The Associate Director of Reunion and Class Engagement is responsible for overseeing the recruitment and management of volunteers for Vanderbilt's undergraduate class-based programs. The effective use of volunteers to amplify and extend Vanderbilt's reach is a critical component of the university's strategy to expand donor participation at all levels to support unrestricted and current-use annual giving goals as well as the work of school and unit teams to solicit major and planned gifts. This class-based outreach is the cornerstone of Vanderbilt's volunteer driven strategy of peer-to-peer outreach and includes the critically important undergraduate reunion effort. As a class manager, this position recruits, trains, cultivates, and stewards volunteers who execute peer-to-peer outreach on behalf of the university to increase engagement and fundraising among their classmates. This includes the critically important undergraduate reunion effort, but also class agent programs for other class years. This position focuses on a select cohort of undergraduate classes and works on a team with fellow Associate Directors to manage all undergraduate classes and provide a top-notch engagement experience for all who are involved.
The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University's teaching and research programs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead volunteer recruitment for assigned classes for both class agent and reunion opportunities
Oversee day-to-day volunteer management to facilitate peer-to-peer outreach to grow involvement and to make solicitations for a gift
Work creatively to cultivate and steward volunteers in unique and personal ways to grow their engagement and commitment to the university
Executes outreach directly to members of assigned classes to solicit gifts and match alumni to opportunities for more involvement with the university and their class community
Achieve a 100% participation rate in giving among volunteers, and work to provide a top-notch experience by gathering feedback and direction from volunteers on a regular basis
Manage reunion campaign efforts for assigned classes, spanning volunteer recruitment and outreach along with overall communications and event logistics as needed
Collaborate across DAR to maximize volunteer roles and peer-to-peer outreach in direct support of school/unit fundraising team objectives
Perform other duties as assigned
A Bachelor's Degree is necessary.
One or more years of relevant experience, or the equivalent, is necessary; Prefer experience with higher education development
Strong organizational and communication skills
Ability to work independently but also collaboratively in a team environment
Goal-oriented mindset and innovative thinking
Interpersonal skills and judgment suitable for exercising appropriate discretion and demeanor when dealing with alumni, parents, friends, and employees
Ability to exercise good judgment in the handling of confidential information
Ability to use current computer technology, such as Windows, Excel, Word, and Vanderbilt's donor management system
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever changing priorities
Values the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion
Some evening and weekend work, as needed
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000387
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