Assistant/Associate Director for Alumni Career Engagement

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


This role is open at both the Assistant Director and Associate Director level, depending on the candidate’s experience.

The AD for Alumni Career Engagement will be one of two people hired into this newly-created role. This individual will be responsible for developing innovative, entrepreneurial programming and resources for alumni at all career stages that help them build the skills and competencies required for successful and fulfilling careers. They will provide 1-on-1 and small-group career advising and coaching for alumni, and identify other ways to educate and support alumni at scale.  They will also support initiatives through the Career Center and Alumni Office to build professional communities and mentoring relationships among alumni.

The two ADs for Alumni Career Engagement will report to a Director of Career Exploration along with two ADs for Career Exploration serving current undergrad and graduate students, and an AD of Internships and Mentoring Programs. The Career Exploration strand will be part of Suffolk’s Center for Career Education and Professional Development (CEPD), which will include two other strands focused on developing industry-specific career communities and managing the operational needs of the Center.


Primary/Principal Responsibilities:


Programming and Advising

·    Provide 1-on-1 and small-group career advising and coaching for alumni, supporting those who are unemployed, under employed, seeking a career change, or looking to advance in their careers

·    Develop innovative, entrepreneurial career education programming and resources for alumni at all career stages to build the skills and competencies required for successful careers (NACE competencies and others); collect data on the success of these and other initiatives to hone future initiatives

·    Maintain active communication through LinkedIn, social media, targeted emails, and in-person or virtual engagement with alumni.

·    Coordinate with the AD of Operations and Technology to ensure that alumni are utilizing the career technologies available to them, including Vault, Quinncia, and Handshake. Increase alumni engagement with these tools.

·    Work with the AD of Career Equity and Access to ensure that career education initiatives are inclusive of all alumni and are reaching alumni populations that may be traditionally underserved.




·    Coordinate with teammates across CEPD to ensure that programming and efforts support, rather than conflict with, other efforts on the team and at the institution. Coordinate with colleagues in this group to develop a model/framework/rubric for career education that can guide the work of the entire team. 

·    Serve as an integrated member of the Alumni Relations team, supporting career development initiatives they identify and recruiting their support for CEPD projects

·    Work with faculty in capstone courses to connect with graduating students at the undergraduate and graduate level; integrate early career management content into these courses where appropriate

·    Partner with CEPD  colleagues leading each of the nine Career Communities to gain more industry-specific information for alumni and to connect job-seeking alumni with Suffolk employer partners   


Building Networks

·     Foster the growth of professional networks and mentoring relationships among Suffolk alumni at various levels of their career journeys

·     Connect alumni who are interested in hiring Suffolk students and alums; connect them with the career community that best aligns with their hiring goals.

·     Advance the reputation and recognition of the Suffolk Career Center among the alumni community.


  • Master’s preferred, Bachelor’s degree required, with at least 3 years of experience in career services, employer relations, recruiting, or other related fields
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience coaching early- and mid-career individuals through career research, job applications, and career transitions
  • Ability to develop and implement engaging programming and resources, and to evaluate the efficacy of these interventions
  • Results-oriented and eager to contribute to and achieve performance targets of a high performing team.
  • Familiarity with trends in regional employment markets and labor trends
  • Excellent written communication, public speaking, and listening skills.


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. Suffolk University is 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.