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Associate Director of Advancement Events


Reed College seeks an experienced events manager to be our next Associate Director of Events in our Alumni Relations & Volunteer Engagement department. You will manage the department’s alumni, fundraising, and other advancement events from start to finish. In addition to the tactical, this role also has a strategic component, working with department leadership to conceptualize which events would have the most meaning and impact. You will report to the Director of Alumni Relations  & Volunteer Engagement. This is not a remote position.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with typical work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. Salary for this position starts between $65k-$70k per year. Pay offers are dependent on experience and are determined in conjunction with an internal pay equity assessment.

Who You Are

  • You are an event planning professional. You already know that you love creating events that make people feel great and that help your organization meet its goals.
  • You are detail oriented. You know that events are a collection of important details.
  • You are known for always meeting your deadlines. You like to meet goals early and never wait for the last minute to start planning.
  • You are comfortable negotiating contracts with vendors. You always come in at or under your budget.
  • When there is a problem, you lean in. You walk towards attendees or others who might have a problem during your events.
  • You are a supportive team leader during events, energizing them and helping them understand their part. You are a leader.
  • You have a track record of creative and innovative events. You are eager to solicit ideas and generate your own creative solutions to keep events fresh and interesting for your audience.
  • Inclusion is one of your closely held values. You know how to make everyone feel included and welcome at your events. Your events appeal to the broadest possible range of people.
  • You know how to measure the success of your events, including using data to drive important changes.
  • Experience working with fundraising is a plus. Even if you don’t have this experience, you are excited to learn about it.
  • You care about diversity and equity, and it shows in your work. You yourself contribute an important aspect of diversity to your work team.

What You’ll Do

  • Plan and execute alumni events
  • Responsible for on-site management ofAdvancement events.
  • Project and manage department’s event budgets; forecasts potential event costs and gives regular updates to the Director of Alumni Relations
  • Negotiate contracts to secure services at optimal prices
  • Plan and execute remote events and virtual programming
  • Develop and execute event marketing plans and marketing copy in collaboration with communications team to achieve target attendance
  • Manage various Advancement websites
  • Develop priorities and conceptualizes event programming with program managers
  • Collaborate with interdepartmental teams to meet the needs of the alumni engagement plan
  • Develop metrics to analyze ROI and success of events; compiles survey data and prepares reports as needed
  • Supervise reunion assistant as needed
  • Able to travel by land or commercial air
  • Work on some nights and weekends

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years experience in event planning

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. 

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.