Director of Alumni Relations

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 01, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Company Description:

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations.

A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning.

Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership.

This is The Dean Difference.

Consistently recognized as a Top Regional College and a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report and named a College of Distinction for four consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 300 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies and certificate programs throughout the year.

Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 90 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on student engagement and exceptional teaching. The Dean Difference is exemplified through each student's commitment to their professional futures, social responsibility and leadership. Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.

Job Description:

This position is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive alumni relations program, including communications, social networking communities, events (on campus, virtual and regionally), benefits and services, volunteer management, and alumni career opportunities. Reporting to the Vice President, this individual develops and implements outreach to all alumni constituencies to maintain ongoing alumni communications and coordinates alumni outreach with other institutional advancement activities, integrated with all fundraising initiatives.

Job Duties include:

  • Develops and oversees all alumni relations programs and services to keep alumni intellectually and emotionally connected to the College;
  • Oversee annual budget;
  • Responsible for planning and implementation of all alumni in person and virtual events;
  • Identify, cultivate and recruit alumni volunteers, including Alumni Advisory Council by recruiting members; meeting preparation and communication with members, and providing follow-up to all outcomes of meetings;
  • Oversees alumni communication, including filling the role of Managing Editor for Dean Magazine and e-Magazine, and social media engagement;
  • Personally meets with alumni throughout the year to advance the mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement;
  • Research, develop and work with current and new alumni affinity groups: classes, regions, schools, involvement, past leadership, and 50th Society;
  • Research and implement ways to share alumni success stories on campus and externally;
  • Work closely with partners across campus to engage alumni back to campus - including but not limited to Student Activities, Career and Internship Office, Admission Office, Athletics and Academic Affairs;
  • Serves as a member of the Institutional Advancement team and contributes on all matters related to alumni and family relations'
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline;
  • Master's degree preferred;
  • Preference will be given to qualified candidates who are alumni/ae of Dean College;
  • Prior experience in the areas of alumni relations, fundraising and event planning are essential;
  • The successful candidate will have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Candidates must have superior project management skills. S/he must demonstrate prior examples of superior organizational capability and the ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team;
  • This individual must be able to work, as needed, in support of all programs and events including those which occur on evenings and/or weekends.

Additional Information:

Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.

The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis. Dean College prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, work-related injury or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.

The Assistant Dean of Students, located on the second floor of the Campus Center, telephone 508-541-1841, coordinates the college's compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Act.

The Director of Human Resources on the first floor of Dean Hall, telephone, 508-541-1681 coordinates the College's compliance with titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and amendments, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The Dean College Athletics Department is a Division III member of the NCAA and competes as a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), and complies with all NCAA Division III Rules and Regulations.

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