The Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is seeking a part-time alumni relations professional with a demonstrated passion for journalism education and an understanding of how to engage alumni in long-term, positive relationships with the school. This individual must possess superior communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrate strong leadership ability, and have knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
The Director of Alumni Affairs strategically advances initiatives to meet the needs of the more than 1,000 Newmark J-School graduates. The director collaborates with other departments across the school to engage and deliver relevant programming to alums. By working closely with the Alumni Board and its subcommittees, the director is an important bridge between the school and the alumni community.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Overseeing all alumni operations; proactively assessing current initiatives to improve programs and activities
- Maintaining an alumni database, ensuring accurate and complete class records and that alumni contact, biographical, and career information is kept up to date
- Developing programming to assist alums in the next stages of their career development
- Creating new initiatives such as a mentoring program
- Using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms to promote alumni achievements and further engagement
- Producing a weekly job blast and monthly alumni e-newsletter
- Organizing the annual homecoming activities, regional networking gatherings, panel discussions, and other alumni events
- Building strong collaborations with various departments within the school, including Career Services, Development, and External Relations
- Serving as the staff liaison between alums and the J-School
- Supervising student worker(s) to assist with administrative functions of the alumni office
- Performing other duties as assigned
- A bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant experience in higher education, fundraising, non-profit management, or a related field
A preferred candidate should have:
- Experience in alumni affairs
- Past employment and/or advanced degree in journalism
- Understanding of journalism education and trends in the field of journalism
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Knowledge of the City University of New York
- Ability to travel occasionally as well as work some evenings and weekends
- Proven record of accomplishment that demonstrates accountability, strategic thinking, initiative, creativity, managerial and interpersonal skills
- Well-developed leadership abilities and a willingness to take risks and solve problems creatively
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
- Demonstrated ability to manage, organize, motivate, and delegate to others, including volunteers.
- Demonstrated ability to build effective long-term relationships both internally and externally, and to clearly articulate and advocate for institutional goals
The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism offers competitive compensation to experienced candidates.
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 to Associate Dean Andrew Mendelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.