Associate Director, Alumni Engagement

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2023


Booth Advancement: Alumni Relations

About the Department

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Chicago Booth is proud to claim:
-an unmatched faculty.
-degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents.
-a global body of nearly 56,000 accomplished alumni.
-strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities.

As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment.

For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

Job Summary

The Associate Director, Alumni Engagement is a key member of the Alumni Engagement Team and Office of Advancement. The Associate Director is responsible for developing alumni engagement strategy and supporting multiple alumni communities. This position provides oversight and support to multiple alumni groups and identifies opportunities to expand the breadth and depth of alumni engagement. This role will also increase pipeline development, alumni career connections, global alignment, and affinity connections, working towards increasing the percent of alumni engaged and other key metrics. The Associate Director collaborates with team members and other departments to build relationships with alumni, students, and staff.

This position is based in Chicago, requires occasional non-traditional work hours, and up to 20% travel.


  • Responsible for developing, directing, and evaluating the vision for alumni engagement worldwide.
  • Engages in relationship and volunteer management activities, identifying interests, cultivating engagement, and connecting alumni to Chicago Booth. Manage a portfolio of high profile/high-level alumni volunteers.
  • Plans, organizes, and engages alumni based communities and activities around the world.
  • Coordinates, develops, and plans events and programs in partnership with volunteer leaders and ambassadors.
  • Leads and assists with the research and development of new programs, events, and initiatives to increase alumni engagement.
  • Coordinates communication to alumni including collaboration with the Dean’s Office, Advancement Communications, Booth Marketing, and University Alumni Relations.
  • Partners across the organization within Booth Advancement, and across Chicago Booth, with University Alumni Relations and Development, and other offices within the University.
  • Inputs and assess metrics and progress towards goals.
  • Contributes to the general advancement of alumni engagement at Chicago Booth.
  • Assists in leading and coordinating the planning, organization, and management of events, programs, and services designed to cultivate and maintain ties between the University of Chicago and key constituent groups. May assist in or individually create a marketing plan to maximize participation and engagement of alumni, parents, and friends.
  • Has a deep understanding of strategic planning, data management, the creation and tracking of metrics, and the creation and implementation of new constituent relations programs worldwide. Measures, tracks, and reports participation and success of initiatives.
  • Has a deep understanding of fundraising operations for a school or department of the University. Participates in the development of fundraising goals, policies and short and long-term strategies. Assesses, analyzes and evaluates fundraising programs, specialized projects or major events.
  • Participates in the development of school or department fiscal year operating budget. May help develop and manage program or event budget.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • A minimum five years of experience in alumni relations, development, staffing volunteer organization, or corporate sales or marketing.
  • Volunteer management experience.
  • Working in a campaign.
  • Working with global populations.

Preferred Competencies

  • Understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion principles.
  • Proven ability to develop strong working relationships across the organization.
  • Experience working with both internal and external partners.
  • Work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, highly collaborative environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills, characterized by the ability to listen, speak, and write well, with a strong commitment to customer service.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Self-motivated and work well with and through others.
  • Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.

Working Conditions

  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum three days per week in the office.
  • Attend events outside of business hours.
  • Approximately 20% travel.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Alumni Relations & Development

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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