Job Description

Payroll Title:
Alumni & Community Engagement
Hiring Salary Range
$68,000 - $75,000 /year
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Appointment Percent:
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#112123 Director Alumni Relations, Biological Sciences

Extended Review Date: Mon 1/3/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/04/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/14/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Director, Alumni Relations plans, develops, implements strategies for alumni-specific programs, events, and activities for Biological Sciences. They will also need to work within policies that are complex or possibly sensitive in nature. Manages and evaluates alumni engagement programs that advance the mission and goals of UC San Diego Alumni and the academic area they are assigned to. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Alumni Outreach and Engagement and works collaboratively with the Deans, development officers, Alumni Relations colleagues, and Advancement partners.

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 Director will be the strategic liaison and representative between the academic areas 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.

The incumbent will engage the alumni community in initiatives and programs defined by Alumni and Community Engagement (ACE) and the academic areas; manage the information and data pertaining to alumni engagement, areas of interest and expertise and general contact; develop annual unit plans that represent ACE strategies and priorities in collaboration with academic area strategies and priorities. The incumbent fosters strong working relationships with the 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 provide input for the creation and dissemination of relevant and timely communication in collaboration with the Marketing and Communication colleagues in Alumni and Community Engagement in order to share news and promote programs and events. 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.


  • 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 .

  • 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. Proven ability to provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for alumni prospects and donors.

  • 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.

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

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies. Skill in researching and evaluating information, preparing concise, well-organized reports, summaries, correspondence, policy documents and personalized letters.

  • 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.

  • Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.

  • 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.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

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

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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