Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of the Northwestern Alumni Association

Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
Northwestern University seeks an Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of the Northwestern Alumni Association to provide strategic direction and leadership for the Northwestern Alumni Association, focusing on the continued refinement and implementation of the Alumni Association’s strategic vision through programs, initiatives, and events that facilitate the growth in breadth and depth of alumni engagement. In this highly visible and critical role, the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director will be both internally and externally facing and will cultivate strong relationships with alumni, volunteers, and administrators and faculty across the University. The Assistant Vice President and Executive Director will collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development colleagues, including those in the professional schools, to support the overall Alumni Relations and Development goals. Acting as an ambassador for Northwestern University and the Northwestern Alumni Association, the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director will represent the University and Alumni Association at events and serve as an ex-officio member of the Northwestern Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Northwestern University is a preeminent global research university that is deeply interdisciplinary across multiple schools and units. Founded in 1851, Northwestern has campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. The University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. Northwestern provides students, faculty, and staff exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the world-class city of Chicago.

The achievements of the University have been financially possible due to generous alumni and friends, and the translation of its powerful science enterprise. With an endowment of $13.7 billion (as of June 2023), Northwestern is among the best-endowed institutions in the world. The most recent comprehensive fundraising campaign, We Will: The Campaign for Northwestern, concluded in June 2021, with a total of $6.1 billion raised from 174,380 donors; when the Campaign launched publicly in March 2014 its goal was to raise $3.75 billion from at least 141,000 donors.

The Northwestern Alumni Association inspires Northwestern alumni intellectually, socially, and professionally through programs that spark lifelong curiosity, connection, and growth. The Alumni Association aspires to accomplish its vision of a global Northwestern alumni community who feels empowered, connected, and engaged through every stage of life. For more than 140 years, the Northwestern Alumni Association has connected alumni to one another and the University. The Alumni Association has evolved to meet the changing needs and interests of alumni through compelling programming and content aligned with their intellectual, social, and professional interests.

"We in Northwestern Alumni Relations and Development are inspired by the remarkable achievements of our alumni. They make the University proud every day—through their professional success, leadership in their local communities and countries, and impact on the world. The role of Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of the Northwestern Alumni Association is a wonderful opportunity to work with these incredible alumni and shape the next era of alumni relations at our top-tier University. This is an especially exciting time to join the Northwestern Alumni Association as we accelerate the rollout of our strategic vision and begin to see the impact of these strategies in boosting engagement of alumni around the world. I am delighted that you are interested in this role and look forward to receiving your application." — David Lively, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.