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Director of Alumni Programs

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: VC-University Advancement
Pay Grade: 33
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

General Summary: 

The Director of Alumni Programs reports to and works with the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement to coordinate and implement alumni programming ultimately leading to deeper engagement with UMass Boston. The incumbent will partner with colleagues in University Advancement and units across campus plan meaningful events for alumni in Boston and the surrounding areas as well as on the UMass Boston campus. Working with the Senior Director, strategically design comprehensive annual programs aimed at increasing the alumni participation rate and implement strategies to grow engagement from current students and parents. In addition to working with alumni, the Director will serve as the main point of contact for graduating seniors as they transition to alumni, educating them on the benefits and offerings of the UMass Boston alumni community.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Plan and implement events including but not limited to engagements pertaining to specific schools/colleges, class years, shared interests among alumni, and campaign objectives with the goal to increase constituent and donor awareness, participation, and philanthropic investment;
  • Create invitations, draft program timelines, track RSVPs, and manage pre- and post-event communications for events; serve as expert on venues and format for event programming to ensure robust participation;
  • Build close working relationships with alumni and upon completion of qualification, transition the relationship to a member of the giving team for further cultivation, assist with tracking the continued engagement of alumni attending events, volunteering their time and/or serving on committees;
  • Manage the annual Beacon Awards, our alumni achievement program; oversee the nomination process and work closely with the chair of the selection committee; follow up with award recipients to ensure sustained relationships; plan and manage the awards event;
  • Manage the annual Beacon Bash, our all-class reunion program, which includes the Beacon 5K, faculty lectures, tours, and all-class social events; recruit, train, and steward reunion volunteers to assist with participation and fundraising efforts and maintain relationships for future events;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with leaders of student campus organizations and serve as the point of contact for graduating seniors as they transition to alumni, planning campus events and programs; work closely with the Director of the Annual Fund relative to the senior giving program;
  • Work with coaches and staff in athletics to partner on alumni-reunion games for alumni, parents, and current students; plan events on campus for specific sports based on alumni affinity; track new contact data for CRM;
  • Proactively evaluate programs using benchmarking data to guide decision-making; generate, analyze and present monthly reports to Senior Director;
  • Identify alumni stories and work with the Communications Specialist to produce compelling content to be shared in newsletters, website, and social media;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five to seven (5-7) years of alumni relations experience and event planning is required. Experience in higher education or a non-profit setting is preferred. Additional requirements include fluency in the methodologies and trends in a contemporary alumni/constituent relations office as well as demonstrated experience working with Constituent Record Management (CRM) systems. The incumbent will be required to travel frequently locally and on occasion throughout the U.S.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, collate and analyze data, adapt to change, and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and work with confidential and time sensitive information and materials;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong multi-media communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Strong sense of ownership, follow-through, and orientation towards results;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 


Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons.

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

UMass Boston normally does not provide H-1B visa sponsorship for non-academic positions.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and secure environment that is supported by qualified employees for all of its students, faculty and staff to carry out the University's teaching, research and public service missions. As a condition of employment, the University will conduct appropriate background check reviews. For more information, please see the University of Massachusetts Boston campus policy and procedures for employee background reviews.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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