Assistant Director, Alumni Relations

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

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Assistant Director, Alumni Relations

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time


Office of Advancement


Alumni Relations

Department Statement:

Colgate University, a top-ranked liberal arts college, is seeking an Administrative Assistant for Alumni Relations Reporting to play an integral role in supporting an alumni program focused on engaging more than 34,000 living alumni.
Founded in 1819, Colgate is a small, highly selective residential liberal arts college for students of talent who are preparing for lives of leadership and productive citizenship. Colgate University enjoys a strong tradition of philanthropy and engagement, having successfully raised over $480 million from more than 34,500 community members during Passion for The Climb: The Campaign for Colgate, completed in 2012. On an annual basis, more than 56% of Colgate’s alumni engage with the University through philanthropy, volunteering, or engaging at online and in person programs, including signature events like Reunion that draws in more than 2500 alumni and guests. This tradition of philanthropy paired with strong levels of alumni affinity position Colgate well for even greater success, as the Vice President and his team prepare to lead the community into an historic and comprehensive campaign.
At this pivotal moment in the University’s history, Colgate is seeking an Assistant Director of Alumni Relations to play an integral role in supporting the alumni relations team. The person in this role will be responsible for managing pieces of our Signature Programs including Reunion and regional programming. This successful candidate will possess strong communication and volunteer management skills, the ability to collaborate with a variety of entities, and be detail oriented.


Accountable for creation and delivery of programs and events to strengthen alumni connection and engagement. Accountable for achieving pre-determined engagement goals for Reunion. Responsible for effective management, training, and engagement of volunteers. Responsible for effective and independent management of multiple Reunion programs and logistics. Accountable for effective coordination and support of Alumni Relations Signature Programs, which includes Reunion and Regional Programs.


Data Synthesis and Use


Demonstrated understanding of relational database concepts as typically found in key enterprise systems such as CRMs. Demonstrated ability to manipulate spreadsheets to create and format data for optimal analysis. Demonstrated ability to specify data sets required for analysis, arrange data sets within analytical tools (e.g. spreadsheets or Tableau) and execute accurate analysis.


Opportunity Closing


Demonstrated ability to learn and apply key concepts and techniques related to closing of opportunities.

Demonstrated knowledge of basic principles that add value to closing opportunities in defined area for defined targets including Alumni Relations, Parents’ Fund, Planned Giving, Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations, Major Gifts, and Annual Giving. Ability to learn from opportunities that do not close and adjust going forward.


Proposal Advancement


Demonstrated ability to learn and apply key concepts and techniques related to the execution of proposals, events, and programs that consistently achieve targeted goals and objectives of an assigned department.


Relationship Building/Management


Demonstrated ability to learn and apply key concepts and techniques related to building effective relationships with key stakeholders, which will include alumni volunteers.




Demonstrated ability to learn to effectively access and navigate relevant technology systems used in advancement such as databases, CRMs, etc.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

- Previous event planning and execution experience, and demonstrated abilities coordinating vendors and volunteers is essential.
- Experience with Microsoft suite of products and Google Suite is preferred.
- Experience with Black Baud’s Razors Edge a plus.
- Must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, be well organized, detail oriented and able to work independently as well as part of a team.

Proficiency and skills with computer technology required.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated an entrepreneurial thought process, a high energy approach and creative thinking skills.

Exceptionally strong organizational skills are critical as well as the ability to be flexible, manage multiple tasks and respond appropriately to unexpected challenges.

The ability to successfully represent the university with all stakeholders and to understand the value of a liberal arts education is essential.

Must be able to travel and work evenings and weekends when needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

Familiarity with Colgate University and its alumni community is preferred.

Experience in institutional advancement, event planning, marketing, or related experience is preferred.


A Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience is preferred.

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Work Schedule:

Weekdays, with occasional evenings, overnights and weekends.

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:


Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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