The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice. Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.
A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.
The Department of Institutional Advancement at the Cardozo School of Law is seeking a Director of Alumni Affairs to lead, develop and manage a strategically comprehensive alumni relations program that will expand and strengthen the engagement of Cardozo's 13,000+ graduates in the community and, working closely with the Office of Institutional Advancement, increase alumni giving to the law school.
- Design, develop a strategic plan and implement new initiatives and programs to expand alumni involvement with Cardozo and generate enthusiasm for the School
- Work with the Office of Institutional Advancement to identify and cultivate individuals for gifts and multi-year pledges. Assist with coordination of the Annual Fund, the Law Firm Challenge, 3L Gift Program
- Organize and manage the annual alumni gala that nets $400-500K as well as cultivate alumni donors for another $250K-$500K. This includes the organization and management and continual reinvigoration of the Reunion effort. Overall, the Director of Alumni Affairs raises $750K-$1M
- Work closely with the Dean of the Law School and with the Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement as well as Dean of Admissions, Career Services, and student relations departments to increase and facilitate alumni involvement in the Law School
- Serve as professional staff for Alumni Association; work with the Chair of the Alumni Association and the 50+ members of the Executive Committee to coordinate volunteers who sit on sub-committees including fundraising, career services, Alumni awards, recent graduates, regional clubs and others
- Manage and implement alumni programs including class reunions, alumni-student mentor program, continuing legal education courses, professional networking groups, and regional clubs resulting in 30-40 events produced each year
- Oversee existing and lead new social media efforts to engage and communicate with greater numbers of alumni
- Manage and implement the Class Agent Program
- Co-organize and oversee with IA the work with the Junior Advisory Board to build future alumni leaders
- Oversee, draft, and be responsible for marketing and communication materials print and digital media - including invitations, mailings, e-newsletter, alumni website, magazine articles, brochures, and congratulatory letters to alums for life cycle events, professional achievements, etc.
- Oversee maintenance of alumni database and working with YU to optimize its efficiency
- Work with student organizations to support their events and identify alumni volunteers for networking, speaking engagements, mentoring, and other needs
- Make presentations to the Cardozo Board of Overseers
- Contact with: Other directors, deans, Communications, MIS, food service, CSL administration and departments, facilities management for events and projects. Within YU, contact with IT, all IA and AA staff and leadership, administration
- Contact with: Donors and prospects, including 13,000+ alumni, vendors, caterers, printers, mail-house for events and projects
- Contact with: Institutional Advancement, Communications, MIS, Purchasing, food service, CSL administration. Outside vendors include: caterers, printers, mail houses
- Mentor and supervise two professionals (Associate Director of Alumni Affairs and IA/AA Manager of Communications and Technology) and an AA department secretary
- Oversight of AA budget
- Flexibility and ability to work varied hours is also essential. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and talented professional as it is a very visible position within the organization with full access to senior leadership
Experience and Educational Background:
- A Bachelor's degree required
- 7+ years of related experience
- Graduate degree is preferred
Skills and Competencies:
- Demonstrated skills in volunteer management and/or fundraising are required
- We are seeking an individual with superior leadership and communication skills, a high level of energy, a collaborative spirit, imagination, and sense of humor
- The Director must have supervisory experience, the ability to establish partnerships across the institution to maximize services, and a history of successful community building
- Full knowledge of and ease with social media and how to optimize its use in the communication of information to the alumni community and to connecting the members of the community and drawing them closer together
Employee Classification: Exempt