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Assistant Vice President, People and Engagement

University of Maryland at College Park
College Park, Maryland
Salary range is mid to upper $200,000s
Date posted
Mar 6, 2024

Job Details

The Assistant Vice President, People and Engagement (AVP) will serve as a part of the University Relations Senior Leadership team who is responsible for creating the division’s strategic plan as well as determining staffing priorities, organization policies and budgetary needs. The AVP will oversee a team of approximately 50 staff and a portfolio of initiatives that activate alumni, volunteers, and staff to advance the goals of University Relations. Specifically, the AVP will oversee four important teams within University Relations: the University of Maryland Alumni Association (UMDAA), the Office of Human Resources and Talent Management, the Office of Special Events, and the Office of Board Operations.

The mission of the UMDAA is to connect, cultivate and channel the power of alums to enrich their own lives, advance the university and impact the greater good. In partnership with the Executive Director of the Alumni Association, the AVP will oversee a comprehensive, collaborative, and aligned alumni relations program for UMD that is a key partner in the next campaign.

The AVP will also oversee the Office of Human Resources and Talent Management, where they will take a leadership role in shaping the division’s efforts related to recruitment, retention, professional development, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for staff. The AVP will create a talent management strategic plan to ensure the division has the human capital needed to be successful in the next campaign.

Additionally, the AVP will supervise the Office of Special Events, which includes planning and executing presidential and campus-wide events, development and campaign events, overseeing the president’s suites for basketball and football and other related activities including commencement and convocation.

Rounding out the portfolio, the AVP will supervise the Office of Board Operations, which includes helping to shape strategy, agenda, and work of the UMCPF Board of Trustees. This includes but is not limited to the development of volunteer outreach and engagement strategy, content strategy of the UMCPF Board of Trustees tri-annual meetings, board or volunteer retreats and volunteer recognition/celebration events.

As the head of People & Engagement for the Division of University Relations, the AVP will lead volunteer pipeline building efforts and work to identify opportunities for strategic engagement of volunteer leaders in events and programs hosted or sponsored by the UMCP Foundation, University of Maryland Alumni Association or UMD.

The AVP will represent the University before multiple internal and external constituencies. They will report directly to the Vice President (VP) of University Relations and serve on the VP’s Senior Leadership team.


Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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