Boston College Introduction
Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.Job Description
The Assistant/Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement seeks to actively engage Boston College Law School’s 13,000+ alumni, parents and friends in the life of the school and to raise financial resources to support the Law School’s mission by broadening and deepening the law school’s connections with members of the community.
Reporting to the Law School’s Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations, the incumbent is responsible for the management and execution of the BC Law School alumni relations and volunteer engagement strategy. S/he actively contributes to team-based strategic discussions and creative brainstorming about the overall advancement plan, including volunteer leadership engagement, alumni outreach, alumni communications, and strategic involvement of the Dean in development and alumni relations. The goal for this position is to develop and provide meaningful volunteer leadership opportunities through board and councils, events, and other engagements initiatives and to plan and execute an effective alumni communications strategy in partnership with advancement marketing colleagues.
1. Provide the strategic vision and program plan for the largest Boston based alumni event: Reunion & Alumni Assembly. Develop a full weekend of programming for ten reunion classes each fall and partners with colleagues to ensure the effort achieves high attendance goals.
2. Direct the year-round activities of the Alumni Board and the subcommittees of this Board, as well as plan and execute two board meetings annually.
3. Provide strategic vision for law school alumni relations communications (delivered primarily via email, social media, and web-based strategies) that is executed in partnership with University Advancement’s Marketing and Communications staff.
4. Oversee the alumni affinity groups, including the Black Alumni Network. Recruit/retain and train alumni volunteer leaders. Build and steward new affinity groups to respond to alumni interest, as assigned.
5. Working with alumni affinity groups, and other volunteer leader groups as assigned, plan and execute special small group cultivation events that are focused on deepening the engagement of the defined target audiences. Duties include securing venues; negotiating contracts; managing budgets and timelines; preparing menus; confirming speakers; designing, preparing and disseminating invitations and tracking and communicating with colleagues regarding invitation response –all in accordance with best practices followed across UA.
6. Serve as a liaison with campus partners in career services and admissions, and with student organizations, such as those that align with alumni interests (e.g., Business Law Society Women Law Society, AHANAs, etc.).
Additional responsibilities include:
7. Develop collateral materials necessary to foster continued volunteer interaction and participation.
8. Manage all post-event communications and, in collaboration with the Law School’s Annual Giving team, the solicitations.
9. Establish metrics to track success, notably the impact of events and programs, as well as return on investment (cost vs. attendee giving). Create strategies for year over year improvement.
10. Leverage travel and events to secure meetings alumni to solicit gifts in the $2,500-$10,000 range. Utilize email and phone communication for additional solicitations.
11. Manage special fundraising initiatives as assigned, such as the annual student alumni golf event.
12. Oversee the dean’s alumni kudos and condolence correspondences.
13. Oversee updating of master events calendars for Law, UA, and University calendars.
14. Perform other duties as assigned.
Department: 032001 BC Law School Advancement
Position: 12780 Assistant/Associate Director, Alumni Relations & Volunteer Engagement
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree. For the Assistant Director, a minimum of 1-3 years of serving in an alumni relations role is required, or a combination of alumni relations responsibilities along with annual giving, event planning, development, or other related work experience. For the Associate Director, a minimum of 3-5 years of professional level alumni relations experience or a combination of alumni relations and directly related professional level experience, such as event planning, development or volunteer management is required, preferably at an institution of higher education. Experience managing volunteer boards or councils is preferred, as is experience developing and implementing a communications plan for targeted audiences.
Both job levels require an ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines; excellent interpersonal, oral and written skills including public speaking when necessary; an ability to work well with volunteers in a fast-paced environment. In addition, candidates must have an ability to provide the detailed planning and budget management necessary to ensure that events and programs are run in a fiscally responsible manner. Some travel, evening, and weekend work is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with a sophisticated alumni or constituency database software is strongly preferred. Must be a team player who is highly motivated and dedicated to the goals of advancing higher education. An appreciation for Jesuit Catholic education and the goals and values of Boston College is critical.
Prior fundraising experience as well as a proven track record in soliciting and closing gifts is preferred. Closing Statement
Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at http://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity.