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Colgate University
  • Position Number: 2381837
  • Location: Hamilton, NY
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Colgate University

Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement

Requisition Number: 2021S059Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the College
Department: Career Services

Department Statement:
Colgates Career Services is highly dynamic, ambitious, and robust. In the 2020-2021 school year, CCS partnered with 77% of the Colgate student body to complete over 11,500 career development engagements and utilized nearly 1300 alumni and parent volunteers to support student career development. 95% of the Class of 2020 secured employment, graduate/professional school admission, or a fellowship/scholarship (90% response rate) within nine months of graduation. This year CCS partnered with nearly200 formal recruiting partners to provide internship and entry-level job opportunities for Colgate students.

Under the division of the Dean of the College, CCS has realized significant institutional support in pursuit of this vision.

It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus through a comprehensive Third-Century Plan to raise the institutions profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels of achievement.

Having celebrated its Bicentennial in the academic year 20182019 and forging into its third century, Colgate has distinguished itself as one of the finest residential universities and has sought a special purpose among institutions of higher learning.

Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College Division by reviewing A Candidates Guide to Colgate.

Acountable to operationalize and execute alumni and parent volunteer management initiatives to meet identified and aspirational goals in Career Services' strategic plan. Role focused on partnering with alumni and parent volunteers to create, grow, and manage signature initiatives (e.g.: A Day in the Life, SophoMORE Connections, Career Exploration Week), and industry-specific programmatic offerings, for the benefit of students' career development and success. Accountable for the effectiveness of cross functional teams in the execution of stated initiatives.

Accountable for increasing the number and satisfaction of volunteers engaged in Career Services' efforts. Responsible for sustained, longitudinal volunteerism across multiple identities of alumni and parents (i.e.: highly-influential, representing marginalized populations, <10 years post-graduation). Responsible for a high level of volunteer satisfaction. Ensures accurate and timely capture of volunteer feedback. Accountable to maintain productive relationships with existing volunteers to sustain, broaden, and/or deepen their engagement with Career Services.

Responsible for ensuring alignment between career services' alumni and parent engagement priorities and interdepartmental collaborations with colleagues in Advancement and the Provost and Dean of the Faculty division. Responsible to partner with Advancement colleagues to steward volunteers. Accountable for tracking and reporting on volunteer initiatives.
Accountable for identifying unique groups of students by interest area or demographics to engage in initiatives catalyzed by the Colgate Professional Networks or other alumni groups. Responsible to support advisors to craft students' learning opportunities prior to their participation in immersion trips.

Responsible for effective supervision of one or more student interns.

Professional Experience/Qualifications
- Must have two years of relevant experience including demonstrated project and event management experience, and data assessment experience.
- Must have solid judgement, and the ability to manage projects independently.
- Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and analytical skills, and the ability to set priorities and take initiative.
- Must demonstrate an aptitude for building relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Must be self-motivated and able to manage multiple projects and programs simultaneously with an appropriate sense of urgency and follow-through.
- Must have demonstrated abilities to synthesize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.
- Must be able to articulate a passion for the advantages of a liberal arts degree and market the university to potential new employers.
- Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of parents, alumni, employers, faculty, staff and students within a university context.
Preferred Qualifications
- Prior student affairs and/or student advising, career services, or recruitment experience is preferred.
- Prior volunteer or student supervision is preferred.
- CRM technology experience is a plus.

Must have a minimum of a Bachelors degree. Masters degree preferred.

Other Information

Work Schedule:
Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends.

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 Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgates Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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