Job Description

Payroll Title:
Alumni & Community Engagement
Hiring Pay Scale
$68,000 - $78,500/Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#121047 Director, Alumni Relations, Jacobs School of Eng.

Extended Review Date: Thu 3/23/2023

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This recruitment will remain open until filled.

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Recognized as one of the top 10 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Best practices, best people at the best place to work! Our team is looking to add an extremely creative individual as the next Director, Alumni Relations, Jacobs School of Engineering. If you are a strategic leader with an innovative mind, we want you!

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


The Director, Alumni Relations, Jacobs School of Engineering, plans, develops, and implements strategies for alumni-specific programs, events, and activities. 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 School 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 Director 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; and 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 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 Marketing and Communication colleagues in ACE 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.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSIONEquity, 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/or experience. Advanced knowledge of assigned area of responsibility, for example, the campus scientific community.

  • 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.

  • 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 and 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. Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation with the proven ability to persuade colleagues and alumni.

  • 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.

  • 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).

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

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

  • 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.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $59,700 - $124,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.59 - $59.53

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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.

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