Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University (WSU) is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. Wayne State’s main campus in Midtown Detroit is comprised of 100 buildings over 200 acres. Since 1915, Wayne State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States that provides accreditation to colleges and universities at the institutional level. Its annual research expenditures totaled more than $245 million. Wayne State awarded more than $340 million in financial aid in 2014 and has the lowest undergraduate resident tuition of Michigan’s three research universities.

The Opportunity

The Senior Director of Alumni Relations will provide vision and leadership for the WSU Alumni Association and the school/college alumni association constituent groups, and will manage the strategic planning process with the alumni association Board of Directors. The selected candidate will oversee the design, planning and implementation of programs, communications and services to increase alumni loyalty and engagement with the university through its Alumni Association. S/He will also manage the design, planning, direction and implementation of print and electronic communications including the WSU Alumni Association's award-winning magazine, electronic newsletters, mailings, emails and other publications to build and enhance engagement. Additionally, this position will cultivate, manage and broaden relationships with key university volunteers. A Bachelor’s degree and 7-10 years experience in higher education is required, along with a minimum of 5 years management experience.