Assistant Director, Student Engagement And Corporate Relations In The Development & Alumni Relations Department

Columbia University New York , NY 10007

Posted 2 months ago

  • Requisition no: 527306

  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location:Manhattanville

  • School/Department: Columbia Business School

  • Grade: Grade 11

  • Categories: Development/Alumni Relations

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration

  • Bargaining Unit:

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week: 35

  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations, the Assistant Director's core focus is to provide administrative fundraising and event support for student activities and conferences. In this role, the Assistant Director will work to build both external relationships with corporations, associations, foundations, speakers, and alumni, while managing internal relationships with students and departments including the Office of Student Affairs, the Career Management Center (CMC), and the Financial Planning Office. The Assistant Director will also act as a project and program lead for select Corporate Relations events, such as the Silfen Leadership Series (SLS). Finally, this role will serve as liaison support to the school's centers and programs as needed. As part of the Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team, the Assistant Director will demonstrate core and partnership values of teamwork, integrity, accountability, and respect.


  • Work closely with 21+ student conference leadership teams to educate, share information, and bring in corporate funds for student conferences and related events. On average, $350,000 in current use corporate gifts are received annually. This fundraising process first involves educating the student leaders annually on process. The incumbent, along with CMC, will review, edit, and approve of sponsorship decks, conference budgets, ask strategies, potential corporate sponsor lists and stewardship benefits. Additionally, the Assistant Director must be prepared to support, direct, and connect student club leadership with the resources they need to reach their fundraising goals in a timely manner.

  • Execute up to three Silfen Leadership Speaker events in an academic year. This includes identifying speakers, guiding and managing Silfen student board, planning and executing logistics, and stewarding leadership speakers. This series hosts at least three leadership speakers each academic year. These events may involve organizing a greenroom with the Dean, preparing interview questions, preparing external and internal briefings, and streaming out the event via Zoom webinar. Recent speakers of note include: Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal; Reed Hastings, Co-CEO of Netflix; and Ajay Banga, Former President and CEO of Mastercard. These events must be properly stewarded to maintain a positive relationship between the leadership speaker's team and the school.

  • Track all incoming gifts, fill out necessary paperwork/contracts, and work closely with corporate fundraising colleague to track accordingly. Work with DAR's stewardship team to ensure gift acknowledgments are sent.

  • Manage student leadership teams, alongside the Career Management Center, to ensure they are engaging their corporate sponsors correctly, in a timely manner, that fosters long-term partnerships.

  • Work with the Financial Planning Office to ensure all gifts are allocated to the correct club accounts. Review outstanding wire transfers to make sure all outstanding donations are received by the correct club.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent related experience required. 2-4 years of related experience required.

Minimum two to four years related experience ideally in Alumni Relations, Student Affairs, Student Development, or another event management field. Proven intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills. Basic knowledge of HTML and previous database management and reporting experience a plus. Must have the ability to handle a multitude of tasks under deadline pressures and have the ability to work in a high-volume, high-demand (but highly collaborative, supportive, team-oriented) office. Must be creative, enterprising, persuasive, and tactful. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills required. Some evening and weekend hours required.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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

Applications open: Jul 01 2022 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close:

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