Director of Supporter Engagement and Operations

Aston University - Development & Alumni Relations

Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 04 October 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed

The Development & Alumni Relations Office (DARO) at Aston University is seeking a Director of Supporter Engagement and Operations to lead the development of strategies to engage and involve alumni and friends across the institution, and to manage those relationships effectively. 

This is an exciting time to join us. Over the last few years we have significant growth in our engagement with our alumni and friends and last year the Development and Alumni Team were shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards for our Engagement activity.  We have a passion and need to engage our alumni widely across the university, and are now seeing our alumni and friends on Boards, steering groups, involved in mentoring, recruitment, honorary and visiting lectureships and giving over 4,500 hours annually of their time to us – we want to grow this further.  In 2016, we launched our first University-wide major fundraising campaign - ‘Pioneers for Change: Transforming Lives’, with the generosity of our alumni, friends and supporters, we have made huge in-roads into our £50 million target, with a further £11 million to raise by 2020 – philanthropy from our alumni has grown dramatically over the last 4 years.

You will be used to working at the highest levels within institutions, being creative, relationship focused, with strong organisational and communication skills and the passion to see results. You will have a good understanding of alumni relations work, how effective alumni relations is measured within institutions, the ability to develop engagement strategies and see them actioned. You will manage a team of 5 people.

To have an informal conversation about the role, please feel free to contact Andrew Harris, Executive Director of Campaigns at: or telephone 0121 204 4560. 

Please visit our website for further information and to apply online. If you do not have access to the internet telephone 0121-204-4500 and leave your name and address quoting the reference number R170402.

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