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School’s Vision, Mission, Values and Key Strategies through
      verbal and written communication.
 
Teamwork and Collaboration:
  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships
 
Responsive to Change:
  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate and informed independent judgment when needed.
 
Quality-Driven and Accountable:
  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accepts responsibility for actions and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in professional, timely manner.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).
 
Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:
  • Supports and models the School’s Values of: social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School’s Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment in advancing the School’s Vision, Mission and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the School’s strategic plan and key strategies.
 
     
Other Duties:
 
The Director will undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned and appropriate by the Vice President, recognizing that the Office for Institutional Advancement is an integrated office requiring occasional participation in assignments that do not fall under this specific job description. This includes, but is not limited to: planning development and alumni events; participating in presidential briefings, committee meetings, and volunteer activities; and developing a working knowledge of the School in general and funding priorities specifically.
       
Basic Qualifications: 
 
Experience/Training & Certifications/Licenses:
 
Qualifications:
  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred; experience in alumni/constituent relations and external affairs with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with alumni, volunteers and developing volunteer leadership; experience in annual fund program management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the Adler School, alumni, other constituents, and the public
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers
  • Demonstrably strong strategic planning and organizational skills
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills in order to develop correspondence and professional reports
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • Ability to handle tension and stress in a positive manner
  • Must work well in a team setting and interact well with all types of people, including faculty and internal/external program officers, and maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge or a similar constituent database systems
  • Proficient in a variety of word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software applications
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
 
 
 
 
 
Required Skills Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred; experience in alumni/constituent relations and external affairs with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with alumni, volunteers and developing volunteer leadership; experience in annual fund program management
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the Adler School, alumni, other constituents, and the public
Demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers
Demonstrably strong strategic planning and organizational skills
Exceptional writing and editing skills in order to develop correspondence and professional reports
Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals
High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information
Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
Ability to handle tension and stress in a positive manner
Must work well in a team setting and interact well with all types of people, including faculty and internal/external program officers, and maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
Experience with Raiser's Edge or a similar constituent database systems
Proficient in a variety of word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software applications
Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.