Job Description: The Office of Alumni Relations is committed to developing programs and engaging all university alumni. The Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Affinity and Identity Programs will be accountable for the creation and delivery of programs and events to strengthen alumni connection and engagement with affinity and identity groups, including MOSAIC, Greek Letter organizations, First Generation alumni, OUS, Alumni of Color, A Capella groups, LGBTQ, etc. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan that will lead to greater alumni participation, innovative and robust programming, and stronger ties between alumni of color and the university, with one another, and with students. Accountable for the achievement of predetermined engagement goals within assigned affinity and identity groups. The successful candidate will be responsible for the effective management, training, and engagement of volunteers and accountable for the effective coordination and support of Alumni Relations Signature Programs. Accountable for the successful and independent management of multiple Reunion programs and logistics. Devise and implement specific outreach strategies that will engage multicultural alumni, students, and other friends of Colgate in ways that enhance their understanding of the university, its current mission, and programs. Create and deliver programs and events to strengthen alumni connection with affinity and identity group populations. Manage MOSAiC programs and strategic plan: maintain MOSAiC webpage(s), coordinate annual print publication, moderate MOSAiC advisory board, and coordinate on/off campus programs for students and alumni of color. Work with three student A Cappella groups contracted with Alumni Relations to perform at various alumni events throughout the country and on campus. Work closely with all offices at Colgate, but with a particular focus on the ALANA Cultural Center, Office of LGBTQ Initiatives, Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Career Services, the Office of Annual Giving, and the Colgate University Alumni Council. Essential Functions: The successful candidate will be responsible for mastering the following technical competencies:Data Synthesis and Use: Demonstrated understanding of relational database concepts as typically found in key enterprise systems such as CRMs. Demonstrated ability to manipulate spreadsheets to create and format data for optimal analysis. Demonstrated ability to specify data sets required for analysis, arrange data sets within analytical tools (e.g. spreadsheets or Tableau) and execute accurate analysis. Opportunity Closing: Demonstrated ability to learn and apply key concepts and techniques related to closing of opportunities. Demonstrated knowledge of basic principles that add value to closing opportunities in defined area for defined targets including Alumni Relations, Parents' Fund, Planned Giving, Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations, Major Gifts, and Annual Giving. Ability to learn from opportunities that do not close and adjust going forward. Proposal Advancement: Demonstrated ability to learn and apply key concepts and techniques related to the execution of proposals, events, and programs that consistently achieve targeted goals and objectives of an assigned department. Relationship Building/Management: Demonstrated ability to learn and apply key concepts and techniques related to building effective relationships with key stakeholders. Technology: Demonstrated ability to learn to effectively access and navigate relevant technology systems used in advancement such as databases, CRMs, etc. Qualifications: - A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required. - A demonstrated strategic, goal-oriented approach with the ability and energy to focus on and elevate the stature of Multicultural Organizations, Students, and Alumni of Colgate (MOSAiC); - A demonstrated capability to introduce innovative ideas and foster incremental change to broaden university alumni involvement while maintaining respect for the long-standing traditions of Colgate University.- Exemplary interpersonal, communications and presentation skills as well as a high degree of comfort and cultural sensitivity engaging alumni throughout the United States and around the world.- Demonstrated experiences showcasing a capability to serve as the primary face of the university to the Alumni of Color organization.- Ability to work effectively with volunteers.- Demonstrated strong project planning skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.- Demonstrated professionalism, perspective, and credibility to influence decision makers.- An ability to build bridges and strong collaborative relationships with all members of a complex academic and administrative community and a diverse body of parents and alumni.- A desire and ability to travel on behalf of the university; and able to accommodate evening and weekend responsibilities. Additional Preferred Qualifications: - Demonstrated experience and a proven track record of engaging multicultural communities in a higher education settling preferred.- A Colgate BA/BS is preferred.- A Master's degree is preferred.- Higher education or non-profit alumni relations or fund raising experience is preferred as well as special events and/or volunteer or student management experience. Special Instructions to Applicants: Because the University is committed to building a broadly diverse environment for students, faculty and staff, applicants may include in their cover letter information about how they will further this objective.Position to relocate to Hamilton, NY, however consideration may be given to qualified candidates seeking remote opportunity from New York City.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 and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by 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 the employment. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students and faculty in local, national, and global communities.