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General Purpose: The Assistant Director for Student Engagement is a member of the Yale College Development team with close ties to the Alumni Fund, the Yale Alumni Association (YAA), and graduate and professional schools and is focused on strengthening philanthropic and volunteer engagement efforts with students. As the composition of the student body changes and becomes more diverse, it is critical for the Assistant Director to coordinate a comprehensive student engagement program that maximizes existing student fundraising and engagement efforts while also developing new initiatives. This will ensure increased exposure to a wide range of students, enhance diversity and inclusion of our programming, and provide a wider array of opportunities for students to get involved. A key goal for this position will be to achieve increased levels of engagement and philanthropic support from Yale’s students upon the conclusion of the campaign. The Assistant Director will meet regularly with student leaders, and with administrative staff in Yale College and in the graduate and professional schools who work closely with students. Through partnerships with these internal stakeholders, and in collaboration with the Director of Development for Yale College, they will develop a strategic student engagement plan and execute philanthropic initiatives for students. This position recruits, trains and supervises student volunteers; devises creative messaging for direct mail and e-solicitations, develops and manages events, facilitates peer-to-peer fundraising, provides direct assistance in marketing student giving opportunities, and grows the pipeline of young alumni donors and volunteers.
Key responsibilities include:
- Design strategic goals and evaluate progress around student giving and participation during Yale’s campaign. Examples of some of these goals/objectives include:
- Increase in senior class gift participation at Yale College from pre-campaign to post-campaign.
- Increase in graduating class gift participation at G&P schools from pre-campaign to post-campaign.
- Increase in student understanding of their future role as alumni.
- Assess student awareness of Yale philanthropy and campaign at various points during and at conclusion of campaign and design programs to enhance student engagement with the campaign.
- Serve as bridge between ODV/YAA to ensure excellent communication around student activities to capitalize on synergistic opportunities, ensuring more broad-based participation and involvement of untapped student leaders.
- Manage projects for student engagement committee.
- Create stronger connection to campus partners to know which alumni are engaged in their activities who are not on ODV/YAA radar. Partner examples include the Offices of Students Affairs and Student Engagement; cultural centers, community initiatives, Office of Gender and Campus Culture, Office of Career Strategy, First-year Scholars at Yale. Ensure these alumni are receiving appropriate recognition and attention.
- Serve as liaison to Residential College Deans to learn more about which student leaders we might need to connect with / students that could be excellent to involve with philanthropic programs and/or students we should be featuring in our campaign materials. These personal connections will establish a pipeline for future donors and volunteers but also provide more personal stories to engage and steward current donors.
- Create outreach opportunities with student leadership groups and residential college governments to capitalize on their existing outreach efforts to enhance education.
- Develop relationships with graduate and professional schools sharing best practices with their alumni offices and creating programming that can include greater numbers of students.
Required Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and two years of direct fundraising, marketing, communications or volunteer management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, including attention to detail.
- Ability to handle diverse, simultaneous tasks and attend to follow-through.
- Highly motivated and energetic, ability to show initiative and work independently. Outgoing personality and ability to initiate and enjoy direct communication with students; customer-service orientation. Professionalism, maturity, and an ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Appreciation and respect for principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.).
- Demonstrated knowledge of Word and Excel and the willingness to learn new online tools and database programs as needed. Strong knowledge of social media and communication tools used by college students.
- Preferred Education and Experience: Valid driver’s license.
Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/YaleCareers-65450BR. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.
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