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Job Req ID:  107369

Director of Constituent Engagement

Under the supervision of the Associate Dean for Development and External Relations, the Director of Constituent Engagement will oversee and direct outreach, programming, annual giving solicitation and stewardship strategies for the approximately 22,000 alumni of the Johns Hopkins School of Education. The incumbent will develop new alumni relations program initiatives explore opportunities to strengthen existing programs manage and supervise the Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement and evaluate staff deployment as appropriate. Additionally, they will direct the campaign to raise unrestricted annual donations from alumni and friends of the school. This position requires proven management and organizational skills, strong oral and written communication skills, an enthusiasm for working with people, the ability to manage many projects simultaneously involving alumni volunteers, and a sense of humor. An understanding of and commitment to fundraising are essential.

The Primary Duties and Responsibilities of the Job:

Annual Giving

  • The Director of Constituent Engagement will oversee the annual campaign to raise unrestricted annual donations for the School of Education. Specific duties include:
  • Work with the Associate Dean to set annual goals and tactics.
  • Supervise and manage the Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement.
  • In coordination with the JHU Office of Annual Giving, design a comprehensive plan and ensure its effective execution.
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement to draft all annual appeals.
  • Identify new prospects annually through alumni and friend cultivation activities.
  • Manage a small portfolio of prospects, soliciting gifts with the goal of upgrading their annual giving and identifying potential major gift donors, and identifying potential planned giving (estate gifts) donors.
  • In concert with the Associate Dean and the Associate Director of Development, identify and execute comprehensive strategies to move prospects through the major gifts pipeline.
  • Work with the Sr. Development Coordinator, and Administrative Coordinator to manage the stewardship process for the School of Education.

Alumni Relations

  • This position will be responsible for the overall management of the School of Education's alumni programming. Specifically, the Director of Constituent Engagement will:
  • Advise the Associate Dean on matters pertaining to alumni relations and program development, strategically developing programs to engage alumni and friends with the school and support the larger fundraising goals of the school.
  • With support from the assistant director, plan and execute cultivation and stewardship events for alumni and friends.
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Relations Office, manage and coordinate the SOEs Alumni Association Alumni Council membership and award nominations, Alumni Trustee nominations, and collaborative regional programming. Attend Leadership Weekend and Executive Committee meetings, providing staff support to the SOE representatives to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council.
  • Direct and supervise alumni communications including the bi-annual Alumni & Friends Newsletter; alumni presence on the web page; invitations, and social media communication. Collaborate with Student Affairs on student/alumni programs. Represent the alumni office at various activities and events and at internal meetings.
  • Occasional overnight travel for events and donor meetings.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Five years professional related experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree.
  • Knowledge of annual giving, and alumni and donor relations, preferably in a higher education environment. Strong written communications skills, with the ability to draft persuasive correspondence.
  • A proven track record of building programs and motivating staff and volunteers.
  • Highly detail-oriented with strong organizational and project management skills, including the ability to manage deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of event planning and management for small and large groups.
  • 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 computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications, and content management software, Database software, or willingness and aptitude to learn such programs.
  • Knowledge of basic budget management for programs and events.

In order for Development and Alumni Relations to achieve excellence and an inclusive work environment, while advancing Johns Hopkins' fundraising and alumni relations, we must value, respect, welcome, and recognize each individual's uniqueness.

All applicants are expected to uphold the university's core values which include diversity and inclusion. In the Office of External Affairs, all staff treats people with dignity and respect by being fair and consistent. We demonstrate an open-minded approach to understanding people regardless of their race, gender, age, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability status, or other characteristics. We show respect for the beliefs and traditions of others; encourage and promote practices that support cultural diversity; and discourage behaviors or practices that may be perceived as unfair, biased, or critical toward people with certain backgrounds.

Classified Title: Annual Giving Manager 
Working Title: Director of Constituent Engagement   
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE  
Starting Salary Range: Minimum: $71,230 -- Midpoint: $97,880 -- Maximum $124,510 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60000003-Development & Alumni Relations 
Personnel area: School of Education 


Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:


Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.


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