Job Posted: 5-4-2021
Job Title: Director of Alumni Relations and Career Services
Employee Type: Professional Staff
Status: Full time Exempt
Reports to: Director of Advancement Operations
The Director is responsible for: providing services to alumni and cultivating the interest and financial support of LBC alumni through the planning and implementing of programs, events, communications and personal visits.
Personal Qualities – The ability to identify personal strengths, weaknesses, skills, and limitations and to use this understanding profitably.
- The desire to grow, develop, and mature, both spiritually and professionally.
- The ability to create and maintain a Christian professional atmosphere in all internal and external relationships.
- A spirit of cooperation and willingness to serve as a team.
- A professional appearance.
- An identifiable salvation experience.
- A pattern of spiritual development characterized by prayer, Bible study, and regular attendance at a local church or involvement in church ministry.
- A commitment to ministry and encouragement of others toward the same.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required
- Master’s Degree desirable in an associated field
- Graduate of Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School desired.
- A pattern of successful, relevant experiences
- A minimum of two-four years experience in alumni relations, or association membership management, program and/or event planning or stewardship development
Special Skills – to apply professional and/or technical skills and other resources to the job tasks.
- Effective interaction with people with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to articulate and promote the educational objectives of LBC with alumni with an understanding and appreciation of the distinctiveness of a Bible College.
- Strong time management skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks at one time highly organized; self-motivated; creative and energetic.
- An ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the Institution, alumni, other constituents and the public.
- Demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for motivating volunteers.
- Strong writing and planning skills with the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve institutional goals.
- High degree of professionalism and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
- Able to adapt to new technology, use of database applications and reporting.
- Flexibility to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed. Most travel will consist of day trips which will consume up to 40% of time away from the office.
Job Tasks – to determine specific tasks and time required of the position.
60% Alumni programs, contacts, visits and cultivation that lead to development cultivation purposes
- Develop and maintain an effective Alumni council – arrange semi-annual meetings, staff committees with volunteers and ensure strong and productive relationships between its members and the academic and administrative leadership.
- Church/ministry conferences if/when applicable
- Plan, implement and promote (internally and externally) alumni programs that support the institution’s strategic plan not limited to:
- Homecoming (including chairing of the committee)
- Heritage Week o Class reunions
- Alumni-receptions on site/off-site
- Own alumni database records, insure accuracy, capture contact, biographical and career information via surveys, projects (maintain and update alumni directory), correspondence, website, postal returns, etc. and record information in Donor2 for each contact made. (Data entry support from department assistant, Gifts Processor and PT students).
- Writing of alumni/church/ministry related updates, feature articles and e-correspondence. (ECHO and e-connection).
- Manage contact strategy, plan and implement scheduled communications with alumni via direct contact, direct mail, email, alumni web pages, annual phone-a-thon and print publications.
- Introduce alumni sponsored recruitment programs by region partnering with admissions to result in student inquiries/applicants/enrolled.
- Collaborate closely with advancement colleagues in increasing financial support from ministries and alumni; execute programs to secure new alumni donors; routinely identify and qualify alumni for gifts.
- Assist in seeking opportunities for LBC alumni to gain exposure with the goal to enhance good will, open opportunities for admissions, engage prayer support, and financial support of LBC objectives.
- Organize volunteers for events (Homecoming, golf tournament, phone-a-thon, etc.)
- Organize yearly Alumni/ Student Prayer partnership with Student Services.
20% Career Services
- Plan the growth and accessibility of career networking services for students with alumni; collaborate with Student Services new placement opportunities and referrals where alumni work or have served, with LBC friends/business owners, community businesses and ministry opportunities
- Mange community job board by keeping job current and refreshed weekly to ensure effective use of information
- Continually connect with local business, churches, ministry’s, and non-profits to inform them of the opportunity to hire LBC students
- Provide career assistance to individuals and groups for the following: vocational assessment, choice of major, career opportunities, graduate school information and application, resume construction, interview preparation, and job-seeking.
- Assist students in connecting vocation with area(s) of academic study, and co-curricular activities.
- Work to foster relationships between current students and LBC alumni that can help students with discernment of vocation, connect it with career choices, and the implementation of a career plan that is informed by this vocational exploration.
- Arrange LBC student participation in the Teacher Recruitment Day through personal involvement in the Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium which plans the day.
- Obtain/maintain expertise in the use of appropriate assessment tools including the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and StrengthsFinder.
- Establish and maintain a library of career information, job search resources, internship opportunities, graduate school resources, and catalogs.
- Maintain Career Services website to provide key information and resources to future, present, and former students.
- Conduct annual follow-up survey of graduates
- Oversee on-campus recruitment by employers, graduate schools, and missions representatives.
- Offer workshops on career related topics to students and speak to classes as invited by faculty members.
- Assist Admission in communicating with prospective students and parents about services offered and the success of LBC graduates.
20% Advancement efforts not related to Alumni relationships
- Build alumni/student relationships while educating existing and graduating students about alumni participation and stewardship. (days ‘til to graduation, phone-a-thon training, class advisor, participate in student events, etc.)
- Cultivate new community prospects and seek to build relationships between them and other advancement department members
Develop an annual strategic and operating plan for the fiscal year with timelines, dates, and measurement metrics and submit for approval by the Director of Advancement Operations. Budget responsibility for Alumni Relations and Career Services within the annual program budget, manage expenditures/forecasts and reconcile monthly.
Team Relations – Participate in a team work environment
- Assist other team members as appropriate in the accomplishment of department goals.
- Treat all team members with respect living by the adage – “Treat others as you wish to be treated.”
- Assist in other duties whenever called upon as needed for the good and welfare of Lancaster Bible College.