Associate Director of Alumni and Family Engagement

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Added 07-22-2022


Job no: 494190
Categories: Staff
Department: Alumni and Family Engagement

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The associate director of alumni and family engagement is responsible for designing, planning and executing policies and programs aimed at increasing engagement of underrepresented and under-engaged constituency groups among the alumni and family populations. These include but are not limited to women, people of color, first generation alums and families, LGBTQIA+ alums, and alums and families with disabilities. Specifically, the Associate Director will directly support the goals and development of the following networks: Davidson Black alumni network (DBAN), Davidson LGBTQ+ alumni network (DLAN), the Davidson Asian South Asian Pacific Islander alumni, network (DASAPIAN), the Latinx alumni network at Davidson (LAND), and the Davidson Jewish Network (DJN). This includes, but is not limited to, planning and implementing events; fundraising initiatives; organizing communications; recruiting, training and supporting new and returning volunteers and serving as a liaison and manager for affinity leadership.

This position will be responsible for increasing the cultural competency and inclusive capacity of all alumni and family engagement initiatives. The associate director should be a strong collaborator, supervisor, volunteer manager and communicator with a vision for alumni and family participation in the life of the college as well as a passion for building networks. This position reports to the Director of Alumni and Family Engagement and supervises the assistant director for early engagement and the assistant director for class affinity.

What you’ll be doing?

The associate director of alumni and family engagement is responsible for:

  • Oversight and management of alumni and family engagement diversity and inclusion strategies
  • Design events, programming and projects for alums and families which further DEI goals
  • Support and maintain key relationships with leadership of five existing alumni affinity networks
  • Lead the planning and execution of annual affinity events, reunions and programs. This includes but is not limited to milestone affinity reunions and affinity network reunions.
  • Create and manage a multi-channel communications plan that delivers needed information for affinity efforts and DEI strategies such as e-newsletters, website updates, direct mail and event invitations.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to enhance affinity-specific programming that highlights and celebrates alumni and student connections (examples include Msaada Mentorship program, identity-based commencement programming, etc.)
  • Partner with colleagues to help drive diversity and inclusion efforts within College Relations and the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement
  • Support and staff College Relations and Alumni and Family Engagement events such as Reunion Weekend, Wildcat Weekend, Commencement events, etc.
  • Supervise assistant director of class affinity and assistant director of early engagement
  • Coordinate the programming for the Avant Garde, 55th and 60th reunion

Education and Certifications:

A bachelor's degree or relevant experience or certification.


  • The ideal candidate will have experience in higher education, alumni and/or constituent relations, volunteer management, public relations, event planning, nonprofit administration and/or related fields. Three or more years of experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership and outcomes in advancing strategies to increase equity and inclusion, including increasing capacity for DEI efforts among staff and volunteers.
  • Strong desire and ability to work effectively with persons from diverse generational, religious, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience coaching others and driving results.
  • Creativity, innovation and strong track record of developing effective partnerships.
  • High degree of initiative and ability to work independently as well as with teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Comfort in a Web-based software environment, previous experience using basic Microsoft programs (such as Excel and Word) and the willingness and ability to learn new software platforms.
  • Values the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

*Training on college software will be provided.

Who should apply?

  • Candidates with strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Candidates who value the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and are committed to equity and inclusion.
  • Candidates who genuinely value collaboration and enjoy creative problem solving.
  • Candidates who can successfully and independently manage multiple projects at once.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The leadership team of College Relations (a division of Davidson College) strives to advance the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. In practice, that means doing our part to hire, grow, retain and reward great employees from diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, national origins, socio-economic backgrounds and abilities. This commitment is really important to our team and we hope it is important to you as well.

College Relations is committed to salary transparency in the hiring process as a characteristic of an inclusive organization. Our salaries are benchmarked to national liberal arts colleges and regional colleges and universities. The position hiring manager is happy to discuss our salary benchmarks at any stage of the interview process. Davidson College also offers numerous other benefits as an employer, including:

  • Four weeks of vacation in your first year on the job, plus College holidays
  • Health insurance
  • A 403(b) retirement plan to which the college contributes at least 8.5% of your salary
  • Tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, after 7 years of continuous full-time employment.
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Flexible Work Location
College Relations has a flexible work location program in line with the College’s telecommuting policy. This position is eligible for partial flexibility in work location, during non-event days, as determined with the position’s manager and reviewed regularly through our performance management processes. Candidates should expect to maintain a residence within commuting distance of the Charlotte metro area. An initial campus orientation period (of several weeks to months) worked from the office may be required. This policy is reviewed periodically.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.

Advertised: 15 Jul 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

Specific details

Job Type Employee
Job Status Full time
Compensation Type Per year