The Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for developing
and implementing a comprehensive engagement program designed to
provide meaningful opportunities for volunteerism, service,
personal and professional development, and events and programs for
alumni to enhance loyalty, dedication, and support for the
University of Montana. This person reports to the Associate Vice
President for Enrollment, supervises the Associate Director of
Alumni Relations, and oversees the management of staff, student
interns, and alumni volunteers.
About the University of Montana
The University of Montana (UM) is a multi-campus, public
research university serving the western portion of the state of
Montana. The main campus is located in Missoula, as is Missoula
College-the two-year college of UM, with additional campuses in
Helena, Butte, Dillon, and Hamilton.
The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula
that helps cultivate an educated, engaged, and vibrant community.
The main campus, nestled in the heart of western Montana's stunning
natural landscape,b spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel
and along the Clark Fork River. It includes the park-like Oval at
the center of campus, more than 60 architecturally unique
buildings, and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM's 180-acre South
Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer and softball
fields, and an outdoor track facility. Missoula College occupies
two sites, one just across the river from the main campus and one
on the southwest side of Missoula.
At UM, students receive a world-class educational experience in
a broad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts,
sciences, graduate and postdoctoral study, and professional
training. The University of Montana comprises 10 colleges and is
home to a variety of research centers and institutes. Close to
10,000 students attend the University of Montana. The
student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1 with an average class size of 30.
UM's College of Business is tied at No. 1 as "Best Business School
in the Big Sky Conference" by U.S. News & World Report (2020).
The University of Montana ranks 17th in the nation and 5th among
public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars. It has 11 Truman
Scholars, 14 Goldwater Scholars, and more than 40 Udall Scholars to
its name. Currently, 26 outstanding freshmen are Presidential
Leadership Scholars. UM has more than 100 different student
organizations, students have opportunities for community service,
recreation, professional development, and more.
As Montana's flagship university, and the second largest campus
in the Montana University System, UM sets the bar high for academic
studies, creative accomplishments, and scientific exploration that
benefits students, their communities, and the world at large.
In athletics, UM's Grizzlies are part of the NCAA I. The
Grizzlies have competed in the NCAA's Big Sky Conference since the
conference was formed in 1963. Intercollegiate sports include
football, basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's
golf, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's indoor
track and field, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball,
women's soccer, and women's softball. Intramural sports include
men's and women's lacrosse, the Alpine Ski Team, rowing, dance and
cheer, men's and women's ice hockey, men's soccer, the Woodsman
Team, rodeo, the Missoula Footbag Alliance, triathlon, cycling,
fencing, Jesters Rugby, and Betterside Women's Rugby.
The Director of Alumni Relations oversees the planning and
execution of alumni activities locally, in targeted regions across
the country, and internationally, to enhance alumni engagement and
cultivate connections and facilitates the growth of student-alumni
connections while fostering student engagement and
The Director develops and maintains cooperative and
collaborative relationships and programs with key University
partners, such as the University of Montana Foundation, the Grizzly
Scholarship Association (GSA), the Associated Students of the
University of Montana (ASUM) academic colleges and departments,
Admissions, Parent and Family Programs, and Athletics.
The Director of Alumni Relations oversees online content on
social media platforms directed to alumni and sits on the board of
the University's alumni publication, Montanan Magazine.
Additionally, the Director of Alumni Relations:
- Provides vision, leadership, and oversight to the Office of
Alumni Relations, the Alumni Association board of directors and its
committees, and other partners and committees to plan and execute
the vision and strategy of the University related to alumni
- Creates a solid foundation in systems, processes, and
procedures providing standards and guidance in the day-to-day
running of the association and supporting the development and
launching of strategic programs.
- Engages alumni in the life of the University through consistent
and positive communication using electronic, print, and social
media, exceptional customer service, and meaningful opportunities
for volunteerism, service, personal and professional development,
and events and programs.
- Manages the student and young alumni engagement plans to build
lifelong connections and facilitate continued engagement and
support for the University.
- Develops and manages an effective volunteer management system
that supports the objective of engaging alumni in meaningful
volunteer opportunities and serving as a source for alumni talent
and resources for students, faculty, and staff.
- Develops and maintains collaborative relationships and programs
with campus partners, including Admissions, Parent and Family
Programs, Athletics, Student Affairs, and academic colleges and
- Meets the needs of all constituencies during Homecoming by
chairing the committee that plans and executes Homecoming
activities for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the
- Develops and executes plans and activities for alumni affinity
groups (Alumni Chapters and Emissaries), identifies and cultivates
volunteer leadership, develops strategies for the success of each
group, and supports their events and activities.
- Develops and executes promotional events and partnerships that
raise the visibility of the University and the Alumni Association
among constituents across the country.
- Identifies and launches loyalty programs to provide a benefit
of service to alumni, to cultivate volunteers and donors, and to
generate income for alumni association programming.
- Oversees the selection and distribution of several alumni
association scholarship awards and awards that recognize
outstanding alumni achievements.
- Ensures the alumni database is current and safeguarded.
- Prepares, monitors, and administers budget for functional
- Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of,
respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of
other cultures or backgrounds.
- Remains competent and current through self-directed
professional reading, developing professional contacts with
colleges, attending professional development courses, and attending
training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.
- Contributes to the overall success of the Office of Alumni
Relations by working on special projects and performing all other
duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Associate Vice
President for Enrollment.
Qualifications, Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred
- At least five (5) years of successful experience in higher
education alumni relations, which includes an acknowledged work
history showing creative productivity; however, experience in
public relations or a related field in which the candidate can
demonstrate a successful track record may be substituted
- Working knowledge of higher education processes and
- Extensive knowledge of the University of Montana and its
- Amenable to frequent travel and attendance at evening and/or
weekend activities, meetings, events, seminars, and workshops
- Strong verbal and written communication skills and
well-developed public speaking skills
- Exceptional interpersonal skills with successful team-building
experience both within the team and
- with campus partners
- Demonstrated ability in motivating volunteers
- Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to
engage with those of varied cultures or
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to effectively
utilize a broader range of technology, systems, and packages
- Able to meet physical demands such as lifting and carrying
materials up to 70 pounds, standing up to eight hours each day, and
working in all weather conditions
APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are
1) Application packet must include:
- a) A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities
and qualifications of the position
- b) Current resume
- c) At least five references with full contact information
including e-mails (References will not be contacted without consent
from the applicant.)
2) Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs) to:
Additional information will be requested upon receipt of
Review of applications begins immediately. For best
consideration, submit applications by February 5, 2021. The
position is open until filled.
Submit nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org with complete
contact and e-mail information for the individual being
Kenny Daugherty, President of Myers McRae Executive Search and
Consulting, is assisting UM with this search.