Advertised Summary Job Description: The School of General Studies of Columbia University, the finest liberal arts college in the United States for returning and nontraditional students, is seeking a talented and motivated professional to be part of the School's team. Reporting to the Director of Alumni Relations, the Assistant Director will play a key role in executing the goals of the Development and Alumni Relations team at GS. Main responsibilities include but are not limited to: Managing the committees of the General Studies Alumni Association (GSAA), working closely with the Leadership Gift Officer in the Columbia University Office of Alumni Development (OAD) on initiatives including Giving Day, overseeing the nominating and selection of alumni award recipients, and supporting the planning process for annual signature events including Homecoming, Reunion and the Winter Mixer. The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Director of Alumni Relations by identifying student leaders, volunteer prospects for cultivation, building and maintaining relationships with alumni, and strengthening the pipeline for the GS alumni community.
Oversee the scheduling of meetings and logistics for the General Studies Alumni Association (GSAA) committee activities, provide direction and support for committees, and build and maintain lasting relationships with alumni volunteers.
Work closely with key alumni stakeholders while also collaborating with internal partners across the School and the Office of Alumni Development (OAD) to create materials for alumni outreach and engagement.
Oversee planning for alumni awards, including the Owl award, Columbia Alumni Medal and University Medal of Excellence as well as other awards and recognitions. Collaborates closely with the Associate Director of Special Events to manage all stages from planning to execution of annual signature events such as Columbia Giving Day, Reunion, Alumni-Student Networking events, Alumni Mixers, the Alumni Dinner and Discussion Series.
Partner with the OAD Leadership Gift Officer to identify alumni volunteers for the development committee of the GSAA and create a plan around Giving Day.
Maintain event and program reporting, data collection and metric analysis for all alumni relations activity to support goals around the University campaign of ALMA (Alumni Lifetime Metrics Analysis) points.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3-5 years related experience required. Two or more years of senior nonprofit management experience. Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation. Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills required. Excellent public speaking ability. Demonstrated ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work in a pressured environment essential. Understanding of working in a complex academic environment highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy, sensitivity and mature judgment are essential. Confidentiality and discretion are required. Must be professional, organized, creative and efficient and able to work successfully as part of a team.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_169407
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