The Director, Alumni Engagement within Alumni Relations is designed to engage Boston College alumni in the life of Boston College through their respective classes. The Director, Alumni Engagement reports to the Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and serves as the senior manager who is charged with managing this engagement and participatory giving through the planning and execution of a variety of programs, events and appeals, including student and GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) programs, and the annual comprehensive Reunion Weekend. The Director will be expected to collaborate with the Annual Giving team to develop and execute specific strategies with the primary goal of increasing the participation of undergraduate alumni giving. The position is also designed to assist alumni in their career development through mentoring, networking and other career-related services. Essential functions include: working with Development and other university constituencies to develop, implement and communicate specific classes initiatives including participatory giving, GOLD programming, student/alumni activities and Reunion Weekend; establishing policies and procedures, standards and timelines necessary to plan and deliver successful events; overseeing recruitment, cultivation, and training of class and reunion volunteers to work as representatives of Classes; developing organizational goals, operating plans and budgets that will achieve set objectives; managing the programs intended to introduce the connection between students and alumni, through Alumni Relations; Driving the programming for GOLD alumni and working closely with the BC Annual Fund and other partners; as a senior manager, and in unison with Alumni Relations colleagues, furthering the strategic goals of Advancement; managing a team of four, including three Assistant Directors and one Staff Assistant.
This position requires a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in alumni relations, fundraising, development, donor relations, nonprofit management, research, marketing, communications, sales or similar professional work. A minimum of two years of management experience, including staff, and a minimum of one year of experience developing and managing a budget required. To be successful, must have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills, strong fiscal management and supervisory skills, demonstrated program and event management skills, including diplomacy, creative thinking, vigilance, problem solving, and the ability to quickly resolve issues with common sense and available resources. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required. Also, must have an ability to interact effectively with volunteers, donors, University administrators and Trustees and a commitment to regularly work night and weekend events, some with travel, as necessary to manage programs successfully. A strong knowledge and application of MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint is expected; experience with Millennium fundraising software is a plus. Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required; ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well required. Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required. Must be a team player who is highly motivated and dedicated to the goals of advancing higher education. An appreciation for Jesuit Catholic education and the goals and values of Boston College is critical.
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both tea...ching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.