Director of Alumni Relations Salary
Directors of Alumni Relations in the United States take home approximately $61K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Directors of Alumni Relations survey respondents are women (76 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Directors of Alumni Relations claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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Job Description for Director of Alumni Relations
Directors of alumni relations are responsible for managing the relationship between a university and its alumni. They serve as a liaison between the university community and its graduates. A major duty of directors of alumni relations is the creation of a variety of events for alumni, such as homecoming weekends, networking dinners, and class reunions. This job requires varying hours, including nights and weekends, to best fit the schedules of the alumni. A director of alumni relations has to be comfortable with the cultivation of donors and general fundraising activities. In addition to working with alumni, directors of alumni relations must coordinate their activities with all the other departments of the university, from the president’s office to campus security.Read More...
The educational requirements for the position are at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree. At least three years of experience with leadership in volunteer organizations and/or fundraising is preferred. Most directors of alumni relations positions also require a strong familiarity with the institution, including alumni and past and present university employees. Directors of alumni relations must outgoing people with great communication skills. They have to be able to coordinate and work with a variety of people, including student volunteers, university officials, professional recruiters, and potential donors. They need good computer and written communication skills, as well as the ability to effectively plan events.
Director of Alumni Relations Tasks
- Manage college/university relations with alumni and represent alumni to school administrators.
- Plan and run special events for alumni and work to increase alumni involvement at the school.
- Develop and implement fundraising campaigns aimed at alumni.
- Maintain and update alumni directory information.
- Oversee administration and budget of the office of alumni affairs.
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Popular Skills for Director of Alumni Relations
Survey results suggest that Directors of Alumni Relations put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Marketing Communications, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Event Management and Oral / Verbal Communication also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Event Planning also know Marketing Communications and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).
Pay by Experience Level for Director of Alumni Relations
Pay by Experience for a Director of Alumni Relations has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Alumni Relations with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 64 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Alumni Relations with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 63 salaries. An experienced Director of Alumni Relations which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 40 salaries. A Director of Alumni Relations with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 18 salaries.
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