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Associate Vice President of Alumni Enagagement and Executive Director of the Alumni Association
University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada
Date Posted 08/14/2020
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Associate Vice President of Alumni Enagagement and Executive Director of the Alumni Association, with the UNLV Division of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement [R0120812]


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at:


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


Under the direction and leadership of the Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of the UNLV Alumni Association directs the comprehensive alumni engagement, alumni advocacy, annual giving, regional development and career services efforts for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), working with deans, senior administrators, Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement personnel, student groups, and the UNLV Alumni Association (UNLVAA) to develop and implement alumni programming to support the University's strategic and operational goals. This role also serves as the Executive Director of the UNLV Alumni Association. The UNLVAA is responsible for developing and implementing alumni engagement programs that raise the visibility of the UNLVAA and UNLV in local, regional, national and international arenas.

The Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement oversees a functional team of approximately 27 full-time employees to include the supervision of ten positions mostly at the Senior/Director level; serves on the Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement's leadership team, and oversees a 28-member UNLVAA Board of Directors. This position also collaborates and coordinates strategy with the AVP for Development.

The AVP for Alumni Engagement plays a pivotal role in accelerating growth in alumni and annual giving, defined as gifts below $10,000. The AVP for Alumni Engagement creates and leads a unified strategy and outreach effort to create and sustain commitment and engagement among alumni and friends. The AVP designs, leads, and directs the development of annual goals and objectives, operating plans and budgets, staffing, and volunteer management plans for the Alumni Engagement and Advocacy, Annual Giving, Regional Development and Career Services programs.

The AVP for Alumni Engagement provides leadership for a centralized Career Services unit that serves students, alumni, and multiple entities on campus while collaboratively working with and supporting the decentralized and specialized needs of academic departments to support the university's vision to become a Top Tier Institution.

The UNLV Alumni Association currently has:

  • 120,000+ UNLV graduates
  • 14 academic and affinity-based chapters
  • 5 regional networks
  • more than 80 events hosted annually to engage alumni
  • more than 2500 alumni volunteers


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience in higher education alumni engagement and development. The position requires a minimum of five to seven years supervisory experience with at least five to seven years of management experience


Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.


  • Understanding of and appreciation for the mission and goals of the University
  • Working knowledge of computer systems and software, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in interacting with both internal and external constituents with demonstrated integrity and a spirit of enthusiasm for the University
  • Strong writing skills for composing letters, reports, presentations, and speeches.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Creativity and resourcefulness with strategic thinking and problem solving skills
  • Collaborative leader who can work well in a large complex organization. Flexibility initiating and responding to changing priorities and situations
  • Be an active leader in how to increase alumni participation and engagement through relevant and meaningful events and programs
  • Demonstrated capabilities to plan and implement a wide range of activities that produce results based on established goals and objective
  • Ability to anticipate and recognize problems, issues, and opportunities as they arise and to advise appropriate administrators and staff
  • Willingness to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends as needed


Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding.

OTHER: This position will require a background check.


Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on March 27, 2020 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Search Committee Chair, Alexandra Nikolich, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504.


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0120812” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.


Where cost is a material factor, the abbreviated statement can be used in lieu of the preferred complete statement.

UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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