Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Director of Alumni Relations develops, manages and implements programs designed to engage the alumni community, while actively contributing toward the fundraising needs of Williamson College of the Trades. This person collaborates closely with colleagues in Admissions, Student Life, Athletics, Education and Advancement to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni engagement and financial giving. In addition to growing and cultivating a culture of philanthropy within the Williamson community, the Director of Alumni Relations embraces Williamson’s mission and core values in all facets of the development process.
- Drives the vision and strategy for alumni relations at Williamson.
- Together with the VP of Advancement, sets metrics by which success in this area will be measured.
- Designs and executes programs for the broad base of alumni focusing on:
- Enhancing affinity-based programming and class-based programming.
- Aggressively utilizing electronic media to communicate and engage alumni.
- Increasing revenue-generating programs to enhance alumni programming.
- Increasing alumni engagement within the Williamson Community: fellow alumni, students, trustees and administration.
- Develops and tracks program strategies, tactics, deliverables and timelines.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of programming initiatives.
- Forges strong relationships and fosters good will with the Williamson alumni and supporters of Williamson to influence and maximize engagement.
- Collaborates across campus departments to implement successful alumni programming and fundraising campaigns.
- In partnership with the marketing/communication staff, oversees the content strategy and development of messages to the Alumni.
- Responsible for coordinating alumni events including fundraising, networking, reunions and meetings.
- Works closely with the existing Alumni Association and other alumni groups who organize to support Williamson.
- Actively develops and participates in alumni committees with a goal to improve alumni relations.
- Acts as a liaison between the Alumni and the college leadership.
- Maintains current knowledge of best practices.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Appreciation and passion for the mission of the Williamson College of the Trades.
- Minimum of five (5) years of experience in development, alumni affairs, education or related field.
- Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build, foster and maintain positive relationships with both internal and external constituencies including administrators, faculty, trustees, volunteer leaders, students, donors and prospects.
- Superior communication skills to express, orally and in writing, Williamson’s mission, vision and goals with clarity, passion and persuasion.
- Successful experience in managing multiple projects independently.
- Progressive experience using electronic media as a means to communicate and engage others.
- Proven ability to motivate and oversee volunteers.
- Past experience in developing new projects or programs a plus.
- Attention to detail combined with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment.
- Demonstrated ability to lead, take initiative and work collaboratively as a member of a team.
- Proficiency with databases and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
- Previous experience and proficiency working with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Must be willing and able to travel both local and long distance; valid driver’s license and access to a car are required.
- Must be willing to work evenings and weekends when required.
Williamson College of the Trades prepares qualified young men to be respected leaders and productive members of society. To accomplish the mission, Williamson develops the entire student, spiritually, socially, and professionally, emphasizing academic, trade, technical, and moral education in a structured community based on Judeo-Christian principles, without charging for tuition, room, or board.
Williamson College of the Trades believes that the ideals upon which Isaiah V. Williamson founded the school are as valid and relevant today as when the school was founded in 1888. In its beliefs, Williamson remains committed to these ideals: Commitment to Our Heritage, Commitment to Craftsmanship and Commitment to Community.
The College’s core values are: Faith, Integrity, Diligence, Excellence, and Service.
A Williamson Education
To meet the goals outlined above, Williamson takes a unique approach to occupational education. Over the course of three years at the College, students receive a broad education that includes study of trade and technical theory in the classroom and realistic work projects. Students also receive academic instruction that is designed to contribute to their career success. This well-rounded training is intended to provide graduates with the skills necessary for success in a wide variety of career options, from positions in the trade and technical fields to employment as small business owners.
But training at Williamson goes far beyond the classroom, as students live in a carefully structured environment that includes daily chapel, work details, a dress code, and clearly defined rules and responsibilities. A Williamson education emphasizes the importance of moral values, industry, and quality workmanship. The goal is to foster in students the proper attitudes for success in life and on the job, including self-discipline, personal integrity, and reliability.
An independent, post-secondary, vocational-technical school, Williamson provides all students with full scholarships that cover tuition, room, board, making Williamson the only free school of its kind in the nation. In exchange for their education, students must follow the School’s rules and help with the food service and maintenance of buildings and grounds.
For over 130 years Williamson has been using its unique approach to vocational education to prepare high-quality tradesmen and technicians. In the process it has gained a national reputation for producing graduates who have become expert craftsmen, successful businessmen, respected citizens, and recognized leaders in their fields.
For additional information about the Williamson College of the Trades, please visit their website, www.williamson.edu.