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Vanderbilt University Assistant Director, Regional Engagement and Development in Nashville, Tennessee

Assistant Director, Regional Engagement and Development (Job Number: 1901232)


The Assistant Director for Regional Engagement and Development is responsible for implementing strategic Vanderbilt Alumni Association regional chapter programming and managing volunteers, planning and executing events and activities in support of campaign priorities, and overseeing outreach efforts that engage diverse alumni, parent and friend audiences. The position will also be responsible for active cultivation and solicitation of key volunteers and regional alumni, will assist in donor development through volunteer/event attendee referrals, and will qualify alumni, parent and friend prospects.

The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University’s teaching and research programs.

Duties and responsibilities

· Develop and implement strategic regional programming which engages a broad range of university constituents, working closely with area volunteers.

· Identify, recruit, train, motivate, guide and retain chapter alumni volunteer leadership; facilitate volunteer stewardship, pipeline development and succession. Work with volunteers to identify issues, administer solutions, and provide tools/resources.

· Create and manage annual ongoing chapter programming calendars in partnership with volunteers. Develop event registration and chapter pre- and post-communications.

· Conduct at least 48 visits annually to solicit assigned volunteers and area alumni for annual gifts and, where appropriate, major gifts to maximize their meaningful engagement and financial support of Vanderbilt. Monitor their solicitation progress.

· Create expectations and tools amongst chapter volunteers for donor participation in their area, ongoing and around signature opportunities (i.e. Giving Day, campaign-related opportunities).

· Promote campaign, encourage participation and celebrate milestones and success through chapter communication avenues. Create new opportunities for peer-to-peer chapter volunteer advocacy.

· Create regional programming opportunities to engage constituents in key markets with compelling campaign-related content.

· Strategize with DAR colleagues and leverage existing regional programming to provide ways to engage and cultivate relationships with managed prospects as hosts and speakers. Create and execute targeted regional programs which engage key donors and prospects as featured speakers and/or attendees.

· As Signature Events Coordinator, assist Executive Director in management of annual Chapter Leadership Conference, Summer Send-Off series, National Networking Night, Giving Day chapter events, and Commodores in the Community series.

· Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

· Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent is required

· One year of relevant experience is required

· Experience in Volunteer Management preferred

· Experience in Fundraising preferred

· Superior verbal and written communication skills are required

· The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, professional team player with strong interpersonal skills and organization

· Candidate must also have the capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment

· The ability to apply sound judgment in all situations is required, as are excellent organizational skills with a meticulous attention to detail

· Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities are essential

· Ability to use current computer technology, such as Windows, Excel, Word, databases; broadcast email systems a plus

· Values the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion

About Vanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.


Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 42411 - Alumni Relations

Job: Institutional Affairs Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action