The Office of Alumni Relations (AR) facilitates lifelong relations with and among friends, parents, faculty, staff and students. Charged with both building community and fostering a culture of engagement, the AR office is committed to intentional and focused engagement to achieve shared goals. The Assistant Director of Alumni Relations oversees all aspects of alumni relations for eight regional alumni chapters, following industry best practices, to ensure that Pratt Institute properly engages its alumni in support of its initiatives and development efforts. This position reports into the Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Work is performed independently and requires the employee to be able to schedule, supervise and set priorities and performance based upon completion of assignments and results obtained.
- Articulate strategies that identify, recruit, train, steward, manage and evaluate alumni volunteers.
- Develop and manage chapter leadership establishing annual plans, goals and budgets. Empower chapter leaders to grow their chapters through peer-to-peer cultivation, engagement and stewardship.
- Engage Pratt alumni through various events and programs established in collaboration with chapter leadership.
- In addition to traveling throughout NYC, travel to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Portland.
- Strategically plan, organize and prioritize work to meet schedules and timelines.
- Collaborate with development team to identify alumni for further cultivation, aligning stewardship and outreach strategies.
- Encourage and promote diversity and inclusion among active alumni by cultivating alumni from all backgrounds.
- Forge strong relationships with campus partners to maximize alumni engagement opportunities and outreach. Maintain strong communication links to ensure a coordinated approach to alumni and to avoid scheduling conflicts.
- Produce contact reports, and deliver timely and effective follow-up to alumni leaders and prospects.
- Conduct monthly visits to grow the pipeline of engaged alumni.
- Support campus-wide events such as Alumni Day, Commencement and the Alumni Achievement Awards.
- This position may require periodic evening and weekend work.
- Perform all other related duties as required.
Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.
Experience: A minimum of four years of experience in alumni relations, institutional advancement, volunteer management, chapter program administration, special events or related transferable experience required.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Must have solid understanding of engagement strategies especially as it relates to alumni relations.
- Demonstrated experience conducting individual visits for volunteer recruitment, training and stewardship.
- Demonstrated success developing and managing regional chapters, volunteers and leadership.
- Experience developing and executing innovative engagement strategies and events that optimize the engagement value and improve local and regional engagement with alumni and students.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Raiser's Edge or similar relational database required.
- Excellent writing, organizational, interpersonal and decision making skills also essential.
- Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team and manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
- Strong independent judgment and decision-making skills.
- Comfortable speaking in public and making presentations in meetings.
- Ability to correspond professionally with senior staff and high-level alumni.
- Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with diverse staff, as well as demonstrate inter-cultural competence.
Please submit your cover letter, resume including salary history and requirements, and the names and contact information for three professional references.
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