The USC School of Architecture is seeking an experienced development professional to serve as the Senior Alumni & Constituency Relations Officer under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Advancement. This position will assist the Assistant Dean for Advancement in project management coordination with key external constituencies and donor relations: the USC Architectural Guild support group, alumni relations, parent relations, and donors with endowed scholarships and traveling fellowships. Â
Now in its second century of design excellence, USC School of Architecture is academically rigorous while socially engaged in the built and landscape environments. Represented globally by 4,000+ alumni, the schoolâs 700 total student population has a flagship five-year Bachelor of Architecture program, acclaimed full semester Global Studies program to three international venues, and a top-ranked offering of graduate programs, is also defined by being the most racially and ethnically diverse architectural program in the country â if not the world. Additionally, current student enrollment boasts the highest in first generation students to attend college, outpacing university numbers.Â Uniquely Los Angeles while entirely global, USC Architecture is graduating the next generation of Citizen Architects â professionally-focused and socially-engaged problem solvers, community builders, and equity and inclusion ambassadors in the industry.Â Â
SPECIFIC JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES
Create, coordinate, and implement acknowledgement and recognition processes for annual donors (Architectural Guild, Alumni giving, Endowment Donors to Scholarships and Fellowships).
Ensure accurate and complete database records.
Engage directly with external audiences with the highest professional standards, including with USC Board of Councilors members, alumni, parents, donors, and donor prospects.
Work closely with Special Events Coordinator on the Guild Dinner and Golf Tournament, streamlining, prioritizing, and agreeing on the delegation of responsibility for the logistics, budgeting, concept, design, marketing, communication, fundraising, logistics, and volunteer relations.
Help to identify, recruit and coordinate activities of alumni volunteers to aid in development opportunities.
Collaborate with Marketing & Communications to ensure visibility of alumni in USC Architecture print and digital communications; help with updating development alumni giving information and other materials as appropriate.
Actively participate in efforts to cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, volunteers, and vendors.
May lead volunteers, temporary and/or resource workers, consultants, and vendors, as required.
Provide guidance and support to the leadership of the School, as well as volunteers.
Serve on university councils, representing the school, development professional networks, and aligning with best practices in the field;
Architectural Guild Program
Engage directly with external audiences of corporate and industry leaders with the highest professional standards.
Manage all Architectural Guild fundraising programs and projects, serving as the key liaison between the Guild Board of Directors, the university, and School departments.
Create and further streamline operational plans for the Architectural Guild
Evaluate and recommend future changes, in partnership with the Assistant Dean for Advancement, to the Dean on the Architectural Guild programs, governance, mission, and alignment with school, including monthly board and committee meetings, career services and professional development programs, mentorship, project site tours.
Manage communications between students, donors, school and university staff in scheduling awards, meeting support, calendar coordination, nomination process and marketing (working with Student Services) award criteria fulfillment, and other engagements as necessary.
Oversee all fundraising, promotional, volunteer engagement, donor records management of two major annual fundraising events, Guild Dinner and Golf Tournament, including fundraising, fundraising materials, including donor correspondence, volunteer relations, serving as a principal liaison with university departments.
Establish and maintains donor records and accounts, adhering to university standards with respect to constituent relationship management, prospect research and prospect management, data reporting, etc.
Identifies budget requirements and staffing needs on a project and event basis.
Alumni Relations and Annual Campaign
Manage all assigned Alumni fundraising cultivation projects, consistent with other university school programs, including special appeals, events, and coordinated communication materials.
Create, conceptualize, implement an Alumni Relations Development Program, consistent with university schools.
Collaborate and plan alumni fundraising programs in coordination with university offices to support overall strategic plans and objectives.
Provide unique, compelling crowdfunding and brand appeals and campaigns to engage Alumni locally, across the country, and around the globe in advancing the strategic vision of the school.
Collaborate and plan parent fundraising programs in coordination with university offices to support overall strategic plans and objectives.
Collaborate with Student Services on communication and messaging to parents as the need arises.
Produce parent engagement programs to steward current parent donors and cultivate parent participation as prospective donors.
Participate on the Parent Leadership Council/Parent Strategy Working Group with other Advancement colleagues.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS
Preferred Experience: 5-7 years
Preferred Field of Expertise: Administrative or project administration experience. Previous experience in nonprofit, cultural, higher education environments, highly desired with strong volunteer experience. High energy, collaborative, creative, passionate about the design, architecture fields, thrives in fast paced organizations with a high degree of autonomy.Â Strong EQ and interpersonal relationships, proficient in creation of donor relations products, including event fundraising documents, brochures, and power point presentations.Â Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentations to volunteers and donors. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, working with precision and accuracy, in a large, complex university system, adhering to best practices and industry standards.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Minimum Experience: Five years of direct experience in a nonprofit or higher education development program working in annual appeals, volunteer relations, corporate sponsorships, and events management.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Four Year Bachelorâs degree
Â Â Â Â Â Â Hybrid, three-days in campus office and anticipated frequent local and regional travel to meet with constituents.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Volunteer or support group administrative or management experience.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.