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Suffolk University Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving - Student and Recent Graduate Programs in Boston, Massachusetts

Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving - Student and Recent Graduate Programs

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts



Under the direction of the Director of Alumni Relations and the Director of Annual Giving, the Associate Director plans and implements a variety of community-building, educational and professional programs to successfully connect students, recent graduates and the greater alumni population for the College of Arts & Sciences, Sawyer Business School and Suffolk Law School. This includes both creating new initiatives and evaluating existing ones to determine opportunities to add to, strengthen, or replace programs. The early engagement of students and recent graduates is critical to the success of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving by developing the pipeline of future donors and key alumni leaders.


Volunteer Management

  • Serve as the staff liaison and ex-officio member of the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Council (SBS and CAS Undergraduates) and the Law Graduates of the Last Decade Council with a focus on building a stronger Law GOLD Council group.

  • Establish strategy to involve more non-GOLD council member involvement in GOLD initiatives

  • Partner with volunteer leadership to develop fiscal year goals and advise and assist with meeting structure/agenda and follow through.

  • Guide and assist with the identification and recruitment of GOLD Council membership in alignment with the University‚Äôs strategic plan.

  • Create volunteer engagement opportunities through partnerships with Admissions, Career Development and Academic departments.

  • Assist with the development and staffing of volunteer affinity groups and giving societies.

  • Serve as the first point of contact student organizations wishing to connect and network with alumni.

  • Develop and advise an Alumni Student Alumni Group in collaboration with the Student Philanthropy Center program focused on student engagement and student philanthropy education.

  • Increase the engagement of recent graduates through social media and virtual and in person programs.

  • Build pipeline of diverse, recent graduate volunteers for future GOLD Council membership.


  • Collaborate closely with development colleagues in increasing support from recent graduates; assist in identifying alumni prospects for gifts; communicate development related activities via written contact reports filed in Colleague Advancement.

  • Partner with senior advancement colleagues to examine and revise the Summa Gold giving program.

  • Develop and execute a strategy for a graduate level class gift campaign and assist with the senior class gift campaign and the 3L/4L class gift campaign including the recruitment of a volunteer committee, to maximize gifts from graduating students.

  • Design and implement young alumni targeted solicitations and giving campaigns.

  • Work with Director of Annual Giving to develop opportunities to leverage alumni volunteers for phone campaigns, direct mail appeals and e-solicitation materials with tailored message for young alumni.

  • Assist the Sr. Director with the development and implementation of revenue driven Affinity programs.

  • Manage portfolio of Summa GOLD prospects

  • Create relationships with children of parent donors.

    Events, Communications and Outreach

  • Plan and implement a variety of community-building, educational and professional programs to successfully engage students and recent graduates with Suffolk including the annual 10 Under 10 Recognition program .

  • Plan and implement at least 2 student focused events per year, Sparkling Toast and 100 Days Until Graduation

  • Communicate with vendors, students, and faculty in regard to programming and events.

  • Collaborate on marketing and collateral pieces to include programs and invitations, as well as the Alumni Relations events website and email communications strategy per event.

  • Collaborate with colleagues in other administrative offices (e.g., Career Services, Admissions, Parent Programs, Athletics, and Student Life) and each school to create and maintain pathways for young alumni participation that advance the goals of the university.

  • Staff on-campus and regional events as necessary.

  • Ensure all events are consistently executed with the highest level of quality, are cost-effective and overall support the University's mission and strategic goals.

  • Establish and build relationships with a wide range of young alumni, locally, regionally and nationally; maint ain regular communication with young alumni via direct contact, email blasts, alumni web pages, and print publications.

  • Propose and develop new methods of student and young alumni engagement through events and outreach programs.

  • Assist in preparing relevant event briefing documents and supporting materials for Suffolk and Advancement leadership.

  • Assist in the delivery and execution of other programs/events held by the Office Advancement including Alumni Weekend, Reunion events, regional and affinity events.


  • Develop a thorough understanding of the Development and Alumni Relations database system known as Colleague Advance; specifically running queries and reports.

  • Assist in data integrity efforts to ensure accurate and complete alumni database records.

  • Collaborate with Advancement Services to facilitate the annual recording of student affiliations in the Advancement database.

  • Perform additional duties as assigned and assist with special projects as assigned.

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, the University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.