Chief Operating Officer, VMI Alumni Association
The Virginia Military Institute Alumni Association chief operating officer is responsible for the direction of a comprehensive, self‐governed Alumni Association of nearly 26,000 alumni. The COO reports to the VMI Alumni Agencies chief executive officer and also supports the VMI Alumni Association Board of Directors president. Responsibilities include development of the Alumni Association policies, procedures, initiatives, and programs. The COO provides oversight of Alumni Association programs and staff to ensure they meet the goals and objectives of the Alumni Association’s strategic plan as it aligns with the VMI Alumni Agencies. The COO works collaboratively with Institute leadership, VMI athletics, and across the VMI Alumni Agencies to develop and execute programs that benefit the VMI alumni network, fundraising efforts, the Corps of Cadets, and the VMI mission.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide dynamic leadership managing comprehensive efforts and a vision for increased alumni and supporter engagement.
- Assess, develop, and deploy Alumni Association strategies, initiatives, programs, and activities in support of Alumni Association and Alumni Agencies mission and goals.
- Lead efforts to foster relationships with alumni, Institute friends, and supporters in the community and around the world through work with almost 100 alumni chapters and regional directors to promote the Alumni Association and Institute.
- Oversee all activity related to the VMI Alumni Association Board of Directors, including meetings of the board of directors, the Executive Committee, and all other related committee and subcommittee work.
- Provide vision, leadership, direction, and support for Alumni Association staff, including conducting annual staff evaluations.
- Manage day‐to‐day operations of the Alumni Association with integrity and in a first‐class manner.
- Oversee and actively participate in the class reunion efforts for multiple classes in the fall and spring each year.
- Ensure effective management of Alumni Association finances and resources, including creation and management of the Alumni Association’s annual budget, with an objective toward long‐term stability and growth.
- Stay informed and knowledgeable of current trends in the alumni relations profession and higher education.
- Serve as a speaker and/or a representative of the Alumni Association at alumni and Institute events.
- Serve as liaison with key Institute leaders, such as the commandant of cadets and the Institute chief of staff.
- Fully staff and support key Alumni Association initiatives such as the Institute new cadet recruiting program and the alumni career placement programs.
- Provide viable programs and support for the current Corps of Cadets to better understand the benefits and advantages of being a VMI alumnus who is active in the VMI network.
- Oversee the maintenance and events associated with Moody Hall.
- Perform other duties as requested by the CEO.
- Seven to 10 years of experience in a related role.
- Proven leadership and management abilities for a high-paced and multifaceted team.
- Ability to plan, organize, implement, and manage multiple priorities and projects with a collaborative and positive attitude.
- A working knowledge of principles and best practice methods for the operation of a successful alumni program.
- The ability to be an active part of Alumni Association events, such as evening events and dinners; weekend activities, such as home football games and reunions; and travel to chapter-related events extensively and as appropriate.
- A track record of leading strategic and creative thinking within a team.
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to adapt writing to a variety of platforms and audiences. Some understanding of fundraising-specific communications.
- Understanding of governing board relationships, appropriate practices, and responsibilities.
- Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail.
- Substantive record of successful, progressive leadership experience at a level commensurate with the position.
- Ability and interest in building, managing, inspiring, motivating, and mentoring staff.
- Understanding of database management, gift processing, and donor relations.
- Openness to new ideas and their implementation. Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
- Extensive experience with MS Office Suite required.
- Knowledge and experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, finance, or a related discipline.
- Appreciation for VMI’s mission and unique method of education.
This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package, retirement plan, and a competitive annual salary based on qualifications and experience.
The VMI Alumni Agencies informs, engages, and inspires VMI alumni, family, and friends to support the Institute.
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Mrs. Cheryl Cathcart, director of human resources at email@example.com with the subject line: “COO, Alumni Association.” If the applicant is a VMI alumnus/a, please also provide a list of all Alumni events attended in the last three years (chapter events, regional events, reunions, etc.,).
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, those received by 8 a.m. EDT Sept. 1, 2022, are assured full consideration.
VMI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against anyone because of race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, age, or disability.
Leadership Annual Giving Officer
The Leadership Annual Giving Officer reports to the Director of Annual and Reunion Giving. His/her primary responsibility is to monitor, track, analyze and grow membership in The Institute Society, coordinating the renewal and growth with gift officers. Coordination with the Keydet Club is paramount where joint leadership donors are concerned. Travel as necessary to meet leadership-level members and to participate in events for the purpose of establishing name recognition and networking. Works in coordination with AG team members, prospect development and major gift colleagues to discover, cultivate, solicit and steward leadership level donors.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work with the Director of Annual and Reunion Giving to establish a strategy for TIS and Joint TIS/KC renewal
- Participate in the creation of specific leadership appeals and oversee their implementation and analysis
- Manage the TIS program overall and a specific portfolio of individuals capable of making gifts of $1,000 or more. Lead the portfolio through all stages of gift-making: qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
- Meet clearly defined annual giving metrics of in person visits and substantive contacts
- Prospect and cultivate young alumni and others to leadership giving status using reunion giving as a platform for engaging in conversations about philanthropy
- Leverage campaigns, such as Day of Giving to secure leadership level support for matching gifts and donor participation challenges
- Collaborate with Donor Relations and Events Management to ensure proper stewardship of leadership donors
- Occasional weekend meetings and events and other duties as required
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Masters preferred
- Strong analytical and problem- solving skills
- Able to work independently overseeing projects and managing competing priorities
- Fundraising experience
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication and organizational skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
- Experience in higher education fundraising working for an Annual Giving team
- Three or more years of full-time fundraising experience cultivating, soliciting and closing $1,000+ gifts
- Proficient in database software (i.e. Raiser’s Edge, NXT, Fundraiser Performance Management)
This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package, retirement plan and a competitive starting annual salary based on qualifications and experience.
Founded in 1839, Virginia Military Institute is the nation’s oldest state-supported military college. The Institute’s mission is to prepare honorable and dedicated leaders ready for the challenges of 21st-century citizenship. U.S. News & World Report has ranked VMI among the nation’s top undergraduate public liberal arts colleges since 2001. VMI offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 14 majors. VMI adjoins the campus of Washington and Lee University, the nation’s ninth-oldest institution of higher learning. Both colleges are within walking distance to historic downtown Lexington, a popular tourist destination. The city of Lexington has approximately 7,000 residents.
The VMI Alumni Agencies inform, engage, and inspire VMI alumni, family, and friends to support the Institute.
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Leadership Annual Giving Officer.” Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The VMI Alumni Agencies is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against anyone because of race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, gender, age, or disability.
In a continuing effort to provide equal employment opportunities, the VMI Alumni Agencies encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veterans to apply. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply. The VMI Alumni Agencies will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with documented disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment, educational opportunities, programs, and services.