Senior Manager, Alumni Volunteer Leadership

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Senior Manager, Alumni Volunteer Leadership

Stanford University

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Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Bay Area employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community. Founded in 1892 by the first graduating class, the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) has a mission to reach, serve and engage all Stanford alumni and students; to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the university and its graduates; and to provide the university with goodwill and support. SAA believes that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand and so hires individuals with a commitment to working effectively with colleagues and alumni from diverse backgrounds.

Position Summary:

The Senior Manager, Alumni Volunteer Leadership is dedicated to identifying future alumni volunteer leaders for Stanford. This work is vital to the University's long-term success since it will create and nurture a pipeline of diverse talent to fill alumni leadership roles at the highest levels, and in doing so, reflect the diversity of our alumni body and campus community.

The Senior Manager will develop and execute a strategic plan for this effort, including the development of a systematic process to identify potential alumni leaders who will serve the university in the years to come. Special attention and effort will be made to increase the diversity of Stanford's alumni leadership pool and to expand the representation of diverse alumni (including Stanford's alumni of color and the LGBTQ+, First Gen and/or Low Income, and female alumni communities) in alumni leadership positions.

This position is part of the Alumni Volunteer Engagement (AVE) team within the Stanford Alumni Association. AVE's mission is to engage alumni more fully in the life of the University through volunteer participation. The department helps link alumni to meaningful volunteer opportunities at Stanford, develop alumni leadership including cultivating and encouraging diversity broadly defined, and recognize and honor alumni volunteers on behalf of Stanford. This position will work closely with the Diversity & Inclusion teams at SAA, Office of Development, and schools and units.

Remote work possible for the right candidate.

In this role you will:

Identify Leadership Candidates:

Work in partnership with university staff and high-level volunteers to identify diverse and viable candidates for leadership roles. Find and tap resources for identifying high-level volunteer capabilities and potential, including reviewing alumni lists, newspaper articles, and directories of professional affiliations, as well as researching the backgrounds of individual candidates. Refine talent database and develop a process for regularly reviewing potential alumni leaders, and monitor the efficacy of this process.

Strategic/Long-term Planning:

Create a strategy document that outlines a plan, key stakeholders, a timeline, and success metrics with a focus on increasing diversity in alumni volunteer representation across the university. Deliver annual status reports on the progress of this effort.

Serve as a Leadership Resource:
Work with senior staff from Alumni Relations, Office of Development and university departments to develop a leadership “career path” for volunteers at Stanford, and to advise on potential members for their committees, boards, and councils. Maintain frequent contact with members of Stanford's Board of Trustees, the Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations, the Stanford Alumni Association's Board of Directors, and the Stanford Associates Board of Governors.

Support SAA's Diversity & Inclusion Efforts:
Serve as a close strategic partner to the SAA and OOD Diversity and Inclusion teams, including but not limited to recruiting hosts, developing invitation lists and serving as staff support for networking/listening sessions with diverse alumni leaders and members of underrepresented communities. Help source speakers and volunteers for the Summit alumni conferences planned by the national diverse alumni clubs. Serve as a key liaison and point of contact for potential alumni volunteers and the university.

Support Alumni Volunteer Engagement:

Collaborate and assist teammates in the Alumni Volunteer Engagement department with programs and strategy.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to represent the university professionally both internally and externally.
  • Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience with volunteer development and oversight.
  • Strong interpersonal, team, and leadership skills; tact and flexibility in working with diverse population groups.
  • Ability to juggle and process a significant quantity of complex information and inquiries with a high level of professionalism and tolerance for ambiguity; proven decision-making skills.
  • Proven decision-making skills and the ability to understand and solve complex questions.
  • Computer proficiency and the ability to learn new systems.

In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • Commitment to the importance of diversity and demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals.
  • Experience recruiting and managing high-level volunteers, and/or other relevant experience in recruiting/talent acquisition.
  • Ability to self-start, work independently, get projects done by enlisting the cooperation of others and manage details.
  • Strong interpersonal, team, and leadership skills; tact and flexibility in working with diverse population groups and/or programs that may affect a wide audience.
  • Ability to employ diplomacy with a high regard for building and maintaining important internal and external relationships.
  • Knowledge of/familiarity with Stanford University and the Stanford Alumni Association.
  • Database management knowledge.
SAA Citizenship:
In support of SAA's values and mission and to engage and interact closer with our customers, the alumni of Stanford University, full-time employees are expected to spend approximately sixteen (16) hours (without additional pay) over the course of the year staffing events outside of their regular job duties. Typically these events occur during the evening or weekend. They include such SAA-sponsored events as Commencement and Reunion Homecoming.

Why Stanford is For You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 3483
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 88983


Location: Alumni Association, Stanford, California, United States
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Posted: 3/31/2021
Application Due: 4/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time