University of St. Thomas

Assistant Director of Community Engagement

Jan 04, 2017
Feb 10, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Assistant Director of Community Engagement position within the Opus College of Business – OCB.

The Assistant Director of Community Engagement manages key events and community outreach programs for the Opus College of Business. A member of the Corporate and External Relations group, the assistant director collaborates with colleagues within the university to further strategic partnerships with key constituents including corporate partners, industry/community groups and OCB alumni.

Along with the Director of Corporate and External Relations, the assistant director develops and executes the strategic plan for target constituents.

  1. Oversee the planning, management and execution of events targeted towards key constituencies, including but not limited to Dean’s events (Dean’s Happy Hour), sponsor engagement, alumni social, etc. Collects and reviews all related-event requests to ensure efficiency and policy adherence. Plans will include proposed direction/format/theme, date/location, operating plan (e.g., key tasks and milestones), promotions, necessary resources, including staff and volunteer structures.
  2. Develops tools to engage and recognize key constituencies. Coordinate and collaborate with Institutional Advancement on outreach as needed. Manage the alumni newsletter, gathering and submitting content for publication. Monitor industry awards, trade journals and other resources for community recognition and to identify new ways to engage.
  3. In partnership with the Director of Corporate and External Relations, support the management of the Graduate Business Alumni Board, maximizing opportunities for engagement in support of the College and its strategic priorities. Manage the Biznet platform driving Biznet enrollment. Drive participation in events, alumni referral efforts (degree and non-degree) and mentorship programs.
  4. Effectively works with the Director of Marketing and Web Initiatives and clients to ensure event systems, communication plans and print materials align with the service capabilities of the shared services teams and support the attendance, sponsor and program visibility goals of the College. Manages sponsorships, and acts as a designated point of contact for all parties including attendees, and degree and non-degree program contacts (exhibit tables). Serves as key contact for giveaways developed for sponsor programs.
  5. Represents the Opus College of Business at programs and events. Supports other programs delivered by the Office of Corporate and External Relations as needed.
  6. Collaborates with University of St. Thomas internal service providers including catering, ITS, facilities, security, service center (print), parking services and other departments as needed, as well as external vendors (e.g., florist, equipment rentals, video, etc.).
  7. Maintain accurate and reliable constituent data, and create evaluation tools for determining the overall success of all programs and initiatives.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum Qualifications: Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree and five years of professional level experience in program management.  An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred Qualifications: Graduate degree.

Knowledge of:  Issues, trends and needs of higher education programs; effective written and oral communication methods; administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the supervision of employees; project management and analytical techniques; ability to plan, organize and implement a wide range of special events, programs and projects relating to alumni relations; principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment; principles and practices of budget development and administration; computer applications related to the work (MS Office, web content management tools, bulk email software, and online networking tools/sites); standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment; record keeping principles and practices; correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation; techniques for understanding and effectively communicating with all individuals contacted in the course of duties; ability to work with diverse populations; ability to develop and supervise volunteers; principles and techniques of making effective oral presentations; principles and techniques of preparing effective written informational or educational materials.

Skill in:  Designing, developing and administering programs and events; assessing needs and developing internal resources or utilizing external resources to meet these needs; planning, organizing and implementing a range of special events and programs relating to alumni relations; planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others; developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner; strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work with diverse populations; strong interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking; developing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards; diagnosing and resolving organizational issues; managing relations with strategic partners and licensees; developing and supervising volunteers; using initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines; preparing effective written informational and educational materials; using tact, discretion and prudence in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work; making effective oral presentations to large and small groups.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas (UST), Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website.  If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at UST”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information. 

UST is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

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