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Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Young Alumni and Student Programs

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Position Title: Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Young Alumni and  Student Programs
Reports to: Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Job Classification: Professional/Administrative

Basic Function:
The Associate Director for Alumni Relations coordinates the development, implementation and execution of new and existing programs, that engage young alumni (i.e. graduates of the last ten years) and students and which serve to foster a lifelong connection to the university. The Associate Director cultivates a network of both alumni and student volunteers to support these initiatives and collaborates with internal and external partners to build programs, events and volunteer activities that promote alumni and student leadership and advocacy, and support university programming, fundraising, outreach and student recruitment goals.


  1. Manage and develop programming to engage and educate young alumni and increase their awareness regarding the value and importance of alumni connections, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Alumni Association, and philanthropy
    • Contribute to development of a strategic plan for young alumni engagement, in accordance with Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement, and university objectives.
    • Evaluate, refine, and develop programming in order to ensure young alumni participation in diverse event offerings (i.e. signature events, social/networking, career/lifelong learning, community service, regional etc.)
    • Manage execution of programming requirements including logistics and marketing initiatives in collaboration with Protocol and Outreach team staff.
    • Develop and cultivate new and existing relationships with young alumni through one-on-one visits to identify and recruit potential volunteers.
  1. In partnership with Drexel Fund staff, contribute to the development of an overall strategy for engaging young alumni and students throughout the donor life cycle.
    • Cross support management of Student Philanthropy Council and Drexel Traditions student groups
  1. Manage and develop programming to engage and educate students and increase their awareness regarding the value and importance of alumni connections, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Alumni Association and philanthropy
    • Evaluate, recommend and develop new and expanded programming which supports student engagement in alumni activities, in accordance with Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement, and university objectives.
    • Oversee program conceptualization and planning, budget development and administration, and execution of all logistical requirements.
    • Develop strategies to increase student and alumni interaction.
    • Manage relationships with campus departments, including Admissions, Student Life, and student organizations to identify, promote and execute new and existing programs.
    • Liaison with admissions on Alumni Ambassador program, engaging and cultivating participation from alumni members. 
    • Identify and cultivate student leaders, to create a volunteer pipeline and foster their continued engagement in Alumni Association activities following their graduation.
    • In partnership with Institutional Advancement colleagues, support initiatives that to encourage philanthropy among current students
    • Support marketing and event initiatives related to student giving including the Senior Class Gift Campaign
    • Serve as the advisor to the Student Traditions Program
  1. In partnership with Student Affairs professional staff, develop opportunities for the Alumni Association to engage in student programming.
    • Support marketing and event initiatives related to New Student Welcome Week, Homecoming, Senior Year Experience and student leadership development programming
    • Develop opportunities for alumni to contribute to new/existing student programming as speakers, mentors, etc.
    • Promote Alumni Association Grants Program to recognized student organizations and assist groups, as needed, with preparing funding requests
  1. Serve as a liaison to an Alumni Association Board of Governors committee
    • Coordinate committee meetings, agendas and distribution of the minutes.
    • Contribute to the development of the committee’s annual action plan.
    • Execute committee assignments.
  1. Participate on related university and Institutional Advancement committees as assigned.
  1. Perform other duties as assigned.

Task-to-Time Allocation

Alumni Events and Programs


Volunteer Management


Student Events and Programs





  1. Three to five years of experience in the development and implementation young alumni and student programming.
  2. Bachelor's degree required.  Master's degree in higher education or related field preferred.
  3. Proven ability to develop relationships across diverse populations, and internally with colleagues
  4. Knowledge of fundraising principles highly desirable
  5. Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously required.
  6. Ability and willingness to travel on a frequent basis required.
  7. Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends required.
  8. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills required.
  9. Excellent administrative skills required.
  10. Strong presentation skills and/or demonstrated training experience desirable.
  11. Graduate of Drexel University preferred.

Qualities and Characteristics:
Demonstrates - integrity, confidence, enthusiasm, initiative, analytical ability, understanding of volunteer relations, the capacity to inspire cooperation, understanding of the vital importance of applied and experiential higher education, a sense of humor and understanding of the breadth and complexity of a major research university.
Proven skills – leadership skills, listening skills, and team player.

Supervision and Evaluation:
The Associate Director of Alumni Relations, reports to the Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations. Performance evaluations will be prepared by the Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations.

Professional presentation & actions clause as a requirement for employment:
Success in the workplace depends on a strong commitment to the tasks assigned, respect for others and confidentiality in handling, and dealing with prospects, and sensitive constituent information.  Honesty, integrity and treating others with respect are expected at all times.  Additionally, all employees are expected to have good presentation skills, which include and are not limited to the following items:  excellent verbal and written skills.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.  Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background investigations.

For additional information please contact Lauren Villanueva , email: phone:  215-571-3644  or apply on Drexel Jobs.