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Director, Alumni Relations

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Office of Graduate and Lifetime Learning

Summary: The Director of Alumni Relations develops and leads the strategic deployment of a comprehensive alumni engagement portfolio, providing opportunities for lifetime engagement opportunities for alumni who want to grow, upskill, lead, mentor and give back to GVSU and their communities.

Responsibilities  - Essential Functions: 

  • Develop future strategy, with a near-term focus on serving underserved alumni, including graduate students, working parents, veterans, and bedrock alumni (1960s – 1990s); and a long-view focus on the next generation of services and support needed by future alumni.
  • Expand alumni engagement and re-enrollment in professional development and other GVSU-offered credentials.
  • Increase engagement and attendance at alumni events (on-campus, virtual, regional, national/international and within affinity groups).
  • Serve as the key liaison to campus partners, including the colleges, Career Center, Adult & Continuing Studies, Athletics, Institutional Marketing; and alumni groups, including the Alumni Association, its board, YAC, and more. Through these, cultivate partnerships that will increase alumni engagement across GVSU.
  • Partner with the Office of Development to promote alumni giving.
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

 Required Qualifications and Education: 

  • 5+ years experience working in Higher Education with Alumni.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in alumni engagement.
  • Master’s preferred; bachelor’s required.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills that demonstrate passion, charisma, leadership, and poise for the office, role, and GVSU.
  • A strong intellectual curiosity with a commitment to innovation.
  • Periodic availability outside of normal business hours.

Salary: $78,000

Department/Division: Alumni Relations/ Development

Campus: Allendale

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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