Associate Director of Alumni & Student Engagement

Pennsylvania (US)
14 Sep 2018
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14 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Development and Alumni Relations organization at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the premier development organizations in the world.
Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team members benefit from an exceptional work environment where professional excellence and individual pride in achievement are grounded in a strong institutional commitment to integrity and collegiality as we strive for collective success. For talented and innovative individuals, a career at the University of Pennsylvania offers the chance to be part of an exceptionally exciting environment at the nation’s first university.

We seek talented individuals who will constitute a community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.

Penn’s commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our employees will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world.

The School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is noted for its commitment to social justice and to educating students that will take an active role in the struggle against oppression. SP2 contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient and humane human services through education, research and civic engagement. In pursuit of this mission, its theory-based masters and doctoral programs in social work, social welfare, non-profit leadership and social policy encourage students to think and work across disciplinary lines and cultures, locally, nationally, and globally. Visit
The Associate Director of Alumni and Student Engagement reports to the Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement. The position is responsible for designing and implementing alumni programming (e.g. lectures, continuing education and other initiatives) both on campus and remotely; planning and attending alumni special events (both domestic and international, e.g. Alumni Weekend, Homecoming, degree program anniversaries, and networking receptions); connecting with individual and alumni groups on a regular basis, assisting alumni leaders with event marketing, promotion and implementation, and offering guidance and strategic planning for developing alumni groups. Other duties include growing and managing the school’s Dean’s Alumni Board via working with the Board Chair, and collaborating with the Office of Student Affairs to bridge the path for students from students to alumni by spearheading special events/initiatives, including but not limited to: a) SP2 Friday’s – a monthly event hosted by both offices to connect students, faculty and alumni), b) the second-year class gift Campaign, which works with student volunteers to introduce them to giving via a Campaign that encourages participation and raises dollars for SP2’s Annual Fund, and c) SP2’s Corporate Awareness Program (CAP, which is a program that connects student and alumni who are using or planning to use their degrees in nontraditional roles to corporations).


a. Spearhead SP2’s comprehensive alumni engagement programs, as well as its growing student engagement programs intended to educate students early on about their status as ‘provisional’ alumni.
b. Manage the Dean’s Alumni Board, which includes up to 30 alumni across SP2’s diverse programs. Work closely with the Board’s leadership on recruiting, motivating and managing volunteers, creating Board projects, scheduling, creating agendas for, and attending meetings.
c. Working with Administrative Coordinator, plan dedicated alumni activities, including Alumni Weekend and Homecoming for SP2 and/or integrate with university activities where appropriate, as well as continuing education opportunities.
d. Serve as alumni relations representative/liaison at School and select University alumni engagement boards/activities.
e. Serve as liaison for career services for alumni-related collaborations.
f. Manage School’s Pipeline for Promise Program – program that introduces community college students to the field of social policy & practice and works with them to bridge their associates to a bachelors and possibly post bachelors degrees, as well as other special, alumni-related projects and prizes.
g. Working with SP2 student leadership and the IA Associate Directors, spearhead and manage the SP2 2nd year Class Gift Campaign, to meet established with participation and dollar goals.

Bachelor’s Degree; and 3-5 years development experience, knowledge of alumni relations, including program and event planning. Experience within a college or university setting preferred. Creative individual, who, with minimal supervision, can develop & enhance programs to meet the goal of increased alumni engagement; strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact with individuals at all economic levels (e.g. alumni and other volunteers), who have an interest and commitment to social service and policy issues; ability to communicate effectively and clearly in both oral and written form; keen organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to work both collaboratively and independently as needed. Must have valid driver’s license. Travel and some weekend and evening work required.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.