Reporting to the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Alumni Relations in External Relations and Development, the Director of alumni engagement and programs is a member of the departmentâ€™s senior management team and leads the strategic planning, development, and execution of innovative international and domestic programs that build community and increase the intellectual and social engagement of Columbia Business School alumni.
The Director supervises a team of three officers, including an Associate Director, Assistant Director, and Coordinator, with responsibilities for alumni events, alumni data collection, alumni communications, alumni programsâ€™ annual budget, and alumni club support. The Director works collaboratively with the senior leadership team, faculty, academic center division heads, and Individual Giving and Major Gifts officers to develop and implement global and regional alumni engagement and fundraising strategies. The Director also serves as the liaison to two of the Schoolâ€™s centers and programs.
In addition to overseeing annual Alumni Relations programs, the Director is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of emerging cross-departmental affinity programs, such as the Columbia Business School Womenâ€™s Circle, designed to increase the engagement of key target demographics. This individual must meet core and partnership values of teamwork, integrity, accountability, and respect.
Works closely with the Executive Director and Associate Dean for External Relations and Development on the development, execution, and annual analysis of an Alumni Relations strategic plan focused on increasing alumni engagement and alumni financial support.
Oversees the planning, marketing, and execution of the annual Reunion Weekend. This includes developing all academic and social programming; securing faculty and alumni speakers; coordinating the weekendâ€™s internal and external marketing; overseeing the attendee registration process; overseeing the creation of the reunion website and the class committee communications; working with faculty as well as administrative and academic departmental heads on strategic representation of top initiatives and programs at Reunion; leading all planning meetings; coordinating with development officers on reunion class giving efforts; and overseeing all on-site logistics, staffing, and execution.
Oversees the Womenâ€™s Business Leadership in Tech annual conference. This one day partnership with Vista Equity, draws a vast and wide audience and focuses on DEI related topics in the tech sector. In conjunction with the Executive Director, this role develops the program content, coordinated marketing efforts, and oversees event logistics in-person and virtually.
Oversees the alumni club and regional engagement program. This includes supervising the associate director of alumni clubs and overseeing the development and implementation of targeted tristate special events, worldwide alumni club events, and leadership development opportunities for alumni volunteers. This also includes working with the associate director of alumni clubs on developing the infrastructure and policy for alumni club chapters, leadership development for alumni volunteers, and a communication and support strategy for club leadership. The director of alumni engagement and programs also collaborates on regional engagement and fundraising strategies with Major Gifts and Individual Giving partners.
Serves as the central liaison for two of the Schoolâ€™s centers and programs; this includes working with center administrative directors and faculty directors on strategic planning; tracking fundraising goals; working with center administrative directors and gift officers on the identification and cultivation of high-level donors and board prospects; working with gift officers on donor engagement for select programs and events hosted by the centers; attending center board meetings and serving as the External Relations contact for center alumni board members; and collaborating with center administrative directors and faculty directors to increase visibility of the center and its current initiatives.
Oversees strategic development, execution, and management of affinity initiatives designed to enhance the engagement of target demographics. This includes management of the Womenâ€™s Circle. The director, working with other senior managers across the Individual Giving and Major Gifts teams, will establish and lead the Womenâ€™s Circle strategic plan; foster participation and growth through the identification, outreach, and cultivation of internal and external partners, including alumnae, faculty, and administrative directors; help oversee volunteer governance and establish a strong volunteer leadership pipeline; develop an annual program schedule; and work with the Individual Giving team to increase annual fund participation via Circle membership.
Represents the Office of Alumni Relations as needed nationally and internationally through presentations and participation at events, conferences, and other high-profile activities.
Works with Strategic Communications and Advancement Services team members on the creation of consistent, professional, and attractive communications, social media, and invitations (print and online) for reunions, special events, and club chapter events.
Works closely with the associate director of young alumni student relations and the senior associate director of marketing and communications on the engagement of young alumni within annual and club programming and on collateral and communications.
Oversees the collaboration with Columbia Alumni Association on regional events and initiatives, and ensures Business School club leader initiatives meet the goals and priorities of the greater Columbia alumni community.
Supervises data management, transfer, and reporting systems to coordinate and track all event attendance details.
Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred. Four to six years related experience required, preferably in managing a team and in managing large-scale and high profile events with experience in managing volunteers.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills necessary. Knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required. Ability to efficiently multi-task, establish priorities, evaluate materials, and render decisions required. Must exercise good judgment and discretion with people and situations and handle on-site problem solving with aplomb. Strong organizational and management skills required. Must be willing to travel and be available to work evenings and some weekends as needed. Must have strong teamwork and leadership skills and seek to achieve the departmentâ€™s objectives and goals at its highest level of efficiency. Must be a strong and motivated team member and strategic brand representative. Some national and international travel is required.
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