The Executive Director of Alumnae/i Engagement is appointed by and reports to the Vice President for Advancement.
Working with staff and volunteer leadership, the Executive Director of Alumnae/i Engagement will provide strategic vision, best practices, and management of the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs. The Executive Director will ensure that there is a comprehensive understanding of the college's mission, goals, and priorities and will actively and strategically further that understanding among alumnae/i through marketing and communications, events, volunteer opportunities, fundraising initiatives, and in collaboration with college partners.
The Executive Director serves as the primary liaison with the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC) Board of Directors and Committees and guides in fulfilling its mission, by developing and orchestrating a comprehensive plan to support and communicate to the general alumnae/i constituency, including undergraduate and graduate alumnae/i. The Executive Director will contribute to advancing the college as a senior staff member of the division of Advancement.
Essential Job Functions:
Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC) and Affinity Groups
Oversee, manage and support the work of the AAGC President, Board of Directors, and committees, and all affinity groups.
Work with board and committee leadership to develop and initiate new programs and enhance existing activities that meet the needs of the alumnae/i, the college, and the campus community.
Oversee and coordinate the AAGC awards process (along with alumnae/i awards presented at the annual meeting) and Marguerite Barland award presented at the annual Jewell Robinson Dinner).
Actively represent, heighten and promote the visibility of the AAGC within the Goucher community and in the public arena.
Expand the participation of alumnae/i in all facets of alumnae/i programming and in all appropriate venues of college activity by working with campus partners: the office of student engagement; the office of admissions and enrollment management; athletics, the office of marketing and communications; the office of global education; Launch; the office of career and Baltimore Based Learning; and events and conference services.
Develop volunteer leadership and comprehensively manage the AAGC's extensive volunteer network to maximize volunteer resource potential and create a pipeline of future AAGC leaders.
Explore, develop, and implement programs and services which will effectively connect with and engage disparate alumnae/i cohorts. Support and promote the Black and African American Affinity Group's activities annually, and cultivate, support and implement interested alumni affinity groups.
Review and evaluate policies, monitor the effectiveness of programs and events, and make recommendations for revisions as needed.
Develop strategic reconnection and integration initiatives with segments of the alumnae/i body where special outreach is necessary to promote inclusion in the affairs of the AAGC and the life of the college.
Develop and orchestrate a comprehensive plan for regularly communicating the college's and AAGC's history and traditions through as many new and existing means as possible.
Set the tone and standard that all staff will support the AAGC, affinity groups and its members with the highest quality service.
Oversight and Management
Lead the engagement area that encourages coordination of efforts, workflow, and goals/outcomes. This includes managing and directing the daily activities of the office and its staff, ensuring that priorities are communicated, tasks are coordinated, and operations are smooth and efficient.
Provide leadership to develop and oversee strategies with the engagement staff for effective communications, events, programming, and volunteer opportunities aimed at enhancing alumnae/i engagement that are in coordination with all Advancement Division efforts.
Develop standard metrics and ways of assessing effectiveness of engagement programming
Receive and respond to all forms of contact from alumnae/i including praise, complaints, concerns, suggestions, and congratulations - both personally and professionally.
Oversee and provide strategy for all programmatic efforts involving communication, volunteer recruitment and outreach, events, and fundraising.
Maintain a portfolio and a schedule of travel, as needed, to meet with volunteer leaders and other alumnae/i to strengthen relations, build programs, and encourage giving.
Handle personnel matters, including the interviewing, hiring, and performance evaluation of staff.
Coordinate and communicate with campus partners.
Supervise three staff members: Director of Alumnae/i Affairs, Director of Alumnae/i Communication & Engagement, and Engagement Associate, and a student worker.
Responsible management of the Alumnae/i Engagement budget in coordination with department directors. Ensure that good bookkeeping practices are maintained, and that programs stay within their budgets.Review cost/benefits of programmatic expenditures and budgetary needs to ensure that adequate funds are available for the AAGC to fulfill its mission and for each department to meet its goals and objectives.
Advancement Division Responsibilities
Participate in meetings of the Board of Trustee's Development and Alumnae/i Affairs Committee, as requested.
Participate in the Division's Leadership Team.
Attend meetings and events, and perform tasks related to the scope of development activities within the division.
Identify ways in which the AAGC and the Alumnae/i Affairs Office can support and enhance Division programs and projects.
Contribute to the achievement of the Division's goals and objectives. Prepare annual and strategic goals and objectives that reflect the partnership of the AAGC, the Division, and the college in achieving common, mutually beneficial goals.
Represent Advancement goals and perspectives in Cross-Divisional searches, committees and in service as a campus citizen to improve and advance he experience of students and alumni.
Data Integrity and Management: Work with the Advancement Leadership Team to ensure that alumnae/i information is getting updated in the database including contact information, employment information, key contacts, and volunteer job duties.
Ensure responsible management where privacy and confidentiality issues of alumnae/i information are concerned.
Other Duties and Relationships
Work with campus partners to: Forge relationships with alumnae/i and help match potential volunteer opportunities.
Create, maintain, and grow partnerships between AAGC and the Alumnae/i Affairs Office and the offices of Admissions, Career Education Office, Student Affairs and Student Engagement, and Graduate Programs.Explore ways in which the Alumnae/i Affairs Office and these other offices can work together for increased mutual benefit. Enhance student-alumnae/i relationships.
Work with faculty to engage them as speakers and presenters to alumnae/i groups, and to educate them about the many ways they can be involved in fostering alumnae/i relations.
Promote contributions to the college's archives to ensure a rich documentation of the history of the Association and the lives of alumnae/i for future generations.
Required:Bachelor's degree required
Preferred:Advance degree preferred;
Required:five or more years of progressively responsible experience in alumnae/i affairs programs preferred, including 3-5 minimum years of experience as a manager; knowledge of fund raising and public relations or communications desirable.Demonstrated leadership, strategic planning, team building, and financial management abilities essential.Exceptional interpersonal, negotiation and motivation skills and a sense of humor highly valued assets.
Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Please submit the following application materials:
Goucher College is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.
Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.
Among the 40 Colleges That Change Lives, and ranked first in the nation for study abroad programs by U.S. News & World Report, Goucher is a selective, liberal arts college located 20 minutes north of Baltimore, MD. Goucher enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduates, 84% of whom live on campus, and 1,200 graduate students. At Goucher, we’re redefining the meaning of a liberal arts education in order to help our students prepare for the jobs of the future. Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.