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Executive Director, Alumni Relations
  • Requisition ID #: 33724
  • Job Category: Administration/Management
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Experienced (non-manager)
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: Research Park Center
  • Department: Institutional Advancement
  • Education: Bachelors Degree

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Position Description:

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) brings a synergy between the best medical education, research and patient care. Tomorrow’s discoveries happen right here alongside the very people who bring those lessons to our students. Every bit of knowledge, and every advancement, provides our students with an unprecedented, collaborative learning environment, and helps improve the vitality and care of our communities.

As the Executive Director of Alumni Relations, you will, along with the MCW/Marquette Medical Alumni Association, build substantial programs to engage present and future alumni of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Executive Director is responsible for the development of nationwide activities and programs that strategically engage MCW alumni.

The MCW/Marquette Medical Alumni Association is the University-wide alumni association for the Medical College of Wisconsin. In its university-wide capacity, it supports graduates and students of the Medical School, School of Graduate Studies, School of Pharmacy, Regional Campuses and participants in residency training programs or postdoctoral fellowship programs offered by the schools designated above or hospitals affiliated, engaging programming, volunteer and philanthropic opportunities.

This position dual reports to the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and the Vice President of Institutional Advancement/Chief Development Officer of the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) and collaborates with the various OIA teams to identify and advance opportunities to secure philanthropic support via alumni engagement activities.


  • Lead the development of a nationwide alumni engagement strategy with defined engagement and philanthropic goals.

  • Develop and direct programs to build and foster positive alumni relationships through communications, events, volunteer opportunities, and more.
  • Set strategic goals and objectives as well as oversee the planning and implementation of a comprehensive program with diversified activities designed to keep students and alumni informed, interested, and actively engaged in the life of MCW.
  • Provide executive-level staffing to institutional leaders with significant alumni connectivity including and not limited to Deans of the Medical School, School of Graduate Studies, School of Pharmacy, and Regional Campuses. Serve as the primary liaison between the Alumni Association Board of Directors and academic and institutional leadership.
  • Leads the design and execution of alumni virtual, in-person and hybrid events locally, regionally, and nationally to increase alumni engagement and philanthropy. Leverage institutional and academic leadership, as well as alumni leaders, to create compelling content that drives attendance and philanthropy from alumni base.
  • Establish annual alumni communication strategy to promote programs in support of campaign fundraising goals. Maintain regular communication with alumni via direct contact, email, social media, alumni web pages, and print publications to keep alumni abreast of MCW news and to feature accomplishments of alumni, faculty, and students.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the administrative offices (including, but not limited to Admissions, Public Affairs, Student Affairs and office of post-doctoral education.) and the schools to create and maintain pathways for student and alumni engagement.
  • Partner with Director of Admissions to spearhead the introduction of alumni involvement in the admissions process. Partner with the Dean of Student Services to develop career networking services for students and alumni.
  • Staff the Alumni Board of Directors, coordinate nomination and election of alumni representatives, arrange its meetings, staff its committees (including awards committees) and ensure strong and productive relationships between its members and the academic and administrative leadership.
  • Staff reunion committees to optimize peer-to-peer connectivity and raise increased funds for MCW.
  • Partner closely with the Philanthropy Team in order to assure a unified and concerted outreach effort to alumni. Play a pivotal role in identifying prospective benefactors through alumni engagement activities, aiming to increase alumni giving at all levels.
  • Establish and build meaningful relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Serve as a main point of contact for all alumni.
  • Oversee an alumni engagement team. Lead with inspiration, service, and collaboration to maximize efforts of the team and achieve ambitious engagement goals. Oversee the budget for the Alumni Association.
  • Build off the foundation of a vibrant reunion program for classes celebrating 5th through 60th reunions to increase attendance and giving participation.
  • Launch the development of new alumni engagement programs, inclusive of Young Alumni and Parents programs, among other new programming, including new models for engaging alumni in reunions. Identify alumni to actively contribute to current student training, including serving as a professional development mentor, hosting a student, or presenting to current students in various student development training outlets.
  • Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical, and career information of alumni via surveys, projects, correspondence, website, including updating committee membership and event participation.

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

  • At least ten years of experience in alumni relations and external affairs with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with volunteers and comprehensive program development.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and enhance the operations and programs of a college or university alumni association to increase engagement and philanthropy within the alumni community.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the institution, alumni, other constituents, and the public.
  • An understanding of philanthropy programs, ideally in an academic medical setting or other complex institution.
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate staff to keep them engaged, energized, and focused on results.

Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

Appropriate experience may be substituted for education on an equivalent basis.

Minimum education: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum experience: 10 years of proven leadership/team management experience in higher education and/or healthcare.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred education: Master's Degree

Preferred experience: 2 years of successful track record in advancement, engagement, alumni relations, or operations. Internet research, database query and reporting experience.


Why MCW?

  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
  • 403B Retirement Package
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave

For the full position profile and/or to learn more, please contact:

Amanda Curwick and Nicole Kuehne
Staff Executive Recruitment

Applications should include a current, uploaded resume and a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications. References will be required at an appropriate time in the process. All interactions will remain confidential, and no inquiries will be made without the consent of the applicant. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Eastern Wisconsin is a vibrant, diverse metropolitan area. MCW is intent on attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce and faculty body that reflects the community we serve. We value diversity of backgrounds, experience, thought, and perspectives to advance excellence in science and medicine. MCW is a welcoming campus community with a strong culture of collaboration, partnership, and engagement with our surrounding community. For more information, please visit our institutional website at

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.