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Vice President for Alumni Relations

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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.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Vice President for Alumni Relations
Department Alumni Relations
Position Number 0021100
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Position Purpose

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 perspective.
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 inclusiveness.
  • 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 preferred.
  • A degree from Dartmouth College or any of its graduate institutions is strongly preferred.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
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

Key Accountabilities

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

  • 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 mater.
  • 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 beyond.
  • Remains current on trends and innovations; implements market research and evaluation, proactively and in response to program strategies and results.

ENGAGEMENT AND BRAND ADVANCEMENT

  • Serves as one of the chief ambassadors for Dartmouth through strong representation of the College, its mission and values, to internal and external constituencies.
  • 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.

CULTURE CREATION AND MANAGEMENT

  • Drives a culture where effective teamwork, cross-functional collaboration, and innovative thinking are expected, recognized, and rewarded.
  • 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

Applicant Documents

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

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