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Assistant Director, Alumni Relations

Colgate University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 6, 2023

Job Details

Department Statement

Founded in 1819, Colgate is a small, highly selective residential liberal arts college for students of talent who are preparing for lives of leadership and productive citizenship. The University recently launched a $1B campaign in support of the Third-Century Plan , a comprehensive roadmap that will advance Colgate’s efforts to pursue its mission at the highest level and establish Colgate as one of the finest undergraduate institutions in the nation. One of the components—the Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ( DEI )— stands as Colgate’s most definitive plan in 200 years for elevating the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the institution.


Colgate University is seeking an Assistant Director of Alumni Relations to create and implement programs and events that strengthen alumni engagement with the University. The Assistant Director will be accountable for the creation and delivery of programs and events to strengthen alumni connection and engagement. Accountable for achieving pre-determined engagement goals for Reunion. Responsible for effective recruitment, management, training, and engagement of volunteers, particularly for Reunion and Regional Club Leaders. Responsible for effective and independent management of multiple Reunion programs and logistics. Responsible for supporting programming for all Reunion classes. Accountable for effective coordination and support of Alumni Relations Signature Programs, which includes Reunion and Regional Programs.

Accountable for creative programming and management of Regional Club Leaders serving clubs around the world. Lead the planning and execution of signature regional club programs, including Colgate Day.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in event planning, volunteer management, alumni relations and/or related fields
  • Experience with or aptitude for independently overseeing and managing volunteer constituents
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and executing events
  • Must be able to work collegially and effectively with a diverse group of alumni, students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis
  • Experience with or aptitude for measuring success and reporting on programs with quantitative and qualitative data
  • Comfort with fundraising and fundraising adjacent activities
  • Enthusiastic commitment to advancing the University’s mission
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, be highly organized, detail-oriented and able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Must be able to travel periodically and work evenings and weekends when needed
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with Google Suite
  • Experience with relational databases/CRMs, especially Raiser’s Edge
  • Experience in alumni relations, advancement, higher education or related experience fields

A Bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and experience from which comparable skills are gained is required.

Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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Colgate University

Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater.

Time and time again, the world has shown an urgent need for citizens with the ability to create, explore, examine, and connect human knowledge. Colgate University has been answering that call through centuries of academic rigor in the liberal arts tradition.

Colgate attracts world-renowned faculty in a breadth of subject matters as well as innovative leaders in higher-ed administration, all dedicated to building on an educational tradition that has prepared generations of Colgate graduates for success. 

Colgate is deeply invested in employees’ success, and we all work together to ensure that students receive the premier education that is at the University’s core.

The Colgate campus, ranked as one of the most beautiful in the nation, is a place where students develop lifelong bonds with each other, faculty, and staff.

Colgate is located in the village of Hamilton, a community of about 3,800 residents who enjoy downtown’s art galleries and restaurants and who take pride in the many historic homes and public buildings.

Colgate University

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