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The Alumni Engagement Officer (AEO) is responsible for planning and implementing programs and projects that strategically engage alumni in strengthening the school’s reputation, supporting student recruitment, securing financial support, and enhancing the professional and personal lives of CDSP graduates and current students.


The AEO is also responsible for creating, cultivating, and supporting lifelong relationships among CDSP alums.

The AEO assists the Major Gifts Officer and Associate Director of Advancement Operations in cultivating and stewarding alumni through the school’s major donors and annual fund campaigns.

The AEO works closely with the school’s President, Alumni Council, faculty, seminarians and administrators in developing engagement opportunities that further the mission and aspirations of the school. This position reports directly to the Director of Advancement.

About CDSP

Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), the only Episcopal seminary on the West Coast, prepares students to lead the church of the future through academically rigorous, accredited, graduate degree programs. Students come to our historic Berkeley, California campus or attend classes online from urban and rural settings, small towns, and parishes of all sizes around the world. Their geographic and demographic diversity enriches an academic community that thrives in the unique ecumenical and interreligious setting of the Graduate Theological Union.

Founded in 1893, CDSP has nearly 100 students in its degree programs and over 200 in its extended learning programs. Its students come from 27 states and 3 countries. Nearly 2000 alumni serve across the United States and around the globe.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Advance the mission, vision, values and strategic priorities of the organization.
  • Develop and execute a multi-year plan to engage (and re-engage) alumni. Collaborate with colleagues in recruitment, admissions, academic affairs and communications to create and maintain pathways for alumni participation that advance CDSP’s goals.
  • Support the Alumni Council by scheduling meetings, assisting with agenda development, and publishing meeting minutes. Prepare council members to serve as ambassadors for CDSP at conventions and alumni, diocesan and clergy gatherings, and empower council members to support the organization’s strategic goals by promoting the annual fund, discerning with prospective students whether CDSP is the right choice, and engaging with faculty to identify emerging ministries.
  • Travel locally and nationally to coordinate events and meet with alumni.
  • Plan and execute all logistical aspects of the annual convocation and other alumni events, including selecting venues and vendors, securing speakers, arranging for hospitality and lodging, managing printed materials, attendance, and follow-up.
  • Serve as an ambassador for CDSP and celebrate the distinctiveness of the CDSP experience.
  • Collect student and alumni news to inform coverage in CDSP publications, including Crossings magazine, e-newsletters, and social media, and maintain up-to-date alumni contact and career information in the Raiser’s Edge database. Implement periodic surveys and research projects to ensure the completeness and accuracy of alumni records and collect alumni opinions, beliefs and suggestions.
  • Build strong relationships with current students and introduce them to the important ways they will be invited support CDSP as alumni.
  • Work with alumni to identify issues and best practices they are encountering in their ministries so they can be shared with students and faculty.
  • Partner with advancement colleagues to identify, cultivate, and steward alumni giving through annual fund, major donor and alumni campaigns and ensure complete, accurate and timely entry of donor information and moves management activities in the Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards, demonstrate empathy, maintain a positive attitude, and show sensitivity to the needs of the donors and the culture of the Episcopal Church.
  • Assist with other advancement and school activities and events as needed and directed by the Director of Advancement.
  • Be active and involved in the fields of advancement and alumni engagement and work to build skills through education and training.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters of Divinity or Masters in Theology or related field and CDSP graduates preferred.
  • At least three years of experience in alumni engagement, external affairs or a related field, with a demonstrated ability to foster productive relationships with volunteers.
  • An understanding of the culture and teachings of the Episcopal Church and an appreciation for faith traditions and the goals of theological education.
  • Dedication to CDSP’s mission and values and a commitment to being an active member of the CDSP community.
  • Proficient in using social media tools such as Facebook and Instagram.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong planning, organization, verbal and written communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain genuine and caring relationships with students, alumni, trustees and volunteers.
  • The demonstrated ability to develop, implement and maintain constituency programs and activities and motivate volunteers.
  • Ability to be a strong team player who works collaboratively and courteously with colleagues, partners and the public.
  • Ability to work independently, establish and balance priorities, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and donor/customer relationship databases, Raiser’s Edge preferred.

Other Requirements

  • Location – Employee must live in or near the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Hours of work - 37.5 hours per week with early morning, evening and weekend work as required
  • Travel – Employee will travel to alumni meetings and events up to 30% of the time
  • Car – Local travel requires use of a personal vehicle, and employee will be required to maintain a valid driver’s license and good driving record

Tools and Equipment Used

Equipment used may include telephones, computers, printers, scanners and copiers, as well as tools like texting, Skype, WebEx, Facebook, Instagram, Slack, Basecamp, and Asana.

Commitment to Diversity

The successful candidate must be ready to participate in an open and affirming community with a commitment to address issues related to hospitality, diversity and multiculturalism, including race, color, ethnic origin, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and age. CDSP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type

Paid, Exempt, Full-Time


$70,000 - 90,000 (depending on experience), plus medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits and a generous matched retirement plan

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, November 29 with “Alumni Engagement Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.