Vice President For Alumni Relations Wanted In Hanover

Published 2017-12-25
Expires 2019-06-21
ID #11608
Vice President For Alumni Relations Wanted In Hanover
United-states, New Hampshire, Hanover,
Published December 25, 2017

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Job type: Full time
Occupation: Vice president for alumni relations

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The Vice President for Alumni Relations will report to the Senior Vice President for Advancement and will serve as a
member of Advancement's senior leadership team. He/she will manage a team of 35 professionals in the division of Alumni Relations and
support a volunteer organization of more than 500 leaders.

The Vice President guides one of the most vital and successful alumni
programs in higher education, inspiring community among 80,000 alumni around the world. The Vice President for Alumni Relations provides
strategic vision and direction for alumni communications, engagement, programming and volunteer leadership in service to the College and its
global alumni networks.

The Vice President leads a dedicated team that oversees alumni leadership, the alumni magazine, class
activities, admissions ambassador program, Dartmouth for Life, and lifelong learning on behalf of the alumni of the College and graduate and
professional schools. Key partners for this individual include the Senior Vice President, Advancement's senior leadership team, Alumni
Council and the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Inspirational,
    authentic, and possessing the charisma, gravitas, poise, and judgment to serve as a spokesperson, influencer, and natural connector across a
    diverse set of audiences.
  • Promotes open communication, transparency, and the highest ethical standards.
  • Superior written
    and oral communication skills; ability to serve as an outstanding advocate on behalf of the College and alumni.
  • A capacity to
    empower and build strong relationships with those within the team and across the organization; an appreciation for higher education culture
    and complexity strong desired.
  • Welcomes input from diverse perspectives and opinions; a consensus- and team-builder who embraces a
    culture of empowerment, action, and accountability.
  • A people person at heart who is approachable and likeable, with the ease to
    handle a high-volume, high-touch, fast-paced environment.
  • Innovative, driven, and intellectually curious with a global
Minimum Experience
  • Enterprising strategist with a history of success in building programs;
    able to create and introduce new ideas and initiatives while respecting Dartmouth's long-standing traditions.
  • Significant senior
    leadership and management experience, ideally in a large, complex organization; experience in professional services, business development,
    client management, communications, marketing, or related field a plus.
  • Superb planning and organizational skills with an
    understanding of budgets and a sharp eye for operational efficiency, the best use of resources, and the ability to manage them.

  • Experience with and an appreciation for leveraging marketing, branding, and communications for engagement and outreach, with specific
    savvy optimizing digital channels and utilizing new technology.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a volunteer, client-centric, consumer-driven, or similar program attuned to the needs
    of many varying constituents.
  • A proven manager of larger teams who can attract, retain and develop top staff as well as foster an
    inclusive, cohesive, and vibrant culture.
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor's Degree; an advanced degree
  • A degree from Dartmouth College or any of its graduate institutions is strongly preferred.

Not an SEIU Position


Employment Category
Regular Full Time

Department Contact for Cover Letter
Lesa Knapp

Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong
commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications
by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

TRAVEL: (Position based
in Hanover, NH): Travel expected, approximately 25-30%.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful
completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work
history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth
College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in
a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities


  • Provides strategic guidance and vision to design, develop, and execute a comprehensive
    alumni engagement plan to meet the goals of the College.
  • Leads the ongoing efforts to develop and deepen a solid understanding of
    the Dartmouth alumni community, including alumni personal and professional interests, views, and desires for connection with their alma
  • Understands changing student and alumni demographics, behavior, and the digital environment, and actively utilizes new
    technology to develop interactive programming, initiatives, and opportunities for engagement and feedback.
  • Inspires, champions, and
    advocates for the College in partnership with the President, Advancement, and other colleagues, from the classroom to the boardroom and
  • Remains current on trends and innovations; implements market research and evaluation, proactively and in response to
    program strategies and results.


  • Serves as one of the chief
    ambassadors for Dartmouth through strong representation of the College, its mission and values, to internal and external
  • Effectively informs alumni through an integrated marketing and communications strategy using traditional and new
    media, with a growing emphasis on digital initiatives.
  • Strengthens and sustains a high-impact, comprehensive volunteer program,
    providing the highest level of personal support to volunteer leadership on behalf of Dartmouth.
  • Spearheads representation of the
    College through an extensive local and global event calendar to personally connect and engage with alumni.
  • Plays an active role in
    the life of the College, on and off campus, including participation in homecoming, commencement, small alumni gatherings, and reunions,
    among others, to ensure all alumni feel welcome, inspired and energized.


  • Drives a culture where effective teamwork, cross-functional collaboration, and innovative thinking are expected, recognized, and
  • Leads and supports the alumni relations team; provides direction and vision, sets clearly defined and measurable goals,
    celebrates achievements, and creates learning opportunities.
  • Establishes systems for measuring the effectiveness of Alumni
    Relations initiatives which inspire a commitment to reaching goals and to improving the effectiveness of operations.
  • Leverages data
    analysis to inform decisions and efficiencies.
Performs other duties as assigned

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