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Deputy Director of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College (#696)

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The Deputy Director of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College partners with the Executive Director to provide 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, with a primary focus on reimagining  the ways in which we engage with alumnae, evolving and expanding existing offerings to align with the ever changing dynamics of the alumnae population of Mount Holyoke.  As an experienced manager of both staff and volunteer leaders, the Deputy Director anticipates and responds to evolving alumnae interests and preferences consistent with a diverse and global community, and in partnership and collaboration with key leaders across campus.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to plan and delineate a dynamic strategic direction for the organization.
  • Design and implement innovative programs and services that expand and increase alumnae engagement, including engagement work with alumnae classes, clubs, and affinity groups with a focus on reimagining ways to effectively engage with alumnae, across the continuum of alumnae engagement.
  • Partner with other leaders on campus in designing impactful ways for alumnae to connect and engage with students on campus.
  • Represent the Association throughout the College, participating in various committees and conveying the alumnae perspective and potential.
  • Support the Executive Director in the advancement of 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.
  • Manage and develop a collaborative alumnae engagement team with an effective organizational and operational structure, planning with the staff a wide range of new and existing programs and events, including reunions, symposia, alumnae awards and volunteer leadership conferences.
  • 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.
  • Partner with the office of Communications and Marketing and the office of Advancement at the College to create and support a modern alumnae communications strategy, including but not limited to the Alumnae Quarterly magazine, email, the Association and College 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.

Organizational Relationships:

The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director of the Alumnae Association.

Candidate Specification-Key Selection Criteria:

The Deputy Director of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College will be a broadly skilled, sophisticated leader with significant managerial and program development experience.  The successful candidate will be a strategic advisor and creative self-starter while focusing on the detail-oriented work of operations.


  • 5-7 years professional experience, with direct experience in alumnae/i relations or an equivalent membership organization
  • Demonstrable ability to be a strategic thought partner
  • Commitment to lead an organization in a creative and proactive fashion, responding to evolving constituent needs; well versed in best practices for alumni relations programs
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills, with a desire to motivate a team
  • Experience leading a team focused on multiple tasks with demonstrated ability to prioritize projects    
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Sensitivity to and respect for issues of diversity and women’s issues in education
  • Commitment to Mount Holyoke’s rich history and current global vision for women’s education
  • Evidence of the ability to use data to evaluate programs against goals and successfully collaborate with multiple stakeholders without sacrificing key priorities
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree 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.