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Executive Director Alumnae Association (#983)

Date Posted:
03/10/2020
Type/Department:
Staff in Alumnae Association
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The Executive Director of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College will be a broadly skilled, sophisticated leader holding budgetary, managerial and administrative responsibility for the operations of the Association. 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. This is an exciting period of innovation at Mount Holyoke College, demanding a creative leader capable of leading change and excellence in alumnae relations and services in a collegial and collaborative environment. In alignment with the strategic plans of the Alumnae Association and the College, the Executive Director provides overall strategic leadership and direction for the Association, designing and administering dynamic and innovative programs to connect Mount Holyoke’s 38,000 alumnae with each other and with the College. 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, inclusive 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 and advocate for Mount Holyoke College alumnae in a variety of forums consistent with the Association’s bylaws and mission.

Duties and responsibilities:

Strategic Vision and Innovative Programming.

• Working closely with senior administration at the College, guide a proactive, innovative and contemporary approach to alumnae engagement, motivating and encouraging volunteer leaders, and promoting meaningful and contemporary connections among alumnae, between alumnae and current students, and with the College.

• Provide visionary,fiscally sound, inclusive and thoughtful leadership in the design and implementation of innovative, effective alumnae engagement programs and services that advance the strategic plan adopted by the Association Board of Directors.

• Define and manage key metrics to evaluate program/service success, employing data-driven decision-making to strengthen alumnae engagement and volunteer stewardship initiatives.

Trusted Collaborator and Thought Leader.

• Develop and maintain proactive, collaborative and effective working relationships with the College President, members of senior staff, and administrative departments. Ensure a dynamic, inspiring alumnae engagement program which motivates alumnae to support the College and its mission.

• Operate with the highest personal integrity and emotional intelligence, including the principles of collaboration, trustbuilding,transparency, diplomacy and grace under pressure.

Authentic and Effective Communicator.

• Officially represent the voices of alumnae on campus by partnering with campus leadership and senior administration teams and participating in various College committees, including chairing the on-campus Alumnae Relations Group.

• Serve as a spokesperson for the Association, maintaining its visibility on and off campus and representing the interests of a diverse alumnae body.

• Manage key alumnae relationships, and champion all alumnae on behalf of the Association and the College,through extensive and impactful personal interaction.

Operational Excellence and OrganizationalManagement.

• Oversee the successful execution of a range of programs and events that combine to form a strategic and effective approach to engaging alumnae in meaningful ways. Examples of programs include campus reunions, global symposia, alumnae awards, and volunteer leadership conferences.

• Prepare, with the Board Treasurer and office financial administrator, an annual budget for approval of the Finance Committee and Board of Directors and for submission to the College’s annual budget review and approval process. Manage Association operations in a fiscally responsible manner.

• Exercise proper risk management oversight of the Association and its activities, including the implementation and enforcement of Association and College policies.

• Optimize team (both volunteer and staff) effectiveness through implementation of an effective organizational and operational structure.

• Provide support to the Association Board of Directors and the Association’s nine working committees, including serving in an ex officio capacity on the Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, Alumnae Trustee Committee and FinanceCommittee.

Talent Development and Volunteer Stewardship (Including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion).

• Hire, develop and manage an agile, motivated and effective staff to support alumnae classes, clubs, affinity groups, and initiatives across the globe and across generations.

• Optimize the resources provided by a large and active alumnae volunteer base (2200+ active volunteers) by strengthening and leveraging alumnae networks and volunteer-driven initiatives.

• Travel to engage alumnae and recruit new volunteer leaders, continually broadening and strengthening the Association’s volunteerbase.

• Drive and model best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Association and all of its teams, functions, and activities.

Qualifications:

• Minimum of five years direct experience in alumni/ae relations or in an equivalent membership organization or constituent relations role.

• Bachelor’s degree required.

•Travel 15% (approximately 1-2 trips per month). To accommodate alumnae volunteer schedules, frequent evening and weekend activities are required.

• Familiarity with basic office software, and a demonstrated ability to quickly learn any new software or technology.

• Excellent presentation, speaking and writing skills.

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and elimination of bias.

• Budget,financial management, or operational management experience.

PreferredQualifications:

• 10+ years of professional experience in alumni/ae relations or in an equivalent membership organization.

• Demonstrable ability to act as a strategic thought leader at the highest levels of leadership within an institution.

• Commitment to lead an organization in a creative and proactive fashion, responding to rapidly evolving constituent needs by employing best practices.

• Commitment to Mount Holyoke’s rich history and current global vision for women’s education.

• Experience in developing and implementing new strategies and managing change in complex, matrixed organizations.

• Experience in motivating, managing and optimizing volunteer networks, preferably in a nonprofit environment.

• High emotional intelligence and the ability to navigate conflict and obstacles with grace, persistence and diplomacy.

• Evidence of ability to successfully collaborate and communicate with multiple stakeholders without sacrificing key priorities.

• Advanced degree in relevant field a plus.

License/Certifications/Compliance Requirements

N/A

Working Conditions

• Travel 15% (approximately 1-2 trips per month). To accommodate alumnae volunteer schedules, some night time and weekend activities are required.

• Some events (for example, reunion activities and campus events) may be held outdoors.

• Ability to work with a demanding and diverse set of constituents in a rapidly changing, global environment.

Physical Demands

Alumnae or campus events may require walking over distances, and standing for 1-2 hours at a time.

Direct reports

Director of Alumnae Engagement and Strategic Initiatives

Director of Alumnae Inclusion and Events Assistant to the Executive Director

FinancialAnalyst

Special Instructions for Applicants

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3 professional references. Shortlisted candidates may be required to submit additional materials at a later date (for example, writing samples, presentations, etc.)

ReasonableAccommodation Statement

Mount Holyoke College complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Human Resources Department at 413 538-2503.

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.

Effective January 1, 2020 all new hires will be required to complete the background check process prior to commencing their Service Activity (employment) with the College. All offers of employment and continued employment at Mount Holyoke College are contingent upon satisfactory results of thorough background checks. For additional information about the Mount Holyoke College Background Check Policy, please visit Background Checks.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.