Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving – Law

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Description

Suffolk University is pleased to announce a career opportunity for Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving- Law!  Suffolk University is one of the area’s leading universities and the only one situated in the center of Boston. Founded in 1906, the University is comprised of three esteemed schools—the College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University Law School, and the Sawyer Business School. Suffolk’s 86,000 alumni are professionally successful and civically engaged, and they reside in Massachusetts, across the United States, and in over 150 countries. Suffolk is beginning an exciting new era and building a comprehensive Advancement program to support the University and its plans for the future under the direction of the Senior Vice President, Advancement.

The Office of Advancement has achieved significant fundraising success in the past five years and has surpassed several fundraising records and alumni engagement goals. Reporting directly to the Director, Advancement Engagement, and in close collaboration with the Associate Vice President, Advancement Engagement and Alumni Relations and Advancement leadership, the Associate Director is responsible for developing, marketing, implementing, and evaluating events, outreach, and programs designed to engage Suffolk’s Law alumni across their entire life cycle and build a culture of philanthropy across the University community.

Suffolk University’s Advancement Engagement programs are critical to advancing the University’s mission. Our Alumni Relations programs serve to engage and inform our current and future alumni, involve them as volunteers in meaningful ways, strengthen their pride in and attachment to Suffolk while building a culture of philanthropy. The Annual Giving program develops and implements comprehensive fundraising strategies for the engagement, acquisition, stewardship, retention and upgrading of donations from alumni, family, friends, corporations and foundations. In addition to generating flexible revenue they identify major and planned giving prospects, help maintain address and data integrity and convey important institutional messages.

Job Description

Assist with the development of a comprehensive, diverse and inclusive program to engage Suffolk Law alumni in meaningful ways and promote philanthropic support of Suffolk Law School. Research, develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a broad range of alumni engagement and annual giving programming including events, outreach, volunteer management and programs related to the Law alumni population. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to planning, promoting, and implementing reunion events, Suffolk Weekend (alumni/family weekend), signature development and recognition events as well as diversity and regional program development.

Volunteer Management

  • Serve as the alumni staff liaison and ex-officio member for the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and other Law related volunteer alumni groups.
  • Serve as the alumni staff liaison to one or more University alumni affinity groups including but not limited to the Suffolk University Black Alumni Network, the Women in Leadership Alumnae Network, the PRIDE LGBTQ+ Alumni Network and/or the Veterans Alumni Network.
  • Helping to expand our Law alumni engagement and annual giving efforts through building networks in strategic domestic locations.   
  • Partner with the leaders of the volunteer organizations to develop fiscal year goals that align with Suffolk’s strategic priorities, advise and assist the groups with meeting structure/agenda and follow through.
  • Guide and assist with the identification and recruitment of diverse and inclusive board membership.
  • Create volunteer engagement opportunities through partnerships with the Law Dean’s Offices, Law Dean of Students, Admissions, Career Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, academic departments and other campus partners.

Fundraising

  • Collaborate closely with Advancement colleagues in increasing support from law alumni; assist in identifying alumni prospects for gifts; communicate Advancement related activities via written contact reports filed in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Collaborate with Annual Giving team to leverage alumni volunteers for print and digital solicitations.
  • Assist the Director of Advancement Engagement with the development and implementation of revenue driven Affinity programs.

Program Development, Events, Communications and Outreach

  • Plan, promote and implement a variety of alumni programs and events to support the University’s Strategic Plan and increase alumni engagement and financial support.
  • Ensure all events are consistently executed with the highest level of quality, are cost-effective and overall support the University's mission and strategic goals.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with internal and external constituents to ensure effective execution of events.
  • Establish and build relationships with a wide range of Law alumni, locally, regionally and nationally; maintain regular communication with Law alumni via direct contact, email blasts, alumni web pages, and print publications.
  • Serve as a liaison with campus partners such as Law Dean’s Office, Dean of Students Office, Career Development, Admissions, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Propose and develop new methods of engagement through events and outreach programs.
  • Act as an ambassador at events.
  • Develop alumni affinity programs based on area of study, interest and/or industry.
  • Design and implement efforts, both electronic and print based, to publicize events and promote overall event attendance.
  • Prepare relevant event briefing documents and supporting materials for Suffolk and Advancement leadership.

Operations

  • Assist in data integrity efforts to ensure accurate and complete alumni database records.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned and assist with special projects as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 3-5 years of alumni relations, event management and advancement experience preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Sense of urgency and enthusiastic commitment to Suffolk University’s Advancement priorities
  • Experience working with and managing volunteers and possess an understanding of volunteer management best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and a strong commitment to help developing and implementing the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies and goals.
  • Highly professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
  • Demonstrated success with developing and sustaining relationships with donors and volunteers.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an emotional intelligence enabling the candidate to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the University, alumni, other constituents and the public.
  • Demonstrably strong formal writing, planning, marketing, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT, or a similar constituent database, and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned and assist with special projects as assigned.

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.