Director of Alumni and Family Engagement – 22200

FLSA EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Salaried; Exempt; Administrative; 12 months

DEPARTMENT: Advancement


With a proud history and traditions that extend back 135 years, Alma College is a leading liberal arts college in Michigan with an alumni base of 15,000. The Director of Alumni and Family Engagement serves as the most visible leader of that alumni base. The position reports to Alma College’s Associate Vice President for Advancement and is a key leader on the Advancement team.


This position is supervised by the Associate Vice President for Advancement and supervises one direct report, the Assistant Director of Engagement.


Strategic Planning (20%)
• In collaboration with advancement teammates, develop, pursue, and execute a comprehensive, strategic, multi-year plan for alumni and family engagement.
• Create a regional engagement strategy for alumni, parents, and other constituencies who advance the mission of Alma College.
• Revise and refine the Alma Ambassador Program so that it further empowers current alumni and identifies the next generation of alumni leadership.
• Create and implement an annual plan for parent and family engagement, including financial support, creative programming, and thoughtful communication.

• Network Development, Volunteer Leadership, and Event Execution (50%)
• Support lifelong connections among alumni and engage them in advancing Alma College toward its goals by planning and executing annual Alma College traditions,
– Homecoming, a 3-day event each Fall that involves hundreds of alumni, many programs, and includes milestone year class reunions.
– Academic and Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as appropriate and in collaboration with the Provost, Athletics Director, and other key stakeholders.
• Serve as the College’s main contact person and leader in support of three important collaborating entities: the Alumni Association Board, parents and families, and the
Student Advancement Association.
– Continue empowering Alumni Association Board and other key alumni leaders to plan, host, and execute alumni engagement events where appropriate.
– Strategically recruit dynamic and dedicated stakeholders who enhance alumni engagement across different communities and networks (e.g., regional champions,
student recruiters, internship sponsors, student mentors).
– Guide and support parents and families, and Student Advancement Association initiatives, to engage students and their families.
• Plan and execute a portfolio of annual regional events in partnership with Advancement staff that will further cultivate relationships with dedicated alumni and other
prospective donors.
• Manage the Alma Ambassador network of volunteers and support the Alumni Association Board in its efforts to provide visible leadership for all alumni initiatives.

• Written and Digital Communication (20%)
• Manage and execute an effective communication strategy that will ensure alumni are consistently well-informed about the College and called to action.
• Partner with marketing colleagues on social media, websites, print, and online marketing campaigns.
• Support Athletics team coaches and Advancement liaisons with their outreach efforts to keep former student-athletes and athletics families engaged via written and digital communication.
• Support the Advancement Office’s Annual Fund team in initiatives that seek to build the tradition of alumni philanthropic participation (e.g., Alma Day, Traditions Dinner,
Year-End messaging).

•  Other Duties as Assigned (10%)
• As needed, contribute to the overall success of the Advancement Office by stepping up in key moments to assist on special projects while still performing the main
responsibilities of the role.


• Bachelor’s degree
• Excellent organizational skills, including ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
• Ability to travel consistently during warmer months (April to October)
• Ability to work weekends and evenings
• Ability to handle confidential information
• Experience with technology


• Graduate degree
• Significant event-planning experience and/or experience in alumni relations in higher education
• Alma College graduate
• Experience working with underrepresented, first-generation, Pell-eligible, and diverse populations.


• Travel independently in and out of state via car, airplane, or train
• Sitting at a desk for up to eight hours
• Lifting up to 20 pounds


Interested candidates must submit an Alma College application, a cover letter and current resume, via email to Application materials will be accepted until June 30, 2024.

Alma College is classified as a selective Baccalaureate College: Diverse Fields by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders, Alma’s students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. For more information about the College, visit