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ABOUT THE STEPHEN M. ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a diverse learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.
Ross is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.
About the Department The Office of Development and Alumni Relations drives the fundraising and alumni relations activities of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Purpose The Alumni Relations Program is focused on engaging Ross alumni worldwide. This position implements programs to strengthen the alumni bond. The Alumni Relations Associate Director will work closely with the Director to develop and execute a strategy for connecting alumni and friends of Ross with volunteer opportunities across Ross; engaging parents of current and potential students; and communicating Ross programs and events to alumni. This position reports directly to the Director of Alumni Engagement.
Contributes to our positive and inclusive work community by building trusting partnerships across the school, continually learning, creating impactful experiences, and working with a sense of ownership for outcomes. Approaches this work with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind; treating others with respect, dignity, and in a manner where individuals feel they belong; listens, values feedback, and learns from the perspectives of others.
Project Management of Alumni Volunteerism
Function as the focal point for communication with alumni who are interested in volunteer opportunities across Ross.
Coordinate alumni interests with events and programs; identify and communicate when there are appropriate matches to both alumni and internal stakeholders.
Manage and perform ongoing maintenance of an application containing (1) all faculty, unit, center and institute programs and events that are opportunities for alumni to remain engaged with Ross and (2) alumni information including their areas of interest via Alumni Volunteer Profile and other applications.
Survey the effectiveness of the volunteerism program with internal stakeholders and make adjustments as needed.
Student Club Liaison for Volunteers
Act as the internal ambassador/liaison between student clubs for recommending and securing alumni and friends of Ross as speakers for student events, treks, and conferences throughout the year.
Advise on best practices for alumni outreach and assist with connections as appropriate in coordination with the student club and program office.
Identify and communicate with alumni on upcoming events and programs in their geographic area.
Act as the internal ambassador/liaison between alumni and the faculty/staff in Ross units, centers and institutes.
Benchmark and recommend information and events for alumni domestically and outside of the U.S.
Board Committee Management
Oversee and manage the Volunteer Committee of the Alumni Board of Governors (ABOG) as staff liaison to coordinate conference calls and recruitment of ABOG membership.
Provide administrative support to the Director of Alumni Engagement.
Assist with special projects within the Office of Development & Alumni Relations.
Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
At least 5 years of professional experience in fundraising, marketing, advertising, event planning and execution, public relations, communications or a related field
Excellent communication skills, diplomacy, discretion, and presentation skills
Successful demonstration of initiative, organizational skills, leadership skills, team orientation and commitment to customer service
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines and consistently meet deadlines
Ability to work effectively in a high-stress fast paced environment
Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
Proven ability to successfully interact with a diverse group of people including alumni at all levels
Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative
Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Office environment
Ability to perform multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail and deadlines
Professional demeanor and presentation
Demonstrated ability to design, direct and manage significant program initiatives is strongly preferred
Some experience in fundraising is very desirable, especially proven success in at least one of the following areas: alumni relations, development, public relations, volunteer management, events management or program management
Knowledge of University and Ross School of Business policies, rules and regulations
Experience working with top tier business schools
Familiarity with database and website management
Demonstrated managerial and team leadership skills are preferred
Skills testing may be required.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The person in this position routinely presents information at events
Requires the ability to travel to various locations to conduct work and deliver materials
The person in this position routinely communicates with alumni about programs, events, activities, etc.
The person in this position occasionally moves through the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information
The person in this position occasionally moves materials weighing up to 30 pounds to locations for events
Domestic travel may be required
Will require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends
Michigan Ross values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to the development of diverse and culturally intelligent staff who thrive and contribute to a positive and inclusive environment.
The statements included in this description are intended to reflect the general nature and level of work assigned to this classification and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 166766
About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.