Binghamton University Executive Director of Alumni Engagement in Binghamton, New York

Executive Director of Alumni Engagement


Department:Division of Advancement

Locations:Binghamton, NY

Posted:Jun 15, '17


Ref. No.:08601


About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 17,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Director (SL-6)

Salary: $120,000

The Executive Director of Alumni Engagement is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive engagement program designed to provide meaningful opportunities for volunteerism, service, personal and professional development, and events and programs for alumni to enhance loyalty, dedication, and support for Binghamton University.

The Executive Director of Alumni Engagement reports to the Vice President for University Advancement and supervises the Associate and Assistant Directors of Alumni Engagement, Program Coordinator for Student Engagement, administrative support staff, and student assistants.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides vision, leadership, and oversight to the Office of Alumni Engagement, the Alumni Association board of directors and its committees, and other partners and committees to plan and execute the vision and strategy of the University related to alumni engagement

  • Engages alumni in the life of the University through consistent and positive communication, exceptional customer service, and meaningful opportunities for volunteerism, service, personal and professional development, and events and programs

  • Manages the student and young alumni engagement plans to build life-long connection and facilitate continued engagement and support for the University

  • Develops and manages an effective volunteer management system that supports the objective of engaging alumni in meaningful volunteer opportunities and serving as a source for alumni talent and resources for students, faculty, and staff

  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships and programs with University units, including Admissions, Career Services, Parent and Family Programs, Athletics, Student Affairs, and academic colleges and departments

  • Meets the needs of all constituencies during Homecoming/Reunion by chairing the committee that plans and executes homecoming activities for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community

  • Oversees the development and execution of plans and activities for alumni affinity groups (academic, special interest, professional affiliations, etc.), identification and cultivation of volunteer leadership, development of strategies for the success of each group, and support of their events and activities

  • Develops and executes signature events that raise the visibility of the University and the Alumni Association among constituents across the country

  • Identify and launch programs providing a benefit or service to alumni to cultivate volunteers and donors and generate income for alumni association programming

  • Oversee the selection and distribution of awards that recognize outstanding alumni achievements

  • Manages funds by planning, developing and exercising approval authority for expenditures

  • Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds

  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor

  • Contributes to the overall success of the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement by working on special projects and performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President for University Advancement


  • Bachelor's degree is required

  • At least five years of successful, progressive experience in alumni relations, including demonstrable creativity and effectiveness is required. However, experience in public relations or a related field in which the candidate can demonstrate a successful track record may be considered.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required, with public speaking skills preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required

  • Demonstrated ability in motivating volunteers is required

  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required

  • Computer literacy, particularly in word processing and using databases, is preferred

  • The scope of the job frequently requires travel and attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, events, seminars and workshops

  • Must have valid/clean driver's license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University will be a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

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Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: 6/29/2017

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

Please submit:

  • Resume,

  • Cover letter, and

  • Contact information for three professional references

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The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. As required by title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.