Assistant Director of Student Programs

Grinnell, Iowa
May 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Director of Annual Giving, the Assistant Director is part of a team which provides strategic leadership for alumni programs, volunteers and committees which complement and support the mission of the College and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The Assistant Director of Student Programs is specifically responsible for the planning and implementation of programs and projects which inspire a culture of service and philanthropy among students at Grinnell College. The Assistant Director will develop a programmatic vision and identify opportunities for campus partnerships in creating a successful 4-year student engagement and philanthropy program that promotes a) all aspects of Grinnell’s mission; b) an in-depth understanding of the financial operations of Grinnell and the importance of philanthropic support; c) an understanding of the importance of the role of alumni in extending Grinnell’s legacy; and d) an understanding of the role philanthropy plays in service, a hallmark of Grinnell’s core values. This program will feature components that impact student affinity starting from orientation through commencement. In partnership with the Student Alumni Council, the Assistant Director will be responsible for developing strategic partnerships with the officers and efforts of the Student Government Association as well as other students, alumni, colleagues within Development and Alumni Relations and across campus (e.g., academic departments, Office of Admission, the Center for Careers, Life and Service, Office of Communications, Student Affairs) to communicate opportunities and to construct various student engagement programs designed to develop tomorrow’s alumni leaders who will inspire peer alumni to become informed, involved and invested in Grinnell College.

Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor’s degree and one year of experience in relationship management, external relations, student life or student services positions. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate well-developed communication, planning and organizational skills, experience in organizing and motivating volunteers, and a strategic, goal-oriented approach to work. The successful candidate must demonstrate a willingness to attend evening programs and meetings and to travel for alumni engagement events, conferences, etc. A valid driver’s license is required.  Selected candidate will need to successfully complete a background check prior to first day of employment.

Application Process:  Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at  Candidates must upload a cover letter, resume and three employment-related references.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please contact the Office of Human Resources at (641) 269-4818 with questions.