Director of Student and Recent Graduate Engagement

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)*, the private fundraising and alumni relations organization for UW-Madison, is recruiting for a Program Director, Student and Recent Graduate Engagement.   In this role, you will serve as the business owner and program portfolio lead for engaging UW alumni in the 22 to 28 year-old life stage. Develop strategies and deliver tactics to engage recent grads, building affinity for UW Madison, and brand awareness for the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Supervise professional and student staff, oversee the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board and work with volunteer Recent Grad Advisory Council. Serve as liaison to key campus units which drive student engagement activity and leverage those to achieve outcomes.


Who is WFAA?
The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is a private, nonprofit corporation that encourages individuals and organizations to make gifts to the university and to connect with the UW. In 2014, the UW Foundation merged with the Wisconsin Alumni Association® to better serve a growing population of UW alumni and donors. We believe that private support grows out of good relationships between campus leaders, faculty and program staff who need support, and the alumni and friends who want to invest in UW–Madison. We provide important engagement opportunities to link UW–Madison alumni to each other and to their alma mater, building a strong community of Badgers.


Diversity and Inclusion:

Just as the university community benefits from differing viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences, inclusion and diversity are imperative for the success of our mission. WFAA values people and the differences that they bring to the organization, and creates an environment in which all staff members and constituents feel respected and have opportunities to thrive.  

Essential Functions

Alumni Engagement

  • Serve as the business owner and program portfolio lead for engaging UW alumni in the 22 to 28 year-old life stage
  • Develop engagement strategy and deliver tactics which build affinity, pride and community among 22 to 28 year old alumni and build brand awareness for the Wisconsin Alumni Association
  • Recruit and manage a volunteer Recent Graduate Council
  • Create and execute programming that appeals to recent graduate alumni
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to leverage existing activity and enhance recent graduate programming
  • Manage the Career and Alumni Networking Program
  • Serve as business owner for online networking platform, in collaboration with the Digital Experience Team, and develop strategies to optimize the tool to achieve outcomes
  • Create and execute career-focused recent graduate programming and events
  • Serve as a key resource to foster student-to-alumni mentoring and career networks


Student Engagement

  • Oversee the WFAA student organization – Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB)
  • Supervise the full-time, professional WASB Student Advisor
  • Align student organization activities with WFAA priorities and objectives
  • Ensure the positive and effective use of the WAA brand
  • Build a culture of philanthropy within student organizations
  • Oversee development of a student engagement plan which reflects the student lifecycle and builds awareness of the Wisconsin Alumni Association brand
  • Serve as the WFAA liaison to campus units which lead student and family engagement initiatives, including Commencement, Student Life and the Parent Program
  • Leverage and participate in campus-driven student engagement activities to advance WFAA student engagement objectives

Team Leadership 

  • Supervise and develop professional and student staff to continually improve individual and organizational outcomes
  • Motivate, inspire and lead a team fostering a shared vision and demonstrating organizational values
  • Develop feasible short and long-term plans and strategies for achieving goals and objectives
  • Guide team members in the management of priorities and work flow, ensuring effective planning and execution of activities
  • Identify resource gaps and problem-solve solutions for maximum return
  • Provide ongoing feedback and recognition as well as regular performance appraisals


  • Demonstrate proficiency and effectively use organizational processes and technology tools, including the customer relations management database
  • Work collaboratively with the WFAA Legal department on risk mitigation and oversight of student event activities and vendor contracts



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience. 
  • 3 + years relevant professional experience in any of the following areas; student life, career development, educational institutions, non-profit or fund raising environment preferred.
  • Experience supervising and managing professional and student staff, and working with volunteers.


Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute on strategic engagement plan.
  • Strong sense of initiative and ability to work autonomously.
  • Experience planning and executing large and small-scale events and engagement activities.
  • Familiarity with marketing and communications practices, including use of social media.
  • Excellent analytical, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience managing a team and advising students and/or volunteers.
  • Experience with career development and professional networking a plus.
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and action and ability to welcome people of diverse backgrounds.


WFAA is committed to provide our employees with an environment that is inspiring, creative and respectful. We offer competitive pay and an excellent benefits program, which includes a 10% 401k contribution after 1 year of service!


The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer *The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association ( is the “doing business as” name of the merged organization comprising the University of Wisconsin Foundation ( and the Wisconsin Alumni Association ( Its legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation. 


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