Princeton University — Senior Associate Director, Class Affairs and Reunions

Reporting to the Director of Alumni Communities, the Senior Associate Director of Class Affairs and Reunions is responsible for supporting Princeton’s undergraduate alumni classes spanning over 80 years from the Senior Class to the Old Guard. The Senior Associate Director is a highly visible role with a focus on strategic planning, cultivation, and oversight of alumni engagement through sound volunteer management, innovative programming and signature events for the University.

The Senior Associate Director manages a team responsible for collaborating with, advising, training and stewarding class leaders to optimize engagement of Princeton alumni with their classes and the University.The Senior Associate Director has primary responsibility for strategic planning, communications, and budgetary oversight for all activities of the team. The position oversees several of Princeton’s annual events for alumni, including the Pre-rade during Opening Exercises, the Tiger Tailgate during Homecoming, the Service of Remembrance during Alumni Day, as well as Princeton Reunions. The three-day Reunions weekend draws over 26,000 attendees back to campus and requires close collaboration and coordination with both major reunion committee volunteers and numerous campus partners.

Responsibilities

  • Manage and lead the Class Affairs and Reunions team, encouraging individual professional growth as well as direct the team’s efforts to inform, involve and inspire Princeton alumni.
  • Work with Advancement colleagues to identify uses for digital communications and technology platforms to enhance and measure engagement and programming as well as streamline volunteer resources and tools.
  • Collaborate with team to ensure that each class maintains a strong class organizational structure and identity.
  • Work in partnership with Alumni Communities leadership to foster alumni engagement synergies that align with University and University Advancement priorities.
  • Partner with the Director to develop a strategy to spearhead new initiatives for recent alumni and cultivate ties with the undergraduate classes.
  • Meet regularly with volunteers on and off campus and attend class gatherings.
  • Coordinate and oversee all strategic planning for the management and implementation of Princeton Reunions.
  • Serve as the primary Reunions contact and resource for the University community and alumni volunteers.
  • Work with campus colleagues to ensure the management of Reunions is well planned and executed.
  • Conduct Reunions volunteer training meetings and generate volunteer resources.
  • Plan Reunions programming and guide communication efforts.
  • Orchestrate the P-rade and liaison with the P-rade Grand Marshal.
  • Contribute to planning and execution of broader office and University events on as-needed basis, including Leadership Assemblies, Ivy Plus gatherings and other conferences and events.
  • Staff all-alumni events, including Alumni Day, Reunions, and alumni conferences as well as yearly Executive Committee meetings.

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of management experience, preferably in an academic setting or related work experience.
  • Prior event management experience is essential and alumni engagement experience is a plus.
  • A proven history of strong management and leadership skills with the proven ability to maximize the talents of staff.
  • Familiarity with Princeton University, its alumni, and its tradition is an asset.
  • Proven ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level.
  • Ability to collaborate, listen well and to take the lead in problem-solving and consensus building.
    Exceptional written, and oral communication skills, and superb organizational skills; excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in teams, with high personal standards representative of Princeton’s commitment to excellence.
  • Goal oriented with strong strategic planning and project management skills necessary to set and monitor progress, to develop plans and timelines, and to measure success toward goals.
  • Discretion, good judgment, and commitment to keep confidential all data related to Princeton and its alumni and donors.
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to produce high-quality and compelling work product under tight deadlines.
  • Able to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
  • Commitment to University Advancement’s mission of fostering alumni engagement and maximizing philanthropic support for Princeton University and to adhering to its guiding principles of High Performance, Innovation, Civility, and Collaboration.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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