The University of Illinois at Chicago invites candidates to apply for this newly created and exciting position as Executive Director of UIC Alumni Association. The Executive Director of UIC Alumni Association (ED) manages the volunteer leadership and alumni engagement efforts on behalf of the university and serves as the UIC Alumni Association representative at University and public events. This position is a member of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement’s (VC) senior leadership team and works closely with the VC while guiding and supporting a group of professionals dedicated to advancing UIC’s mission through volunteer leadership and alumni engagement. The ED serves as the primary liaison to and organizer of staff support for the UIC Alumni Association Board in the development and execution of a unified agenda for volunteer leadership including specific and measurable goals, objectives, and tactics. This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Advancement, with dotted line to Vice Chancellor for Public and Government Affairs.
- Provide support for and direction of Board member identification, cultivation, and recruitment efforts; new member orientation; and ongoing productive relationships between Board members and the University.
- Oversee all Board-related activity, including meetings and work of the Board of Directors and related committees; help establish and drive Board committees that guide meaningful alumni engagement in areas such as awards and advocacy.
- Work collaboratively with college- and unit-level alumni boards on Board activities, best practices, and successful implementation of UIC’s overall alumni engagement strategy.
- Create and strengthen volunteer leadership opportunities beyond the Board including regional and national committees, clubs and events.
- Serve as representative and/or speaker of the UIC Alumni Association at University and public events.
- Develop and implement purposeful engagement opportunities for University leaders including specifically the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, and others as appropriate.
- Direct the implementation of effective on-and off-campus events, programs, and activities of varying sizes and scope to facilitate greater awareness of University attributes and aspirations and to deepen connections between alumni and University faculty, staff, and students as well as with each other.
- Work closely with Advancement colleagues to identify and cultivate potential alumni prospects through volunteer leadership and engagement opportunities.
- Guide planning/direction for alumni efforts including financial oversight for all programs and budgets; identify viable revenue sources.
- Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; work with Advancement colleagues to ensure regular communication with alumni via direct contact, e-mail, alumni web presence and print publications.
- Help support the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public and Government Affairs in execution of successful advocacy activities.
- Oversee partnerships with Student Affairs and other offices throughout the University to spearhead the introduction of alumni involvement; foster linkages between alumni and current students and student organizations as part of a larger program to develop future alumni leaders, volunteers, and donors; educate graduating students about alumni benefits and engagement programs.
- Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical, and career information of alumni; communicate advancement-related activities via plans filed in TED.
- Supervise and manage alumni relations team and provide guidance to alumni volunteers.
- The position requires travel and working some evenings and weekends to support UIC Alumni
- Association programs and events, as well as serve as the representative of the UIC Alumni Association at internal and external programs and events.
- Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement connects the vision and passion of UIC’s alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and corporations and foundations, with the pieces of our mission most meaningful to them. We help donors create the impact they envision, whether it be scholarship for a promising student seeking a life-changing education, funding for researchers working to discover new knowledge in a particular arena or support for a university-community collaboration that will anchor stronger, healthier societies.
UIC is progressive and ground-breaking. We serve the needs of aspiring students and a devoted top-tier faculty who share a commitment to the promise of public education. Public service is at the core of the ethical values that inform what we do. An acclaimed research institution, UIC is made up of 15 top-ranking colleges and a health sciences system that includes a hospital, clinics and seven health sciences colleges. The student body is recognized as one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse among public universities nationwide. It reflects the vibrant and economically robust city we call home, which is as much a part of UIC as UIC is a part of Chicago.