Director for Alumni, Parent, and Family Relations

JOB TITLE: Director for Alumni, Parent and Family Relations

DEPARTMENT:  Advancement

REPORTS TO:  Vice President for Advancement


The role is responsible for providing vital leadership for all aspects of University of the Arts' alumni, and parent and family engagement program. The Director will develop and executive a comprehensive strategy to foster increased participation from alumni and parents/guardians for current and former students, resulting in life-long engagement and support of the institution.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Plans, directs, and manages all functions of alumni, parent and family engagement including the development of special programming, events, and communications to improve and increase meaningful engagement.
  • Plans, implements and executes events and engages in steward and solicit a variety of key University stakeholders.
  • Develops annual plans, goals for growth, and key reports to measure performance and return on investment of resources and time.
  • Serves as the primary architect and contact for the Alumni Council leadership group structure and alumni volunteer opportunities; understanding that of a vibrant, engaged, and robust team of volunteers is an important part of a strong alumni community and a critical alignment for achievement of alumni engagement goals.
  • In conjunction with Advancement and campus partners, manage and oversee volunteer leaders of the Parent and Family Council, and identified key initiatives and priorities to support current families.
  • Creates, develops and supports additional volunteer groups and initiatives to support Advancement and University priorities.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with colleagues and campus partners across the university to support shared goals and ensure the integration of alumni and families into University programs and communications.
  • Bolster the strategic direction of the University's annual giving programs to alumni financial support to the University and educates-the community-importance of annual support.
  • Identify alumni and parent and family prospects and streamline them into the annual fund and major gift pipeline when possible.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.


  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience with increasing responsibility in non-profit fundraising roles, preferably in higher education, with particular focus on the volunteer management and special events.
  • Experience in engaging constituencies, and working with volunteers.
  • Record of developing and implementing effective engagement plans, and achieving metric-driven goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess challenging circumstances and develop feasible solutions which work in collaboration with leadership to implement solutions.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, concurrent assignments, multiple alumni engagement and fundraising initiatives, and volunteer leaders.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills are essential.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors and campus partners, interacting in person as well as by telephone and other electronic means.
  • Arts literacy, and some familiarity with the Philadelphia arts/university funding community, is preferred.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple unique projects at once.
  • May be trained to use data management tools.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Google applications, Zoom.
  • Ability to budget and manage university purchasing card.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as warranted.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • None

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.


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