Detailed Job Description
Reporting directly to the Director of the Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends, and in close collaboration with other University Advancement departments, the Senior Associate Director for Alumni and Parent Programs will manage staff and execute programs designed to increase alumni and parent engagement in support of university objectives.
Additional Description of Duties:
Serves as a senior manager in the Center for APF and assists the Executive Director of Advancement Relations with short and long-term strategic planning and execution, staff and program related budget management and the establishment and retention of collaborative relationships across campus to ensure the success of Center programs.
Manages the Center for APF's operations, data and technology programs, working closely with Advancement Systems to leverage technology in support of best practices related to constituent engagement. Current systems include Millennium and Harris. Troubleshoot issues as they arise.
Required to demonstrate successful outcome of programs based on approved outcome measures.
Oversees and directs all "flagship" or large event programs for alumni and parents including Homecoming, Reunion, and Parents Weekend.
Oversees the execution of early lifecycle engagement programs for students and young alumni, designed to create loyalty and participation with the university at the start of a student's career.
Oversees parent engagement programs (communications, events, volunteers) and events in coordination with annual fund strategies and in close collaboration with the student affairs division.
Directs and executes the university's reunion program (communications, events, volunteers) in close collaboration with the Advancement Communications team, the Bentley Fund staff and in close concert with the university community.
Oversees the Sr. Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Programs.
Bachelor's Degree with 10+ Years of relevant experience. Must be able to direct a complex large function for the division and provide strategic planning recommendations for short and long-term goals. Previous experience managing a budget and staff is required.
The candidate must possess a comfort level with university fundraising initiatives and the desire to support the university's fundraising objectives. This includes working closely with development staff to share contacts, further relationships with constituents and promote giving to Bentley as a part of all program objectives.
Candidate must be able to speak to success in previous positions in the following ways:
Complex program management.
Superior oral, written, interpersonal, negotiation, management and organizational skills.
The desire and ability to work effectively with university personnel and alumni, parents and friends.
A high degree of creativity, tact, and the ability to work well under pressure.
Proficiency with PC platform and standard applications is essential (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
A strong competency in database platform management and web-based software platforms, and a desire to learn and utilize new technologies.
The position requires the willingness to travel and work weekends and evenings as required.
Knowledge and commitment of the role of Bentley as a leading business university.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Must hold and maintain acceptable driver's history as determined by Bentley's insurance carrier.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity.
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