Job Details

Director of Alumni Relations

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 05/20/2020

About the Position

The role of the Law School Alumni Relations Director is to identify and implement meaningful techniques to engage our alumni. The Alumni Relations Director is an integral part of the law school development team. As a member of the team, the Director identifies donor prospects from his/her understanding of our individual alums’ interests and passions.

This position requires creativity, a passion for engaging with LCLS alumni, and a clear understanding of the reasons LCLS alumni engage with the law school.

Our Director of Alumni Relations must think strategically about how to engage alumni with one-way communications, two-way conversations, face to face meetings, volunteer activity, affinity alumni groups (class year, extracurricular activity such as clinics or certificates, etc.) and more. These engagements should be designed with the goal to develop connections with the law school, discover and identify an alum’s interest level in being more deeply connected, and ultimately to introduce those alums to development gift officers.

The position reports to the Assistant Dean of Communications and External Relations, and works closely with the development team members: Senior Development Officer, Gift Officer, Development Coordinator and the Dean.

What You'll Do

40% Identify and create meaningful alumni events and/or engagement opportunities.

This includes reunions, happy hours, alumni gatherings, and more. These events/engagement opportunities take place in various locations around the nation.
Encourage alumni hosting and ownership for the events.
Evaluate ROI of events and activities: how they will/did they contribute to the ultimate goals of providing more information on alums for our database, and identifying alums for further development team communications.
Think creatively about new ways to engage alumni through events.
For every alumni event:
identify metrics that will used to determine ROI
create alignment on the goal/s for each event
support the Dean and gift officers with event attendance, research and background on those who RSVP’d (yes or no).
Post event:
analyze the ROI of every alumni event; make recommendations for event improvement.
Manage the nominating process and event for alumni awards:
Distinguished Honors Awards
Harpole Awards

For young alumni, continue existing programs and develop new programs to engage the graduating class and young alumni. Understand their needs, create programs to address those needs to keep them informed of (and engaged with) LCLS. Existing programs include bar exam hospitality, commencement events and the Recent Grad committee of the Alumni Board.

30% Manage alumni profiles and keep them updated and accurate.

Develop and implement strategies about how to proactively gather more information about alumni.
Oversee class notes. Respond to alums who submit the notes to engage in a dialogue to find out more about the alum; convey information about those alums that warrant a congratulatory note from the Dean or a faculty member.
Take actions to keep alumni contacts up to date. This can include research, alumni communications outreach efforts to encourage alumni to update their contacts, and work with IA on the main campus to conduct more extensive research.
Work closely with Career Services, Admissions, clinics/centers, externships/internships to ensure that information is shared on those alums who volunteer and support opportunities for law students.
Input all alumni information into the CRM system, currently, Raiser’s Edge.

20% Manage and create communications to alumni, including:

Possible creation of an alumni newsletter.
Maintain alumni web pages; ensure the pages are up to date and relevant for alumni.
Manage alumni social media pages.
Aid in the coordination of The Advocate, an annual alumni publication.

5% Guide and support the Alumni Board so that their actions help other alums to engage with and support the law school. Keep Alumni Board focused on their goal to encourage alumni support for the law school.

5% Work closely with the development team to support them with research on and introductions to alums.

Other duties as assigned.

Must Haves

A JD is required, preferably from L&C Law School.
Organizational skills demonstrated through prior work experience.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including digital communication creation, website content, emails and social media.
Ability to manage details closely and to work strategically.
Ability to empower and manage volunteers.

Nice to Haves

Knowledge of Portland legal community and/or familiarity with Lewis & Clark Law School alumni programs and events.
Prior experience managing board members and volunteers.
Database management and research experience.
Ability to manage sophisticated alumni database system.
Experience in Excel, Word, and Raiser's Edge.

Work Schedule

37.5 hours per week
Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Physical Requirements

The job works primarily at a desk or is otherwise involved in activities requiring little lifting, climbing or working in tiring positions.
Bending, Crawling, Kneeling/Squatting, Twisting, Climbing (ladder), Climbing (stairs), Standing, Driving, Sitting, Walking, Grasping/Gripping, Pinching/Squeezing, Reaching, Push/Pulling, Repetitive Hand Movements, Seeing, Talking, Listening ​

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