Deputy Vice President for Alumni Engagement

Job description

Requisition # 2018-8971
Department Adv-Office of Alumni Affairs
Category Alumni Relations and Development
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the Deputy Vice President for Alumni Affairs (DVPAA) is a member of the University Advancement senior leadership team with responsibility for the oversight of the operation of the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office of Advancement Communications and Events. The DVPAA collaborates internally to set priorities and devise strategies for meeting University-wide objectives, ensures that the Office of Alumni Affair's management team is effective and maximizing resources to mobilize a talented staff in engaging an extraordinarily loyal and diverse group of alumni and balances ambitious goal-setting and resources within an operation that supports both group achievement and individual development. In addition, the DVPAA oversees and leads efforts to engage the University's alumni and stakeholders through print and digital communications, events and outreach efforts on campus, throughout the country, and outside the United States. The successful candidate has a track record of working at a complex and dynamic institution, adheres to best practices in alumni engagement and programming, is an excellent communicator and manager, has exceptional judgment and possesses a passion for liberal arts education.


  • Serve as a senior ambassador to Princeton's loyal and engaged alumni community.
  • Provide overall leadership and management of the Office of Alumni Affairs and the implementation of the office's various programs, events and initiatives to engage alumni in the life of the University.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of an integrated and coordinated communications, marketing and events strategy focused on informing, engaging, and inspiring Princeton's alumni to marshal their various talents and generosity in service to the University and its mission.
  • Serve as the senior staff liaison to the Alumni Council Executive Committee, working closely with the chair and officers of the Alumni Council to set direction and strategic planning.
  • Develop, lead, mentor and motivate a high-quality team prepared to meet the ongoing challenges of engaging a diverse and talented community of alumni. Assess current staff capacity and recruit new staff as necessary.
  • Maintain a leadership style that is open and fluid and empowers staff through active communication and delegation.
  • Set clearly defined and measurable goals for the entire Office of Alumni Affairs and the office of Advancement Communications and Events. Celebrate current achievements and set expectations for future success. Work with direct reports on big-picture vision, strategy and goal-setting within their units. Recommend changes and improvements on an ongoing basis. Partner with department heads to ensure goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Work closely with the Vice President to lead office-wide goal setting, organizational assessment, continuous improvement processes and talent management with a focus on designing and implementing annual office and longer-term strategic plans to increase the impact of the Office of Alumni Affairs programming and activities.
  • Work with the Vice President and colleagues on the University Advancement senior leadership team to determine organization-wide long-and short-term strategic goal-setting and establish a focus on priorities and driving organizational objectives.
  • Lead organizational and performance improvements for the office and within units by overseeing project plans and building alignment and buy-in.
  • Assess the effectiveness of existing programs of alumni outreach and communications and determine what improvements should be made.
  • Support the Vice President in office-and University-related projects, presentations and priorities.
  • Play an active role in the life of the University, including but not limited to committees, task forces and areas of personal interest.
  • Serve as Secretary to the Trustees Committee on Alumni Affairs.
  • Serve on the board of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


This position requires strong leadership, exceptional judgment and discretion, attention to detail, superb communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with many constituencies, both on and off campus. The Deputy Vice President will possess many of the following professional qualities and experiences:

  • Strong familiarity with Princeton University, its mission and its global community of alumni. Ability to articulate Princeton's mission, traditions, excellence, priorities and goals with enthusiasm, energy and creativity and to compel others to action.
  • Proven ability to recruit, mentor, motivate and lead a strong, cohesive and high-performing team; the managerial skills to establish a team-and goal-oriented environment, providing vision and encouraging innovation; and the ability to empower staff through active communication and delegation, building confidence, promoting diversity of thought and celebrating achievements.
  • Experience as a manager, with the ability to work effectively with, delegate to and provide direction and leadership for a team under stringent deadline requirements; ability to coach and evaluate professional team members, including skills evaluation and training.
  • Sound judgment, thoughtfulness and attention to detail; the ability to think strategically and act decisively; and a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities, balancing strategic thinking with tactical implementation.
  • Ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level.
  • Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, and superb organizational skills.
  • The intellectual depth, maturity and confidence to work with and command the respect and confidence of senior University administrators and colleagues in University Advancement.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, with high personal standards representative of Princeton's commitment to excellence.
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills necessary to set goals, develop plans and time-lines and measure success toward goals.
  • Experience with organizational development, coaching, team building and staff recruitment and assessment.
  • The ability to create and lead innovative programs attuned to diverse demographics.
  • Discretion, good judgment and commitment to keep confidential all data related to Princeton and its alumni, donors, faculty, staff and students.
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to produce high-quality and compelling work product under tight deadlines. Ability to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
  • Commitment to University Advancement's mission of fostering alumni engagement and maximizing philanthropic support for Princeton University and to adhering to its guiding principles of High Performance, Innovation, Civility and Collaboration.
  • Ability to work after hours and weekends, and to travel both domestically and abroad, is essential.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Sense of humor is a plus.

Please direct all inquiries, applications, and nominations in confidence to: Jill Lasman, Lois Lindauer Searches, 420 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116; email:[email protected] Electronic submission of credentials strongly encouraged.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

ADM, 100

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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Posted: 10/28/2018
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