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Western Carolina University
  • Position Number: 5059125
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising

Coordinator of Affinity Programs - 202895

Western Carolina University

Department: Alumni Engagement

About WCU: Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 "Americas Best Employers by State" list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of Americas Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC systems westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South.Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans - eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service.WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences - many of which are offered free of charge.

Position Summary: The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.Must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Reporting to the Director of Alumni Engagement, the Coordinator (or Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement) for Affinity Programs is responsible for managing and implementing alumni engagement efforts with affinity groups, bringing together alumni and friends with shared identities, interests, and experiences while also embedding philanthropic awareness.

Generalized Responsibilities Include:
1. In partnership with Advancement Communications colleagues, develop a communication strategy to engage affinity members with a goal of cultivating a deeper sense of belonging among alumni in affinity groups. Using standard communications metrics, measure and adjust the communications plan to be efficient and effective.
2. Partner with WCU staff to plan, promote, and execute affinity-centered events and programming to expand alumni engagement.
3. Develop and manage a network of alumni ambassadors for each affinity group.
4. Manage a portfolio of at least 75 identified affinity-based constituents and develop appropriate engagement plans for portfolio alumni.
5. Create and execute a visitation strategy with an overall goal of identifying and qualifying a minimum of 50 alumni annually.
6. In partnership with annual giving colleagues, identify opportunities for affinity group alumni to participate philanthropically with the university. Support Advancement fundraising efforts, including giving campaigns and campus-wide giving days.
7. In partnership with alumni engagement colleagues, contribute toward affinity-related and marquee events.
8. In coordination with Advancement Services colleagues, maintain and improve alumni data and contact information in Raiser's Edge.
9. Regularly assess engagement among affinity-based groups and report to Alumni Engagement staff.
10. Support the WCU Alumni Association Board of Directors as a board committee liaison. Under the direction of the Director of Alumni Engagement, prepare reports, design engagement activities, and deploy directors to grow engagement among affinity groups.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this position:

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred Qualifications:

Position Type: Permanent Full-Time

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. Please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references (with complete contact information).PLEASE COMPLETE ALL AREAS OF THE APPLICATION. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE GIVEN CONSIDERATION IN THE REVIEW PROCESS.Applicants must upload a DD-214 if claiming Veterans Preference.If no applicants apply, who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants.Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety
The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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