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Director of Alumni Relations College of Agricultural Sciences

Oregon State University Foundation
Corvallis, OR
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

For more than 150 years, the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences has played a central role to sustaining and enhancing Oregon’s high standard of quality for food, habitat, health and home. With expertise ranging from microbiome to macroeconomics, the research and service of our faculty, in every part of the state, support over 200 crops and commodities – from beef and potatoes to cherries and berries, onions and seafood, hazelnuts, hops and hay. Today, agriculture is the backbone of our state economy. Oregon is a national model of environmental stewardship and agricultural productivity. And OSU is a global leader of innovation. With renowned faculty working across interdisciplinary sciences, we partner with leading industries and organizations across the state and around the world to provide our students with hands-on opportunities to make a difference. The research we lead impacts the health of our critical natural resources and ecosystems, innovates better understanding of food systems and access to food, improves the resilience and competitiveness of our agricultural communities, and advances entrepreneurial ideas that change the way we grow and develop food to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population.

OSU is one of only two universities in the nation to have land, sea, space and sun grant designations. In reflection of the international relevance and importance of our work, OSU is ranked 13th in the world for agriculture and ninth in the U.S. for agriculture and forestry. The College of Agricultural Sciences, specifically, is home to more of the most-cited researchers in the entire world than any other college or institution in the state. With nearly 3,000 students, 280 professorial faculty, $900,000 in scholarships, and $90 million in research grants and contracts, the College of Agricultural Sciences is at the epicenter of solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Director of Alumni Relations positions are responsible for growing the engagement of alumni, parents, and friends of the College and contribute to the development and execution of an integrated advancement plan for the College that incorporates both fundraising and engagement goals.

The position reports to the lead Development Director in the College and works in close collaboration with the Senior Associate Executive Director of Experience for the OSU Alumni Association as well as the College’s leadership and external engagement partners. The Director of Alumni Relations will develop, lead and manage strategies focused on increasing engagement primarily through participation and meaningful volunteer opportunities.

The successful candidate will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment.


The work location for this position is the Corvallis, Oregon Office.

Key Partners

Partners for this position include the Dean of the College, OSUAA and OSUF program leaders, College development staff, College external engagement, communications and marketing colleagues, and College faculty and staff.

of Success

  • Increase the number of engaged (primarily through participation and meaningful volunteer opportunities) alumni, parents and friends of the College
  • Maximize OSUAA programs and events and College platforms and events to engage the College’s targeted audiences
  • Elevate the College by featuring College leaders, faculty and distinguished alumni in College, OSU Alumni Association/OSU Foundation and University engagement programming

Major Duties


Inventory current College based engagement activities (broad-based, affinity and segmented), and build strategies and platforms to align and advance College priorities through these activities - analyze College data for alumni, parents, and friends based on degree, clubs, and other known activities to identify key segments based on affinity and regional location to develop informed engagement strategies and priorities beyond broad-based strategies.

Develop, plan and manage engagement activities including, but not limited to events, volunteer board activities, dinners, and appointments to involve alumni, parents and friends. Ensure activities are in alignment with College engagement priorities to establish relationships and identify potential volunteers and donors.

Utilize current OSUAA and College specific engagement platforms to leverage resources, i.e., career services, early engagement programs, regional networks, student development and experiential learning programs.

Work closely with College, Foundation and OSUAA communications teams to promote activities and volunteer opportunities; maintain regular communications with alumni, parents, and friends; share news and promote the college.

Design, propose, and implement new initiatives that optimize engagement opportunities and help achieve the College’s strategic objectives.

Track data, analyze progress and outcomes to develop data-based strategies that expand and deepen engagement.

Design, plan and implement broad-based, intentional and scalable strategies and processes for collaborative engagement.


Inventory current volunteer opportunities, identify new opportunities for the College to foster engagement through volunteering.

Recruit, cultivate and steward volunteers.

Participate in and lead volunteer leadership activities (may include boards/committees).

Track data, analyze progress and outcomes to develop data-based strategies that expand and deepen engagement.


Design and implement engagement opportunities that foster philanthropic support Coordinate activities with development and College external relations colleagues to manage relationships with and identify donors.

Work with development colleagues to help inform proposals for support.

Track data, analyze progress and outcomes to develop data-based strategies that expand and deepen engagement.


Represent and participate in College, Foundation and Alumni Association engagement activities. Travel to and participate in events.

Develop and manage the College’s annual alumni relations program budget.

Track alumni data, analyze progress and outcomes, enter contact reports, maintain and update CRM data.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of:

  • Alumni relations best practices, fundraising concepts

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Interact comfortably and effectively communicate orally and in writing with all levels of staff, volunteers, and the public
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations, including the ability to attract, motivate and manage volunteers, lead groups, and interact with diverse groups
  • Be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions appropriately, and to handle interpersonal relationships maturely, thoughtfully and empathetically, including the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Cultivate relationships
  • Travel routinely, at times requiring weekend and overnight stays

Skilled at:

  • Using social media tools and applying best practices
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office

Qualifications and Requirements

Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience working in alumni relations, fundraising, higher education or in a non-profit environment. Must have a valid driver’s license to travel for work.


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