Vanderbilt University Associate Director of Development, Alumni Engagement in Nashville, Tennessee

Associate Director of Development, Alumni Engagement (Job Number: 1900354)


Work with a distinguished portfolio of entrepreneurial alumni throughout the country. Create unique and individual plans for each donor to improve engagement and cultivation. This includes the scheduling of meetings and/or volunteer opportunities with key administrators throughout the University so that alumni may learn more about their particular area(s) of interest.

The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University’s teaching and research programs.

Key Functions andExpected Performance:

  • Draft initialintroductory communication announcing the desire that the recipient isinterested in becoming more engaged in the life of the university.

  • Coordinate personal or group meetings with alumni and universityexecutives, including the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor of DAR, ExecutiveAssociate Vice Chancellor of DAR, etc.

  • Coordinate group meetings in cities throughout the U.S. with alumnicohort of participants.

  • Coordinate meetings with alumni orparents who share a common personal or career interest with the participant;i.e., mentoring relationships that would not otherwise be available.

  • Serve as the keycontact with the identified target audience in planning and executing an individualizedcultivation plan.

  • Monitor gift thresholds and standards;solicit for annual gifts and/or major gifts as appropriate.

  • Work collaboratively with the Prospect Management and Stewardshipteams to ensure project deadlines are met and executed with accuracy, quality, and integrity.Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Continuously compile, review, and analyzeproject outcomes against established goals, objectives, and timelines;

  • Recommend process improvement for program andservices;

  • Use appropriate resources to effectively andefficiently resolve problems.

  • Uphold departmental and institutional policiesregarding confidential information.

  • Work cooperatively with DAR colleagues anddevelop strong working relationships with other University offices.

  • Overall the position will be accountable for afundraising result each year with growth targets to be determined as the programdevelops. Additionally, the positionwill be expected to strengthen the major gift pipeline by referring major giftprospects to Major Gift Officers as they emerge.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


This position has no supervisory responsibility. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of Development, Alumni Engagement.

Education andCertifications

  • Abachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, is required.

Experience and Skills

  • 2years of relevant experience is required.

  • Preference will be given to candidates with 5 years of fundraisingexperience within a higher education institution.

  • Knowledge of software programs applicable to development is alsodesirable.

  • Superior organizational skills, verbal and written communicationskills, and the ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishmentsof Vanderbilt University to important constituencies are required.

  • Candidate must also have the capacity to perform in anintellectually rigorous and complex academic environment.

  • The ability to apply sound judgment skills in all situations,especially related to management, donor issues, and budget, is required.

  • Detailed working knowledge of Vanderbilt University ispreferred.

  • Meticulous attention to detail is a must.

  • Demonstrated success in managing a portfolio of prospects andsecuring five and six-figure gifts fromindividuals.

  • Strong project management skills are a must.

  • Travel, along with occasional evening and weekend work, isrequired.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).

About Vanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity andInclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.


Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 42312 - Development Teams

Job: External Affairs & Communications Professionals

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