Associate Director for Student & Young Alumni Programs (Hybrid)

Job Details

Job no: 515881
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Alumni Relations
Union: PSU
Categories: Advancement/Fundraising

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Student & Young Alumni Programs, the Associate Director for Student & Young Alumni Programs will plan and execute outreach and engagement strategies across the country specific to student and young alumni programs with the goal to increase constituent and donor awareness, participation, and philanthropic investment; expand volunteer advocacy and involvement in supporting key campus priorities; and foster lasting connections between alumni, students, the University, its Schools and Colleges, and the Alumni Association. The Associate Director will collaborate with colleagues representing Advancement, Schools and Colleges, Student Affairs, University Relations and other campus units to identify strategic objectives and manage associated outreach and programming initiatives. In addition, the Associate Director will cultivate, steward, and mobilize various volunteer networks and travel throughout the country as needed to support student and young alumni programming initiatives.

Essential Functions

  • Plan and execute student and young alumni outreach and engagement programming strategies to inform, involve and invest substantial numbers of constituents as university donors, volunteers and advocates, and to raise the profile of UMass Amherst across the country.
  • Collaborate with Advancement, Schools and Colleges, Student Affairs, University Relations and other campus partners to identify strategic objectives by their respective engagement interests; develop annual program plans and associated budgets in accordance with key priorities; utilize programming opportunities to deliver strategic messaging in support of campus initiatives; monitor assignments and execution of all program logistics, marketing efforts, and donor stewardship opportunities as appropriate.
  • Introduce and manage strategies to support campaign efforts and fundraising goals for assigned student and young alumni programs, taking advantage of faculty and dignitary travel schedules, student activities, school/college initiatives, and donor cultivation opportunities; identify and engage prominent alumni, prospects, key affinity groups and corporate contacts in support of philanthropic initiatives, alumni programming, student internship and coop opportunities, and mentoring activities.
  • Serve as primary advisor to the Student Alumni Association and GOLD Council volunteer networks; advise and supervise the organizations' executive boards and membership; provide counsel on program development, implementation, and budget management; ensure organizational compliance with University policies and procedures; represent the organizations to campus and divisional leadership.
  • Cultivate and mobilize as warranted an active, engaged and diverse base of volunteer support for student and young alumni programs through personal contacts and ongoing relationship management; coordinate placement of volunteers in appropriate opportunities; support development and delivery of ongoing volunteer communications, training opportunities, and stewardship activities.

Other Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Student & Young Alumni Programs and Senior Director of Alumni & Constituent Programs

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree, with 4 years of relevant and progressively responsible experience to include event planning, program development, and/or alumni, donor and volunteer relations initiatives.
  • Proven experience with budget development and management.
  • Demonstrated aptitude and ease in fostering relationships with a wide range of constituents and varying levels of authority to achieve institutional goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Superior organizational and project management skills.
  • Evidence of an understanding and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Valid driver’s license with ability and willingness to travel independently and/or work evening and weekend hours as required.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience using CRM and project management platforms.
  • Experience working within a higher education or non-profit environment preferred.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment activity.

Work Schedule

  • Monday–Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm; nights and weekends as required.
  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.

Salary Information

Level 26

PSU Salary Ranges

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Sep 6 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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