Associate Director, Outreach and Inclusion Initiatives

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SUMMARY:

The associate director will be a vital partner with the director of alumni relations for Alumni and Career Services. The position will be responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and implementing programs aimed at increasing the engagement of alumni with UR and with each other, with an emphasis on recent graduates and key constituents. This work will be done through campus reunions, virtual programs, social media, collaboration with regional groups, collaboration with University offices, lifelong learning opportunities, and more.

Key constituency groups are any set of alumni who share a common prior student experience, interest, identity or purpose, who can be brought together in person or digitally to engage with each other and with the University.

This position entails direct management of volunteers, fiscal oversight of the program budget, and all facets related to programmatic management.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Recent Graduate and Inclusion Programming Strategy

  • With the director of alumni relations to set the strategic vision and lead staff in developing and implementing shared strategic priorities; monitor and report progress toward strategic goals and objectives.
  • Plan, manage, implement, and evaluate recent graduate and key constituency programming, focusing on market segmentation to revamp current programs and develop new programs, utilizing input from key constituencies including alumni.
  • Evaluate current volunteer structure, identify strategy for volunteer recruitment, and develop stewardship plan for current volunteers.
  • Benchmark events best practices (including process, procedures, policies, and metrics) against similar colleges through phone calls, electronic communication, and conferences as necessary (every 2 years or as appropriate).
  • Model partnership with colleagues in Alumni and Career Services, Advancement, and the University.
  • Lead and direct several major office-wide administrative functions. Examples of functions include:
    • Marketing and technology strategy for alumni engagement, recent graduate and key constituency events.
    • Assessment strategy: Identify alumni engagement data needs and independently create, distribute, and analyze results.
  • Supervise, train, and mentor assistant director of student and recent graduate programming.
  • Promote an atmosphere where creativity, independence, and a high level of motivation and accomplishment are valued.

Relationship Management and Alumni Programming

  • In collaboration with director of alumni relations, conceptualize and execute campus and signature events. Oversee all processes ranging from program development, event production, manual and document writing, and publications. A key priority in this programming will be increasing support for the goals of Alumni and Career Services, Advancement, and the University.
  • Recruit, manage, and steward volunteers, based on the principles of volunteer management to successfully engage them in the life of the University.

Campus Program Marketing and Communication

  • Develop and provide content for the website, including event information, online registration, and electronic correspondence.

Data Collection

  • Maintain, in conjunction with administrative coordinator, records, paper and data, related to event, including registration lists and attendee lists.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent volunteer management skills.
  • Excellent special event planning and facilitation, including liability and insurance protection best practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, along with the ability to interact with diverse constituencies. Understanding of the importance of customer service.
  • High degree of comfort with technology, including social media platforms, and willingness to learn the functionality of new platforms.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including comfort level with public speaking.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, in conjunction with comfort level of working in fast-paced environment while handling multiple projects. Demonstrated solid problem solving skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft office software, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Accounting principles and recordkeeping also are essential.
  • Knowledge of constituent databases, including The Raiser's Edge, as well as web-based software, including Blackbaud Net Communities.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Three years of progressive responsibility and leadership in a college/university alumni relations or parallel setting, or a combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years progressively responsible experience in the volunteer management, event management, higher education, and/or program management, including administrative responsibility and staff supervision.

WORK HOURS:

  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
  • Position requires travel on average 6-12 days of the month and comfort level with travel to major metropolitan areas
  • Position frequently requires work on evenings and weekends
  • Position requires work on reunion and homecoming weekends

SALARY STRUCTURE:
Pay Grade 7 (Hiring Range $52,829.00 to $69,999.00 annually)

Organization

Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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