Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Posted on 01/30/2024

The Catholic University of America

Washington D.C.

The division of university advancement provides leadership in two significant ways that supports the university in fulfilling her mission, aims, and goals. The first and primary focus is the engagement of her alumni, parents, students, and friends, while the second focus is raising philanthropic support from these constituents. Both foci are necessary, critical, and interdependent. The result is a stronger university that is positioned to fulfill her annual and on-going priorities.

The Assistant Director of Regional Alumni Engagement will be responsible for increasing engagement with our alumni throughout the country by developing programming that engages our alumni regionally. By engaging constituents on campus and in key markets, as well as through natural milestones like reunions, the assistant director will help ensure we have an engaged and willing donor base.

The assistant director will work with other members of the Alumni Engagement team, colleagues within University Advancement, and campus partners to develop and execute engaging and diverse programming in our key markets and secondary markets that attract alumni and donors.

The assistant director will support University fundraising efforts by conducting discovery visits with potential alumni volunteers and donors to the University.

Some travel is required with up to 35% of the time spent outside the office for events or visiting with alumni and friends of the university. Visits and events consist of travel in the DMV area and East Coast along with travel to the Midwest, West Coast, and South. The Assistant Director will support the Senior Associate Director’s efforts in our five key markets of D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. He/she will be tasked with planning events in our emerging markets across the country and testing the viability of creating formalized regional alumni networks in those secondary markets.

The Assistant Director will work with the Division of Enrollment Management to leverage alumni in the admissions process, using alumni to help identify and attract qualified students to CatholicU and help convert them to Cardinals.

The ability and access to drive a vehicle (campus or non-campus) on behalf of university business.


Plan and implement a robust slate of in person programming in Baltimore and Boston. These program offerings should engage and re-engage current and prospective donors. Conduct visits with alumni; focusing on potential board members, speakers, and unassigned prospects for discovery. Recruit potential volunteers for the Baltimore and Boston regional alumni networks. Once boards are launched, continue to recruit and manage volunteers. Plan and implement events in our secondary/emerging markets and start to recruit alumni volunteers. Determine if there is a need for formalized regional alumni networks in those markets.

Utilize Raiser’s Edge (RE) database to document communications, visits, and other relevant information about donor and prospect moves management. Effectively communicate results of contacts to appropriate Advancement and University staff. Collaborate with Enrollment Management on diversifying and expanding our applicant pool. Work with the Office of Admissions to promote the Alumni Association at programs such as Odyssey Day and Orientation. Collaborating with the Office of Admissions, develop ways to leverage young alumni in the admissions process.


A Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years experience in higher education, non-profit or similar work setting, or applicable volunteer experience in lieu of work experience. Experience dealing with volunteer management, alumni relations, event management, fundraising, or related responsibilities. Previous alumni relations work or fundraising is desired. Experience in event management and volunteer management is desirable.

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to handle deadline pressure and flexibility to pivot when needed. Detail-oriented, ability to multitask, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to motivate volunteers and colleagues. Knowledge of or active interest in learning all about the University and the Alumni.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Google for Education, and ability to learn new software programs and functions including donor database and online community.

Possession of current and valid U.S. driver’s license appropriate to the type of university vehicle and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR) as stipulated in the Vehicle Guidelines and Procedures Manual administered through the office of Environmental Health and Safety. Annual clearance of MVR check through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

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