Associate Director for Multicultural and Affinity
Office of Advancement
Duration of Position:
Full year / Full time
About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly
selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar
is deeply committed to fostering a community that reflects the
values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment
of equality, diversity and inclusiveness. Vassar seeks to create a
pluralistic community for all staff, faculty and students. Vassar
College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, and
applications from women, individuals with disabilities and members
of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Senior Director of Alumnae/i Engagement, The
Associate Director for Multicultural and Affinity Engagement will
have primary responsibility for the oversight and stewardship of
all affinity group volunteers, activities, and events. Affinity
groups presently include the following: African American Alumnae/i
of Vassar College (AAAVC), LGBTQ+, Latinx (LAVC), and Asian Pacific
Alumnae/i of Vassar College (APAVC). The Associate Director will
prioritize engagement of campus partners and alumnae/i leaders in
discussion about the history and current state of alumnae/i
affinity groups to ensure that history is appropriately documented
and understood. In addition, the Associate Director will work with
these stakeholders to develop plans for the future that honor
history and, if needed, evolve practice to meet emerging
In addition to these volunteer-driven groups, the Associate
Director will also consider and organize activities that engage
alums and students who share other affinities, including FGLI
(First Generation Low Income), International students, veterans,
athletes, religious identities, VSA organizations, residence halls,
and more as time and strategic focus warrant and allow.
The position's goals include deepening and increasing engagement
among alums around shared social identities and activity affinities
outside the traditional channels of class (reunion) and club
(geography-based communities). This work will require heightened
awareness of and sensitivity to experiences shared by those from
historically marginalized populations, as well as a demonstrated
commitment to relationship building with colleagues and volunteer
leaders (both student and alumnae/i).
- Recruit, train, set goals with, and support volunteers for
existing identity-based affinity groups.
- Develop and lead a training program for affinity volunteers
that would become part of the annual Vassar College Volunteer
- Develop communications and strategies for engaging alumnae/i
around other shared affinities (as appropriate and
- Staff and support the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion of the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College (AAVC)
Board of Directors.
- Ensure that affinity programming is in alignment with College
priorities and support volunteers with the administrative execution
of event logistics.
- Plan and execute periodic events for affinity groups when
volunteers are not able to do so.
- Attend affinity events when strategically important and
- Work in close collaboration with colleagues in Student Growth
and Engagement (ALANA, Transitions, International, LGBTQ+, the
Women's Center, First-Year Experience), Athletics, Career
Development, Religious and Spiritual Life and Residential Life to
strategize about the best and most appropriate ways to engage
alumnae/i in support of students specific to identity and
- Work in close collaboration with the Associate Director of
Annual Giving, Leadership and Affinity, to ensure alignment and
synergy around Advancement priorities.
- Occasional responsibilities in support of large-scale
department and college programs that require “all hands on deck” to
ensure smooth operation. Examples include, but are not limited to,
Reunion, Commencement, and Sophomore Career Connections.
- Occasional evening and weekends required.
Special Instructions to Applicants
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
- Three to five years of progressively responsible alumni
relations or student-facing higher education administration
experience desired, preferably in a liberal arts college
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity in
all engagement work.
- Experience working with and supporting historically
- Excellent organizational, communications, and program planning
- Strong customer-service orientation.
- Ability to manage technology platforms to facilitate
information sharing, networking, and career advancement for
students and alumnae/i.
- Proven success in volunteer management and an ability to work
effectively with a multigenerational and diverse
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
and meet deadlines.
- Ability to function effectively and flexibly in a dynamic,
fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
- Commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive team-oriented
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to
attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3
professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format.
Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any
questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.
For full consideration applicants should apply by:
All applicants must apply online at: https://employment.vassar.edu/postings/1954.