Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
115 South Street
The Director of Alumni and Community Engagement for the SUNY Orange Foundation is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs, projects and events that strategically engage alumni in support of current programs, helping them find ways to provide tangible benefits to students and encouraging them to financially support the college.
Serving as an ambassador, the Director of Alumni and Community Engagement is charged with securing commitments from alumni to provide professional expertise and volunteer service; collaborating with colleagues in the administrative offices (including, but not limited to Admissions, Institutional Advancement, Marketing and Student Affairs) to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance the goals of the College; partnering with Foundation colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni giving; and serving as a liaison between the Foundation Alumni Committee, the Foundation Board of Directors and the academic and administrative leadership.
The Director of Alumni and Community Engagement reports to the Executive Director of the SUNY Orange Foundation and is a senior member of the Foundation team.
· Work closely with the Alumni Committee, arranging its meetings, identifying members and ensuring strong and productive relationships between its members, college leadership and current students.
· Plan, implement and promote alumni programs and events that support SUNY Orange's strategic plan as well as the goals of the Foundation in a collaborative manner; develop annual strategic and operating plans
· Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects (e.g. alumni directory), correspondence, website, postal returns, etc.
· 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, and social media
· Educate graduating students about alumni benefits and engage them in programs
· Partner with Director of Admissions to spearhead the introduction of alumni involvement in the admissions process and engage students from day one
· Partner with Student Services to plan the growth and accessibility of career networking services for students and alumni
· Collaborate closely with Foundation colleagues in increasing support from alumni; routinely identify and qualify alumni prospects for gifts; communicate development-related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser's Edge and attendance at Foundation board meetings.
· Oversee the budget for Alumni Relations; within the annual program budget, manage existing and/or additional alumni programs, services and communications
· Raise funds for select special projects and events in collaboration with Foundation colleagues
· Supervise administrative assistant (p/t) and interns (p/t) and provide guidance to alumni volunteers
· Experience in alumni relations and/or external affairs with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships and developing volunteer leadership
· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, alumni, other constituents and the public
· Demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities
· Ability to develop relationships with an eye toward fundraising
· Demonstrably strong writing, planning and organizational skills
· 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
· Minimum Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s preferred, or equivalent related work experience
· Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed
· Raiser’s Edge experience a plus
The SUNY Orange Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
About SUNY Orange Foundation
The SUNY Orange Foundation, founded in 1987, has a primary mission to generate funds and build resources to enhance learning and engagement opportunities for students, alumni, and the community. In addition to serving as the fundraising arm of Orange County Community College, in 2017, the organization formally assumed responsibility for alumni relations. Its 28-member, all-volunteer, Board of Directors represents a cross-section of business and community leaders from Orange County. They serve as advocates, stewards, and fiduciaries of the Foundation; including the planning, implementation, and oversight of the Foundation’s Strategic Plan.
A consistent fundraising leader among community college foundations in New York State, and nationally, the Foundation focuses on helping SUNY Orange to remain affordable and accessible to all students, through its extensive scholarship program. For the upcoming academic year, the Foundation plans to award approximately $400,000 in scholarships for entering, returning, and graduating students. In addition to scholarships, the Foundation collaborates with the college to provide grants to foster academic excellence and innovation through the support of programs and capital projects. Over the past decade, the Foundation played a crucial role in funding the construction of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh Campus, as well as the Rowley Center for Science and Technology, the Gilman Center, and the Evelyn Morrison Lab School on the Middletown Campus. The Foundation’s office is located at 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940.
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