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Job Req ID:  14129

Director of Constituent Engagement, Alumni Relations, and Development


Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

Director of Constituent Engagement, Alumni Relations and Development



Working Title:            Director of Constituent Engagement, Alumni Relations, and Development


Reports To:                 Associate Dean of External Relations, Peabody Institute 


Role/Level/Range:      ATP/4/PE


 Salary Range:             $68,456.16 - $94,063.00





This Director for Peabody reports directly to the Associate Dean of External Relations and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to increase constituent engagement throughout the Institute, and is therefore, responsible for managing: Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Donor Relations, Stewardship and Events related to the Office of External Relations.  The Constituent Engagement team builds the pipeline of donors by strategically engaging Peabody affiliates (alumni, parents, donors, friends) and identifying unaffiliated prospects through communications, experiences, visits and stewardship designed for prospect identification, cultivation and solicitations to support development goals.


Areas of Responsibility:



  • Plans, implements, and manages the constituent engagement program at Peabody, including responsibility for alumni relations, annual giving, donor relations, stewardship and events, with the assistance of the constituent engagement and development team.


  • Manages a team of direct reports which includes assistant director for constituent engagement and development, and the senior special events coordinator who work in coordination and in collaboration with the Director of Major Gifts, the Associate Dean for External Relations and the Operations Manager, who is the lead administrative officer for the Office of External Relations.


  • Strategically manage cultivation, engagement and stewardship events, with the support of direct reports to increase connectivity to the Institute and identify/cultivate prospects. Events include: Homecoming/Reunion; Alumni Award Presentations; Leadership Lunch; Founder’s Day also characterized as “Today is a Gift”; Annual Scholarship Brunch; and other related donor cultivation and stewardship events.


Development Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage a strategic annual plan and calendar of activities for Annual Giving solicitations in conjunction with the Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement and Development and the JHU Annual Giving Office.  This includes writing and oversight of Annual Giving solicitations and phonathon materials in conjunction with the JHU Annual Giving Office and leveraging the new Give Campus platform to increase engagement and philanthropic revenues.


  • Manage a portfolio of donors, including document 40-50 visits per year in our Relations Management System with the goal of identifying, cultivating and helping solicit gifts while helping to build the overall pipeline of major gift donors for Peabody.   The portfolio will consist of annual to mid-size donors (4-6 figures), which include Alumni leaders and prospects.


  • Oversee the management and execution of the individual portfolio for the Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement for annual, mid-size, to major gift donors. This includes managing and meeting individual and Constituent Engagement Team development and visit goals


  • Work closely with your development colleagues including the Associate Dean, Director of Major Gifts and the Associate Director of Development, on building the pipeline for the Friedberg Society.


  • Contribute to stewardship and oversee engagement activities to keep donors updated and apprised of how their support impacts the institution specific to their area of giving in collaboration with the Associate Dean, Director of Major Gifts, and Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement and Development and the Assistant/Associate Director of Major Gifts and Operations Manager.


  • Works directly with the Associate Dean of External Relations and senior Major Gifts Officer and the rest of the Constituent and Engagement team to maximize the potential for events and other activities to build a strong pipeline, coordinate visits to prospects, increase high end annual fund gifts, and engage current donors.


  • Build on current initiatives, including giving circles, including building the pipeline for the Friedberg Society and develop new initiatives to increase donor base by both numbers but with a priority focus on increased philanthropic revenues.


  • Oversight of the Assistant Director’s strategic planning and management of the stewardship efforts of Peabody for scholarship and other major donors, as well as annual donors of any size.  Collaboration with other team members, including those responsible for development revenues and operations while working through goals, objectives and target outcomes is essential.


Volunteer Management

  • Oversee the Alumni Association, Society of Peabody Executive Committee and Alumni meetings and related activities including alumni award nominations and coordinating activities with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.


  • Contribute, in coordination with the Dean’s office, the Distinguished Artists Council to further engage and leverage prominent alumni.


  • Oversee the Constituent Engagement and Alumni offices’ management of building community networks for alumni, students and parents nationwide and internationally (currently in Taiwan, China, and Korea); SOBA – the Society of Black Alumni; and other affinity groups to increase brand awareness, connectivity and advance philanthropy.   These activities may include Welcome Teas for our international constituents and other communication efforts.


  • Oversee the alumni relations communications program including: the alumni section of Peabody Magazine; the alumni newsletter; the alumni section of the Peabody website; as well as collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Alumni Office staff for Peabody’s presence in overall Johns Hopkins Alumni publications and communications



  • Bachelor’s Degree, a minimum,
  • Ability to travel within, outside of the state, and possibly internationally
  • Some weekends and/or evenings are possible
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Management, Volunteer and experience in delegating projects



Bachelor’s degree required. At least seven (7) years related experience required, preferably in development and alumni relations in higher education or comparable non-profit or private sector institution. Volunteer management and event planning experience preferred.


Experience working directly with alumni preferred. Highly detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Strong project management skills, including the ability to manage to deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Knowledge of events planning and management of small and large groups.


Ideal candidate will have the ability to thrive in an intellectually challenging, fast-paced, collegial environment. Political savvy, integrity, discretion, and pragmatic consensus building skills required; mature judgement in handling sensitive and confidential information required. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills and a highly professional image with the ability to interact with faculty, staff, donors, and volunteers at all levels required. Ability to organize and establish objectives and priorities in a complex organizational environment required.


Must be adept at working effectively with diverse constituent groups and senior institutional staff. Strong public speaking/verbal communications skills, with the ability to make one-on-one and group presentations. Strong written communication skills, with the ability to draft correspondence. Strong computer skills, to include Microsoft Office application, facility with ALADIN database, and content management software, or willingness and aptitude to learn such programs. Knowledge of basic budget management for programs and events. Regional and national travel required, including nights and weekend work.


This position requires someone with a strong commitment to and passion for the mission of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.



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