Position Announcement


Position: Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Department: Office of Alumni Relations

Northeastern Illinois University, located in Chicago, Illinois, invites inquiries nominations, and applications for the position of Associate Director for Alumni Relations.  


The Associate Director of Alumni Relations reports to the Director of Alumni Relations. The Associate Director works directly with the Director of Alumni Relations to assist in the coordination, implementation and management of alumni programs consistent with the University’s mission and vision by providing outreach and building relationships with Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) alumni.


Full-Time, Continuing Position



About Northeastern Illinois University:

Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has three additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro and the Center for College Access and Success. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Regarded as the most diverse university in the Midwest, Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.



Position Responsibilities:
The Associate Director provides assistance to the Director of Alumni Relations with development, coordination, implementation and management of projects and programs for the NEIU Office of Alumni Relations and the NEIU Alumni Association. The Associate Director provides direct management, guidance and supervision to other Alumni Relations staff and volunteers as directed. The Associate Director assists the Director in providing leadership, management and supervision in coordinating various Alumni Association activities and events from logistics, communication and budget, including, but not limited to, the annual NEIU Weekend, Commencement activities, Class Gift Program, the InCommon Magazine, other alumni programs, affinity programs, academic department and college alumni-related initiatives.


The Associate Director directly manages the NEIU Alumni Association membership program’s recruitment and retention efforts and executes performance reporting for regular assessments of the membership program. The incumbent develops and executes an effective strategy and communications plan to increase annual giving through two annual direct appeals as well as membership events. The individual also oversees stewardship and cultivation efforts/initiatives for NEIUAA donors.    


Other critical responsibilities for the Associate Director of Alumni Relations include:

  • Develop, monitor and report on annual program plans for the Membership Program. In addition to overseeing the weekly tasks associated with managing the NEIUAA membership program, work closely with the office of Development to develop both overall and targeted engagement strategies to steward and cultivate current alumni members.  In doing so, develop strategies to move enhanced members to high levels of membership in the Alumni Association Membership Program.
  • In collaboration with the Office of Development, the Associate Director will manage a portfolio of donors who are active members of the NEIUAA Membership Program for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, leading to increased philanthropic gifts to the NEIU Foundation.
  • Collaborate with development colleagues to increase annual support from alumni through programs including the Leader Fund, Mega Appeal, Community Appeal, Class Gift program, and routinely identifying and qualify alumni prospects and communicating development-related activities via written contact reports in Raiser's Edge for the comprehensive campaign. 
  • The incumbent will develop, market, implement and promote alumni initiatives that support the university's strategic plan as well as the goals of the comprehensive campaign; develop and submit for approval by the Director annual strategic and operating plans.
  • In addition to developing programming and events for alumni and students, identify and solicit individual and corporate sponsorship/support opportunities for NEIU Weekend/Golden Gala and other potential programs.
  • Secure commitments from alumni to provide professional expertise and volunteer service for professional and career development including the Career Connections program and NEIU Alumni All Access in collaboration with campus partners such as Career Development Center, Student Leadership Development, Public Relations, and Office of Cultural Events.
  • Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; and in collaboration with public relations staff, maintain regular communication with alumni via direct contact, Raiser’s Edge email blasts, NEIU website and print publications that include the alumni magazine (InCommon), e-newsletters (New@NEIU) as well as the management of relevant content on social networking platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Serve as a liaison to the NEIU Alumni Advisory Board, including advocacy, providing staff support to outreach committee/s and assist in the planning and organization of those committee activities including university and state-wide advocacy efforts. Contribute to the development of the Alumni Advisory Board’s annual action plans.
  • In collaboration with the Director, oversee and balance the budget for Alumni Relations; within the annual program budget, manage existing and/or additional alumni program budget, services and communications.
  • In addition to the primary responsibilities outlined above, we will utilize the strengths and interests of our team member in ways that support our mission and needs.
  • Other project management and Associate Director duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications: 

Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, or other related field required; master’s degree preferred. Minimum five years of progressive experience in alumni relations or development (preferably in an institute of higher learning) or other constituent relations required.



Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range is $50,000 to $60,000.


Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, the participation in the State Universities Retirement System.


(This position requires a background check).



To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents as a single PDF document to alumni@neiu.edu


  • A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position
  • Current Resume
  • Three (3) current professional references
  • Employment Application
  • Statement of Annuitant Status
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for on-campus interviews


In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable) and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (BOB), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, Il 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.


Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University’s positions are contingent upon the University’s receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.