Associate Director of Affinity Engagement at Denison University in Granville, Ohio

Posted in Other 17 days ago.

Job Description:

Position Type:

Administrative Staff

Classification Title:

Administrative Staff

Position Title:

Associate Director of Affinity Engagement

Position Number:


Pay Grade Level:

AD 01


Alumni and Family Engagement

Posting Number:

S 121301263

Full or Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Months:




Work Schedule:

M-F / 8:30 - 4:30

Basic Function:

The Associate Director of Affinity Engagement is responsible for managing affinity-based alumni networks, events, volunteers, communications, and programs. Affinity programming is focused on cohorts of alumni with a shared interest or experience. This position will manage affinity-based volunteers and committees while strategically developing programs and communications to engage, connect and inform.

The Associate Director of Affinity Engagement is a member of the Alumni Engagement Programming team and plays an important role in successfully executing the strategic priorities for alumni engagement. The position is a member of the Alumni and Family Engagement Office and the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Essential Job Functions:

Strategy, Implementation and Assessment

  • Inform strategic direction focused on engagement, proactive "customer" service, communication and responsiveness to the needs of Denison's alumni community.

  • Tracks affinity programming metrics, using consistent data to inform long-term planning.

  • Assesses the effectiveness of existing alumni affinity programs to determine better pathways for successful engagement.

  • Partners with colleagues to identify and foster alumni engagement synergies across Advancement and with campus partners (i.e. Annual Giving, Athletics, Knowlton Center, etc.)

  • Advise alumni interested in forming a shared interest group.

  • Supports planning and execution of affinity events, regionally and on-campus. Partners with Advancement Communications and Events on budget, marketing, content and implementation.

Volunteer Management

  • Responsible for nurturing and maintaining key relationships with leadership of alumni affinity groups.

  • Guides senior volunteer leaders in building strong leadership teams, to ensure a volunteer pipeline for sustained success.

  • Advises and consults with volunteer leaders on a range of issues including annual programming, volunteer recruitment and retention, best practices, University policies, and event planning and communications strategies in collaboration with divisional and campus partners.

  • Convenes affinity group leaders regularly to provide training opportunities, share annual priorities, key initiatives and events, recent learnings, and opportunities for collaboration.


  • Partners with AFE's Senior Associate Director, Marketing & Communications and Advancement

  • Communications to ensure consistent, relevant, and timely communications for affinity programming.

  • Partners with affinity volunteers to create relevant marketing and communication materials and timelines.

Additional Responsibilities

  • With the Director of Alumni Engagement Programming, manage the day-to-day budget for affinity programming.

  • Regularly assess affinity networks, report key findings to Alumni & Family Engagement and Institutional Advancement leadership. Research and implement industry best practices to achieve success.

  • Assist with and attend "all-hands" Alumni Engagement events, Big Red Weekend, Family Weekend, Reunion, Alumni Council meetings, special on-campus events/conferences, and volunteer leadership assemblies.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required: Bachelor's degree
Required: Minimum of 3 years in Alumni Engagement or similar field; experience working with volunteers.
Relevant experience can be substituted for education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred: Master's degree
Preferred: Minimum 5 years in Alumni Engagement or similar field
Relevant experience can be substituted for education.

Physical Demands:

Position requires walking, climbing stairs and ability to move up to 20 lbs using appropriate equipment or assistance as needed.


Ed Lenane

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Contact Email:

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

EEO Statement

Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and antiracism (IDEA) at
Denison Forward

ADA Statement

If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (740)587-6299 or by email at

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