Dir. Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving

Gary , IN

Indiana University Northwest

Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving (Alumni Relations Consultant)

Job ID



Gary, Indiana

Full/Part Time








Department Information


About Indiana University Northwest

1 of 7 campuses of Indiana University, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. The campus has a diverse student population of approximately 3,500 degree-seeking students and 1,800 dual-credit students and has been recognized by the Department of Education as a minority and Hispanic serving institution. The campus offers Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, the School of the Arts, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, the region’s only four-year medical doctorate program. As a student-centered campus, IU Northwest is committed to academic excellence characterized by a love of ideas and achievement in learning, discovery, creativity, research, and community engagement. Indiana University Northwest is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.


Alumni Engagement 

Indiana University Northwest is seeking a highly motivated advancement professional with excellent interpersonal communication to serve as the Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving.

The mission of the Alumni Engagement team is to understand the needs and interests of our 28,000+ alumni base to create effective engagement, storytelling, and philanthropic investment opportunities. The team leverages insights collected regularly from our alumni to identify target audiences, build new programming, and tailor our storytelling.


Job Summary


Department Specific Responsibilities

  1. Assists in identifying new target audiences, build collaborations across the school, engage industry leaders, launch new programs and services, and further enhance how we tell the IU Northwest story.
  2. Facilitates program ideation and experimentation. 
  3. Responsible for working across the school to connect various engagement opportunities into cohesive pathways for alumni engagement, enabling us to enhance the value we provide to our alumni and strengthen partnerships with key alumni audiences.


General Responsibilities

  1. Leads the planning, development and implementation of alumni programs and major ceremonies/events that complement and advance the goals of university alumni and development offices, academic units and student life.
  2. Identifies and cultivates relationships with both alumni and students to promote engagement as volunteers on committees and in programs and as dues paying members of the alumni association.
  3. Develops and manages a portfolio of alumni, volunteers, donors and prospects. Collaborates with other units on fundraising efforts and events.
  4. Collaborates with internal department partners and volunteer leaders to develop plans and implement programs (professional development, celebrations, fundraising) that connect students and alumni and increase engagement and participation of the local service community and the worldwide alumni community and supporters.
  5. Establishes and coordinates opportunities that retain students and alumni in a lifelong relationship connected to the university.
  6. Oversees the design and production of alumni-related marketing and communication, including online, social media and web content.
  7. Manages unit operations and budgets; may manage a team of staff.







  1. Bachelor's degree In related field



  1. Master's degree





  1. 5 years In alumni relations, development, event planning, public affairs, marketing, and/or volunteer management


Combinations of related education and experience may be considered





  1. Ability to build strong customer relationships
  2. Articulate and responsive to colleagues
  3. Ability to lead/manage others
  4. Ability to drive multiple projects to successful completion
  5. Strong verbal communication and listening skills
  6. Ability to simultaneously handle multiple priorities
  7. Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  8. Demonstrated experience creating and utilizing social media networks
  9. Ability to exercise initiative, work both independently and effectively as a team member.


Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.


Work Location

Gary, Indiana


Job Classification


Career Level: Advanced


FLSA: Exempt


Job Function: Development & Advancement


Job Family: Alumni Relations


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.).  If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time. 


This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.


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New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.


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Posted: 06/13/2022