Director, Alumni Belonging Programs

Brown University

Job Description:

The Director will lead the strategic development and management of identity-based Affinity Groups and other communities in our Alumni Belonging pillar. Affinity Groups are alumni communities that form around identities including cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and disability experiences. These communities offer a way for diverse and historically underrepresented alumni to build lifelong connections with the University community around a shared identity.

The Alumni Belonging Pillar builds and supports an ecosystem of communities based on identity, affinity, and shared interests that speak to the multiplicity and intersectionality of the alumni community’s lived experiences, interests, and needs. The team nurtures and grows a culture of belonging for alumni and their parents, family, and friends by promoting the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, in all areas of alumni engagement programming.

This role will lead a team of 2+ staff members in developing and implementing a strategic plan focused on expanding engagement and fostering a greater sense of belonging for our Affinity Group communities and our diverse and historically underrepresented/underserved alumni communities.

The Director will serve as a staff liaison to various affinity group communities and oversee team members who liaise with these and other communities within the scope of the Alumni Belonging pillar. The Director will work with and support Affinity Group volunteer leaders in their endeavors to engage and support their communities.  Additionally, this role will oversee the creation and execution of volunteer training, stewardship, and recruitment strategies.

This position will oversee the development of tailored programming for our diverse and historically underrepresented/underserved constituencies, partnering with colleagues in Alumni Relations and Advancement on targeted events and communications. Additionally, the Director will work closely with University stakeholders, including identity centers like the Brown Center for Students of Color, to implement alumni-student Affinity Group programming and identify opportunities for new initiatives.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Alumni Belonging, the director will also work closely with the senior director and the Vice President of Alumni Relations to support the implementation of a comprehensive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging engagement agenda for the department.

Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience required in a related field such as alumni relations, volunteer management, community building, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strategy development.
  • Minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience is required.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in higher education or a nonprofit setting. Knowledge of Brown University is a plus.
  • Demonstrated project management and problem-solving skills, including organizational skills to meet goals and objectives through effective program and project planning
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Ability to manage multiple projects under deadline. Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to produce accurate high-quality work under deadline. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated skill in various forms of written correspondence. Must be extremely comfortable in communicating information to individuals and groups orally, both by telephone and in person.
  • Working knowledge of the Windows environment, including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, electronic mail and calendars, mainframe, and internet/HTML that support high-level alumni engagement activities.
  • Ability to administer simple surveys, conduct analysis, and report results.
  • Demonstrated success with event planning required.
  • Direct experience with volunteer management is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with data tracking and annual reporting processes.
  • Supervisory and management experience with the ability to coach, mentor, and tailor professional development plans for individual staff members.
  • Ability to travel, and work occasional nights and weekends as needed.

Job Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), including experience/ability to identify and emphasize diverse perspectives in programming, communications, and strategy.
  • Must be a detail-oriented self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and priorities to meet aggressive timelines and challenging deadlines.
  • Comfort in dealing with a wide range of University constituencies.
  • Commitment to working in a team environment is essential.
  • Given the nature of the work and the high level of most of the constituency members, a high level of integrity, tact, and discretion is required to deal with confidential donor/prospect information.
  • Experience working in a fast‐paced, results‐oriented environment and demonstrated flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with their application. All offers of employment are contingent upon a completed criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

Benefits of Working at Brown:
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Director, Alumni Belonging Programs

Alumni Relations

Grade 12

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Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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