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Wentworth’s engagement and annual giving team seeks to build an inclusive and connected community, providing opportunities for alumni, families, friends, and faculty/staff of Wentworth to connect with the university and each other and to inspire and grow philanthropic contributions to the university.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving (EDARAG), you are a liaison between the alumni community and the university, and are responsible for cultivating high-level relationships, engagement opportunities and events.

Essential Functions:

Liaison between Academic Affairs, Student Engagement, Athletics, and other campus partners to coordinate strategic and inclusive alumni engagement opportunities
  • In collaboration with EDARAG, MarCom, University Events and Advancement Services colleagues, create and implement policies and procedures for alumni engagement and events
  • Partner with campus colleagues to execute a strategic and goal driven event service for student clubs and organizations, as well as Academic partners, to engage alumni in mutually beneficial ways
Alongside the EDLDE, work with the Wentworth Alumni Association (WAA) Board of Directors and other alumni groups
  • Work closely with alumni groups and partners across the University to develop opportunities for alumni to interact with each other and to engage both socially and intellectually throughout the University
  • Attend meetings and provide guidance and leadership to alumni groups
Build and manage alumni volunteer structure and opportunities
  • Create and manage robust alumni volunteer organization over the next two fiscal years with the goal of providing a magnitude of opportunities, including mentorship, Admissions ambassadors, regional ambassadors and affinity-based opportunities
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers
In coordination with EDLDE and University Events, oversee, plan and implement on campus and Boston-area alumni and constituent events, both in person and virtually that strengthen alumni relationships with students, faculty and staff
  • Serve as a liaison between Wentworth and alumni to deepen connection to the university and build effective lines of communications.
  • In coordination with EDARAG and University Events team, oversee, plan and implement Boston-area alumni events and programs as assigned, both in-person and virtually, that strengthen alumni relationships with students, faculty and staff
  • Assist with the coordination, planning, and execution of programs and events related to alumni engagement, including marque events: Alumni Day, Fall Family Outing and Apple Picking, and summer Red Sox event
  • Increase the university’s reach by strengthening alumni engagement program offerings
  • Assist in developing strategies to engage new members of the alumni community
  • Remain visible and connected to alumni through one-on-one meetings, attendance at events featuring or honoring alumni, and through general community engagement
In addition, you will provide timely progress updates and advise adjustments to your work and take initiative to stay informed of engagement trends, actively participating in alumni and constituent engagement networking groups and bringing ideas to inform Wentworth’s strategy.

Requirements:
  • Bachler’s degree required
  • Minimum 4-5 years of professional work experience
  • 5+ years of experience in development or related field preferred; experience working in higher education setting. Familiarity with Slate Advancement or similar databases. Comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word.
  • Strong communication skills and proofing proficiency required.
  • High levels of professionalism, integrity, collegiality, self-motivation and organization.
  • Commitment to optimizing digital technology and social media to sustain and grow student and alumni engagement.
  • A genuine interest in the mission of Wentworth and its priorities, and the ability to articulate it with conviction to a wide range of audiences.
  • Proven ability to manage projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to articulate ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Self-initiative, personal tact, creative talent, ability to work as part of a team, and the highest ethical standards required to motivate volunteers.
  • Must be a professional, confidential, honest and trustworthy person. Must have an even disposition and be able to deal effectively and politely with people from all types of backgrounds and experiences and in all types of difficult situations. Must be able to listen carefully.
  • Occasional evening and weekend event attendance is required for alumni and donor events, as well as Commencement and others as assigned.
Inclusive Excellence at Wentworth
Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all University programs and activities. The University does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

To find out more about the Wentworth’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please visit the website https://wit.edu/about/diversity .

All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support or accommodations, contact the Executive Director of Equity and Compliance, Catlin Wells, at wellsc1@wit.edu .

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 Wentworth Institute of Technology

 

Founded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, project-based educational experience. Under the guidance of caring faculty and staff, students develop into career-ready, skilled professionals and engaged citizens through an education that integrates classroom, laboratory, studio, cooperative, and experiential learning,

More than 60 labs and studios and 20 degrees are available through the Schools of Architecture and DesignComputing and Data ScienceEngineeringManagement, and Sciences and Humanities. Students can choose from both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as a variety of certificate programs.

Wentworth aims to be a student-centered institution of inclusive excellence that embraces a culture of innovation and creativity; serves society through urban engagement; and fosters growth for local, regional, and national economies.

Our nearly 4,000 students are relentlessly curious, and their passion carries well beyond the lab. From robotics clubs to design collaborations, there is no shortage of opportunity for students to connect with others and challenge themselves in pursuit of a better tomorrow. Wentworth prioritizes students’ health and well-being and provides high-quality services, activities, programs, and opportunities to support their growth and transformation.

A Wentworth education equips graduates with a highly valued skillset. Students have the chance to complete a minimum of two cooperative learning (co-op) semesters during their four years of study, and approximately half of students receive a job offer from their co-op company prior to graduation. Ninety-five percent of the Class of 2021 were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Hands-on, future-focused, and career-ready—Wentworth is the University of Opportunity.

Wentworth Institute of Technology is a collaborative, mission-driven community of educators and professionals committed to excellence in ourselves and in the students we teach and support. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to continuing to develop a richly diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

There are a number of advantages to working at Wentworth. Among them:

  • Location. Wentworth is based in Boston’s historic Fenway area, a cultural center featuring numerous colleges, universities, hospitals, museums, galleries, restaurants, and cafes. The MBTA Green Line, Orange Line, and Commuter Rail are within walking distance (and we subsidize passes), and we provide affordable, on-site parking.
  • Career opportunities. We offer rewarding positions in areas such as the Division of Technology Services, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Finance, Institutional Advancement, and others. There are also many opportunities for professional advancement.
  • Competitive salaries and benefits. Our benefits package includes comprehensive medical, dental, and pension plans; as well as generous holiday, vacation, and sick time.
  • Professional development opportunities. These include tuition reimbursement programs, and the ability to cross-register for courses, leadership programs, and professional development training at any of the other member institutions of the Colleges of the Fenway.
  • Wentworth is a member of Tuition Exchange, a reciprocal scholarship opportunity for the dependents of eligible faculty and staff at all 645+ member schools.
  • Discounts on arts and entertainment, including movie passes, Six Flags New England tickets, the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and more. 
  • Access to the on-campus Schumann Fitness Center. 
  • We are a member of MASCO, which offers a wide range of services including area planning and development, parking and transportation, collaborative purchasing, a call center, and child care.
  • We are a founding member of the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NEHERC), the region’s premier job board for faculty, staff, and academic executives, featuring over 2,700 current jobs from member colleges, universities, teaching hospitals, research institutes, and education-related not-for-profits.
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