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Director of Parent and Family Programs - Archive
Dean of Students

Posting: 12416
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-02-21


Position Overview

The Director of Parent and Family Programs serves as a critical connecting point for the families of undergraduate students. From admission to graduation, the Director is responsible for establishing and managing successful relationships that result in increased student success and family affinity for the student experience at the UO.  Through extensive knowledge in student development and programming/event management, the Director applies creative and strategic thinking to planning processes to increase parent/family involvement and development.  This position reports to the Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students.

Working in conjunction with the Student Affairs Director of Development, the Director of Parent and Family Programs will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors in support of the Division of Student Affairs and the University as a whole, with a specific focus on parents of current students.  The Director will also manage the identification, stewardship and special projects related to the Annual Giving Program, particularly as it relates to parent fundraising and the cultivation of affinity group members; and will develop new fundraising initiatives to broaden the Divisions’ and University’s donor base and create new donor pipelines.

Major Responsibilities:

Parent and Family Programs (65%)

The mission of Parent and Family Programs is to provide a link between the UO and the parents and family members of students.  We believe parents and family members of students serve as valuable partners in student success.  We understand that involved and informed parents and family members are able to be a resource for their students and the university community.

In consultation with supervisor and campus partners, the Director works to continue to develop an expanding array of programs and services to meet the evolving needs o families/parents of UO undergraduate students.  Specific duties include:

  • Plan and implement events designed to facilitate relationship building and support opportunities both in Eugene and beyond through IntroDUCKtion (new student orientation) Parent Program, Week of Welcome events, three family weekends a year, graduation celebration and regionally hosted events.
  • Provide timely response, information, and support to family members of UO students who seek assistance via telephone, email, and forms of social media such as parent and family programs website, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Oversee the production of publications such as Crossing the Pond (parent and family handbook) and Connections (monthly electronic newsletter).
  • Conduct continuous outreach to parent and family members to ensure all families feel welcome and connected to the UO from admission to graduation. This includes outreach to underrepresented groups of parents affiliating with Parent and Family Programs and the families of underrepresented students.
  • In partnership with Student Orientation Programs, facilitate parent orientation programs during new student and transfer orientation.
  • Serve as a liaison to the UO Parent and Family Association including updating and developing promotional materials, facilitating membership intake process at IntroDUCKtion and throughout the year, convening Association officers and area representatives, utilize Parent and Family Association member as sounding board for campus as appropriate.
  • Manage Parent and Family Programs budget and expenses as well as data management software.
  • Supervise Parent and Family Programs student staff and Graduate Teaching Fellow.

Development and Fundraising (35%)

Collaborate with Student Affairs Director of Development, regional development officers and annual giving to advance shared goals for annual giving and major gift fundraising. Including the Parent Advancement Council and special projects related to the Annual Giving Program, particularly as it relates to parent fundraising. Responsibilities include:

Fundraising and Friendraising

  • Working under the direct supervision and mentorship of the Director of Development to strategically implement development goals of the Division and University, the Director of Parent and Family Programs will
o   Indentify and qualify parents of current students at the Special Gifts level.
o   Increase the overall yield of the Parent’s Fund.
o   Maintain a portfolio of prospects for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship that lead to gifts.

Program Development and Administration

  • Providing staffing and support for the Vice President for Student Affairs Parent Council.
  • Coordinate with the Annual Giving Program to develop and implement strategies to retain and increase the number of annual donors at the Special Gifts level, and oversee the stewardship of annual donors.
  • Utilize the Annual Giving Program to cultivate toward a Major Gift.
  • Develop new fundraising initiatives to broaden the Division’s and University’s donor base and build new donor pipelines through parent programs and affinity groups.

External/Alumni Relations

  • Participate in the planning and implementation of cultivation/stewardship events and donor/prospect communications.
  • Assist with the Student Affairs Campaign Council as directed by the Director of Development for Student Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education Administration, or related field.
  • 5 years of professional experience in higher education with experience in or collaboration with Student Affairs.
  • One year of experience in development or fundraising or two years experience in closely related fields which utilize skills such as sales, marketing and public relations.
  • Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with students, parents, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  • Strong organization, time management and collaboration skills.
  • Proven experience in special events management.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of philanthropy in higher education.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Final candidate must successfully complete a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience with an emphasis on parent/family programming.
  • Proven gift solicitation experience as a professional or volunteer.
  • Experience responding to student crises/emergencies.
  • Experience working in a large, complex organization.

Application Procedures

Applicants are encouraged to submit materials electronically.  For full consideration, complete application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. PST November 9, 2012.  Search will remain open until position is filled.  Desired start date: January 1, 2013.  Salary range: $55-65,000.

A complete application must include: cover letter, current resume with employment dates, answers to supplemental questions and the name, email address and phone number of three professional references.  In your cover letter, please address your qualifications and interest in the position.

Send applications materials to:

Brenda Porter
Parent and Family Programs Search
6203 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

For more information, please call 541-346-8149

Supplemental Questions

  1. Please articulate how you meet the requirements of the position.
  2. The Division of Student Affairs is intentionally creating a multicultural organization that actively included and engages everyone.  What does this mean to you and, if you are selected as the Director of Parent and Family Programs, how will you help us achieve this goal?
  3. What is your philosophy of the role families can play in the development of undergraduate students and as members of a university community?

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research university that enrolls more that 20,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.  As the flagship institution within the Oregon University System, the university is a member of the American Association of Universities, one of 63 universities recognized for their especially strong research and academic programs.  Located 2 hours south of Portland, Eugene is a thriving metropolitan city noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment, and it sited within an hour’s drive of both Pacific coast beaches and the Cascade mountain range.  The University of Oregon provided excellent benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance coverage, retirement plans, and paid leave policies.

Visit the University of Oregon’s website: http://uoregon.edu/

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