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Assistant Vice President, Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving Programs

The New School
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 18, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Communications, Public Relations & Advertising
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The Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Programs, reporting to the SVP of Development and Alumni Engagement, leads staff and volunteers to increase engagement with and subsequent investment in The New School (TNS) by managing the Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving team. The team is responsible for overseeing the ideation and execution of in-person and online programming that engages alumni and parents in creative and relevant ways. Through these opportunities, the AVP and team will create engagement that leads to inspired, increased and consistent philanthropic support of the university and its schools and programs. 
The AVP must be an effective and enthusiastic leader who excels at building enduring  internal and external relationships, like partnering with and celebrating a diverse alumni base, while reinforcing processes that align with the values of The New School. The incumbent must demonstrate a nuanced, sophisticated approach to advancement work that recognizes The New School’s unique position within higher education, and can call upon best practices within the industry, data analytics, and strong intuitive skills to apply to the TNS context, leading to increased engagement and philanthropic support. The AVP will lead a unified and strategic outreach effort to sustain and expand commitment and engagement among all TNS alumni and parents in partnership with university leadership, senior colleagues and other key stakeholders.   The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.

  • Oversee the delivery of comprehensive suite of alumni and parent engagement activities including reunions, Alumni Days, regional gatherings, online events and learning opportunities
  • Strategically lead the AEAGP team in executing comprehensive alumni and parent volunteer programs for fundraising, student recruitment, and mentoring as well as a comprehensive peer to peer networking platform 
  • Design, lead, and execute the development of annual goals and objectives, operating plans, budgets, and staffing structure for the Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Programs team 
  • Build effective collaborations across the department and other areas of the university such as Office of Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Student Success, Enrollment Management, Marketing & Communications, and the Offices of the Deans, Provost and the President
  • Hire, supervise, mentor and evaluate a team of professionals maintaining a keen focus on ideal outcomes of collaboration and continuous improvement in alumni relations and annual giving 
  • Oversee the execution of a robust direct marketing program for TNS annual giving programs by deploying targeted solicitations across all channels for donor acquisition, renewal and retention
  • Lead The New School Annual Fund’s efforts to increase unrestricted  support from alumni and parents, with particular focus on leadership gifts of $1,000+
  • Direct the implementation of a strategic communications plan in partnership with Marketing & Communications colleagues to activate and engage a diverse population of alumni and parents utilizing a multi-channel approach through digital, print, and in-person efforts 
  • Serve as active member of the senior leadership team within the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement
  • Serve as the primary custodian of alumni and parent information safeguarding privacy and confidentiality according to institutional policy and current laws
Minimum Qualifications:   
  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Seven+ years of experience with increasing levels of responsibility working with alumni, volunteer, and membership groups preferably within higher education 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and develop staff, while working effectively and collaboratively in a team setting 
  • Strong knowledge of all aspects of fundraising and volunteer engagement, including strategies for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship 
  • Entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving, with demonstrated success in exceeding  goals 
  • High-level skills in consensus building, diplomacy, leadership, analysis and strategic planning and well-honed balance of ambition and humility
  • Prior management and supervisory experience 
  • Ability to work inclusively with individuals from diverse backgrounds  
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year.


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