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Associate Director of Alumnae/i & Volunteer Engagement
Simmons University

Date Posted Nov. 3, 2021
Title Associate Director of Alumnae/i & Volunteer Engagement
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Office of Advancement
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Alumni Relations
    Development/Institutional Advancement

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved into a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Job Summary:

Simmons University is in search of an Associate Director of Alumnae/i & Volunteer Engagement to join the Office of Advancement. Reporting to the Director of Alumnae/i & Volunteer Engagement, the Associate Director will actively participate in the strategy, planning, and execution of the Office of Alumnae/i & Volunteer function; to develop productive working relationships with members of student affairs, career services, the advancement team, president's office, and other staff and faculty throughout the University as necessary. The Associate Director will maintain knowledge of department and college-wide activities to be an effective ambassador and communicator to our constituents, and serve as a representative of the Office of Alumnae/i & Volunteer Engagement.

As a University committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with individuals across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives.

  • Create and implement engagement opportunities as part of the team's annual programmatic calendar;
  • Manage the alumnae/i experience including all programmatic steps of the opportunity, communication or event;
  • Establish, track, and share alumnae/i engagement metrics, ensuring interactions are being captured and accurately documented in appropriate databases and CRMs;
  • Contribute to the development of overall strategy for alum relationship management;
  • Liaison between volunteers and the Director of Alumnae/i and Volunteer Engagement, other areas of Advancement, and cross campus partners, including updates from campus;
  • Work closely with the Volunteer and Events Coordinators to provide robust programming;
  • Submit prospect referrals to based on wealth and interest indicators identified during alumnae/i and friend interactions.

  • Work in collaboration with Advancement staff to identify, recruit, train, and motivate the alumnae/i reunion committee volunteers, to encourage reunion giving as well strong class attendance during Reunion Weekend;
  • Provide strategic direction to the committees including class meetings, educating the volunteers on the latest news from campus to share, use of social media and other outreach, and support their specific class needs;
  • Work closely with the events team to provide a robust programming and communications for reunion and affinity groups; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required;
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience required in development, external relations, higher education, or other relevant experience;
  • High level of project management and organizational skills required;
  • Experience working with campaigns a plus;
  • Experience building relationships; a plus as it relates to knowledge of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies/ techniques related to fundraising;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Self-starter/self-motivated, ability to contribute to strategic planning;
  • Superior attention to detail and organization skills;
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment;
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication skills;
  • Represent Simmons with the highest degree of professionalism;
  • Possess the ability to multitask and coordinate multiple activities simultaneously while completing tasks in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Available to work some weekend and evenings;
  • Proficiency with standard business office software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Experience with CRMs, Adobe software suite, as well as web-based and social media applications; and
  • Some previous experience working in development, higher education, or project management preferred.

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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