The Director of Waldron Student-Alumni Connections is responsible for developing & managing group (market/region) and/or broad-based strategic relationship management plans, programs & events designed to strategically identify & cultivate alumni and students in meaningful ways that result in engaged volunteers & donors. This role participates in volunteer relationship management. This position strategically identifies activities, events &/or programs that will increase student & alumni engagement and participation and may manage activities of larger groups of volunteers. Reviews programs; analyzes responses & outcomes & recommends changes to increase goals & objectives. Serves as liaison to both University and Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA). This role may supervise groups of volunteers &/or support staff.
This person develops programs to connect Weinberg students with alumni for the purposes of career education and exploration. He/she serves as a resource to students and departments, and understands the unique challenges of today’s arts and sciences students. He/she will manage outreach to alumni and identify alumni and industry experts who will volunteer to work with students supporting their career education and exploration. Program offerings will include but are not limited to career workshops, alumni career panels, employer career treks, and an annual career summit. In developing these efforts, this position will work closely with Weinberg College's faculty and staff, Northwestern Career Advancement, the Northwestern Alumni Association, and other related campus offices.
Please Note: Availability to work outside of regular business hours for events may be required.
Significant participation in developing strategic plans.
Primary responsibility for administering & maintaining existing strategic plans relating to specific market segments, programs, events, support teams or high level volunteers to meet goals for engagement & participation.
Recommends changes & improvements to processes, objectives, and goals based on evaluation of completed programs to dramatically increase engagement & participation & maximize & ensure most effective & efficient use of resources.
Regularly meets with students and conducts student outreach to determine job search and career exploration needs.
Determines programming and direction of Waldron Connections program with input from students, NCA, NAA, WCAS advisors, WCSA department and program chairs, and dean’s office colleagues.
Involves moderate- to-high-level of collaboration with both internal department partners and moderate level of collaboration with broader University partners to identify & integrate resources in order to accomplish strategic goals & objectives.
Northwestern Career Advancement
Weinberg College Advisors
Northwestern Alumni Association
Weinberg College department chairs
Weinberg College Dean’s office
Recruits, engages, trains, and manages volunteers.
Coordinates volunteer strategies with other development staff, including volunteer events, programming, marketing materials and social networking efforts.
Manages & implements a variety of leadership training opportunities both in-person & virtually designed to meet the needs of entry level to advanced alumni leaders in locations around the world.
Travels extensively throughout the region or country.
Maintains pipeline of alumni volunteers in coordination with ARD gift officers to participate in programming and sit on Waldron Student-Alumni connections board.
Liaisons with any student volunteer groups for student feedback and program participation.
Develops, plans & implements strategies, goals & approach for 1 large or a number of portions of the less complex programs &/or events that promote engagement & philanthropic opportunities.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Experience working with students and /or alumni with an arts and sciences education.
Experience organizing special events.
Experience working with alumni and/or volunteers.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building, and communication skills.
Ability to understand and articulate the value of an arts and sciences degree to students, employers and alumni.
Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple, concurrent deadlines, tasks, etc…
Strong public speaking skills.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35677
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.