Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement

October 16, 2023

Website Leadership Long Beach

Job Title:    Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement

Reports to:   Executive Director

Leadership Long Beach History:

Leadership Long Beach, Inc. (501c3) was established in 1989 by the Press-Telegram, ARCO Transportation Company, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, California State University at Long Beach, Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation, and several influential individuals, including philanthropist and attorney James H. Ackerman. The founders envisioned the formation of a civic improvement program that would serve the community by educating and motivating leaders on issues important to the future of our city. An additional purpose was to create a network of knowledgeable and informed community leaders who would be able to support and benefit from each other as they continued in their selected areas of endeavor. As a principled community leadership program, Leadership Long Beach enhances team building, builds interpersonal and decision-making skills, and motivates participants to work together with their engaged networks for the betterment of the City of Long Beach.

Our Principles:

Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.  It is generally a personal choice to uphold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards.

Vision: the possibilities we see in the context of our core values; a picture of what we want “it” to be

Teamwork: the collaborative effort of a group of people to willingly achieve a common goal or complete a shared task

Values: beliefs and desires that shape our attitudes and motivate our actions; differs from ethics in that values refer to important personal beliefs, whereas ethics refer only to beliefs about moral right and wrong

Ethics: standards of duty and virtue that indicate how we should behave; involves two aspects: 1) the ability to discern right from wrong, good from evil, and propriety from impropriety; 2) the commitment to do what is right, regardless of temptations and pressures to do otherwise

Compassion: the feeling of sympathy and concern for the suffering of others coupled with the desire to help to alleviate it

Personal Responsibility: to take responsibility for our lives; instead of blaming circumstances, conditions, or chance for our behavior, we choose our own responses and make our own decisions

Respect: to honor and value ourselves first and then others

Accountability: to be counted on to keep our word; to do what we say we will do

Courage: to dare to take action; to take a personal stand

Trusteeship: to hold in trust, take responsibility for, protect, and act on behalf of an asset; stewardship

Service: the action of helping or doing work from someone else

Commitment: to devote ourselves to a purpose and/or person

Congruence: to match our belief system to our actions, our internal to our external; to walk the talk


Our Pledge to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
There is Power in Our Differences. The vision of Leadership Long Beach cannot be fully realized unless it is approached with diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as our foundation. To connect and meaningfully serve Long Beach, we must acknowledge inequities and create opportunities for the future leaders to thrive, belong, and create systemic change.

Change is hard. It takes courage. Trust the process.


Position Summary:

The Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement is a strategic leadership role responsible for fostering and maintaining strong relationships with alumni, donors, and other key stakeholders to advance the institution’s mission and goals. This position entails developing and implementing comprehensive engagement strategies, managing outreach programs, and collaborating across community networks to enhance alumni and donor participation, satisfaction, and philanthropic support.

The Director of Alumni and Donor Engagement plays a pivotal role in nurturing connections, fostering philanthropic support, and driving the institution’s growth through engaged alumni and dedicated donors. This role requires a dynamic individual with strategic vision, exceptional communication skills, and a strong commitment to building lasting relationships.

This is a unique opportunity to join our small but dynamic team that thrives on a fun and flexible work culture. Leadership Long Beach offers a hybrid schedule, allowing you to balance work and life effectively. We believe in nurturing your potential, providing you with the opportunity to grow and advance your career within our close-knit team. At Leadership Long Beach, you will have unparalleled access to some of the city’s most influential leaders from every sector, providing you with a network that can help to shape your professional journey. We welcome you to come and be a part of an environment that combines the excitement of growth, the freedom of flexibility, and the privilege of learning from the best leaders in Long Beach.


Engagement Strategy Development

·         Develop and execute a comprehensive engagement strategy for alumni and donors that aligns with the institution’s objectives.

·         Create and oversee initiatives that encourage lifelong connections between alumni and Leadership Long Beach.

Alumni Relations

·         Build and maintain a vibrant alumni network by organizing events, reunions, workshops, and other activities that foster interaction and connection.

·         Establish communications channels (newsletters, social media, etc.) to keep alumni informed about institutional opportunities, updates, and achievements.

Donor Cultivation

·         Cultivate relationships with donors to strengthen their commitment to the mission of Leadership Long Beach.

·         Identify and engage potential major donors, providing personalized stewardship to enhance their philanthropic involvement.

·         Increase unrestricted individual giving year over year.

·         Identify new sponsorship opportunities for existing programing and events.

·         Grant writing and reporting both restricted and unrestricted gifts.

Event Planning and Execution

·         Plan and execute engaging events including: fundraising opportunities, donor recognition events, and alumni gatherings.

·         Coordinate logistics, manage budgets, and ensure events reflect Leadership Long Beach’s principles and values.

Data Management and Analysis

·         Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of alumni and donor interactions in the Neon CRM.

·         Utilize data analytics to assess engagement effectiveness and make informed decisions for continuous improvement.


·         Develop compelling content for various platforms to highlight alumni achievements, institutional updates, and the impact of donor contributions.

·         Foster meaningful communication channels that encourage feedback and collaboration.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

·         Manages volunteers associated with the Fund Development, Partners in Leadership (Business Sponsorship), Alumni, and Marketing committees, and all other programs and events associated with alumni and donor engagement.

·         Manages interns as needed.

Required Skills/Abilities:

Expert proficiency with Neon, or another CRM Database.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and related software.
Proficient with social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn
Passion for the mission, vision, and principles of Leadership Long Beach

Education and Experience:

College degree or equivalent work experience.

Physical Requirements:

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds at times.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is an exempt full-time position.

Base pay: $75,000 – $90,000 annually based on experience

Bimonthly Healthcare Stipend of $250 per pay period ($500 monthly)

Paid Time Off:

·         11 Paid holidays. Leadership Long Beach Holiday Schedule:

·         New Year’s Day
·         MLK Day
·         President’s Day
·         Memorial Day
·         Juneteenth
·         Independence Day
·         Labor Day
·         Indigenous Peoples Day
·         Veteran’s Day
·         Thanksgiving Day
·         Christmas Day
·         Two (2) “Comp Days” awarded annually, to be used at employee’s discretion in coordination with Executive Director. One (1) additional day awarded for every 2 years of service to a maximum of 5 comp days annually (awarded on July 1 every second anniversary). Comp days do not roll-over annually.

·         15 days of paid vacation days per year, or 120 hours annually, accrued at 5 hours per pay period (based on a 40-hour workweek). 5 additional vacation days accrued annually for every 2 years of employment, up to a maximum of 25 days. Maximum accrual capacity of 128 hours. Vacation hours roll-over annually.

·         6 paid sick days accrued annually at the rate of 2 hours per pay period (based on a 40-hour workweek). Maximum accrual of 48 hours.


To apply:

Please submit a .pdf resume and cover letter to:

We will collect application submissions until the close of business Nov 3, 2023

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