Associate Director, Domestic Alumni Relations
Columbia University - New York, NY

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Reporting to the Senior Director for Alumni Relations, the Associate Director, Domestic Alumni Relations is the primary alumni relations liaison to specified North American regions.

Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Partners with alumni in key areas/cities in specified regions to create and sustain healthy and vibrant University relationships and alumni clubs; develops and manages innovative regional programs designed to inform alumni of key University initiatives and encourages alumni participation and involvement in the life of the University; creates and manages programs in specified regions that connect alumni to prospective and current students; transmits key University information and messages in both group and individual settings;
  • Serves in an advisory capacity to club leaders in specified regions by assisting them with segmentation and outreach, categorization requirements, communication tools (branding toolkit, chapter pages, succession planning, club formation and leadership transition).
  • Works closely with colleagues in development, school-based alumni offices and campus offices (admissions, career services, etc.) to cultivate alumni and develop intercollegiate programs, such as summer send offs and mentorship opportunities; develops new areas/clubs in specified regions which demonstrate potential for alumni engagement and growth;
  • Researches and cultivates individual alumni with volunteer potential and recommend to appropriate parties for special consideration and greater University involvement, uses appropriate metrics, tracking, and assessment tools to measure activity including ALMA, ROI, attendance, number of active volunteers recruited; forms Advisory Councils of high-level and key alumni in specified regions to assist alumni leaders and promote University initiatives;
  • Builds the pipeline of alumni volunteers in specified regions by organizing programs to welcome new graduates and fosters alumni connections, including but not limited to CAA Worldwide; assists with other clubs, priorities and events as assigned; manages budgets as assigned.
  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications for Grade
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of 4 years of related alumni experience; must possess a proficiency with Microsoft Office. Travel is required. Some night and weekend work will be required

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Prior experience with the use of a complex database and a fundamental understanding of working in a complex environment required (academic environment preferable).

Must be able to confidently and comfortably speak in public. Public speaking experience in front of large, diverse audiences recommended. Must have experience in marketing and be able to creatively and sensitively approach brand management for a highly prestigious educational institution. Experience working with volunteers and the ability to work with volunteers through leadership transitions. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communications skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in additional to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills. The successful candidate must be a strategic thinker, effective in moving strategic agendas, politically savvy, ensure the utmost discretion in all matters, as well as possess an ability to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree desirable. Knowledge of alumni relations encouraged.

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