Director of Alumni Relations

University Advancement
Newberg, OR

OPENING DATE:                                September 26, 2016 
WORK SCHEDULE:                             Full-time, 12 Months
START DATE:                                    As soon as possible    


Our Vision: To be the Christian university of choice known for empowering students to achieve exceptional life outcomes.
Our Mission: To prepare students spiritually, academically and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity and serve with passion.
Our Values: Students first. Christ in everything. Innovation to improve outcomes.

As Oregon's premier Christian university, George Fox offers a wide variety of opportunities to serve in a Christian community that delivers the promise that each student will Be Known - personally, academically and spiritually.

 POSITION OVERVIEW:   Develop and manage a strategic plan on behalf of George Fox University alumni that will achieve desired outcomes, including:

  • Increased engagement
  • Increased satisfaction
  • Increased number of donors
  • Increased giving


  • Work with the Alumni Association Board to support their leadership in building relationships with Alumni to increase alumni engagement and philanthropic giving.
  • Create and implement a comprehensive Alumni Association Plan to include:
    • a. increased engagement of Alumni,
    • b. increased commitment from Alumni,
    • c. increased number of donors from the Alumni pool, and
    • d. increased gifts/donations from the entire Alumni Association
  • Develop a full and representative Alumni Association Board consisting of alumni leaders and supporters through appropriate recruitment activities.
  • Strategically plan and coordinate official Alumni Association Board meetings to drive initiatives toward desired outcomes.
  • Create suitable opportunities for alumni to engage with the university (i.e. events, networking, resourcing, etc.).
  • Improve Alumni satisfaction by producing high quality activities and improving communications to and from Alumni.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Events, provide strategic and tactical leadership/direction in all Alumni events, ensuring that plans are effectively executed to achieve defined outcomes.
  • Work with campus partners and deans to connect alumni who are involved in college advisory groups or other activities with the Alumni Association.
  • Work with the Director of Annual Giving Programs to develop and implement a strategy to educate and engage current students in a spirit of philanthropy from the time they enter GFU.
  • Manage the Alumni Relations budget.
  • Lead and supervise the Associate Director of Parent Relations, developing and supporting initiatives focused on building relationships and increasing parent engagement and support of the university. Initiatives include development of a Parent Leadership Committee and working with parents to increase volunteer support, engage parents of prospective students, and increase parent support of university Advancement goals.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; three (3) years related work experience preferred.
  • Management and leadership experience, including ability to recruit, organize, motivate and supervise employees and volunteers.  Experience with donor development
  • Ability to effectively manage several projects at once and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • High level of initiative and creativity
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills; enjoys serving and helping others.
  • Evangelical Christian commitment and lifestyle consistent with the university’s mission as described on our website. 
  • Appreciation for an inclusive environment that values diversity, engages in global concerns, and connects culturally.  

COMPETITIVE BENEFITS:  Vacation; sick leave; holidays; medical, dental, life, disability insurance; retirement plan; and tuition remission. 

STARTING SALARY:  Commensurate with experience.

REPORTS TO: Vice President for University Advancement

TO APPLY: Submit a George Fox University application, resume, and a letter of interest to:Office of Human Resources

George Fox University
414 N. Meridian Street, 6108
Newberg, OR 97132

You may fax your application materials to 503-554-2186 or scan and send them to  A letter of interest and resume must be accompanied by a signed application.

The University reserves the right to fill the position as circumstances warrant.

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