Student Organizations Coordinator - Student Philanthropy (Georgia Tech Alumni Association)
The Student Organizations Coordinator’s primary responsibility is the advisement of the Georgia Tech Student Foundation and providing overall support to all of the Alumni Association student organizations. The Alumni Association student organizations exist to enhance the student experience by providing opportunities that add value to the college experience, strengthen the traditions, and build lifelong loyalty to Georgia Tech.
The essential function of the coordinator is to guide and work with students, alumni, campus partners, and Alumni Association colleagues to promote student philanthropy and engagement at Georgia Tech. While all three of the student organizations have specific goals, the overall aim of Alumni Association student organizations is to provide educational and learning opportunities for the student body to ensure every student understands the following prior to graduation (and, in turn, promotes these values and understandings to their peers):
- Demonstrating pride in and spirit in Georgia Tech’s traditions.
- The value of the Georgia Tech alumni network and the role alumni play in the success of the Institute.
- The importance of continuing the tradition of giving back to Tech through participation and philanthropy.
- The significance and value of a lifelong relationship with Tech and its Alumni Association.
The Student Organizations Coordinator will work primarily with the Georgia Tech Student Foundation (gtsf.gatech.edu), and lead/assist planning various events and programs for all student leaders. While volunteers, the student leaders of these organizations are considered part of the Alumni Association professional team. Staff and students make decisions collaboratively and based on the strategic goals of both parties. The Ambassadors, Georgia Tech Student Foundation and Student Alumni Association are subordinate organizations of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, a cooperative 501(c)3.
- Advise the Georgia Tech Student Foundation Board of Trustees, Georgia Tech Student Foundation Executive Committee, Allocations Committee, Marketing Committee, Investments Committee, Development Committee, Freshmen Leadership Initiative, and Board of Trustees.
- Provide the GTSF Board of Trustees and its committee’s opportunities for their personal and professional learning and development, team building and increased engagement and commitment to the Student Foundation.
- Help set and guide the Student Foundation retreats and student committee agendas to meet the dual needs of student development and Alumni Association strategy. This means always considering if the mission of the Alumni Association and Student Foundation is being met, and challenging the students and the status quo when necessary.
- Provide budgetary oversight and management for the Student Foundation, including coordinating the reimbursement process of the Student Foundation Allocations.
- Lead the planning for the annual Gift to Tech and Giving Day student event with the assistance of the Senior Manager, Student & Young Alumni Engagement.
- Serve on the First-Year Leadership Organization (FLO) Advisory Board, and take an active role in the Freshmen Leadership Initiative recruitment, interview, and retreat planning process. This includes serving as the event lead for First Friday, a campus-wide welcome event for first-year students to promote First-Year Leadership Organizations.
- Plan the annual Student Leader Tailgate, and incorporate more intentional interactions between students and alumni to increase the impact of the event.
- Work with members of the Outreach, Institute faculty and staff and student body to promote engagement in Alumni Association’s student organizations. Market the student organization’s programs and events.
- Educate students on the value of giving back to the Institute and support the achievement of the annual student donor goal.
- Assist Alumni Association student leaders with day-to-day operations and engagement of the organization and committee members. Includes leadership development and maintaining positive group dynamics.
- Support and participate in Alumni Association events, including Homecoming, SAA Kick Off, Career Fair, Gold and White Honors Gala, Pi Mile, Ramblin’ On, President’s Dinner and others.
- Other duties as assigned, related to the mission of the Alumni Association.
Desired Knowledge and Skills
- Understanding of student philanthropy, student development, and event planning. Some experience working with first-year students preferred.
- Ability to establish rapport with students resulting in student achievement in areas of programming, leadership development and personal development. Create effective personal and professional relationships with students while maintaining an advisory role. Tactfulness, confidence, and maturity are essential especially when working with students.
- Communication skills (written, verbal, and listening) and the ability to professionally represent the Alumni Association and Institute both internally and externally.
- Listening skills to determine the most appropriate way ahead to achieve greatest results as well as to determine the needs of others and find a way to meet them.
- Interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and work successfully with multiple constituencies, both internal and external – Board of Trustees, alumni, students, prospective students, faculty and administration. The ability to recruit and work with a diverse student population is crucial.
- Flexibility, openness, and willingness to consider alternative ideas and suggestions.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple ongoing projects as well as track the activities of many student volunteers and members of various organizations.
- Excellent customer service focus is essential.
- Minimum of 2 years in student affairs, alumni relations, development, or higher education. Minimum of 1 year direct advising experience with students, student programs and/or student organizations. Graduate work in the field or related field is acceptable.
- Demonstrated leadership in initiating and implementing programming among student groups/organizations.
- Thorough knowledge of the theories and methods for the operation of successful and meaningful student organizations.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel desired.
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required, with an advanced degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs strongly preferred.
Business casual environment except for some special events/meetings. Significant after evening/weekend work is required during semester. Flexibility is a must.
Salary: $37,000 - $39,000
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