Bachelor's degree in a related field. Two years of experience in a higher education field. 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 highly advanced specialist program work in alumni, scholarships, and donor relations for the College of Criminal Justice (COCJ).
Primary Responsibilities (Staff Positions Only):
Works with assigned alumni and donor relation program staff to support various initiatives. Conducts research, writes, edits, and proofreads newsletters, event materials, and website content related to alumni contributions. Coordinates media inquiries and research questions in criminal justice by liaising with key faculty and staff. Corresponds directly with Deans and Directors in the College of Criminal Justice, University Advancement, and new donors to maintain existing scholarships and endowments in excess of $7 million. Organizes attendance at alumni association events and fosters alumni relations through internships and career fairs. Collaborates and solicits faculty, staff, and colleagues in increasing support of student alumni. Fosters an engaged and active alumni network to foster collaborative opportunities for current students. Develops strategic communication plans to integrate undergraduate and graduate alumni into current programs. Coordinates events for different alumni groups to maintain engagement. Manages alumni and donor database, tracks gifts, and maintains regular donor correspondence. Collaborates with the University Alumni board, facilitating productive relationships between members and College of Criminal Justice leadership. Supervises work-study employees and provides guidance to alumni volunteers. Represents the institution at annual alumni events, occasionally working evenings and weekends. Serves as Chair of the Criminal Justice Scholarship Committee, working closely with University Advancement, Academic Affairs, and Financial Aid for issues related to donors and maintenance of 100+ scholarships totaling over $500,000. Matches students with suitable scholarships. Maintains donor and scholarship agreements. Works with recipients to complete paperwork, interact with donors and attend Honor's Convocation. Facilitates communication between donors and recipients at the annual Honor's Convocation, preparing the annual lists and scripts of recipients for presentations. Manages the purchasing and awarding of plaques for donor recognition. Reviews applications for scholarships with committees and makes selections. Keeps students updated on scholarship availability and processes. Prepares and reviews reports on alumni and donor program effectiveness, handling program budget requests. Plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates alumni and donor programs. Interprets procedures, policies, rules, and regulations. Performs other related duties as assigned.
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For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The measure of a Life is its Service," resonates among its 22,000 students, eight colleges and well beyond its historical roots through research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.
SHSU is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to students. With over 90 bachelor degrees, 50 master’s, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science, SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student: traditional or non-traditional; first generation; international; or online.
Service to self and others is paramount at SHSU and reflected in all university organizations and programs. In fact, the university was named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” in addition to being classified a "Community Engaged Campus" by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. This honor, bestowed to only 311 public institutions nationwide, acknowledges th...e university's significant commitment to service.
Sam Houston State University has a small town feel with large scale opportunities. Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas, Huntsville provides area residents with a sense of community and belonging, although just an hour drive north of Houston.
SHSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an "at will" employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215. SHSU is committed to promoting a campus culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. The University acknowledges and values our responsibility to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff, and community recognize the benefits of collaboration and mutual respect through diverse identities and experiences.
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