Associate Director of Alumni Engagement

Bennington, VT | Full-time

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Bennington College seeks an Associate Director of Alumni Engagement to serve a critical role in the success of Bennington’s alumni relations program. The Associate Director will lead the planning and execution of impactful engagement events and meetings for the Bennington College Alumni community. In addition, the Associate Director will provide meaningful connections to the college in the community, create partnerships with volunteers, hosts, and speakers, and pulse the interests of alumni generally. 

In coordination with the strategic goals of Bennington College and the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Associate Director will implement a calendar of events to take place in key markets including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, as well as on Bennington’s campus. WIth support from the members of the Alumni Engagement team, you will lead the execution of events including: logistics, travel needs, communications and invitations. The Associate Director will also support remote volunteers in our Alumni Cooperative cities as they plan for events; will lead special projects such as presidential events and reunion; and will support events such as Fall Weekend and Commencement.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Strategically plan and execute key events in relation to college and alumni community interests.
  • Serve as project manager for all event logistics, delegating tasks to team members as appropriate.
  • Field inquiries from alumni interested in hosting, speaking, or attending events. Proactively identify and cultivate relationships with potential alumni volunteers.
  • Travel to key cities to manage events, meet with alumni for the purposes of engagement, or scout locations and program needs. 
  • Serve as project manager and ensure execution of key alumni events and programming for Reunion, Fall Weekend, and Commencement. Other events may include Presidential or Campaign related needs and 24-Hour Plays.
  • Align the goals of alumni programming with the strategic goals of the College. Develop engagement opportunities that support these goals in partnership with the President’s Office, Communications, and other college departments.

The successful candidate will be strategic, creative, flexible, and team-oriented, with the ability to leverage relationships across generations of alumni, and partner with multiple cohorts. Candidates must have a capacity to support Institutional Advancement’s entrepreneurial initiatives to maximize results, a proven track record in creating and managing events (minimum of three years), and success with alumni relations or volunteer initiatives. A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required. This position will require travel and weekend responsibilities. Preferred candidates will have 5+ years experience planning events in higher education or development. Experience supervising employees and/or serving as a project manager is preferred. This position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

The Associate Director will possess a deep commitment to instilling best practices and fostering a culture that reflects Institutional Advancement and Bennington’s values. Bennington serves a diverse student population - inclusive of ethnic/racial minorities, international and global constituents, sexual minorities, and various social classes, among other identities. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, and power through its institutional policies and areas of study.