The Associate Director for Alumni Affairs (AD) reports to the Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and coordinates closely with GSAS development officers. The AD also works closely with the Office of Alumni and Development (OAD) for alumni event support; the AD participates in the meetings and professional development opportunities of all Columbia Alumni Directors. The AD takes guidance from the Senior Executive Director of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and University Relations in the management of the Alumni Board.
The Associate Director (AD) will be an integral member of the GSAS advancement team, and the point person for all GSAS Alumni Relations. The AD creates opportunities for alumni involvement that will increase engagement and enhance the student experience, with a special focus on professional development for current students. The AD will work closely with GSAS Communications to create content for alumni departmental mailings and newsletters, and alumni event invitations as part of the overall communications strategies with students and alumni. The AD will manage the GSAS Alumni Associate Board, and will also help in front-line cultivation of donors, prospects, and volunteers in partnership with GSAS development officers.
Develop and implement strategies to identify and engage alumni for fundraising priorities; create events for alumni and donors to engage with the Dean. Partner with GSAS offices of Development, Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, on activities related to cultivation and stewardship of alumni and students; cultivate student leaders and students highly engaged in GSAS professional development programs.
Leverage the alumni community to support GSAS initiatives for the professional development of MA and PhD students, including joint programming with the Center for Career Education, identify and recruit alumni for programs, and develop connections between recent graduates and current students.
Work with the Senior Executive Director of the CAA and University Relations on the management of the GSAS Alumni Association Board and its committees; participate in weekly CAA team meetings and in regular Columbia Alumni Director meetings (CAD). Develop relationships and expand GSAS involvement with Domestic and International Alumni clubs.
Partner with the GSAS Director of Communications to assist with alumni news on social media channels, write quarterly alumni newsletters, annual departmental mailings, and standalone invitations to GSAS alumni; collect relevant news items about alumni and identify candidates for profiles; identify and other communication vehicles for alumni as part of an overall communications strategy for GSAS.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree is required; 4-6 years of related experience.
Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate degree. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Columbia University or of other highly regarded research universities; have five or more years' experience with a depth and breadth of skills that will translate into dynamic and significant results; and have the ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team as well as the capacity to operate independently and efficiently. The candidate must have experience in alumni affairs, volunteer management, student affairs and/or Board membership acquisition. Proficiency in social media platforms and familiarity with CRM systems such as Salesforce, and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google platforms is preferred. Impeccable oral and written communication skills and a high level of tact and diplomacy are necessary. An understanding of graduate education in a research institution as it relates to School advancement is strongly preferred. Some evenings, weekends, and travel are necessary.
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