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Director of Regional and Affinity Programs

University of Massachusetts Boston
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 9, 2022

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UMass Boston
As Greater Boston’s only public research university and the most diverse university in New England, the University of Massachusetts Boston is a springboard to a more prosperous future for its 16,000 students; a gateway to intellectual, practical, and artistic discovery in all branches of knowledge; and the primary lever for higher education equity in Massachusetts.

Over the next ten years and beyond, we on the UMass Boston University Advancement team will partner with philanthropic individuals and organizations to bring this strategic vision—and its impacts on our community and world—to life. Our fundraising organization is composed of 32 colleagues, and we are growing in both size and impact. Today we seek an experienced and creative alumni relations professional to help identify and engage our Beacon community locally and throughout the country, to connect with fellow alumni and the UMass Boston campus.

General Summary: 

The Director of Regional and Affinity Programs reports to and works with the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement to coordinate and implement alumni programming in person and virtually for and with alumni but also parents, friends, and prospective students residing within specific geographical areas and/or with shared interests, ultimately leading to deeper engagement with UMass Boston. The incumbent will manage a robust network of alumni volunteers, creating regional and affinity committees to support planning, outreach, and fundraising efforts. The incumbent will partner with colleagues in University Advancement, to help identify alumni volunteers, as well as the colleges/schools and academic support services, to plan meaningful events and programming. The Director will propose and implement new engagement opportunities using progressive contact methods that draw our donors closer to the university and begin to forge a University of Massachusetts Boston alumni community in key cities around the world

Examples of Duties: 

  • Plan and implement regional events including but not limited to programming pertaining to specific schools/colleges, shared interests among alumni, and campaign objectives with the goal to increase constituent and donor awareness, participation, and philanthropic investment;

  • Create invitations, draft program timelines, track RSVPs, and manage pre- and post-event communications for regional events; serve as expert on regional venues for event programming (receptions, lectures, etc) and ensure venues are unique to draw participation;

  • In partnership with Leadership Gift Officers and Prospect Research, and in consultation with senior leadership, identify, enlist, and cultivate alumni volunteers to develop a vigorous, self-renewing volunteer leadership organization;
  • Work closely with Annual Giving to cultivate a volunteer network to further the development of the UMass Boston alumni story and serve as fundraising ambassadors;
  • Develop and maintain information pertaining to volunteer opportunities and write communications for volunteers, ensure lists of regional committee members and events are current on the UMass Boston Alumni website, track engagement for inclusion in Advancement CRM;
  • Build close working relationships with volunteers and upon completion of qualification, transition the relationship to a member of the giving team for further cultivation, assist with tracking the continued engagement of volunteers serving on regional committees and attending events;
  • Work with the Advancement Communications Specialist to recruit and train regional social media ambassadors to help drive awareness of regional programming by creating meaningful content, train volunteers to assist with marketing regional events and recruit other alumni to increase event attendance;
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment and management for on campus alumni-focused events;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five to seven years of alumni relations/volunteer management experience and event planning is required. Experience in higher education or a non-profit setting is preferred. Additional requirements include fluency in the methodologies and trends in a contemporary alumni/constituent relations office as well as demonstrated experience working with Constituent Record Management (CRM) systems. The incumbent will be required to travel frequently locally and throughout the U.S.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, collate and analyze data, adapt to change, and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and work with confidential and time sensitive information and materials;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong multi-media communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Strong sense of ownership, follow-through, and orientation towards results;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 


Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.


The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

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