Alumnae Alliance Council Nominations

The Sweet Briar College Alumnae Alliance, formed by the Sweet Briar College Board of Directors on Sept. 26, 2015, as the new paradigm of alumnae engagement to operationalize the “Sweet Briar Effect” by engaging the time, talent, interests and passion of alumnae in service to the College and its alumnae, needs volunteers to serve on its governing Council and on working groups in the roles described below. Alumnae Alliance volunteers provide professional expertise in service to the College and thus are recruited for “skills and fit” to increase the impact of their volunteer service (similar to Doctors without Borders, lawyers working pro bono, etc.).

All Sweet Briar College alumnae and holders of honorary degrees, and those who completed at least one semester of coursework, are members of the Alumnae Alliance and may nominate themselves or any other member of the Alumnae Alliance for these positions:

AAC Co-chair for the Council Operations Working Group

This nomination is for one of the three co-chair positions leading the operations of the Alumnae Alliance. The Operations Co-chairs set direction for, regularly convene, and communicate to Alumnae Council at large, serve as the Council’s liaison to the College’s AR&D staff, and serve on the Alumnae Committee of the College’s Board of Directors.

As an alumnae volunteer, the alumna holding this position is required to sign the SBC volunteer agreement and uphold the Core Values and Guiding Principles of the Alumnae Alliance. These alumnae often work with sensitive alumnae data and must handle issues relating to alumnae with tact and discretion. The expected volunteer time commitment is a two-year term with varying hours each week, which can be significant at times. Much of the work is done via teleconferences and email, but some travel will be expected to meet with College AR&D staff in person on campus. Note: Travel expenses are usually donated to the College as a gift-in-kind.

Areas of focus include:

  • Developing and distributing AA Council biweekly meeting agendas and minutes
  • Hosting and leading the AA Council biweekly meetings/teleconferences and other meetings/teleconferences as required
  • Participating in meetings/teleconferences with AR&D staff as needed to broadly coordinate alumnae relations efforts across the entire AA Council portfolio
  • Helping plan and organize AA Council working meetings/retreats
  • Recruiting Plus Ones to build the overall “bench” of alumnae volunteers who listen in on standing AA Council teleconferences and participate as appropriate.
  • Managing email distribution and regular communications for the AA Council and Plus Ones
  • Helping plan and implement 6-month priorities (periodically revised by the Alumnae Alliance Council in consultation with the College Office of Alumnae Relations and Development, and approved by the Alumnae Committee of the College’s Board of Directors), so that different Council working groups understand what they are being asked to do, and that the working groups can work on specific project plans, leading to successful project execution
  • Preparing and delivering the annual state of the Alumnae Alliance report and recommendations regarding alumnae concerns to the board of directors (normally during the February Board Meeting)
  • Participating as voting members on the Alumnae Committee of the College’s Board of Directors

Other desired criteria include:

  • Alumna with a variety of experiences and expertise in strategy development, strategic planning, organizational behavior and dynamics, transformational change management and communications, operational execution and/or continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to serve in an executive leadership position and/or experience serving on a board of a nonprofit organization
  • Ability to carry out planning and lead/facilitate meetings
  • Capability as a “bridge builder” across a wide variety of alumnae interests, age groups, geographic regions, etc.
  • Skill in coordinating among different constituencies and talent to influence key stakeholder groups to achieve objectives

To nominate yourself or a fellow alumna for this position, please click here.

AAC Co-chair for the Alumnae Clubs Working Group

This nomination is for one of the two co-chair positions leading the Alumnae Clubs Working Group of the Alumnae Alliance. This position works closely with the College’s AR&D staff to promote Sweet Briar among alumnae and current and prospective students by helping to plan and coordinate alumnae club events throughout the year including Back to School Days in late summer and Sweet Briar Days in the winter. This group also plans and organizes the Virtual Auction leading up to Reunion.

