Director of Alumni Engagement
Reporting to the associate vice president of alumni and parent engagement, the director of alumni engagement plays a critical role in the development of engagement programming and opportunities for Kenyon alumni, parents and students. The alumni and parent communities are intensely loyal to Kenyon. They are an extraordinary resource to the College and this position is central to harnessing their goodwill and energy toward Kenyon and Kenyon students.
It is a unique moment in the College’s history. Kenyon’s continued success necessitates engagement and stewardship of our loyal alumni body and extended Kenyon family, and further development of Kenyon’s key regions across the country. An integrated brand strategy is currently being refined which will increase the College’s visibility and profile not just among alumni and parents, but with prospective students and their influencers.
Volunteer strength in these notable geographic regions leads to increased visibility – critical to the College’s progress not only in recruitment efforts but with career development. The Director of Alumni Engagement will strengthen these coordinated efforts across our highly collaborative campus offices – Admissions, Communications and Career Development among them.
Kenyon’s regional steering committees, some 25 strong, comprise over 150 volunteer leaders who produce on average over 100 events per year. These events are supported through the alumni and parent engagement office via communications and registration services and event guidance and consultation. In addition, the APE office produces approximately fifteen off-campus signature events each year. These events include faculty lectures, panels and networking opportunities, as well as events as part of Kenyon’s comprehensive campaign which launches publicly in October 2018 and runs through June 2021.
The Our Path Forward Campaign supports the goals of Kenyon’s 2020 Strategic Plan. As part of this comprehensive campaign, the largest in the College’s history, the Director of Alumni Engagement will develop and coordinate targeted engagement opportunities for alumni, parents and donors. This work is central to our overall event strategy which will also include on-campus campaign events.
The Director of Alumni Engagement sits on the executive committee of Kenyon’s Alumni Council which serves, in part, as a coordinating body for regional volunteer programming. The Alumni Council meets on campus three times per year.
A successful candidate for this position has a comprehensive understanding of liberal arts institutions and excellent written and oral communication skills. They possess significant experience working with volunteers as well as planning and executing complex events. It is expected that the director of alumni engagement may spend up to seven days traveling per month during the school year with potential lighter travel in the summer months.
Develops and supports regional steering committees
Establishes calendar for signature regional programming, secures College speakers and event venues, and works with our team to secure all necessary arrangements for travel and accommodations.
Develops and implements invitations for signature regional programming.
Supervises all aspects of the regional association network, including activities, events, staff support, and budgets.
Attends regional and College events as necessary.
Recruits and communicates regularly with regional association leaders and other steering committee members as needed.
Evaluates regional association programs and monitors changes in the number of regional associations.
Collaborates with the Office of Development and the Office of Communications in support of all programming and division goals.
Manage and/or contribute to volunteer nomination and award nomination processes.
Assists with College Relations campus events.
Handles general inquiries by phone and e-mail from alumni, parents, students, and other institutions about the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.
Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Success Factors
Possesses a collaborative mindset.
Creativity in both problem solving and programming development
Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues and volunteers
Be both outgoing and open-minded and possess a professional attitude as well as a good sense of humor
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Possess strong organizational skills with the ability to manage large, time-sensitive projects
Ability to make sound decisions under time pressure
A results-oriented self-starter with high energy level and initiative
Ability to develop new methods, adapt to the changing needs of the office, and establish appropriate procedures
Ability to operate under pressure; and not easily frustrated
Ability to track and measure productivity
A strong technology and social media skill set
Work is generally performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment as well as the ability to sit for long periods of time. The ability to lift boxes or items 30 pounds or less and move tables and chairs when necessary for events is required. The ability to travel is essential. The ability to obtain College driver certification is desirable.
Three or more years experience in planning and organizing complex public events
Three or more years of significant work leading volunteers and/or volunteer organization
Ability and willingness to work with donors to achieve goals in the context of the College’s comprehensive campaign
Demonstrated strong ability in oral and written communication
Proven ability to do long- and short-range planning
Bachelor’s degree, preferably from a liberal-arts college
Strong commitment to liberal-arts education
Ability and willingness to travel
A record of working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds
Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.
Compensation and Benefits
Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.
We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully on our website.
Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law.