Assistant Director of Inclusion and Affinity Programs

Job Description:

The Assistant Director of Inclusive Alumni Affinity works to increase the engagement and networking potential of the University’s diverse alumni, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Utilizes creative and focused programming to increase the engagement of alumni with W&L and with each other, with an emphasis on younger, more diverse alumni. This work will be done through campus reunions, virtual programs, social media, collaborating with local alumni chapters, collaborating with diversity-focused University offices, discrete lifelong learning opportunities, and more.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.

  • Responsible for developing and organizing events, gatherings, and alumni affinity engagement opportunities on and off campus and virtually. An affinity group is any set of alumni who share a common prior student experience, interest, identity or purpose, who can be brought together in person or digitally to engage with each other and with the University.

  • Actively engages and listens to W&L alumni, faculty, staff, and students to develop creative methods for fostering alumni affinity groups. Collaborates with offices on campus such as the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement and Career and Professional Development to develop joint programming and to bring together current students and alumni with shared interests and identity.

  • Works with interested volunteers, Advancement staff, and data, to identify and encourage diverse affinity groups with upside potential for attendance, satisfying experiences, and associations with each other and with W&L. These gatherings can be based on: a) prior student affinities in academics, clubs, teams, Greek life, or other extracurricular activities; b) culture and identity; c) lifelong learning interests based on careers, avocations, and cultural events.

  • Oversees budgeting and all other aspects of affinity event planning and execution, including outbound communications, venue selection, hotels, entertainment, meals, etc. Works with other staff to ensure high quality, meaningful experiences.

  • Provides input for inclusion and affinities in the written Young Alumni Engagement Plan, as revised annually in partnership with University Development.

  • Effective and creative use of social media channels to advance objectives.

  • Occasionally supports the Alumni function through assistance in the management of an extensive network of local alumni chapters, including some event planning.

  • Staffs major campus reunions and other events.

  • Additional related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required. Experience in a Higher Ed setting and event planning will be preferred. Knowledge of issues and best practices related to diversity and inclusion is advantageous. Experience and creativity working with different forms of digital communications is required, including Web content management, email, and basic social media applications, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Instagram. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Box. Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge database system is a significant plus, and is experience with graphic design and publishing software programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop and Dreamweaver is preferred. Must be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently, and to work collaboratively on a team to engage all segments of the increasingly diverse alumni and friends of the University. Must be available to occasionally travel overnight and perform some evening and weekend work.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Application Instructions:

Resume, cover letter and list of professional references are required. You will be asked to provide contact information for professional references in the application questionnaire. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Do not apply from the website. Log in to Workday. Click on the Career Application, search Find Jobs, and open Find Jobs or Tasks and Reports. Locate the position and click Apply. Update your Education and Job History, and provide three professional references in the appropriate boxes. Refer to this Job Aid for additional guidance.

External Applicants: Complete the online application form. The online application form requires you provide names and contact information for three professional references, such as a current or former supervisor.

Physical Requirements:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Working Conditions:

  • The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.

  • The worker is subject to outside environmental conditions: No effective protection from weather.

Types of Work: Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with occasional nights and weekend hours required.

Benefit Eligible



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Minimum Pay:


Pay commensurate with experience.

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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