Director of Classes and On Campus Programs/25th Reunion Programs

Amherst, MA
Jun 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full-time, 35 hours per week, year round position, salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

The Director of Classes and On Campus Programs/25th Reunion Programs manages the planning and implementation of Amherst College Reunion. Amherst College Reunion uses a unique volunteer-centered planning model, with more than 400 alumni, faculty and staff volunteers engaged in planning, presenting and implementing the program. Approximately 2,500 alumni and guests attend the five-day program with over 125 public programs and multiple private meals and events for 14 returning classes. Alumni from more than 50 classes attend reunion. This position manages all alumni engagement and programming activities for the 20th - 30th reunion classes, including program development for the 25th Reunion cycle. The Director advances the mission of Alumni and Parent Programs, building community and creating connections among Amherst College alumni, with one another and with the College. The Director also takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key Responsibilities

Amherst College Reunion
  • Develop an excellent program showcasing Amherst alumni, faculty, and administrators, attentive to emerging College priorities
  • Lead and develop strategies with APP staff to manage housing, the Children's Reunion Evening Program planning, program implementation, registration and evaluation.
  • Recruit and manage volunteer staffing for more than 140 public and private programs
  • Manage relationships with campus partners and secure resources for the program
  • Direct digital and print communications strategy, in collaboration with Digital Engagement colleagues
  • Manage Reunion Registration application and database, in collaboration with Advancement Operations colleagues
  • Manage $300K budget

25th Reunion Programs
  • Oversee activities and events relating to the 25th Reunion Program (which includes volunteer management and cultivation in the 20th and 30th reunion cycles)
  • Plan and implement programs related to the 25th Reunion including regional class events and the 25th Reunion book as well as recruiting, training and managing class volunteers.
  • Collaborate with the Director of the 25th Reunion Giving to assure the highest level of class giving and participation.

Alumni Class Liaison
  • Serve as the key class contact for all alumni in the 20th and 30th reunions
  • Oversee class-sponsored events, including Reunion, Homecoming, mini-reunions, and regional class events
  • Manage class accounts
  • Manage volunteer/class officer relationships with the college
  • Solicit and proof class notes for each class four times per year
  • Collaborate and coordinate with colleagues across Advancement (and the college) to ensure smooth and full communication around events, initiatives, and individuals


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5 - 7 years of related experience including event planning and volunteer management
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Exceptional customer service, motivational, organizational, and time management skills
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively
  • Attention to detail
  • Initiative and imagination for innovation
  • Demonstrated management, leadership and supervisory skills
  • Occasional weekend and evening hours required to staff on-campus events
  • Occasional travel for volunteer management/recruitment, regional programs support, and professional development

  • Higher Education and/or non-profit experience

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!


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