Alumnae & Donor Communications and Events Specialist

Mount Mary University

Mount Mary University is a Catholic institution of higher learning located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Greater Milwaukee has plenty to offer it’s residents with summer festivals, a thriving lakefront and miles upon miles of beautiful parks and nature reserves. Milwaukee has many professional sports teams: baseball, hockey, basketball and professional soccer and is considered a midwest “mecca” for music and the arts. Additionally, Milwaukee is home to seven Fortune 500 global headquarters. Per capita, that puts Milwaukee in the top 5! Lastly, Milwaukee is perfectly located about 1.5 hours away from Chicago, and is an easy drive to Madison, Green Bay and beautiful Door County which truly makes Milwaukee a great place to live!

Position Details

Alumnae & Donor Communications and Events Specialist
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

The Alumnae & Donor Communications and Events Specialist coordinates Mount Mary University's efforts to engage with our more than 15,000 alumnae and donors, in order to foster meaningful interaction with the university while building pride and support among our alums. The position develops relationships with alumnae and donors, executes marketing strategies for alumnae programs, organizes events and analyzes data to develop ways of increasing alumnae and donor engagement throughout the year. The specialist reports directly to the Director of Alumnae Relations and supports the Alumnae and Donor Relations team.

Primary Responsibilities:

Accountable for helping to drive the strategy and creative development of communication and events including programming/flow, messaging objectives, audience targeting and event program design, event communications and invitation plan, management of resources, and program benchmarking with each respective project lead

Copy-edits all created and submitted content for grammar, punctuation, style, tone and overall content ensuring editorial alignment with university guidelines and a quality user experience

Oversees, schedules, coordinates, provides and edits content for multiple channels with consistent messaging and branding, including segmented messaging to engage alumnae and friends of the University, including:

  • Website pages specific to the alumnae and donor audience 
  • Alumnae and Starving Artists' Show social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram) 
  • Monthly electronic newsletter for alumnae audience 
  • Submit relevant materials for the biannual Mount Mary magazine 
  • Promotions for upcoming programs and events including online registration and donation pages 
  • Email communications and campaigns for engagement and advancement work 
  • Internal channels including the digital monitor outside of the Alumnae Office, Campus Announcements, etc.
  • Monthly birthday campaign 

Manage assessment process, tracking and reporting of engagement to measure participation and effectiveness; resulting in the development of content and strategies in partnership with the university’s social media plan to increase online interactions 

Assists with planning of events associated with alumnae and donor audiences including the Starving Artists' Show, Alumnae Awards Celebration, Alumnae Reunion Weekend, Commencement Activities, Lunch & Learns, Giving Day and other special events 

Serves as the primary liaison for general alumnae inquiries whether in-person, by telephone or digital communications including general alumnae email providing the highest level of customer service 

Coordinates all aspects of the online Blue Angels Business Directory and the Alumnae Awards process from promotion to updates 

Supports the mission, goals and objectives of the Alumnae and Donor Relations team 

Other duties as assigned 

Skills and Experience:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Writing for Search Engine Optimization and web editing tools is a plus 

Proficiency in email design platforms, content management systems and related technologies 

Proficiency with MS Office and Adobe Products

  • Experience with MobileCause or similar online fundraising and event software is a plus 

Must be a collaborator and able to manage multiple projects to achieve operational goals 

Creative problem solver with strong customer-centered mindset 

Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision 

Willingness to learn skills and continue to educate oneself on new social media and communication trends 

Flexible and willing to work some evening and weekend events 

Mount Mary University encourages applications from all qualified candidates and is vitally committed to all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates and all will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, genetic information or any other groups protected by law. Mount Mary seeks to hire and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its mission, vision and values.

  • Degree in a related area such as computer science, communications, journalism, digital media or other related field. 
  • 2 to 3 years of related professional experience

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