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Executive Director of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College (#547)

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The Executive Director of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College provides overall strategic leadership and direction for the Association, planning and administering dynamic and innovative programs to connect Mount Holyoke’s 37,000 alumnae with each other and with the College. The role, the Executive Director has administrative and budgetary responsibility for the operations of the Association. As an experienced manager of staff, volunteer leaders and board committees, the Executive Director recognizes and responds to evolving alumnae interests and preferences consistent with a diverse and global community. The Executive Director works collaboratively with key College leaders to ensure that alumnae voices are included in College decisions and policies, and acts as an ambassador for the Alumnae Association and an advocate for Mount Holyoke College alumnae in a variety of forums consistent with the Association’s bylaws and mission.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the President of the Alumnae Association and Board of Directors to plan and delineate the strategic direction for the organization.
  • Provide visionary, fiscally sound and thoughtful leadership through the design and implementation of programs and services that advance the strategic plan adopted by the Association Board of Directors.
  • Develop and maintain proactive, collaborative and effective working relationships with the College President, members of senior staff, and administrative departments. Officially represent the Association throughout the College, participating in various committees and conveying the alumnae perspective and potential.
  • Advance specific initiatives that build upon agreed partnerships between the Alumnae Association and the College with a goal of added efficiency, effectiveness, and the fiscally prudent development of programs that elevate meaningful connections for alumnae. Ensure representation from the Alumnae Association in each of the workgroups and serve as chair of the on-campus Alumnae Relations Group.
  • Hire, manage and develop a collaborative alumnae relations team with an effective organizational and operational structure.
  • Oversee the work of the Alumnae Association staff with alumnae classes, clubs, and affinity groups. Plan with staff and manage a wide range of special programs and events, including reunions, global symposiums, alumnae awards, and volunteer leadership conferences.
  • Prepare, with the Board Treasurer and office financial administrator, an annual budget for submission to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors. As appropriate, work in consultation and partnership with the College.
  • Define the key metrics for alumnae engagement, evaluate program success, and employ data-based decision making to strengthen the Association’s alumnae engagement and volunteer stewardship efforts.
  • Oversee efforts of a large and active force of alumnae volunteers across the country and around the world, leveraging those resources and continuing to strengthen its network and volunteer driven initiatives.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Association, maintaining the Association’s visibility on and off campus and representing alumnae interests. Travel to engage Mount Holyoke alumnae and recruit new leaders and volunteers, broadening the Association’s volunteer base.
  • Oversee the communications strategy to alumnae including the Alumnae Quarterly magazine, email, the Association website, and social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Conceive innovative uses of new technology to encourage virtual alumnae engagement and connections using video, remote access, etc.
  • As ex officio member of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors, reports on alumnae and College activities, and the work of the Alumnae Association Office. Partner with the Alumnae Association Board President on priority setting, board agenda, and ongoing assessment of programs.

Organizational Relationships:

The Executive Director reports to the President of the Alumnae Association and through her to the Alumnae Association’s Board of Directors.

Candidate Specification-Key Selection Criteria:

The Executive Director of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College will be a broadly skilled, sophisticated leader with significant managerial and administrative skills. The successful candidate will be a strategic advisor and thought partner to the Association’s Board of Directors, volunteer leaders, President of the College, the President’s senior administrative team and the wider campus community, while focusing on the detail-oriented work of operations and administration.


  • 10+ years professional experience, with a minimum of five years direct experience in alumnae/i relations or an equivalent membership organization
  • Demonstrable ability to be a strategic thought partner at the highest levels of leadership within an institution
  • Experience in developing new strategies and implementing change
  • Sensitivity to and respect for issues of diversity and women’s issues in education
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills, with a desire to motivate a collaborative alumnae association team
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Commitment to Mount Holyoke’s rich history and current global vision for women’s education
  • Commitment to lead an organization in a creative and proactive fashion, responding to evolving constituent needs
  • Evidence of the ability to successfully collaborate with multiple stakeholders without sacrificing key priorities
  • Bachelor’s degree required; a Mount Holyoke B.A. a plus

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.