Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N8021 / VP,Alumni Relations
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 18
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Reports to the President and collaborates with senior executives to develop alumni programs that support the mission of the university. Directs the operations of the Office of Alumni Relations, including strategic planning, fiscal management, human resources, and program development. Creates, develops, directs, and generates resources for alumni programs, activities, and communication avenues serving all university alumni. Serves as executive director of UNM Alumni Association.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serves as executive director of the University's Alumni Association, an incorporated non-profit 501(C)(3) organization.
  2. Oversees, leads, and manages all Alumni Association's finances, contracts, programs, activities, and communications including the Mirage magazine publications.
  3. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  4. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  5. Serves as the university's liaison to the external community and among its alumni constituents, both regionally and nationally.
  6. Plans and develops strategies and programs for generating revenues and resources for alumni. Establishes and directs auxiliary alumni programs such as mentorship and/or legislative liaison programs.
  7. Collaborates with UNM Foundation and Athletics leadership to coordinate and enhance fundraising and relationship management.
  8. Develops and manages annual budgets for the unit and the Alumni Association, performs periodic cost and productivity analyses as appropriate.
  9. Creates and develops avenues of communication to all university alumni; oversees and coordinates the development and publication of written material for alumni.
  10. Ensures proper management of alumni records, databases, and reporting.
  11. Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; may serve on university planning and policy-making committees.
  12. Represents the university to various institutional divisions as well as externally to the media, governmental agencies, prospective funding agencies and individuals, prospective vendors, and/or a range of constituencies within the community at large.
  13. Oversees a club liquor license, and directs facilities usage of Hodgin Hall and the Alumni Memorial Chapel.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 10 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of cost analysis techniques.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Knowledge of communication principles, media, and marketing techniques.
  • Knowledge and understanding of institutional policies and procedures and the regulatory environment within which they operate.
  • Knowledge of database construction, management, and retrieval methods.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to recruit, train, supervise, and motivate volunteers within area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of facilities and asset management methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of alternative fundraising programs, methods, and techniques.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 09/23/2020