Columbia University Jobs

Job Information

Columbia University Associate Director, Student and Alumni Connections in New York, New York

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration

  • Bargaining Unit:

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week:

  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Director of Alumni Relations, the Associate Director, Student and Alumni Connections plays an integral role on the Alumni Relations team and is responsible for leading Columbia College’s primary mentoring initiative, which connects current students and young alumni with the alumni community in a variety of virtual and live programs and experiences that support students while leveraging alumni. This individual helps to set a short and long range plan for mentoring as a major initiative that can engage students early on, create meaningful experiences for alumni and strengthen the pride and connectivity of the overall Columbia College community. This strategy includes continually refining the mentoring system and user experience, defining the program goals and vision, partnering to develop a clear communication strategy for multiple segments, and developing new opportunities that help reinforce mentoring as a cultural pillar of the community. This individual also drives alumni engagement through innovative regional programming that builds energy outside of our strong tri-state center.


  • This individual will drive student and alumni engagement through the Odyssey Mentoring Program, including the development of programs, events and communications that facilitate meaningful connections within the Columbia College community. The incumbent will create partnerships to develop meaningful events and programs that inspire diverse and enthusiastic participation and develop support materials and communications that motivate, activate and inspire participants in the mentoring community. This individual will continuously seek to enhance the user experience of the mentoring platform by monitoring and refining the backend of the platform and by liaising directly with tech teams. The incumbent will also pull and analyze data to make informed decisions about the program’s growth and evolution. In addition, they will recruit, motivate and manage alumni and student volunteers, including board and committee members, who support the development and growth of the mentoring community. The Associate Director will create strong partnerships with colleagues across the school and represent the Columbia College Alumni Relations and Communications team at meetings, events, working groups and through ongoing inter-departmental communication within the University.

  • The Associate Director will plan and implement engagement experiences for alumni through regional initiatives. The individual will coordinate with internal partners, including the development team, to produce experiences that increase engagement for alumni in new ways and expands participation opportunities beyond the tri-state. This individual will track and analyze data to assess the successes of these initiatives in order to develop a dynamic pipeline of opportunities.

  • The Associate Director will support a portfolio of classes in support of Reunion Weekend, helping to plan their specific events as part of the overall weekend. This individual will also contribute to the development of Reunion programming at large.

  • Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent required.

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of direct experience in alumni relations, volunteer management, program management, student services or related field.

  • High level of experience and comfort working in technology systems, with a curiousity to follow industry trends to identify new tools and innovations.

  • Candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills and demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • The ideal applicant will be self-motivated, creative and work well in a group setting.

  • Position will often require long hours, including evenings and weekend assignments. Some travel may be required.

  • Applications received without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in higher education or similarly complex institution is preferred. Columbia College alumni are encouraged to apply.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite is preferred.

  • Some experience with relational databases, design software and Web-based event tools is a plus.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.