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Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

School of General Studies

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

  • 532960
  • Morningside
  • School of General Studies
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Dec 23 2022
  • Grade 12
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: 70,000 - 78,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Alumni Relations, the Assistant Director will play a key role in executing the goals of the Development and Alumni Relations team at GS by planning and implementing programs and projects that strategically engage and provide tangible benefits to alumni and students. Main responsibilities include but are not limited to: Managing the committees of the General Studies Alumni Association (GSAA), working closely with the Leadership Gift Officer in the Columbia University Office of Alumni Development (OAD) on initiatives including Giving Day, overseeing the nominating and selection of alumni award recipients, and supporting the planning process for annual signature events including Homecoming, Reunion and the Winter Mixer.  The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Director of Alumni Relations by identifying student leaders, volunteer prospects for cultivation, building and maintaining relationships with alumni, and strengthening the pipeline for the GS alumni community.


  • Oversees and maintains responsibility of the day-to-day management of the General Studies alumni needs and activities, including the planning and scheduling of meetings and logistics for the General Studies Alumni Association (GSAA) committee activities, provide direction and guidance for committees, and play a significant role in building and strengthening lasting relationships with alumni volunteers.

  • Works closely with key alumni stakeholders while also collaborating with internal partners across the School and the Office of Alumni Development (OAD) to create materials for alumni outreach and engagement.

  • Oversees planning for alumni awards, including the Owl award, Columbia Alumni Medal and University Medal of Excellence as well as other awards and recognitions.  Collaborates closely with the Associate Director of Special Events to manage all stages from planning to execution of annual signature events such as Columbia Giving Day, Reunion, Alumni-Student Networking events, Alumni Mixers, the Alumni Dinner and Discussion Series.

  • Partners with the OAD Leadership Gift Officer to identify alumni volunteers for the development committee of the GSAA and create a plan around Giving Day.

  • Maintains event and program reporting, data collection and metric analysis for all alumni relations activity to support goals around the University campaign of ALMA (Alumni Lifetime Metrics Analysis) points.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3-5 years related experience required.
  • Two or more years of senior nonprofit management experience.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills required.
  • Excellent public speaking ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work in a pressured environment essential.
  • Understanding of working in a complex academic environment highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy, sensitivity and mature judgement are essential.
  • Confidentiality and discretion are required.
  • Must be professional, organized, creative and efficient and able to work successfully as part of a team. 

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