Director of Alumni Relations and Scholarships - Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland Institute of Art, a private college of art and design, seeks a candidate to fill the full-time position of Director of Alumni Relations and Scholarships. This position is responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing a comprehensive program to engage alumni and prospective and current student donors to attract broad support for CIA.


  • Establishes data-driven strategies and timely execution plan for alumni engagement, including but not limited to alumni gatherings both in Cleveland and in geographic areas where there are significant concentrations of CIA alumni. Assures the establishment and management of an alumni association, led by a volunteer leadership council that can help build stronger ties with CIA and its alums.

  • Establishes data-driven strategies and a timely execution plan for multichannel solicitation efforts to secure scholarship gifts from individual, corporate and foundation sources. Serves as a prospect manager to develop cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for assigned donors and prospects.

  • Leads the development and execution of all alumni and scholarship recognition and cultivation events to support needs of the fundraising operation that celebrate the philanthropic support for CIA and raise the profile of the school within our prospect base.

  • Ensures overall integrity and consistency of scholarship relations. Maintains donor reports for scholarship gifts and reports, including schedule of individual pledge payments and reminders. Monitors the fulfillment of donor’s wishes and ensures successful internal communication within and outside of Institutional Advancement in cases of endowed and current-use gifts that have specific parameters.

  • Oversees scholarship gift processing and database functions, to ensure consistent, high-quality interactions between CIA and scholarship donors and family report segments. Works closely with Database Manager and other Directors to ensure accurate processing and recognition of scholarship gifts.

  • Manages all routine stewardship programs for alumni and scholarships.

  • Ensures that alumni receive appropriate CIA publications.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of the college’s mission, tradition, operating/capital needs, and fundraising goals.

  • Requires knowledge of fund-raising techniques, including personal solicitation, mail and phone solicitations; event management and working with volunteer leadership efforts in philanthropic and stewardship matters.

  • Knowledge of best practices with regard to alumni relations and scholarships.

  • Requires database usage skills, and knowledge of Raiser’s Edge fundraising software preferred.

  • Knowledge of and commitment to adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Donor Bill of Rights.

  • Requires excellent interpersonal, organization, written and oral communication skills; the ability to think creatively and develop innovative approaches to fundraising, events, and volunteer management; high level of integrity, and strong team orientation; and ability to juggle numerous projects at the same time, time management, and organization skills.


Undergraduate degree and minimum five years of experience in a development educational institution or other nonprofit organization. Experience managing professional staff in an advancement operation.

Application must include cover letter, salary requirements, and resume.

Cleveland Institute of Art
Job Code: DARS
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
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Fax: (216) 754-4320

No Phone Calls Please

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.

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