Vice President for Alumni Relations

Brown University   •  

Providence, RI

Industry: Education


11 - 15 years

Posted 226 days ago

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Intellectual curiosity and capacity to understand the full breadth of teaching, research and programs at Brown and the ability to translate that understanding to alumni is required. There is a preference for a Brown alumnus/a but it is not absolutely required. While experience in alumni relations work is also preferred it is not absolutely required as long as the candidate has related experiences and appropriate skill sets.


Major responsibilities:

  • Work with the BAA, faculty, alumni leaders, and others to design and manage programs which best meet the needs of the alumni community and which best represent the University.
  • Set the strategy for continuing growth and development of the alumni relations program at Brown, including planning, budget projections, and setting priorities.
  • Work with others in the Advancement division toward the continuing development of web-based outreach tools designed to meet the needs of the alumni community as well as to attract and engage further participation.
  • Create and maintain a culture that values high team performance and encourages innovation. Manage and supervise a team which includes directors who have front line responsibility of mission-critical programs and activities.
  • Work toward enhancing career connections among alumni.
  • Strengthen class organizations and reunions.
  • Support Brown Clubs and Associations around the world.
  • Ensure that alumni activities represent the diversity of the alumni community itself.
  • Work toward deepening and broadening Brown’s alumni volunteer base.
  • Collaborate with University peers both within and outside of Advancement to achieve departmental goals.  Thiscooperation includes working closely with development and annual fund colleagues to assist in fundraising work.
  • Facilitate educational opportunities for alumni.
  • Work in collaboration with other University offices to streamline and improve alumni communications.
  • Manage a staff of 23 full-time and part-time staff members (19.52 FTEs) and an annual operating budget of $2.5 million.
  • Set overall departmental goals and project timetables, and monitor progress.


  • Bachelor’s degree and ten or more years of demonstrated managerial experience in a complex organization. Previous experience in higher education, advancement, and/or alumni relations is highly preferred.
  • Brown alumnus/a preferred.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Very strong oral and written communications skills and excellent interpersonal and team-building skills.
  • Collaborative leadership style with an ability to interact with tact and diplomacy with all constituencies, including senior leadership, administrators, trustees, and alumni. 
  • Deep understanding and ability to motivate and develop volunteer leaders. 
  • Experience in implementing best practices, performance metrics, and goal-setting.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion is required.
  • Strategic, organized, and effective manager, with a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and outgoing nature.
  • Knowledge of, or experience with digital, social media, and diverse mediums of communication and engagement tools is highly preferred.