Information & Responsibilities
CalArts is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader with excellent communications skills to lead its Alumni and Family programs. This position will help shape a pivotal time for the Institute – one that includes the leadership of a dynamic new President, the undertaking of historic visioning and strategic planning that engages all constituents, and a major anniversary (50 years CalArts/100 years Chouinard) in 2021 marked by a comprehensive capital campaign.
An energetic and highly motivated professional, the Director is responsible for creating strategic, comprehensive and cohesive programs and services designed to serve, foster, and strengthen alumni and family engagement and support for CalArts. The Director should have an understanding of the vision and values of the Institute and be informed about contemporary visual, performing and media art across disciplines. The Director manages three full time staff and several part time work-study students and interns. The Director provides leadership to an Advisory Council of Alumni to support CalArts students and alumni. The Director develops strong networks of alumni through communications, events, mentoring programs, as well as develops new programs to achieve these networks. The Director works collaboratively as a member of the Advancement team to provide affiliation opportunities for CalArts alumni and parents while working to meet dollar and participation goals of the CalArts’ Fund.
POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Conceptualize, plan, and manage strategic programs to effectively engage alumnx; formulate effective goals, objectives, strategies, activities, and benchmarks for a comprehensive outreach program.
• Participate in the life of alumnx through attendance at events, creating events, and engaging with alumnx through effective communications across platforms so that alumnx feel the Institute’s support.
• Plan and execute CalArts [Alumni & Family] Weekend, as well as other events, both on and off campus.
• Supervise Phon-a-thons (two (2) per year); train callers and developing messages for same.
• Develop effective communication programs to engage alumni and parents via electronic, print, and personal contact, as well as appropriate special events and connections in the community locally and across the country.
• Develop strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships with the Offices of Enrollment, Communications, and Career Services in support of alumni engagement initiatives.
• Maintain an active schedule of contacts, activities, and solicitations with key alumnx and family.
• In coordination with Advancement Services, develop effective programs to capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni and parents (i.e., surveys, alumni directory).
• Ensure that databases and records are updated, identifying solutions and best practices to keep alumnx and family mailing lists and contact information current.
• Educate graduating students about alumni benefits and engage them in recent alumni programs.
• Provide leadership to an Advisory Council to support CalArts students and alumni.
• Facilitate recruitment, orientation, and development of Advisory Council and Chapter leadership across diverse geographic regions.
• Develop and implement effective programs to connect with families of CalArts students.
• Identify and cultivate alumnx and families capable of making annual contributions in the $1,000 - $25,000 range, and coordinate with Advancement staff to steward and when appropriate, solicit these prospective donors.
• Responsible for generating reports and tracking results of fundraising activity and donor cultivation progress.
• Work effectively with other coworkers to promote and maintain a positive work environment.
• Supervise Program Assistants and Student/Intern staff.
• Must be able to travel around the region and to other areas of the country.
• Must be available to work additional hours during peak periods or during evenings or weekends. There are restrictions to vacations at certain times of the year.
• Required to maintain confidentiality of all information entrusted to this position.
• A self-motivated, entrepreneurial, results-oriented professional with proven execution abilities in a collaborative setting.
• Good business judgment, market research, financial modeling and analytical skills preferred.
• The candidate must possess exceptional organizational skills, strong written and oral communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, keen attention to detail, perseverance, optimism, and the ability to think strategically and creatively toward the advancement of CalArts.
• Passionate, driven, tenacious and personable with strong commitment to partnerships and collaborations.
• Critical thinking skills required.
• A bachelor’s degree is required.
• The candidate will have at least 5 year’s experience in either communications, program management and/or or fundraising background, preferably in higher education or non-profit cultural institution with a proven track record of success.
• Experience working collaboratively with colleagues and volunteers required.
• Experience and/or interest in arts disciplines.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google and Adobe applications.
How to Apply
Candidates should send a cover letter with a resume/CV highlighting relevant education or work experience, two or three samples of writing in various lengths and formats (gift solicitations, etc.), and contact information for at least three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type ‘Director of Alumnx and Family’ in the subject line. Phone calls and hardcopy submissions will not be considered.
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.