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Associate Director of Regional Engagement

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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.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Associate Director of Regional Engagement
Department Communities
Position Number 1011487
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Start date for this position is Tuesday, August 1st.

Position Purpose

Empowers volunteer leaders by providing quality service to regional alumni organizations to increase membership, visibility, alumni engagement opportunities and connections to Dartmouth. Develops regional leadership that works collaboratively on engagement opportunities for all alumni. Contributes to Alumni Relations strategic, operational and tactical development and support of events and programming that promote specific division objectives to serve alumni Communities of Dartmouth, including regional alumni clubs, Women of Dartmouth, and affiliated groups. Supports best practices and an integrated platform of strategic outreach to alumni through club events, special events, and effective volunteer management and ensures that all processes and communication plans are in place to effectively orchestrate a strategic outreach plan to engage Dartmouth’s alumni with the College and with each other.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Ability to work with and command the respect and confidence of alumni, volunteer leaders, senior officers of the College, faculty, and the trustees.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills combined with proven abilities to work across a complex organization.
  • Proven abilities to coach and lead alumni volunteers, to collaborate and negotiate with alumni volunteers; and to resolve conflict.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated presentation abilities.
  • Analytical and strategic thinking capabilities.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; ability to create and meet project time lines, experience in assessing and evaluating projects.
  • Willingness to travel and to work nights and weekends.
  • Understanding of, and experience with, using social media and other technologies to support effective communications. Familiarity with iModules a plus.
  • Understanding of, commitment to, and experience in, working with diverse volunteers and with building programs and organizations that enhance diversity.
Minimum Experience
  • 5-7 years of relevant program development/administration experience (either as a volunteer or as a professional); or the equivalent.
  • Individual and organizational volunteer management experience highly desirable.
  • Alumni Relations experience desirable.
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s degree.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Cindy Welch
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

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

Key Accountabilities

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT

  • Works to drive regional collaboration amongst volunteer leaders through joint program planning and execution.
  • Works closely with the Alumni Relations team to coordinate ideas and themes for events related to each of the alumni communities and to regional outreach initiatives.
  • Plans, manages and executes alumni club events e.g., presidential visits, appearances by Trustees, educational offerings, Wearers of the Green event, etc.
  • Prepares senior leadership briefings for events and coordinates with the President’s office and senior administrators on travel to Communities events.
  • Engages with specific metropolitan clubs as determined by the Deputy Director; develops relationships and creates opportunities that will measurably enhance the brand image of the College. Develops strong and effective relationships with colleagues and volunteers; maintains a liaison and advisory role with clubs and groups to keep them informed of relevant College priorities
  • Identifies and actively recruits leaders/potential leaders for regional club and community groups, and seeks to influence selections for leadership positions.
  • Provides strategic support for volunteer leadership training events. Leads the effort on organizing event logistics such as venue arrangements, catering, communications, collateral, program speakers’ needs, and audio visual. This includes overseeing event logistics for Communities Executive Council meetings and serving as a central resource of support and information.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

  • Coordinates the overall communication and outreach plan for the Communities business unit for all presidential events, Trustee events and Dartmouth on Location efforts.
  • Introduces creative, strategic, and tactical thinking to Communities strategic outreach planning efforts to enhance Dartmouth’s reputation and showcase the intellectual strength of the College and help to advance its reputation and prestige in the marketplace.
  • Identifies and anticipates opportunities to increase understanding of Dartmouth through outreach activities and participates in driving content ideas for outreach activities. Identifies and recognizes activities that reflect clubs’ individuality and fosters engagement with the College and with each other through a variety of social and educational programming.
  • Ensures that leadership volunteers are equipped with the training and information they need to carry out their responsibilities. Develops Communities training materials for orientation and training of Communities leaders; provides structural and management guidance to all targeted alumni communities.
  • Works with colleagues in the Communities department to develop a Communities scorecard which includes reporting on key performance indicators, such as membership, financial management, diverse programming, and leadership. Collects and analyzes information and membership reports, financial reports and other metrics of regional clubs and affiliated groups with particular attention to organizational and operational needs. Provides insights and recommendations for improvement in strategy, planning, programming, execution, etc.
  • Maintains a commitment to the Dartmouth College Advancement mission, its set of related operating principles and priorities.
  • Manages the Communities department budget and provides effective financial support and insight to the Deputy Director for quarterly reporting.

OPERATIONS

  • Provides input for ongoing comprehensive marketing that will enhance the College’s visibility to its key constituents
  • Measures the effectiveness of event activities and collects best practices insights that can be implemented and enhance other events.
  • Effectively manages internal and external stakeholders in a rapidly changing environment, and provides appropriate follow up during the planning process.
  • Participates in and implements ways to improve established best practices for event planning and execution.
  • Develops effective working relationships, systems, protocols and processes in support of the department and individual activities and responsibilities.
  • Incorporates the needs of diverse populations in program planning and inclusion in all aspects of the work of the Communities department as it relates to leadership identification, training and event content, communications, programming, etc.

COMMUNICATIONS/COORDINATION

  • Communicates with senior administrators, faculty, trustees, volunteers, and colleagues to execute engagement events.
  • Develops strong and effective relationships with colleagues in Advancement (including regional offices) across campus and the professional schools.
  • Fosters strong relationships with alumni of the College and earns reputation as good citizen of and ambassador for Dartmouth through strong representation of the College to both internal and external diverse constituencies.
  • Incorporates the needs of diverse populations in program planning.
  • Upholds and models the core values and operating principles of the Advancement division.
-- Performs other duties as assigned

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Document #1

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