Associates Degree in public relations, marketing, advertising, or a related field. Bachelor's degree preferred. Three years of fundraising, sponsorship solicitation, marketing, or related experience. Knowledge of university alumni relations and database management is preferred. Knowledge of Sam Houston State University (SHSU) would be helpful. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.
Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:
Performs advanced specialist duties for the Alumni Relations department.
Primary Responsibilities (Staff Positions Only):
Manages sponsorship acquisition activities and stewarding relationships for long-term partnerships. Identifies event-funding opportunities and secures needed financial commitments for funding of major events. Assists the Associate Director for Membership and Marketing in the development of program marketing strategies, development, and execution of agreements, production of agreed upon strategies and stewarding relationships for long-term partnerships. Leads activities that increase student engagement and align to the Department of Alumni Relations mission and engagement objectives. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards alumni and donors, specifically related to raising funds to support events. Secures needed financial commitments for funding of major events. Manages accurate databases of event sponsors for alumni relations and development office use. Creates sponsor benefits tailored for levels of support for each alumni event. Works closely with the University Development Office to identify potential event sponsor prospects and devise strategies to engage these individuals/groups. Follows up and maintains regular communication with sponsors and other event supporters, alumni, and donors to engage them more closely with the Alumni Association and University. Maintains effective dialogue and ongoing stewardship with event stakeholders, thus continually strengthening these key relationships. Responsible for creating, designing, implementing, leading, and coordinating all aspects of university-wide student engagement and philanthropic programs to encourage participation through alumni membership, programming (both leadership and career driven), and providing for a seamless transition from student to alumni following graduation. In addition, will develop and promote student engagement programming, events, and activities throughout the year, to include the university ring program and ceremony; activities with alumni, alumni clubs, and campus organizations, such as mentoring and leadership programs. The coordinator will work directly with the Official Ring Committee, to promote ring sales throughout the year and coordinate the ring ceremony each semester. Attends special events and other University related events as needed. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 20453
About Sam Houston State University
For more than 130 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The Measure of a Life is its Service", echoes across SHSU's six colleges and beyond its Texas campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more. Named for Sam Houston, Texas' greatest hero, SHSU continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty members who care as much about their students' success as they do about furthering the knowledge of their fields. While embracing its legacy, SHSU also strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With over 20 bachelor's and graduate degrees available entirely online, and more in development each semester, SHSU Online is quickly becoming one of the best online universities in Texas.
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