Director of Alumni and External Engagement

Posted on 02/13/2024

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Are you truly passionate about forging meaningful connections, weaving captivating narratives, and orchestrating unforgettable fundraising and engagement events? Dakota State University is on the hunt for a Director of Alumni and Engagement who possesses that extra zest for the job, and we want you to bring your enthusiasm to our team!


  • Experience Architect: Design and execute remarkable experiences at events that leave our donors and alumni buzzing. Your expertise will ensure every gathering is unforgettable.
  • Donor Relations Guru: Cultivate meaningful relationships with donors, making them feel like cherished members of the DSU family. Craft personalized communications to keep donors informed about the impact of their support.
  • Alumni Engagement Trailblazer: Lead the charge in crafting a dynamic alumni engagement strategy that resonates with today’s innovators and influencers. Amplify the Alumni Committee’s influence by fostering collaboration.
  • Marketing Visionary: Elevate DSU’s presence to new heights! Develop and implement cutting-edge marketing strategies that enhance our visibility among alumni, donors, and the community.
  • Trendsetter: Stay ahead of the curve! Keep a watchful eye on the latest trends in alumni engagement, events, and philanthropy.
  • Community Connector: Be the face of the Foundation! Represent us at community events and forge connections that extend our impact far beyond campus.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Have 2-4 years of experience in corporate, higher education, fundraising, hospitality, or nonprofit settings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in events, fundraising, or related fields – bonus points if you’ve got the social media game to match.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to navigate the unexpected twists of event planning and alumni engagement.
  • Exceptional organization and time management abilities to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines effectively.
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud, GiveSmart, GiveGab, and Microsoft Suite is a plus.

Pay Grade 7S: $51,700 – $56,000

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