Senior Associate Director, Center for Alumni, Parents &Friends
Center for Alumni Parents & Friends
Summary of the Position
The Senior Associate Director of the Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends (APF) oversees the planning and implementation for Alumni and Parent engagement programs. Reporting to the Executive Director of Advancement Relations, the Senior Associate Director will work to maximize engagement in alignment with the strategic objectives of the institution, while building loyalty, pride and financial support of Alumni and Parents with Bentley University.
Assists Executive Director with the development of short and long-term strategic planning for Alumni and Parents.
Ensures the successful implementation of engagement strategies in support of the university's ongoing strategic plan and the capital campaign. This will include the creation of industry focused affinity groups (corporate communities).
Collaborates closely with Development leadership and colleagues to ensure that engagement strategies support and align with fundraising priorities.
Oversees volunteer management protocols for parent and alumni groups and provides guidance to parent and alumni groups as required.
Works collaboratively with Advancement colleagues and across campus to develop the strategic vision for two flagship programs- Family Weekend and Reunion- and oversees the team's efforts to produce and execute these events successfully.
Serves as the volunteer manager for the Reunion program.
Work closely with Advancement Systems to leverage technology in support of best practices related to constituent engagement. Current systems include Millennium and iModules.
Oversees parent engagement programs (communications, events, volunteers) in coordination with annual fund strategies and in close collaboration with the Student Affairs division.
Supervises and oversees the work of the Assistant Director.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience Requirements)
Bachelor's Degree with 6-8 years of relevant experience. Must hold and maintain a valid, unrestricted United States driver's license, with an insurable driving history as determined by Bentley's insurance carrier.
Must be able to direct a complex large function for the division, successfully manage volunteers, and provide strategic planning recommendations for short and long-term goals. Previous experience managing staff is preferred.
The Director must possess a comfort level with university fundraising initiatives and the desire to support the university's fundraising objectives. This includes working closely with development staff to share contacts, further relationships with constituents and promote giving to Bentley as a part of all program objectives.
The Senior Associate Director must demonstrate a high degree of excellent communications and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the university, alumni, parents and the public.
Must be able to troubleshoot complex problems as they arise, while remaining flexible.
Event planning and execution; experience in higher education.
Need to work occasional evening and weekend events (including at least two time-intensive weekends for Homecoming/Parents Weekend and Reunion Weekend). Ability to work long hours and function effectively with little rest on those weekends. Position involves being actively engaged in a variety of areas throughout the campus and off campus for these events.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Bentley University requires reference checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
Documents Needed To Apply
- Cover Letter
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity.