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Company Name:
Brown University Division of Advancement
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Providence, Rhode Island
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
10 years or more
Education level:
Bachelor Degree

Vice President for Alumni Relations

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for University Advancement, the Vice President for Alumni Relations (VPAR) oversees all aspects of alumni relations for the University and serves as the University's chief liaison with the Brown Alumni Association (BAA). The VPAR is chiefly responsible for the creation and oversight of a comprehensive program of events, activities, and organizations intended to engage the Brown alumni community of over 90,000 alumni and enhance understanding of the University's mission. The VPAR serves as a strategic leader, providing leadership, vision, and direction to the alumni relations staff

We are seeking a dynamic leader who, working with the Senior Vice President and the BAA, will develop and implement a visionary and comprehensive strategic plan for alumni engagement at Brown. This strategic plan should include a thorough evaluation of the opportunities to build on the strong affinity and engagement culture of Brown alumni and should include the engagement priorities that have been adopted by the Advancement division as a result of the work of the Advancement Engagement Working Group.

This person should be a collaborative leader who will work closely with partners throughout the University, alumni volunteer leaders, and colleagues throughout the Advancement division to implement innovative programs and strategies that have broad impact on overall engagement. We look for someone in this role who will develop best in class alumni programs, using sophisticated technology, data analytics, and engagement metrics to measure success. They will also lead the exploration and implementation of innovative ways to engage alumni of all ages and multiple affinities.

Brown has developed an extensive plan for diversity and inclusion (DIAP) which stretches across all areas of the University. The VPAR is expected to develop and prioritize a plan and strategies that further the DIAP goals as it relates to alumni engagement, programming, and the alumni team.

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. This cooperation 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.

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All offers of employment are contingent upon consent to criminal background screening check and education verification with results satisfactory to Brown.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Brown is an Ivy League University located in Providence, Rhode Island, comprised of undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies. With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional graduate and undergraduate instruction. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.

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