Advertised Summary Job Description: The Assistant Director plays an integral role in leading the planning and implementation of programs and initiatives that celebrate alumni, build community and strengthen ties between the alumni community and Columbia College. The major responsibilities of this position are: 1) contributing to programming aspects of Columbia College Reunion Weekend; 2) developing enhanced recognition opportunities for alumni, both formal and informal; 3) creating and implementing experiences that foster pride, enhance traditions and build community; 4) contributing to a team that oversees all aspects of alumni engagement programming and activities.
A. Reunion Weekend:
-The Assistant Director contributes to the development and implementation of Columbia College Reunion Weekend by managing Reunion class committees, designing alumni talks and panels and enhancing all touchpoints throughout the weekend to generate an inclusive and celebratory experience. The Assistant Director will also work closely with alumni stakeholders to brainstorm and execute innovations that draw newly engaged alumni back to campus. The Assistant Director will actively project manage the complex and interconnected initiatives, working collaboratively with Events and Marketing partners to think through audience needs, messaging strategies and logistical details that serve the objectives at hand.
B. Alumni Recognition and Pride:
-The Assistant Director will help build community pride by creating and capitalizing on opportunities that recognize, celebrate and promote the achievements and contributions of College alumni, to exhibit the diversity and richness of the alumni community. This individual will manage the research and discovery process for noteworthy Columbia College alumni, mapping out effective ways to feed into various recognition and honor opportunities, such as Board nominations, annual alumni awards, speaking opportunities and editorial features in College communications and more. In addition, this individual will manage the nomination processes for two major award galas each year.
C. Programs and Events:
-The Assistant Director will manage a set of other events and programs that support community engagement at large, collaborating closely with University partners, the Columbia College Alumni Association Board and other key units. The incumbent will use data and insights to influence these programs to contribute to sustained engagement and to appeal to new audiences in our community, thereby expanding our engagement metrics. This portfolio includes, but is not limited to, Homecoming, Class Day, Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend and Regional Programming. The Assistant Director will participate in program brainstorming, implementation and staffing of College events, as needed.
D. Performs other duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or its equivalent required. A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will possess excellent communication, organizational and project management skills. The successful candidate will have strong relationship building skills in order to influence, motivate and inspire volunteers. The ideal applicant will be self-motivated, creative and work well in a group setting. Experience with personal computers required. Experience with Microsoft Office suite is required.
*Position will require some flexible hours, including evening and weekend assignments. Some travel may be required.*
**A cover letter and a resume are required. Applications without both of these attachments will not be reviewed.**
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in program development, event management, alumni relations, and/or stewardship strongly desired. Some experience with relational databases, design software and Web-based event tools is a plus. We welcome Columbia College Alumni to apply.
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_174371
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