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Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Commensurate with experience


Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.


Bachelor’s degree or higher from Valparaiso University preferred


Candidates for this position should have the following experience:

  • A commitment to the Lutheran model of higher education, in which fundamental issues are explored from all angles with intellectual rigor, integrity, openness, and respect, and where faith and learning are held together in lively interaction;
  • Ability to regard differing points of view, to foster consensus, and to embrace the University’s new Strategic Plan;
  • Supervisor management experience, preferably in a dynamic and changing environment;
  • Successful track record of leading, motivating, and managing volunteers;
  • Familiarity with Alumni Relations best practices;
  • Experience as a member of an Alumni Relations staff preferred;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills, including skills in public speaking and presentations;

Job Summary:

Valparaiso University is moving forward on a path of growth and innovation, energized by a recently completed Strategic Plan.  A comprehensive institution of higher learning grounded on a historic foundation in the liberal arts, Valparaiso University offers outstanding professional and graduate degree programs in engineering, nursing, business and law.

The Director of Alumni Relations is a member of the leadership team within Institutional Advancement and reports directly to the Vice President.  The Director is responsible for the design, planning, execution, and assessment of an integrated strategic alumni and parent engagement program that serves the University’s 50,000 alumni and its current parents.  The Director provides staff support to the Valparaiso University Alumni Association through regular work with its Board of Directors.



  • Work strategically to align the Alumni Relations Office and the Alumni Association’s activities with the Strategic Plan of the University;
  • Manage current programs and activities as well as create new and unique engagement opportunities for alumni with varying and diverse needs and expectations;
  • Assess, expand and enhance the current regional chapter/club program, working with the alumni relations staff and alumni volunteers to develop a plan for a revitalized regional program;
  • Supervise an Alumni Relations team consisting of two Associate Directors, one Assistant Director, and one Coordinator to ensure that staff members reach their individual goals, and so that the team succeeds and works in an integrated way within the Advancement division;
  • Model appropriate strategies for recruiting, staffing, and recognizing alumni volunteers;
  • Provide staff support for the Parent’s Council program;
  • Work closely and collaboratively with campus partners to develop effective and integrated alumni engagement programming that supports the goals of the University’s strategic plan;
  • Work collaboratively and strategically to support the University’s fundraising goals, and ensure that the Alumni Relations office plays a vital role in annual development programs.


 To be considered for this position:  


Step 1:  Complete the Valparaiso University Employment Application.

Step 2: Send electronic copy of cover letter, resume and list of references.

Step 3: Please complete the EEO form. (Completion of this form is strictly voluntary, however, we would appreciate your input).

All materials can be sent electronically to (OR) fax to 219-464-6887.


Please address cover letter to:

Lisa Hollander, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Loke Hall
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN 46383


Equal Employment Opportunity - Non-Discrimination and Commitment to Diversity - (Informational material).


Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experience to help constitute a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at:


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