Director of Alumni Engagement


Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is an independent, residential, liberal arts institution with roughly 1,700 students. Nestled between three metropolitan areas (Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis), the Bloomington-Normal community is home to four institutions of higher education, numerous eateries, activities, and civic engagement opportunities.  Through the promotion and affirmation of diversity in all its forms, IWU creates a campus environment where students, faculty and staff will engage people from different backgrounds and encounter a plurality of experiences.


The University’s Office for Advancement/Alumni Engagement invites applications for the full-time, on-campus position of Director of Alumni Engagement.  This position leads the strategic execution of a comprehensive alumni engagement program that builds lifelong engagement opportunities for alumni to learn, lead, serve and give back to the University.



Strategic Alumni Engagement Program Management:

  • Design, execute and grow an integrated alumni strategic plan with metrics and benchmarks to gauge success, consistent with industry standards
  • Lead volunteer management programs for alumni volunteers including the Alumni Association Board of Directors, committees and/or Affinity Groups
  • Plan, manage and attend events including Homecoming, Regional Committee events, and other alumni and volunteer engagement programs 

Alumni and Volunteer Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship:

  • Sustain and grow attendance at and engagement through campus, regional and national events and affinity groups. 
  • Build relationships with alumni regionally and nationally to increase closeness ratings. 
  • Manage a portfolio of key alumni donors and prospects. 
  • Partner with the Director of Annual Giving to promote alumni engagement and philanthropy. 

Alumni Engagement Operations:

  • Manage Alumni Engagement budget. 
  • Direct Alumni Engagement operations including but not limited to event coordination and data management. 
  • Supervise and lead Alumni Engagement staff. 



  • Bachelor's degree is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in advancement and engagement
  • Excellent communication skills--oral, written, and listening.
  • Strong people and relationship-building skills with constituents from a variety of backgrounds and a range of generations.  
  • Local and national travel up to 20% of the work schedule; average of 3-5 overnight trips a year
  • Valid US driver's license.



Please download the application at  Feel free to also include a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  In addition to the aforementioned materials, applicants should provide a one-page statement describing their understanding of inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to contribute to the IWU commitment of building a diverse and inclusive environment.  


Review of complete applicant materials will begin immediately and the position is open until filled.  


Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL  61701 

Fax:  309-556-1710 (please use cover sheet)

The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation.  Per the Governor's August 26, 2021 Executive Order regarding COVID-19 vaccination, personnel in the higher education setting will need to either provide proof of vaccination, or apply for a medical/disability or religious exemption. All those not fully vaccinated will be required to participate in weekly COVID testing on our campus.

Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at