Senior Associate Director, Graduate Alumni Relations

  • Princeton University
  • Princeton, NJ, USA
  • Sep 08, 2020
Full time Education

Job Description


Reporting to the Director of Operations for Alumni Affairs, the Senior Associate Director for Graduate Alumni is responsible for establishing and driving the goals to inform, involve and inspire Princeton’s global community of graduate alumni. The Senior Associate will set the strategic priorities relative to these goals, translating these priorities into initiatives and determining how we measure success.  

The successful candidate will manage a team of two and work closely with the Dean of the Graduate School, as well as the Association for Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA) board and University Advancement colleagues to ensure that all efforts are aligned across Advancement, academic departments and with University priorities.


Volunteer Engagement, Onboarding and Pipeline Development

  • Serve as the primary liaison to graduate alumni and encourage their involvement in all aspects of the University’s alumni engagement efforts
  • Identify graduate alumni to serve as regional volunteers, on the APGA, on the Alumni Council’s Executive Committee and standing committees, and as Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) volunteers
  • As the primary liaison to the APGA, collaborate with APGA leadership on planning board meetings, preparing budgets, and planning and implementing events
  • Partner with the APGA nominations committee to consider candidates for the Madison Medal, alumni trustee positions and APGA leadership roles and support the APGA Reunions Chair and Committee

Graduate Alumni Communications

  • Collaborate with the Advancement Communications team on communications plan that supports the dual goals of spotlighting and engaging graduate alumni through vehicles including the University website, the Alumni Association website, Tiger E-News, the Princeton Alumni Weekly and social media, among other channels
  • Partner with the Graduate School to develop and support initiatives to introduce lifelong engagement with Princeton to students before they graduate with special focus on volunteer engagement post-graduation, both with the APGA and the Alumni Association

Regional Engagement

  • Partner with the Regional Affairs team in the Office of Alumni Affairs, regional associations and clubs to encourage graduate alumni to participate across all alumni regional activities and ensure graduate alumni are represented in association leadership
  • Design and implement a program of targeted graduate alumni events in the regions, including gatherings for recent graduate alumni
  • Develop specific engagement strategy for international graduate alumni

Additional Responsibilities

  • Develop programs and events to promote graduate alumni participation in the life of the University, including programming of interest to graduate alumni at on-campus signature events including Reunions, Alumni Day, Homecoming and conferences
  • Assume the lead with University Advancement colleagues to ensure that there is coordination in the goals and priorities for graduate alumni engagement and philanthropic support across University Advancement.
  • Assist with and attend “all-hands” alumni events, including Alumni Day, Reunions, three yearly executive committee meetings, special on-campus events/conferences and volunteer leadership assemblies.
  • Participate in staffing travel through the Princeton Journeys travel/study program on an as-needed and as-available basis


Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of advancement or related work experience
  • Strong familiarity with Princeton University, its mission and its global community of alumni
  • Proven ability to develop and foster relationships with people at all levels of an organization, and to collaborate and influence at a high level
  • Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and in teams with high personal standards representative of Princeton’s commitment to excellence
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills necessary to set and monitor progress against goals, develop plans and timelines, and measure success toward goals
  • Discretion, good judgment and commitment to keep confidential all data related to Princeton and its alumni and donors
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to produce high-quality and compelling work product under tight deadlines. Ability to work with a high degree of flexibility in a highly-collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
  • Commitment to University Advancement’s mission of fostering alumni engagement and maximizing philanthropic support for Princeton University and to adhering to its guiding principles of High Performance, Innovation, Civility and Collaboration
  • Availability to work night and weekends required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree
  • Prior experience in an academic environment

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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