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Assistant Director of Communications and Alumni Engagement
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Oct. 4, 2019
Title Assistant Director of Communications and Alumni Engagement
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department School of Nursing
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Communications/Public Relations
    Alumni Relations

Position Summary
The School of Nursing Assistant Director of Communications and Alumni Engagement will be responsible for supporting the overall alumni engagement, special events and marketing and communications strategies and activities of the School of Nursing (UBSON). Responsibilities will focus on engaging UB graduates, students and faculty with the goal of building and sustaining meaningful relationships with alumni. This position will directly support the School of Nursing alumni engagement strategic plan, which includes coordinated activities with campus partners, as well as marketing and communications efforts. Collaboration and coordination with the Division of Advancement and various campus partner offices is essential for success.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Create, review and revise an alumni strategic plan aligning with the School of Nursing’s mission and vision and supporting marketing and communications efforts.
  • Develop and disseminate School of Nursing communications, including newsletters, articles, magazines, website, event collateral and social media/digital display management.
  • Design and implement communications, programs, events, and activities for alumni, students, faculty, friends and community partners to encourage engagement and build long-term relationships.
  • Serve as school’s alumni engagement officer and coordinate efforts with UB’s central Office of Alumni Engagement and various campus partners.
  • Manage the coordination and logistical planning of School of Nursing alumni engagement and special events (from conception to completion), including venue research and catering details, speaker interviews, event registration, alumni and student volunteer recruitment, invitations, onsite event management and post-event wrap-up and analysis.
  • Manage SON events in the UB events calendar, and manage online forms to ensure content is accurate, engaging and up-to-date.
  • Steward alumni and other areas of the UBSON website, including content creation that aligns with UB branding, accessibility and SEO standards.
  • Capture and maintain UBSON alumni and student engagement activity and information within the university-wide alumni database.

Applications cannot be accepted via email or US mail, please submit your application materials through the University at Buffalo website, Please do not call to inquire about application status, qualified candidates will be contacted.

The University at Buffalo is a flagship institution in the State University of New York system, UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. It is a member of the Association of American Universities. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Visit our website at to learn more about our school.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum two years professional experience in at least one of the following: (1) alumni relations, (2) philanthropy/advancement or (3) event management.
  • Proficiency with CRM, alumni database or similar system; proficiency using email automation systems.
  • Experience using content management systems for website building and stewardship.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including professional experience creating effective persuasive communications.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Data analysis skills and the ability to make strategic/data-driven decisions for communications pieces and alumni programming.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends and travel periodically, as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Well-versed in alumni engagement strategies and emerging trends.
  • Social media expertise.
  • Ability to work well with and be a key member of an integrated advancement team.
  • Fluent in utilizing Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
  • Photography skills.
  • Experience using digital display programs such as RiseVision or Visix.

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