Scotland’s first university is seeking an Alumni and Family Engagement Manager to join a U.S.-based team that is capitalizing on significant ties to the U.S. to expand engagement and fundraising.
Founded in 1413, the University of St Andrews is the most international of Scotland’s universities, with a diverse and international community of over 10,500 students and staff. This community has long-standing connections to the United States: currently about 17% of students are drawn from the U.S. and more than 6,000 alumni live in North America, 60% of whom have graduated in the past decade.
St Andrews has engaged alumni in North America for more than 30 years. A recent study by Marts and Lundy shows that it secures greater average cohort giving than other major U.K. universities, and notes that there is significant potential for growth. The University’s rising popularity and a growing community of alumni and parents make this a propitious time to invest in a comprehensive U.S.-based development effort that enhances engagement, builds career networks, and increases donations.
St Andrews is assembling a strategic U.S. development team to partner with U.K. staff on ambitious new goals. The U.S. team will include the Head of Development, the Alumni and Family Engagement Manager, and two major gifts officers. By fostering life-long relationships with parents, alumni and select institutions, the team will provide critical support for the University’s ambitious new strategic plan. The plan features the development of a new College—the first new academic quadrangle at St Andrews in 300 years, to be developed on the site of an historic school established in town in 1844.
Based from home—with a strong preference for an East Coast location—the Engagement Manager will work under the supervision of the Head of Development (U.S.) and in close coordination with the Alumni Relations team in Scotland to strategically develop volunteer relationships and create opportunities to fuel the engagement and fundraising aims of the University.
- 3 to 5 years of experience in alumni relations or similar constituent services role in the U.S.; experience with university fundraising is desirable.
- Experience recruiting, engaging and managing volunteers, especially within an alumni relations or constituent services context.
- Record of designing, planning and delivering highly effective cultivation and stewardship events.
- Experience creating engaging digital content and using analytics to shape engagement strategy.
- Ability to work independently and manage conflicting demands of a large workload while meeting stringent deadlines.
- Expertise in use of The Raiser’s Edge or similar databases.
- Ability to travel extensively across the U.S.; flexibility and willingness to work evenings and weekends when required.
- Bachelor’s degree.