Director of Alumni Relations Salary
Median pay for Directors of Alumni Relations in the United States is around $59K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Alumni Relations. Female Directors of Alumni Relations make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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
- Maintain and update alumni directory information.
- Oversee administration and budget of the office of alumni affairs.
- Develop and implement fundraising campaigns aimed at alumni.
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Director of Alumni Relations
Directors of Alumni Relations seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Project Management, Marketing Communications, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing, Event Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Marketing Communications and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).
Pay by Experience Level for Director of Alumni Relations
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Directors of Alumni Relations do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Alumni Relations make a median salary of $65K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $70K.