Job Details

University of Alaska Southeast
  • Position Number: 4130810
  • Location: Juneau, AK
  • Position Type: Alumni Associations and Services

Director of Development & Alumni Relations

  • Job No: 523849
  • Classification:Development 6
  • Grade:Grade 83
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
  • School/Business unit:UAS Chancellor's Office
  • Location:Juneau
  • Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Development/Alumni Affairs

  • Position Summary:
    This position is directly responsible for all development, alumni, and university relations programming for the institution. This includes direct authority for budget, staffing, administration, strategic planning, etc.

    DEPARTMENT HEAD As a Department Head, the Director is responsible for managing both people and unit operations. The Director has complete fiscal oversight / responsibility for multiple office budgets and has authorization to commit the organization to major expenditures and obligations. This position is responsible for ensuring UAS'' compliance with complex fund-raising laws and applicable IRS regulations regarding charitable giving. The Director manages the recruitment and review of professional staff, working to establish annual goals with measureable outcomes for effective employee and program evaluation.

    ALUMNI RELATIONS: The Director has ultimate responsibility for UAS'' Alumni Relations efforts and serves as the university''s executive leadership for the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association (UASAA)''s board of directors, working to ensure alignment of the association''s goals with the university''s mission. Provides program vision and oversight to the Alumni Manager & staff to ensure that quality Alumni programming integrates and supports the institution''s overall strategic fund-raising plan.

    FUND MANAGEMENT / ADVANCEMENT SERVICES The Director works with major donors directly to design the parameters of new funds and the crafting of fund administrative / donor gift agreements. This position is responsible for the supervision of all University of Alaska Foundation Advancement Services functions on campus including: fund reporting, gift processing, timely donor acknowledgements, data entry, etc.

    UNIVERSITY RELATIONS: Establish, in conjunction with the Chancellor, a comprehensive strategy for maintaining and enhancing relations with external constituency groups. This includes work with campus advisory groups, the UAS Development Advisory Council, the UAS Committee of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, government officials, members of the general public, etc. Develop and implement community programs, public relations activities and special events to advance UAS'' mission and community relations/fund-raising goals. Act as a liaison for the Chancellor in dealing with business groups such as Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, etc.

    DEVELOPMENT: This position directs multiple components of a comprehensive fundraising unit that is large in complexity and scope, affecting significant impact at both the MAU and statewide level. In this capacity, the Director serves as the Chief Development Officer for UAS and represents the MAU on the UA Executive Development Council, which is the highest level planning body for Development / Advancement Services within the UA system that establishes strategic overarching UA policies/ procedures for fund raising and coordinates the statewide development effort. On the MAU-level, the Director is responsible for all aspects of UAS fundraising including Major Gift, Annual Giving, Planned Giving, Capital Campaigns, Corporation & Foundation Relations, and Stewardship and maintains a personal portfolio of UAS'' major donors for individual solicitation. The Director strategizes and works internally with senior university leadership and externally with key volunteers, community leaders and UAS'' Development Advisory Council to achieve philanthropic support of the institution. On behalf of the university, this position requires advanced specialized knowledge of IRS laws and regulations surrounding charitable giving and non-profit management.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
    1. Professional office management and supervisory experience including the ability to hire, train, motivate and evaluate staff

    2. Knowledge of standard accepted fund-raising practices as demonstrated/supported by successful fund-raising experience including major gift, annual fund, special event, and capital campaign experience.

    3. Knowledge and experience with specialized donor tracking computer software with report-generating capabilities that support analysis of overall program and effectiveness.

    4. Specific knowledge and training in funding sources (e.g. corporation giving, private foundation funding, state and federal funding, etc.), grant research and proposal writing.

    5. Knowledge and experience with Alumni relations and management of membership campaigns/ annual solicitations.

    6. Public Relations/ Marketing knowledge and experience.

    7. Experience with non-profit/volunteer/constituency groups and knowledge of board protocol and decorum. Demonstrated knowledge of acceptable volunteer management practices.

    8. Training and specialized knowledge in tax laws governing charitable donations and planned giving programs.

    9. Training in excellent communication skills, oral and written, and professional demeanor.

    10. Advanced knowledge, training, and experience with standard office computer software applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, etc.).

    This position deals directly with UAS' donors and potential donors and senior university executive staff, therefore high levels of confidentiality and professional demeanor are essential.

    Typical Experience:
    Experience with non-profit boards, alumni relations, and Raisers Edge fund-raising software preferred.

    Required Education or Training:
    Position requires a college degree or equivalent work experience.

    Professional CFRE certification (i.e. Association of Fund-Raising Professionals Certified Fund-Raising Executive) or Master's Degree in related field.

    A valid Alaska Driver's License is also required.

    Salary Information:

    This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 83, based on education and experience.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

    Willingness and ability to work outside of normal business hours for special events (specifically early mornings, nights, and weekends) as required. Must have own reliable transportation and valid Alaska Driver's License. Both in-state and out-of-state travel required.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

    Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.

    This position is responsible for program management functions at UAS that are actually facilitated by three separate departments at UAA and UAF: Development, Alumni, and University Relations. The person functioning in this position must not only be adequately skilled in all three areas of expertise but also be able to manage these inter-related functions simultaneously.

    *To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

    The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

    UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

    The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

    Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Louisa Cryan, UAS Sr. Business Partner at or 907.796.6263.

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