Associate Director, Alumni Engagement & Inclusion Initiatives

Lehigh University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 2, 2022

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Full Time

Lehigh University

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Lehigh University provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits.

Responsible for supporting the alumni experience for underrepresented alumni groups. This position will lead efforts to empower volunteers to represent their voices as a part of the Lehigh community and fabric. This includes existing groups such as BALANCE (the Black and Latinx. The Lehigh community takes seriously our commitment to antiracism and The Principles of our Equitable Community.

1. Develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate programs and projects that engage and re-engage our alumni of diverse identities
*Lead efforts to ensure Lehigh's historically underrepresented alumni populations have and can further a strong connection to the University
*Forge relationships with appropriate University partners, especially the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity; develop cohesive priorities for engaging alumni of diverse identities across the University
*Develop new affinity-based programs based on alumni interest and University priorities, with heavy emphasis on creating innovative digital networks and leveraging technology such as webinars, live streaming, crowdfunding and social media to motivate alumni, parents and friends around the globe
*Assist in overseeing affinity budgets related to these programs
*Sustain and strengthen existing programs; evaluate programs and establish metrics and benchmarks

2. Develop a comprehensive strategy for elevating the importance of diversity among all alumni groups, especially for leadership roles
*Partner with colleagues in Development and Alumni Relations and other Lehigh departments to proactively identify and promote diverse candidates for volunteer leadership positions
*Integrate the work of BALANCE and LAPA into existing regional, professional alliance and class affinity strategies
*Partner with Leadership Gift Officers to execute a systemic approach to cultivating and stewarding alumni of diverse identities, parents and friends through existing engagement programs including reunion, regional clubs, professional networking activities, etc.
*Work with the Development and Alumni Relations Marketing and Communications Team to ensure Lehigh social media networks and news stories include diverse perspectives, people and programs

3. Manage affinity group volunteer boards
*Develop and maintain an efficient volunteer structure for assigned groups
*Sustain and strengthen existing volunteer boards, with documented nomination and succession plans
*Evaluate programs and establish metrics and benchmarks
*Meet with boards regularly in order to maintain positive working relationships
*Cultivate leadership for new groups as they develop

4. Design affinity-based event strategies that align with GO: The Campaign for Lehigh
*Partner with Events, Communications and other team members as the Business Lead on events that showcase diversity programs and represent assigned groups
*Recruit event hosts and speakers via Major Gift Officers, to engage prospects and move them along the pipeline
*Analyze data from events to make better business decisions in future planning
*Leverage digital media and virtual communications to strengthen affinity networks
*Collaborate with the Development and Alumni Relations Marketing and Communications Team to develop effective communications strategies and marketing plans

5. Support other members of the Alumni Relations Team and the Development and Alumni Relations colleagues and complete general office duties as expected
*Support programs housed within the Alumni Relations team, and others within Development and Alumni Relations, to ensure successful outcomes; programs include Reunion Weekend, Distribution Days, Grad Fair Days, Send Offs, Regional events, volunteer trainings, LUAA Board meetings, etc.
*Complete general office duties proactively in a timely manner including budget maintenance, timesheets, expense report reconciliation, calendar maintenance, etc.
*Provide customer service to internal and external constituents as requested and needed
*Proactively assist alumni and staff (both internal and external to Alumni Relations) and problem-solve; suggest or initiate changes and improvements to Departmental processes or procedures

Grade: 9-40

Position Number: S98760

Special Considerations

The duties of this position may allow the employee to work partially remote as deemed appropriate by their supervisor

Ability to work evenings and/or weekends during peak periods

Occasional travel is required


Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience

Three to five years related work experience

Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and a high level of customer service required

Experience in higher education, community activism or non-profits preferred

Prior experience working with diversity programs and community organizing preferred

Experience building social media channels and adept use of digital communication preferred

Ability to complete projects on time and on budget, and report on status and progress

Works well with in a collaborative team environment

Solid computer skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet and database software

Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position

Because of increasing COVID case counts in the region and new information about the characteristics of the Delta variant, all Lehigh faculty and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated unless they receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the requirement.

Only complete applications will be considered therefore please complete the application in its entirety. Once the posting is removed from the website applications may no longer be allowed to be completed.




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