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Executive Director for University Relations

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Work type: Administrative (Full Time)
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Other

Job Title: Executive Director for University Relations

Reporting Relationship: Vice President for University Advancement

Unit: Central Administration

Department: Advancement & Alumni Relations

Campus Location: Alumni House

Summary of Position:    The Executive Director of University Relations (EDUR) serves as an on-campus spokesperson for IWU alumni and leads efforts to create and sustain strong connections for our alumni and friends. The EDUR provides strategy and leadership to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive program designed to provide engagement opportunities through volunteerism, programs, and events. The EDUR focuses on the engagement opportunities that will help create a life-long relationship between the University and our alumni and friends.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and lead the University Relations team, oversee the fiscal budget, and planning for the Office of University Relations
  • Develop the annual goals and metrics for evaluating the success of projects, initiatives, and efforts of University Relations team members in accordance with the institution’s strategic plan and goals
  • Develop, implement, direct, and oversee outlined position objectives, strategies, and tactics for University Relations staff; create measurable goals for each position and track progress on a monthly and annual basis
  • Develop, implement, and maintain meaningful opportunities for volunteerism, personal and professional development, and events and programs for alumni and IWU constituents
  • Develop, implement, and maintain plans and activities for alumni affinity groups (academic, special interest, professional affiliations, etc.)
  • Develop strategies, implement, and maintain plans and activities for affinity groups (academics, special interests, professional affiliations, etc.) to support their events and activities
  • Engage in professional development such as self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses (as directed by the supervisor)
  • Work with Advancement Operations to identify and support ongoing efforts to capture, maintain, and enhance alumni data
  • Engage a wide range of alumni and in the ongoing life of the University through consistent and positive communication through direct contact, electronic, digital, print, and social media
  • Develop collaborative relationships with Enrollment Management to increase Alumni involvement with student recruitment, parent relations, orientation, and related activities with emphasis on implementing a strong legacy enrollment strategy
  • Maintain a select portfolio of alumni or relevant prospects
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director of Development and Executive Director of Advancement Operations to assure all University Advancement strategies and processes align
  • Contributes to the overall success of the University Advancement by working on special projects and performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President for University Advancement
  • Participate regularly in IWU and University Advancement events to understand the community, culture, and expectations of internal and external constituents
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive spirit among subordinates, peers, and superiors within University Advancement and across the IWU community
  • Exhibit IWU and University Advancement’s values of Christlikeness, commitment, leadership, service, stewardship, innovation, and diversity

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably from Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Master's degree preferred


  • Five years of appropriate experience in communications, advancement, alumni relations, marketing, or other client-centered organizations

Required Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to write and speak persuasively about IWU
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff, faculty, alumni, and friends
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated experience with budget preparation and fiscal management
  • Demonstrated ability in volunteer management
  • Requires the use of a cell phone which is eligible for monthly reimbursement set by IWU guidelines
  • Must be able to travel (20%-30%) throughout the U.S. to promote IWU
  • Must be able to attend and participate in evening and weekend activities as needed

Diversity Statement

IWU commits to create a community that reflects kingdom diversity. We will foster an intentional environment that exhibits honor, respect, and dignity. Acknowledging visible or invisible differences, our community authentically values each member’s earthly and eternal worth. We refute ignorance and isolation and embrace deliberate and courageous engagement.


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.


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