Sr./Associate Director, Events and Experiences

Job Details

Position Type:

Administrative Staff

Classification Title:

Administrative Staff

Position Title:

Sr./Associate Director, Events and Experiences

Position Number:


Pay Grade Level:

AD 01


Competitive based on qualifications. Expected salary range will be discussed with candidates selected for screening interviews.


Alumni and Family Engagement

Posting Number:

S 121300900

Full or Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Months:




Basic Function:

Create and coordinate engagement opportunities and offer value to members of the Denison family to broaden and deepen their relationship with the college, increases public awareness of Denison’s mission, achievements, and priorities, and helps maximize philanthropic support for institutional priorities. Direct, develop, coordinate, promote, maintain, and evaluate constituent engagement strategies, focusing primarily on alumni and family engagement and volunteer involvement with on-campus event experiences.

Essential Job Functions:

· Provide the leadership and strategic direction, marketing strategy, content/programming management, project management and volunteer-management abilities necessary to deliver engagement opportunities for alumni and families on campus and to increase attendance at events. This includes oversite of the Reunion experience, and management and execution of Big Red Weekend, Commencement, Induction, and other on-campus events. · Amplify the office of Alumni and Family Engagement’s reach and enhance working relationships and volunteer collaboration efforts with other offices on campus, especially with the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration, academic departments, the Annual Fund, Arts and Athletics. Coordinate with these offices to deepen partnerships and jointly influence and improve the experiences that alumni and families have when interacting with any of these offices or being on campus. · Partner with the Advancement Communications and Marketing team to develop the marketing strategy and plans for event advertising and recruitment, the content and timelines for promoting major alumni events taking place on campus, and the tactics for increasing the number of attendees at each event. · Lead the strategy and create the protocols and process to execute a 1st year reunion for our most recent graduates. Utilize and organize volunteers accordingly and set the stage for a successful transition from the 1st to 5th Reunion volunteer efforts. · Evolve and expand the reunion program to include a year-long programming focus which offers multiple engagement opportunities for reunion classes prior to their Reunion. · Utilize data, track appropriate metrics, and provide on-going reports associated with Reunion and on-campus events. Track ROI of all event expenses and investments. · Serve as the Liaison to Parents and Families and coordinate with the First-Year office in the execution of family focused events and communications. · Serve, when appropriate, on University governance committees unrelated to Alumni and Family Engagement work. · Provide supervision to student staff as needed. · Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree. A minimum five (5) years of professional experience in a higher education setting (alumni/parent relations, development, career center, admissions, student life), volunteer management role, or transferable work experience. Demonstrated and successful experience in event planning and volunteer management. Ability to think strategically and to utilize metrics in analyzing programs and events.

Positive attitude, superb organizational skills, affinity towards solving problems and finding efficient ways to achieve goals. Strong belief in the fundamental value of a residential, liberal arts education, and can show evidence of achievement in a team culture. Flexibility to travel and work an unconventional schedule, including evenings/weekends. Excellent verbal, written communications, effective interpersonal and social skills, and have strong ability to connect with a variety of diverse constituents. High competency with electronic technology (e.g., Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, CRM tools, and online social networking sites including Facebook and LinkedIn). Possess a high level of fiscal responsibility. Current, valid driver’s license and must be insurable under Denison’s liability insurance policy.

Preferred Qualifications:


Physical Demands:

This role will involve walking throughout campus, and between the main campus and the alumni office. Must be able to lift boxes of approximately 15 – 25 pounds, and the ability to stand for periods of time.


Lori Anger

Contact Phone/Extension:


Contact Email:

[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates applying by July 23, 2021will be assured full consideration. Position open until filled.

Additional Information:

This position will be acutely focused on transforming the experience that alumni and families have when they come to campus for Big Red Weekend, Commencement, Reunion, or other campus events and activities. This role will also serve as the primary liaison to parents and families and will work closely with the First Year Office, Student Development, and Athletics to create opportunities to engage both students and parents with alumni throughout the year.

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide at Denison University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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