Associate Director, Student-Alumni Engagement

Posted on 03/29/2024

Babson College

Babson Park, MA

The Associate Director is responsible for working closely with numerous constituencies and building cross campus collaborations to educate students about philanthropy and the alumni network/resources and to foster engagement and philanthropy beyond graduation. Specifically responsible for managing the College Advancement Ambassadors, promoting a culture of philanthropy among students, and overseeing the senior and graduate class gifts.

What you will do:

  • Contribute to and execute departmental strategy for student-alumni engagement and giving with a focus on seniors and graduating students.
  • Manage the College Advancement Ambassadors (CAAs) Program, including student recruitment, selection, and training. Direct CAAs’ participation in initiatives that both support Advancement’s fundraising campaigns and foster student engagement with philanthropy efforts. Oversee Babson Traditions programming efforts led by CAAs.
  • Direct and manage a robust senior giving program, including the recruitment of seniors as ambassadors of philanthropy to the College. Compile metrics to report out on Senior Class Gift engagement.
  • Partner with Associate Director, Student Engagement to support planning and implementation of senior programming, including Senior Week activities.
  • Serve as the primary department liaison to the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council. Support graduate student leaders and their programming efforts. Serve as the Alumni staff liaison to the Global Entrepreneurship Forum helping to identify and recruit speakers and to promote the forum to alumni and friends. Serve as advisor to the Veterans Club, guiding programming and aiding with logistics and managing passive programming efforts.
  • Manage core group of volunteers to execute Graduate Class Gift. Compile metrics to report out on Graduate Class Gift engagement.
  • Maintain a portfolio of volunteers for cultivation and solicitation in support of Advancement’s annual participation goals. Leverage College CRM, including Millennium and Salesforce, to effectively manage portfolio including tracking of engagements, solicitations, and correspondence. Direct affinity volunteers to engage fellow alumni as both donors and ambassadors in support of the Babson’s annual signature fundraising campaigns – Make Your Mark, Barefoot Athletics Challenge, Days of Giving, and Calendar and Fiscal Year End Campaigns.
  • Create a robust and active social media presence in partnership with the Senior Associate Director, Advancement Communications to promote and showcase student-alumni giving initiatives.
  • Manage graduating student initiatives, including but not limited to 100 Days to Graduation the ticketing portion of Commencement Clearance Process, and the Alumni Welcome Survey.
  • Collaborate with Affinity Programs & Annual Giving team and Stewardship to develop a robust plan to ensure student and alumni donors are cultivated and stewarded.
  • Serve as the department liaison for student leadership engagement.
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of giving days and other annual fundraising campaigns, including but not limited to Make Your Mark and the Barefoot Athletics Challenge.
  • Leverage engagement opportunities such as Back to Babson and other events held locally, to facilitate student-alumni connections. Attend and contribute to signature alumni engagement activities, including but not limited to Back to Babson.
  • Provide volunteer training as needed.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required.

Education and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must have at least 6-8 years of experience in a related field.
  • Ability to understand and implement the strategic initiatives of the College.
  • Must have strong volunteer management skills and a strong interest in volunteerism with the ability to translate that to others.
  • Must show global competency, genuine interest in cultural explorations, and a willingness to engage in active learning that enhances professional development and competencies.
  • Must have strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, and must be able to build relationships with a wide variety of individuals across many different cultures and levels.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with governance members, students, faculty, staff, and individuals from different cultures.
  • Ability to work independently and balance multiple priorities.
  • Ability to facilitate introductions for Development Officers to new prospects, discovered through research or personal connections as well as to speak to fundraising priorities.
  • Ability to envision and propose new methods to perform tasks that support ET&A; work independently to solve problems; look for opportunities to take on responsibility; take thoughtful risks; and accept new and ongoing initiatives, objectives, and solutions to gain sought-after results.
  • Ability to anticipate and embrace change; demonstrate willingness to achieve, acquire, and utilize new skills and challenging tasks; and is flexible in changing conditions.
  • Must have strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

How and where you will work:

Must have had a valid unrestricted U.S. Driver’s License for one year; must maintain throughout employment an insurable (as determined by the College’s insurer’s criteria) or a satisfactory driving record; must successfully complete and pass the College’s vehicle training program within the first 60 days of employment; annual or more frequent review of employee’s driving record based on the College insurer’s criteria; and safety training as required by management.

Travel is required both domestically and internationally.

Must be able to work some weekends and evenings.

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