Cornell University seeks a visionary, strategic, and dynamic leader to serve as its next senior leader for alumni affairs. Reporting to the Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, the Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs serves on Cornell's Alumni Affairs and Development senior leadership team and is responsible for directing and executing Cornell's overall Alumni Affairs program, which engages a global constituency of 235,000 alumni with Cornell students, faculty and staff.
This position leads a team of 50 employees (in the University and College offices across multiple locations) and oversees an operating budget of $7.5 million. The AVP will work collaboratively with deans, volunteers, and staff to develop and implement the next phase vision and plan for alumni affairs at Cornell and drive positive change in a multi-faceted university and volunteer environment. In particular, this person will be responsible for leading a process to develop a strategic plan at the outset of his or her tenure. That plan will define the first five years of their leadership at Cornell.
All applicants must submit credentials to:
Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs, Cornell University
Questions directed to: CornellAVPAA@wittkieffer.com
The ideal candidate for the position of associate vice president for alumni affairs at Cornell University will be a Cornell graduate with considerable leadership and management experience in an institution of similar or greater complexity. As the members of the Cornell alumni community and their interest in and need for engagement evolve, and as the tools for engagement rapidly change, the university seeks a vibrant leader who will accommodate for those changes and help set a new and Cornell-centric road map for the alumni affairs program.
The successful candidate will express a vision for the future of engagement with external constituencies that is consistent with Cornell's values and the passion and pride of its alumni. Superior strategic skills are required, including the ability to match resource allocation with optimal return on investment.
Particularly desirable are the following attributes.
Affinity for Cornell, its history and unique culture
A track record of success in effectively leading people, teams, and organizations; a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience as a manager and leader is required
Demonstrated ability to inspire and lead with creativity and resourcefulness—including cutting edge engagement techniques (e.g. marketing, loyalty programs, and volunteerism) and the application of technology
Significant experience as a non-profit professional or volunteer leader.
High energy and interest in interacting with a wide variety of people and structures—and doing so with a strong personal presence and as a frequent traveler and weekend campus host
Desire to partner effectively with fundraising colleagues
The ability to maneuver and influence people and change in a complicated matrix structure
Experience in enterprises recognized for their strength and effectiveness, including education, non-profit management or a field or industry that emphasizes relationship building, stewardship, and overseeing event-driven programming and communications
Experience inspiring change in productive and compelling ways
The ability to engage a complex, diverse audience of internal and external stakeholders in a bold and strategic vision, and to build and institutionalize a program capable of fulfilling that vision
An entrepreneurial approach to building and guiding a program and the ability to reach out to a broader community to promote the mission of an institution
The ability to function effectively in a large, decentralized environment and to build solid relationships with numerous constituencies, both internal and external to Cornell
A high degree of personal integrity and a commitment to the department's values of Service, Unity, Respect, and Excellence
The ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities and to balance strategic thinking with tactical implementation
The demonstrated ability to take calculated risks and to foster an environment of risk taking
Superior communications skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences; clarity, crispness and persuasiveness in written and oral communications
The ability to leverage relevant digital technology strategies to communicate and market alumni programs, to engage alumni/volunteers, to encourage participation in networking and alumni programming, and to measure results
A supportive and accessible management style, the ability to lead and motivate a diverse staff and to encourage change and growth in both people and programs, and a strong commitment to personal and professional development
Experience working with volunteers, the ability to manage complex relationships, and proven collaboration and teamwork skills
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and leverage activities, initiatives, and programs for multiple purposes, particularly in the international arena
Demonstrate the cultural sensitivity to effectively represent Cornell to our diverse community of alumni, students, faculty, and staff
Willingness to travel extensively on behalf of Cornell University, to maintain a high level of visibility with our alumni-population, and to participate regularly in alumni events and activities
Experience working in a matrix organization, with successful demonstration of the ability to manage competing priorities
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Assoc Vice President
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