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Requisition Number 18-0038
Post Date 7/1/2018
Title Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement
City Frederick
State MD

Hood College is investing in advancement. The College is in the second year of a five-year strategic plan: Moving Together Beyond Boundaries that supports growing Hood’s core mission of academic excellence and increasing Hood’s financial health and sustainability. The College is prepared to launch its largest-ever fundraising effort and invites qualified candidates to consider these positions.

Under the general direction of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the full-time Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement is responsible for planning and implementing programs and projects that strategically engage alumni in strengthening support of and service to the College. The director serves a critical role in educating alumni about the need for philanthropic support at the College. The director will work with an appointed Alumni Executive Board (AEB) to develop and execute programs in support of admissions, career development and community service. The director of alumni engagement will work closely with the marketing and communications office to produce the electronic Hood College Alumni Newsletter, social media posts and other communications. The director will assist as needed with the Hood College Magazine. On an on-going basis, the director will establish and build relationships with alumni and identify those with College leadership potential. The director will work closely and directly with the advancement leadership team.

Hood College has approximately 22,000 alumni: 16,000 undergraduate alumni and 6,000 graduate alumni.

  • Plans, implements and promotes alumni programs that support the College’s strategic plan and mission.
  • Works closely with the development staff to educate the alumni constituency on both the need for philanthropic support and specific annual, major,and planned giving opportunities.
  • Manage budget and assess programs.
  • Establish goals coordinated with division plan.

Programs and Events (35%)

  • Plans activities for Reunion Weekend events to strengthen the College’s relationships with its alumni. Assignments include the 50th Reunion Milestone class, selected reunion classes, volunteer recruitment, event logistics, and alumni college sessions.
  • Develop new alumni engagement programs.
  • Coordinates with internal services, staffing and communications to support Reunion Weekend.
  • Plans and manages local and regional alumni events, including working with volunteers, securing event venues, event communications,registration, managing event logistics and executing event follow up.
  • Assists with event coverage as needed and gift cultivation/solicitation calls on alumni.
  • Coordinates Hall of Fame with athletic department.
  • Coordinate Homecoming and Family Weekend with director of student engagement; includes legacy brunch.

Alumni Executive Board (25%)

  • Provides leadership and management for the work of the Alumni Executive Board; coordinates alumni volunteer activities with the office of admission, center for career development, and office of student engagement.
  • Works with members of the executive board to achieve 100% giving to the College from this constituency.

Alumni Engagement (25%)

  • Identify and engage alumni.
  • Work with alumni for individual coordination with campus constituencies.
  • Coordinate alumni engagement opportunities with other campus offices.
  • Serve as a campus resource for alumni.

Communications (15%)

  • Develops communication strategies including updated marketing plan.
  • Directs publication Hood Alumni electronic newsletterto inform alumni on the range of activities across the campus and among alumni organizations.
  • Coordinate social media.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises the assistant director of alumni engagement and part-time project manager. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the College’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assisting, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, disciplining, and separating employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree and 5 years of work experience in an office setting with masters preferred; experience in volunteer management. The commitment to teamwork, as well as the ability to work independently; high energy and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; strong verbal and written communication skills; commitment to service orientation; strong interpersonal skills in influencing, motivating, and working diplomatically with alumni; and above all a commitment to the values and traditions of a liberal arts education preferred.

Language Skills

Strong command of the English language; strong oral and written communication skills.Ability to effectively provide information and positively respond to questions from both external and internal customers both in person and by phone.Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.Ability to speak effectively before groups of students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability, statistical inference and if-then statements.Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a number of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work independently and as a member of a group in developing and executing project plans. Ability to hypothesize, draw and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

Technology Skills

Strong computer proficiency desired. Office Suite Productivity products (such as Microsoft Word, Excel &PowerPoint); and the ability to learn new applications quickly.Knowledge of HTML coding and/or WordPress software for marketing purposes is also helpful.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé and three professional references. When saving documents, all document titles related to your application should include your name and the job requisition number (i.e.c.smith, 18-0038).

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line". If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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