Job Description

Payroll Title:
Alumni & Community Engagement
Hiring Salary Range
$68,000.00 - $78,500.00/Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#120168 Director, Alumni Engagement

Filing Deadline: Mon 12/5/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position offers a hybrid work arrangement, which includes a combination of onsite and remote work.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/24/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/5/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Director, Alumni Engagement, plans, develops, and implements broad strategies to creatively engage a broad base of alumni and students. Manages and evaluates student and alumni engagement programs and builds creative constituent-based alumni affinity groups such as Faculty-Staff Alumni and cultural affinity groups, to identify, cultivate and engage a broad base of alumni to foster a long-term connection with UC San Diego through inspired leadership, service, advocacy and philanthropy. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Volunteer Management and works collaboratively with development officers, Alumni Relations colleagues, and Advancement partners to support the design and implementation of comprehensive programs such as the annual alumni reunions, the Golden Triton Induction Ceremony and Triton Leaders Conference. The incumbent will also need to work within policies that are complex or possibly sensitive in nature.

The Director is responsible for cultivating affinity among alumni by creating effective communication tools to engage alumni and encourage participation in programs and initiatives. The Director works closely to facilitate connections between alumni and current students to provide mentoring opportunities. The incumbent will provide input for the creation and dissemination of relevant and timely communication in collaboration with Marketing and Communication colleagues in Alumni and Community Engagement in order to share news and promote programs and events. The Director works to conceptualize, develop and deliver large-scale inspired engagement initiatives for alumni. Additionally, the Director is a key contributor to campus-wide programs including Convocation, Family Weekend and Commencement, and outlines multi-year plans to effectively and meaningfully engage alumni and students in order to deepen their participation, advocacy, loyalty and support.

To accomplish the goals and objectives of this critical position, the Director works collaboratively and fosters strong working relationships with UC San Diego Alumni and the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and Advancement colleagues to foster a long-term dialogue that advances the role of alumni at UC San Diego. The incumbent fosters strong working relationships with Advancement and other campus partners to advance alumni engagement, by involving alumni in opportunities representing their areas of interest and expertise (mentoring, regional clubs, athletics, speaking at programs, volunteer programs, etc.). The incumbent will also be responsible for the qualification of prospects and donor management within their assigned portfolio. Collaboration between the Director and Career Center colleagues will be vital to create career referrals and alumni professional and career development opportunities. The Director will be the strategic liaison and representative between the affinity groups, reunion groups and Golden Tritons and alumni, sharing engagement opportunities which include, but are not limited to: career advising, career development and mentoring programs, student engagement, global engagement and industry engagement.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. Must be willing and able to travel.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and Advancement is committed to a continuous process of learning and updating practices to support systemic evolution toward equity, diversity, and inclusion for our team and constituents. We foster the UC San Diego Principles of Community by encouraging and developing a collaborative and positive environment among colleagues. UC San Diego provides resources and services so employees can develop a deeper connection to our diverse campus community. Explore more at UC San Diego Staff Associations network and Campus Community Centers.


  • Graduation from college with a major in business administration, economics, statistics, political science, educational administration, or an allied field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced knowledge of assigned area of responsibility, for example, the campus scientific community.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the administrative structure and academic programs of a major university, with knowledge of alumni relations industry and trends. Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education. Proven ability to negotiate and to exchange ideas, information and opinions to make joint decisions, conclusions or solutions.

  • Proven success as an engagement officer in a highly sophisticated engagement-centered environment. Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation with the proven ability to persuade colleagues and alumni.

  • Proven experience in and knowledge of the full spectrum of development including: solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, high level boards, volunteer groups and administration.

  • Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of alumni, internal and external constituencies. Ability to establish professional working relationships and interact effectively with diverse groups having competing interests and priorities within the university and community.

  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events. Creative ability to conceptualize, develop and implement programmatic activities from only very general guidelines.

  • Proven success in initiating, planning, and strategically implementing cultivation opportunities through engagement. Knowledge of the principles and practices of developing and utilizing volunteer leadership and organizing and maintaining volunteer support organizations.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide direction to staff and manage volunteers in accomplishing established goals and objectives, and maintain office activities with respect to established procedures and guidelines. Demonstrated strong leadership skills, providing vision, motivation and guidance to staff, a diverse volunteer constituency and campus groups.

  • Demonstrated skill in researching and evaluating information, preparing concise, well-organized reports, summaries, correspondence, policy documents and personalized letters.

  • Proven experience with and ability to develop and use computer applications and capabilities to produce correspondence, reports and tools for analysis and review (i.e., Word, Excel, Access).

  • Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills. Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues. Proven ability to provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for alumni prospects and donors.

  • Proven ability to work with a high level of independence, and prioritize assignments and departmental needs to meet deadlines. Demonstrated strong managerial, leadership, and communication skills.

  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies. Ability to represent Alumni and Community Engagement on task forces and committees and to participate in meetings and conferences involving senior university officials and volunteer leaders.

  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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