Senior Director, Alumni Relations

California, United States
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
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Saturday, 20 March 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford Graduate School of Business    

Residing in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, Stanford GSB has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

Stanford GSB’s Alumni Relations Office engages and serves the 30,000+ Stanford GSB graduates of the MBA, MSx, and PhD degree programs and of the Stanford Executive Program. Alumni are integral to the life of the school. They serve as leaders of the 60+ global chapters, admission interviewers, mentors to students, classroom speakers, volunteer leaders, and reunion organizers.

Job Purpose

As the Senior Director of Alumni Relations, you will set the overall Alumni Relations vision, drive strategic planning, and build meaningful long-term relationships with alumni. As a key member of the External Relations leadership team, you will work closely with colleagues in communications, development (fundraising), information systems, special events and programs; faculty; and key partners across Stanford University, particularly in the Stanford Alumni Association and other Stanford graduate schools.

Your primary responsibilities include:

Lead Operations of the Alumni Relations

  • Provide vision and oversight (including engagement metrics) for organization
  • Work closely with managers on specific activities and programs Apply creativity to improve communication, delivery, and marketing of programs and activities In conjunction with Alumni Relations and Development leadership, craft and lead approaches to increase diversity of Stanford GSB and university alumni leadership roles.

Attract, Develop, Motivate, and Retain Staff

  • Shape a culture that attracts, engages, and retains high-performing colleagues Create opportunities for development and growth to maximize employees’ potential

Engage Stanford Business School Alumni Association Board

  • Identify, cultivate, and support board members; foster and maintain productive relationships between board members and the school Oversee all board-related activity, including meetings and the work of related committees, task forces, or working groups
  • Maintain communication with members to meaningful involvement with the school

Represent the GSB and University

  • Establish and build relationships with alumni locally, nationally, and globally Represent the alumni association at internal and external events and programs

Collaborate with GSB and Campus Partners

  • Partner with departments across Stanford GSB and the University to engage and serve alumni

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and eight years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Track record of attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining professional staff
  • Success in managing and organizing others, including volunteers.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Familiarity with Stanford University, Stanford GSB, and/or alumni relations Advanced degree

*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford’s dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:

  •  Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more! 

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 3487
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: M
  • Requisition ID: 88176