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Assistant Director of University Events

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Univ Events and Ceremonies
Pay Grade: 32
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The Assistant Director of University Events provides high-level event and office support for the Office of University Events and Ceremonies. The incumbent will assist with the planning, promotion, execution, and evaluation of chancellor-level and campus-wide events planned by the office, as well as work collaboratively with other departments on campus to ensure all events meet university standards. The Office is responsible for commencement and commencement-related events, as well as the annual Fall Convocation, Distinguished Faculty Lectures, Community Breakfast, and other Chancellor-hosted events and selective high-level events being held by university leaders. Reports to the Director of University Events.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Assist with all aspect of event programming for chancellor-level events as well as selective campus departments, including audience development and speaking programs; create and assist with staffing plans for events; recommend catering ideas/selections; coordinate contracts and event requirements with internal and external service providers; manage requisitions, purchase orders and invoices; develop and track key surveys to measure event success;
  • Assist in strategy for creating invitation lists, suggest guests/groups for certain events; maintain departmental lists; including faculty, staff, graduates, Board of Trustees, President’s Office, Executive Leadership Team, etc.; and draft post-event communication and produce corresponding photos to be delivered promptly after the event;
  • Create and maintain the University Events and Ceremonies, Commencement, Convocation, and event related websites using relevant platforms and software;
  • Collaborate with campus communications staff to produce printed program materials, including invitations, programs, and posters/fliers; create and manage email campaign management and marketing for events and ensure listings are up-to-date;
  • Serve as first point of contact for graduating seniors; provide assistance to both internal and external constituents; reply to and when appropriate direct internal and external phone and e-mail inquiries, field inquiries to appropriate staff person; monitor the departmental email address and provide specific responses; take minutes at department meetings, distributing and archiving them as appropriate;
  • Create and manage email marketing campaigns and audiences for university wide events; via the Mailchimp automation platform; primarily used to communicate important commencement ceremony information to graduates and all stakeholders to ceremonies and ceremony-related events.
  • Manage Marching Order software for commencement ceremonies; including but not limited to managing hybrid ceremonies on virtual portal, ensure student records are maintained, confirm student participation, pronunciation records, manage communication templates, manage e-ticketing allotment, and ensure graduate check-in system is in place;
  • Manage bank card for event-related activities; order event and office supplies; review monthly credit card statements and ensure all back-up documentation associated with expenses are collected and filed; research discrepancies when necessary;
  • Manage ordering of academic regalia, formal commencement related items, signage, promotional items and work closely with preferred vendor to ensure items meet the university branding guidelines;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and three to five years of full-time event planning experience in a higher education setting is required. Experience with office administration or business management, and database maintenance required. Experience with Expression Engine, Mailchimp, Marching Order, and GSuite or equivalent platforms is required. Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends, required.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically word, excel and power point;
• Knowledge of and/or familiarity with university policies concerning the procurement of goods and/or services;
• Ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion;
• Ability to build consensus among team members and manage multiple concurrent priorities;
• Ability to work independently, as well as complete projects by enlisting the cooperation of others;
• Ability to manage precise details from beginning to end;
• Strong oral and written communication skills;
• Strong organizational skills;
• Strong problem solving skills;
• Strong attention to detail;
• 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: 

Grade: 32            

Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact or 617-287-5150.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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