Alumni Relations - Assistant Director

The Bradley University Alumni Association (BUAA) and Alumni Relations promotes and serves Bradley by connecting alumni and students through activities which build pride and loyalty, and create mutually rewarding opportunities for lifelong engagement, service, and support.  The Assistant Director’s primary responsibilities are to strengthen and build relationships with, and provide quality programming and events to further engage alumni and students.  This entry-level professional will utilize strategic partnerships with internal and external constituents to develop and implement key events and activities in support of the Alumni Association and Alumni Relations mission and goals, including local and national programs and events. The assistant director must function well in a team environment, be highly organized and detail-driven, demonstrate enthusiasm for their work, and possess outstanding communication, relationship-building, and event management skills.

Emphasis on planning and implementation of all-campus events including Homecoming, Alumni Weekend, reunions, volunteer recruitment and management, as well as event and program initiatives that address the Alumni Association’s mission and vision, providing leadership, direction, and support to program participants. The Assistant Director reports directly to the Executive Director of Alumni Relations. To learn more about the unit visit

Founded in 1897, Bradley University is a distinctive, medium-size comprehensive, private institution of higher learning.  The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois.  With approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 800 graduate students, Bradley offers the opportunities and choices of a larger university (with over 130 programs in five colleges, including the traditional liberal arts and sciences as well as programs in communications, business, engineering, education and the health sciences plus a graduate school) and the quality, personal attention and challenge of small private college.  With over 60,000 alumni, Bradley is rich in tradition and full of promise to become one of the nation’s best comprehensive universities.  Visit to learn more about the University.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

  • Identify, recruit, train, and coordinate activities of alumni volunteers to aid in the development and execution of programs and events locally and nationwide.
  • Directs the planning, implementation and staffing of various programs and events including regional alumni activities, Homecoming, Alumni Weekend, reunions, and other activities as assigned. Works with administrators, faculty, and volunteers to carry out plans.
  • Manages promotion, marketing and registration process for programs, including preparation/processing mailings, payment processing, registration records, and material preparation for events.
  • Develops content regarding planned events and programs to be published through electronic newsletters, direct email, print brochures, invitations, and web pages.
  • Collaborate with team members on the development and growth of alumni programs.
  • Monitor progress of programs against planned outcomes.
  • Serve as staff liaison to assigned Bradley University Alumni Association committees, attend quarterly BUAA board meetings, and assist in the planning and organization of Board activities.
  • With the Executive Director of Alumni Relations, plan and implement additional alumni programs which serve Alumni Relations and University initiatives.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Must have superior interpersonal, organizational and communication skills and have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse internal and external individuals, organizations and teams.
  • Experience working with volunteers is desirable.
  • Must be able to think strategically and creatively about how to develop and implement new programs.
  • The incumbent must consistently present a positive attitude, be conscientious, proactive, and self-motivated. 
  • S/he must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment and be able to manage several multifaceted projects simultaneously and independently while meeting aggressive deadlines. Familiarity with computer systems is important, with proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and mail merges; and database, email and web searches. 
  • Ability to operate within budget requirements, and comply with appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends; nationwide travel possible. 
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

Education/ Required Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience, with preference given to those with higher education, public relations, event coordinating backgrounds.
  • Experience planning and executing events

A complete job description can be viewed at  Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Send letter of interest addressing qualifications for the position, resume and complete contact information for three professional references to:

Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Search Coordinator
Bradley University
Hayden-Clark Alumni Center
Peoria, IL 61625

Applications will also be accepted electronically by email to:  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.