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University of Rochester Associate Director of Alumni Relations, DEI - 227881 in Rochester, New York

Associate Director of Alumni Relations, DEI Job ID 227881

Location Central Administration Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 056 Ofc Sr Vice Pres Advancement





The Associate Director of Alumni Relations is a key member of the Alumni Relations team responsible for supporting Advancement’s strategic priority of increasing alumni and constituent engagement among underrepresented populations. The Associate Director will develop and implement strategies to ensure Alumni Relations programs are representative and inclusive of the University’s diverse community. The Associate Director will plan, implement, and support programs that meaningfully engage diverse individuals including (but not limited to) communities of color, first generation, and LGBTQ individuals with alumni, students, each other, and the University. The Associate Director will establish baseline metrics, desired outcomes, and goals for engagement of underrepresented populations, and will track, analyze, and report upon progress.

The Associate Director will be responsible for increasing engagement of underrepresented populations, and will work directly with the Director of Volunteer Engagement and Programs to ensure this remains a priority across Advancement and the University, establishing and maintaining critical relationships with students, staff, faculty, alumni, senior administration, and volunteers. Associate Director will also identify opportunities to incorporate alumni perspectives and voices in University conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion.


60% Identity-Based Affinity Groups

  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for building, managing, and/or supporting identity-based affinity programs, with the explicit goal of increasing engagement across underrepresented populations within the University community. (15%)

  • Identify, recruit and engage a diverse group of volunteers to support diversity and inclusivity engagement efforts. (5%)

  • Manage volunteers and programs in 8 top tier regions that engage alumni in a meaningful way, increasing the number of newly engaged alumni. (10%)

  • Advise colleagues on development and management of additional identity-based events and volunteer programs. (5%)

  • Increase the percentage of underrepresented alumni and constituents who are engaged with the University through event attendance, volunteerism, philanthropy, and digital engagement. (5%)

  • Determine which populations and locations should be targeted for creating new affinity programs. (5%)

  • Build and maintain relationships with key campus partners (staff, faculty, and administrators) and Advancement colleagues who should be engaged in developing or supporting these affinity groups, and work to ensure positive interactions and outcomes across all stakeholders. (5%)

  • Build and/or maintain strategic plans for each identity-based affinity programs, including goals and desired outcomes. Track, analyze, and report upon progress and key results. (5%)

  • Ensure coordination between identity-based affinity programs and other regional alumni groups and activities, and the Diversity Advisory Council. (5%)

    30% Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

  • Contribute to and execute on strategic communications plans to better engage underrepresented constituents.

  • Work closely with departments, colleagues, students, alumni, and organizations, to more broadly engage our University community. Collaborate with and advise Alumni Relations and University colleagues to recommend, develop, and execute on-campus and regional events and volunteer opportunities for communities of color, first generation, and LGBTQ alumni.

  • Advise AVP of Alumni and Constituent Relations, and the Office of Advancement on critical issues of diversity and inclusivity.

  • Support continuous efforts to increase the amount of demographic data for alumni (including ethnic and racial data, gender, and sexual orientation) to allow for better tracking of progress and strategic planning for the future.

  • Survey and collect input from constituents to assess and incorporate into strategic planning for engagement initiatives.

  • Collaborate with Alumni Relations and University colleagues to recommend, develop, and plan events for identified diversity groups and programs, including within Meliora Weekend (the University’s largest annual event).

  • Manage and/or support selected diversity programs and initiatives for Meliora Weekend, and ensure more diverse and inclusive programs and marketing. Collaborate with a team of campus partners (including faculty, staff, students, and senior administrators) to incorporate their perspectives and feedback into program development.

  • Meet with 50 alumni / constituents each fiscal year in an effort to increase engagement and identify volunteer opportunities.

    10% General

  • Track related program marketing and budgets.

  • Work closely with other Advancement staff to identify, qualify, cultivate, and steward existing and potential prospects.

  • Other tasks and duties as assigned by the Director of Volunteer Engagement and Programs and AVP of Alumni and Constituent Relations.


  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years of alumni relations, advancement, student activities, or comparable experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's preferred.


  • Outstanding communication skills, including direct interpersonal skills and strong writing ability.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with, motivate, and lead volunteers and create, nurture and leverage partnerships.

  • Demonstrated experience in event planning and program development

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the needs and experiences of a diverse student and alumni body.

  • A demonstrated understanding, ability to work with, and desire to serve underrepresented populations.

  • Ability to analyze, condense and synthesize information and ability to provide accurate analysis and summaries.

  • Excellent organization and project management skills, with an ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with keen attention to detail.

  • Ability to diplomatically overcome objections and effectively persuade key constituents.

  • Ability to work as a member of a team to accomplish objectives.

  • Experience with computer technologies and sophisticated software applications.

  • A general knowledge of institutional fundraising is also preferred.

  • A personal belief in mission, goals and objectives of private higher education and a desire to change the world

  • Occasional travel; evening and weekend work

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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