About Occidental College
Founded in 1887, Occidental is a nationally recognized, private
college of the liberal arts and sciences, dedicated to providing a
gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational
experience of the highest quality -- one that prepares them for
leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and
What makes Occidental special? An intellectually rigorous academic
environment. Small classroom settings where students collaborate
with professors and their peers while pursuing or discovering their
passion. A beautiful residential campus that offers students
hands-on engagement with the cultural and intellectual resources of
Los Angeles. A community open to stimulating conversation and
divergent points of view. Some 2,100 students from 46 states and 28
countries choose from 41 majors and minors and participate in one
the country’s top undergraduate research programs. Oxy students
routinely win top awards and fellowships; its first Rhodes Scholar
was named in 1907. Dedicated to excellence and equity, Occidental
also is one of the country’s most economically diverse campuses,
according to the New York Times. Some 71 percent of Oxy students
receive some form of financial aid; 20 percent are Pell Grant
recipients; and 19 percent are the first in their family to attend
Associate Director of Alumni & Parent
The Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement will report
to the Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement and will work
closely with volunteers, as well as with team members within
Institutional Advancement. This position will oversee the
development and stewardship of engagement volunteers, who will be
critical to the success of Oxy’s pipeline development and strategic
philanthropic goals. The Associate Director will work closely with
their counterpart in the Oxy Fund, and with the Director of Alumni
and Parent Engagement, to educate, organize, empower and align
volunteers in support of Oxy’s philanthropic goals. The Associate
Director will also be directly responsible for the program strategy
and implementation of Alumni Reunion Weekend, and serve as the
primary point person for class planning committee management. This
position will provide coordination and support for established
affinity programs, and lead the development of new affinity
Engagement Volunteer Program Management
- 20% - In partnership with the Director of Alumni and Parent
Engagement, design, implement, and oversee the engagement volunteer
program’s strategic initiatives.
- 20% - Collaborate with A&PE colleagues to create a cohesive
strategy for volunteers across all program areas, and ensure that
volunteers are stewarded appropriately.
- 20% - Work with Institutional Advancement colleagues to
identify key prospects for volunteer positions, and develop
strategies for current volunteers who should be cultivated for
- 20% - Develop a reporting structure that measures growth within
the cohorts, and partner with the Director of A&PE to ensure
that goals and metrics are in alignment with non-monetary
Institutional Advancement goals.
- 20% - In collaboration with Oxy Fund and Engagement Planning
colleagues, plan annual volunteer trainings including the Volunteer
- 20% - Develop tools and systems that educate and empower
volunteers to serve as ambassadors for the College.
- 35% - Oversee program strategy, development, and implementation
for Oxy’s Alumni Reunion Weekend, including volunteer recruitment
and class planning committee management.
- 35% - Coordinate with Engagement Communications to develop a
segmented outreach strategy that will create a sense of excitement
and appeal to broad cross sections of the alumni community.
- 35% - Develop a program strategy that identifies key campus and
community initiatives and achievements, and highlights them in the
lead up to and over the course of Reunion Weekend.
- 35% - Work closely with Oxy Fund staff to coordinate efforts
around Reunion Planning and Reunion Giving committees, and develop
a deep understanding of fundraising goals and initiative related to
the Reunion program.
- 35% - Employ survey technology and metrics to determine
effectiveness of outreach and program strategies, and measure
success. Prepare and distribute reports to volunteer leaders and
senior staff on program impact.
- 35% - With the support of A&PE colleagues, create a profile
for each reunion class that incorporates key events from a class’s
time on campus; identifies both influencers and notables within the
cohort; and addresses possible barriers to attending.
Affinity Program Management
- 40% - Work directly with and support the efforts of Oxy’s
alumni affinity organizations.
- 40% - As part of overall volunteer management, identify,
recruit, train and manage affinity alumni.
- 40% - In coordination with volunteer groups, develop an annual
plan and slate of services that achieve each organizations’
- 40% - Manage affinity event implementation.
- 40% - Provide quarterly financial documents on affinity
- 40% - In collaboration with Oxy Fund colleagues, coordinate
fundraising efforts around affinity scholarships and philanthropic
- 40% - Manage the development and establishment of new groups,
particularly those that advance Institutional priorities.
- 5% - Collaborate in the development of event strategies and
implementation for Homecoming, Family Orientation and other key
alumni and parent engagement events.
- 5% - Provide staff support for the Alumni Board of
- 5% - Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field
- Knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques
including data-based computerized information systems, data
modeling, and models of analysis that leads to effective decision
making on behalf of the program.
- Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
on a team, strong writing, revising, editing and proofreading
skills, and the ability to maintain a high standard of accuracy and
quality under pressure of deadline and with a high level of
- A demonstrated excitement and interest in building and
coordinating regional communities and key groups of alumni, parent
and student volunteers.
- Ability to effectively communicate the value, message and brand
of Occidental College.
- Excellent oral, electronic and written communications
- Demonstrated success in work organization, project and time
- Personal proactive initiative and an ability to manage projects
simultaneously, to set priorities and follow-through on
- Willingness to work evenings, weekends and travel.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively motivate, train and support
colleagues and volunteers.
- Ability to set collaborative goals and to see projects to
completion in reflection of goals.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment – with a mix
of deans, faculty, alumni, parents, students and staff. Excellent
interpersonal skills and a strong customer service
- An appreciation for and understanding of the value of a liberal
arts education, with specific understanding of Occidental College
EXPECTED HIRING RANGE: $69,200 - $71,500/yr
If you are offered this position at Occidental College, your final
base salary compensation will be determined based on factors such
as skills, education, experience, and/or geographic location. In
addition to those factors, Occidental complies with applicable pay
equity laws and considers internal equity among current employees
when developing the final offer. Please keep in mind that the range
mentioned above is the base salary range for the role. Hiring at
the maximum of the range would not be typical in order to allow for
future and continued salary growth. We also offer a generous
compensation and benefits package.
03 Jan 2024 Pacific Standard Time