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Assistant Vice Chancellor of Strategic Events and Engagement

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Executive Positions



OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Assistant Vice Chancellor of Strategic Engagement and Events                     

DIVISION: University Advancement

DEPARTMENT: Advancement

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: Non-Unit                 

EEO STATUS:   1.4              



REPORTS TO: Vice Chancellor of University Advancement

SUPERVISES: Directors of Alumni Relations & Donor Engagement and administrative/clerical staff, student workers, interns and volunteers.

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION:  Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Strategic Engagement and Events is a member of the Advancement division senior management team and is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight for community, alumni and donor engagement.  Working in partnership with the Chancellor’s office, the office of public affairs and peers on the Advancement senior management team, the Assistant Vice Chancellor will establish strategic priorities, appropriate policies, and tactical programs that will lift the university’s reputation and enhance alumni, donor and community relations at the University, with a focus on the South Coast, Massachusett, New England, and emerging enrollment markets outside the area. The Assistant Vice-Chancellor will supervise the Directors of Alumni Relations and Donor Relations, working with them to develop a cohesive, sophisticated alumni and donor relations program that encourages alumni to become involved and donors to continually affirm and increase their philanthropic support of UMass Dartmouth. Working closely with University partners, the Assistant Vice Chancellor will provide strategic oversight and planning for signature university events, including but not limited to convocation, commencement, homecoming, family weekend and chancellor level events. S/he will also supervise the team responsible for on and off campus alumni and donor recognition events. This is a senior level position with significant decision-making responsibilities and substantial leadership responsibility in advising the Vice Chancellor in formulating policies, procedures and programs relative to alumni and donor relations, fund raising, brand building and community relations.  As such, the incumbent is a confidential employee as defined in M.G.L. Chapter 150E, Section 1.


  • Direct the development, integration, and implementation of the University’s engagement strategy assuring alignment, contribution and follow-up among all stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic vision for alumni and donor relations by developing short-term and long-term strategies in collaboration with senior leadership, the Alumni Associations, UMass Dartmouth Foundation and both internal and external campus constituents
  • Implement a strategic plan to engage alumni and encourage repeated involvement in university events, programs and activities
  • Benchmark existing peer alumni relations programs and develop quantitative measures for success
  • Evaluate existing programs based on cost, effectiveness, outcomes and develop new programs or eliminate existing programs as necessary
  • Expand programmatic initiatives that address the various preferences of alumni from all generations
  • Lead and coordinate all signature University events to enhance UMassD’s reputation as a Tier 1 research university offering a private college educational experience and public university value
  • Create new university events that support the strategic priorities
  • Work with university and community partners to design, publicize and carry out events that meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Manage the events budget and supervise the execution of events
  • Implement a donor relations program employing industry best practices that lead to deeper and more significant levels of philanthropy from UMass Dartmouth alumni and friends
  • Partner with the Career Development Center to further cultivate opportunities for current students and alumni as part of the Career Center Think Tank and engage in efforts associated with the Agile Mind Academy
  • Work with Public Affairs and Enrollment Management to better craft and transmit the message of the university to alumni, donors and friends of the institution
  • Travel locally and nationally to create programs that encourage lifelong relationships with the university
  • Establishes priorities and oversees the coordination, planning and implementation of alumni, donor and community events, conferences, and programs.
  • Develop branding efforts to promote UMassD to alumni and friends and donors
  • Identify opportunities to improve University relations within the SouthCoast region
  • Mentor staff and provide necessary guidance that enables professional success and personal development.
  • Create operational policies and procedures and update as necessary
  • Follow the University’s best practices to build and/or support academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree

EXPERIENCE: Significant (over seven years) management experience in Advancement with a specific focus on events management, alumni relations, and/or community relations. Demonstrated experience working with fundraisers. Demonstrated experience supervising professional, administrative staff and volunteers. 

OTHER: Weekend and evening hours required on occasion as projects dictate. Local, regional and national travel required.


  • Strategic outlook and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Knowledge and understanding of University system.
  • Managerial skills in leading diverse team of professionals, alumni, faculty, students, and volunteers.
  • Excellent organizational skills involving the ability to identify and solve problems.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Knowledge of the University’s mission and role in the region.
  • Ability to manage effectively in a complex environment comprised of multiple constituencies.
  • Maturity, perspective, and credibility necessary to influence senior university administrators as well as key alumni volunteers.
  • Philosophy supportive of an integrated approach in Advancement.
  • Creativity required to introduce new ideas and incremental change balanced by a respect for traditions.
  • Intellectual curiosity and capacity to understand the full breadth of teaching, programs, and research, the ability to translate that understanding to the alumni and superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a university environment and a deep understanding of how to motivate and develop volunteers and a commitment to the educational mission.
  • Ability to use typical office computer applications.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.


  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Supervisory experience in higher educational institution.
  • Advanced knowledge of data visualization and business intelligence tools and best practices.

To apply pleas submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis. Sponsorship is not available.

The review of applications will begin October 24, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

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