Auburn University ( is seeking candidates for the position of Vice President for Alumni Affairs to replace Dr. Debbie Shaw, who has successfully served in this role for the last 11 years and Auburn University for 33 years.

The Vice President for Alumni Affairs will report to the University President and be responsible for providing leadership and direction of all functions relating to alumni programs for Auburn University. By working with the Board, President, Deans, various Senior Administration and other constituencies, the Vice President will take an innovative and purposeful approach to developing high quality, tailored outreach and programming for the University’s alumni and other key stakeholders; encouraging meaningful opportunities and modes to connect with the University.

In addition, the Vice President will lead, manage and execute full supervisory responsibility with a staff to develop and administer policies and procedures, evolve and maintain membership programs, clubs and social events, and to establish and manage operating budgets for the office. The Vice President will, in conjunction with the Alumni Association Board, develop and implement annual and long term strategic plans... The successful candidate will cultivate a mutually beneficial relationship with students and alumni as ambassadors, volunteers and active participants in advancing university initiatives, and becoming financial supporters of Auburn University -- providing value at every life stage.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or a related field and eight years of experience in a senior leadership role with demonstrated success in building effective relationships with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders, as well as managing teams of professionals building strong unit performance. Higher education experience in alumni programming is highly desired. Employer will consider advanced degrees in lieu of experience; advanced degree desired. Knowledge of best-practice management policies and procedures, budgeting and accounting principles, and marketing & promotional strategies is required. They will have demonstrated success leading and mentoring high functioning resources, and developing and implementing change in challenging situations. One must have excellent interpersonal skills including an ability to lead in a collegial and diverse environment and a successful track record of creating and maintaining effective working relationships with senior administrators or management. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. For additional information about the Auburn Alumni Association, visit our web site at

Review of applications will begin after October 24, 2014. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to the address below by this date to assure optimal consideration:

Search Committee- Vice President for Alumni Affairs
Attention: Managing Director
Breckenridge Partners
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1025 West Everett Road, Suite #4
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer.


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