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Director of Alumni Communications (#33857) - Revised Application Date

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For more information regarding this position please contact Reggie Bustinza, Executive Director at or 815-753-8821.

Position Details

Posting Detail Information

Position # 00033857
Position Title Director
Working Position Title Director of Alumni Communications (#33857) - Revised Application Date
Posting Type SPS
FTE 1.00
Representation Non-Union
Primary Function

The Director of Alumni Communications reports to the Executive Director of Northern Illinois University Alumni Association. The individual in this position provides a leadership role in the NIUAA’s efforts to engage alumni through communications by managing a comprehensive marketing and communications program that builds pride, reinforces the University and NIUAA brand, boosts revenues through promoting campus partners, and supports NIUAA programming.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

• Responsible for creation of content.
• Managing a team of skilled communicators.
• Consistent adherence to all Foundation, Alumni Association, and University brand protocols.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

• At least five years of experience in the field of communications, journalism, marketing or public relations.
• Direct experience targeting marketing and communications to specific constituent groups.
• Ability to listen to, and utilize experience of, alumni of NIU.
• Excellent writing, editing and verbal skills, and the use of the web, social media and emerging technologies.
• Ability to identify communication goals in the framework of the overall marketing and public relations goals and develop clear, focused communications strategy to meet those goals.
• Superior customer service skills.
• Firm grasp of brand management.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, enthusiasm and willingness to “go the extra mile.”
• Ability to meet deadlines and be accommodating to “urgent” projects.
• Ability to perform well under pressure and have the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Ability to build and maintain business relationships through excellent diplomacy, negotiation, and trust.
• A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, or Communication is required.

Education and Experience Preferred

• Marketing and communications experience in a university, other educational organization, or in a similar not-for-profit setting expressly in Alumni Relations.
• Supervisory Experience.

Working Hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Hiring rate/range Comensurate with education and experience.
Posting Date 09/07/2017
Closing Date 09/28/2017
Priority Review Date
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

For more information regarding this position please contact Reggie Bustinza, Executive Director at or 815-753-8821.

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Physical Demands

Occasional setup and tear-down of sets for photo and video shoots. Standing on feet for long periods of time at events.

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Is Background Check Required Yes
Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accomodation

To request a reasonable accommodation please contact Human Resource Services at 815.753.6000. For more information about requesting an ADA accommodation view Employment and Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act policy.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this vacancy?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Mailing
    • Listserv
    • Phone Contact
    • Word of Mouth
    • Other
  2. If other, please indicate where you learned about this vacancy

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
Optional Documents