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Alumni Relations Manager

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Alumni Relations

Job Description

Reporting to the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Engineering, the Alumni Relations Manager will plan, execute, and evaluate a variety of engagement programs and initiatives on behalf of the department that strategically align with the broader advancement (development, alumni relations, communications) and recruitment goals of the college and university. The manager will develop an annual work plan in consultation with the two supervisors and is evaluated against the success of that plan.

The Alumni Relations Manager must have a strong background in project management
and/or event management delivering programming to multiple audiences. Skill sets
necessary may include writing for a variety of platforms and occasions, professionally
interacting with partners across campus and external audiences, strong communication
skills, and strong computer skills working with writing, office, and database software.

The manager should have excellent organizational skills, creativity, flexibility,
self-motivation, and attention to detail. The manager should also be able to navigate
multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment. This individual is a member
of the college's alumni relations team and the department's engagement team, working in collaboration with the department's communications manager and industry program manager.

The Alumni Relations Manager develops, coordinates, promotes, maintains, and
evaluates alumni and donor events and programs. Specific work responsibilities may
include, but are not limited to, conceptualizing, planning and executing engagement
programs and events for alumni, students, and other external audiences; Manage the department advisory board and execute meetings utilizing best practices of board engagement; providing stewardship for departmental donors; providing strategic insight about for alumni and external audiences for the communications manager; communicating professionally in writing and by voice with multiple internal and external audiences; working with a confidential data management software.

Working within the advancement model, this individual's efforts must be strategically
aligned to support the goals and priorities of the department, college, and broader
university. The Alumni Relations Manager must follow established brand guidelines,
university policies and procedures, and accessibility standards.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related field with appropriate experience in marketing, communications, or related field
  • Experience working with project management and/or event planning in a professional setting.
  • Experience meeting deadlines and navigating multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational/interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in a team setting.
  • Strong written communication skills speaking to multiple audiences.
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and data management system.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Willing to travel periodically as needed for events, in the DC metro area and possibly around the nation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with developing, planning, and executing events for multiple audiences.
  • Experience in a higher education, independent school, or non-profit environment.
  • Strong attention to detail.

Appointment Type


Review Date

July 22, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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