<--Alumni Relations Manager
The Alumni Relations Manager is responsible for successfully initiating, implementing and managing a robust alumni relations program for Cranbrook Academy of Art (the Academy) to increase the Academy’s outreach to alumni and to increase alumni support as donors, advocates and volunteers. The Alumni Relations Manager maintains accurate alumni data, outreach efforts to alumni and their families (via newsletters, web and social networking) and assists in identifying alumni for the Academy’s recruitment efforts. The position serves as a liaison to the Alumni Circle Committee.
Responsibilities include: Successfully initiating, implementing and managing a robust alumni relations program. Proactively identifying and successfully implementing opportunities and strategies for engagement and cultivation of individual Academy alumni or groups of alumni through research, communications, on- and off-campus events and personal visits by representatives of the Academy. Proactively consulting and successfully working with the Academy’s Director of Development and the Marketing and Communications team to develop appropriate and regular communications for alumni cultivation, recognition and engagement. Maintaining on Cranbrook databases accurate and complete alumni information, including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, significant accomplishments, employment information, and family information.
Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of 3 years of experience in alumni relations, customer relations, development, communications/public relations or comparable employment experience is required, with demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically in order to successfully accomplish goals and objectives. Experience must demonstrate a record of successful alumni or customer relations, management or fundraising skills. Must also demonstrate ability to write effective letters, introductions, proposals, acknowledgements, and alumni/donor communications. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are required in order to work successfully with high level alumni, Board members, and other internal and external constituents. Personal computer literacy and understanding of computerized relational database operations and ability to perform data management, retrieval and analysis are essential. Experience working in an educational institution is preferred. Demonstrated experience with The Raiser’s Edge or Senior Systems software is a plus. A graduate degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art or another accredited graduate art or design program is also a plus.