As an alumnae volunteer, the alumna holding this position is required to sign the SBC volunteer agreement and uphold the Core Values and Guiding Principles of the Alumnae Alliance. The expected volunteer time commitment is a two-year term with varying hours each week. Much of the work is done via teleconferences and email, but some travel will be expected to meet with College AR&D staff in person on campus. Note: Travel expenses are usually donated to the College as a gift-in-kind.

The ideal nominee will have the following background:

  • Alumna with 5+ years nonprofit or corporate experience
  • Executive leadership and/or experience serving on a board of a nonprofit organization
  • Ability and commitment to organize and lead a working group of volunteers, in close coordination with College AR&D staff

To nominate yourself or a fellow alumna for this position, please click here.

AAC Co-chair for the Governance and Strategic Initiatives Working Group

This nomination is for one of the two co-chair positions leading the Governance Working Group of the Alumnae Alliance. This position sets direction for, regularly convenes, and communicates to a small working group of alumnae volunteers responsible for shaping and refining recommendations for strategy, governance and operations of the Alumnae Alliance Council.

Typical tasks for this working group include creating and/or vetting internal Council processes including process design, documentation, developing tools, training and information to support current and future Working Groups, and collaborating with other working groups and the College to improve operations and communications.

As an alumnae volunteer, the alumna holding this position is required to sign the SBC volunteer agreement and uphold the Core Values and Guiding Principles of the Alumnae Alliance. The expected volunteer time commitment is a two-year term with varying hours each week. Much of the work is done via teleconferences and email, but some travel will be expected to meet with College AR&D staff in person on campus. Note: Travel expenses are usually donated to the College as a gift-in-kind.

The ideal nominee will have the following background:

  • Alumna with a variety of experiences and expertise in strategy development, organizational behavior and dynamics, transformational change management and communications, strategic planning, operational execution and/or continuous process improvement.
  • Executive leadership and/or experience serving on a board of a nonprofit organization or in a corporate leadership position
  • Ability to carry out planning and lead/facilitate meetings with a working group of volunteers as needed
  • Capability as a “bridge builder” across alumnae class decades, etc.
  • Proven ability to coordinate among different constituencies and talent to influence key stakeholder groups to achieve objectives

To nominate yourself or a fellow alumna for this position, please click here.

AAC Co-chair for The Network Working Group

This nomination is for one of the two co-chair positions leading The Network Working Group of the Alumnae Alliance. This position sets direction for, regularly convenes, and communicates to a working group of alumnae volunteers working closely with the College’s AR&D and career services staff to help plan and execute programs that help the College bolster its career services offerings to students and alumnae.

Typical operational program work for this working group includes:

  • Help organize career or lifelong learning events across the alumnae network
  • Promote and post updates to Alumnifire
  • Assist director of career services and director of student life as needed
  • Assist the key College staff person with Lifelong Learning projects such as webinars, seminars and other online programs that encourage lifelong learning
  • Attend biweekly conference calls and 2-3 on-campus meetings a year with Alumnae Alliance Council

As an alumnae volunteer, the alumna holding this position is required to sign the SBC volunteer agreement and uphold the Core Values and Guiding Principles of the Alumnae Alliance. The expected volunteer time commitment is a two-year term with varying hours per week. Much of the work is done via teleconferences and email, but some travel will be expected to meet with College AR&D and cCareer services staff in person on campus. Note: Travel expenses are usually donated to the College as a gift-in-kind.

The ideal nominee will have the following background:

  • Alumna with 5+ years nonprofit or corporate experience
  • Strong interest and/or prior experience with educational technology and adult education/training
  • Executive leadership and/or experience serving on a board of a nonprofit organization
  • Ability and commitment to organize and lead a working group of volunteers, in close coordination with College AR&D and career services staff

To nominate yourself or a fellow alumna for this position, please click here.

Process To Be Used in Filling These Positions

The Alumnae Alliance Council adopted its Principles of Governance on March 1, 2018. Article IV of the Principles addresses the nominations and selection process for filling vacancies that arise on the Council.