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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Salary: $64,700 - $77,000
  • Organization Type: Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Position Summary
The Senior Associate Director of Regional and Special Events reports to the Director of Regional and Special Events. The role of the Senior Associate Director is to plan and implement key events designed to cultivate, maintain and strengthen alumni, parent and friend ties to the University. The Senior Associate Director will also oversee the support staff team.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement regional events and activities for at least 1 Tier 1 regional city. This includes annual dinners, salons hosted by key donors and prospects, regional cabinet and committee meetings and special events. Work closely with regional directors to ensure that attendance targets are met.
  • Manage and oversee the support staff team (3-5 team members) for Regional & Special Events. This includes, but is not limited to, hiring, training, and measuring the performance of all members of support staff.
  • Provide staff support for other regional and special event activities. This includes but is not limited to regional Chancellor events in Tier 1 cities, building dedications, groundbreakings, commencement, and others.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in event planning and management.
  • Prior experience in development or advancement or related field.
  • Prior experience in budgeting and forecasting.
  • Prior management experience.
  • Prefer experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with computer software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, FileMaker Pro) and standard office equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability managing high-end events with VIP level guests.
  • Ability to interact with individuals at every level of an organization, both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to command respect and confidence of senior administrators and faculty.
  • Excellent judgment, a strong work ethic and the ability to think strategically.
  • Strong initiative, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Superior interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong proofing skills and excellent attention to detail.
  • Discretion: ability to handle highly confidential materials appropriately.
  • Diplomacy and the ability to work in high-pressure situations.
  • Flexibility in a fast-paced and complex organizational environment.
  • Ability to remain focused on multiple priorities and work collaboratively with colleagues across the University.
  • Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite and FileMaker Pro.
  • Desire to be a part of the Washington University community and champion the values of the institution.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of three to five years of related experience.

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Salary Range
The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

For frequently asked questions about the application process, please refer to our External Applicant FAQ.

If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

Please apply via and enter job #JR82489