College Connections Coordinator

Michigan, United States
01 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world. We seek a College Connections Coordinator to serve as a college ambassador, visiting with alumni and parents around the country to educate them about college priorities, and present opportunities for engagement and support. College Connections Coordinators are responsible for identifying and interviewing participants, recording and analyzing information, engaging prospects as appropriate in our fundraising pipeline through the annual fund, planned gift, or major gift experiences, or in the life of the college based on demonstrated interests. Coordinators steward prospects throughout the experience.

Interested candidates must apply through the UM Jobs website ( A cover letter, not to exceed one page, is required. Applicants should explain why they are applying to this position, and include information on how they have lead others, worked with volunteers, planned events, created written communications to engage audiences in an organization or cause, and measured their success.

In addition, a writing sample is required and can be from any of these categories:

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single electronic document. In addition, please submit a writing sample as either a link in your cover letter (be sure to provide the entire URL) or following your resume. Candidates who are not in compliance with these requests will not be considered.

The target salary range for this position is $39,000-$41,000.


Conducting "Connections" Interviews (40%)

Meet with alumni and parents to improve college relations, educate constituents on College priorities, share up-to-date university news, provide opportunities for re-engagement, and build the fundraising pipeline. Discuss alumni information, gather stories from their Michigan experience, discuss the Dean’s priorities, collect suggestions for College improvements, and determine interest and readiness in supporting Michigan philanthropically. Conduct in depth discovery work to refer each alum and parent to the appropriate giving track: annual fund, planned giving, and major gifts, and ensure gift officers are prepared to follow up with strategic next steps.

Interview Preparation (15%)

Select region, data mine DART for strategic prospect pool, prepare and mail letters requesting an interview, phone and email to secure interview appointment, schedule visits/plan travel, research prospects on DART, internet, LinkedIn and in files to prepare for interview, adapt surveys and talk track, prepare visit gifts/leave behind material, send thank you notes.

Data (15%)

Work with LSA Advancement Business Intelligence team to pull alumni and parent records in specific regions, prepare demographic sheets for alumni to update, report new information to Alumni Records, document visits in DART, document interviews on LSA shared drive, and collect information and compile findings in "Connections" database and reports. Produce monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as well as trending data for LSA External Relations, LSA Advancement, and the Dean of the College.

Special project liaison (30%)

Every few years, the Dean identifies a priority initiative. Most recently this project has been to help build and launch the LSA Opportunity Hub and its programs. The special project coordinator is responsible for identifying alumni and parents to provide summer and flash internships, to serve as company contacts, and to serve as mentors to current students. This coordinator has also been responsible for running the LSA Mentorship Program, recruiting participants, matching alumni with current students, driving the engagement schedule, providing content to facilitate learning opportunities, and planning social events around the country to facilitate mentor-mentee engagement. This coordinator works closely with the Opportunity Hub staff to keep both teams up-to-date on happenings, and to provide guidance to the Hub on alumni perspectives and needs. During the coordinator’s tenure, he or she will work on the LSA Opportunity Hub project among other projects.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must be undergraduate alumni of UM LSA from the classes of 2017 or 2018. Must have strong interpersonal communication skills; excellent verbal and written skills including experience with business and marketing writing; ability to effectively communicate and operate in a customer service environment; and ability to work independently and as a team member to set priorities and handle multiple assignments and deadlines. Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google; experience with database programs; enthusiasm for social media, and an understanding of and ability to compile, present, and interpret statistical data and trends are also needed. Strong attention to detail is a must. This position involves local and overnight travel, including monthly week-long trips. Experience as a leader in a student organization, planning special events, and working with volunteers is an absolute.

Desired Qualifications*

Those with experience in the alumni relations and development fields are especially desired. Preference will be given to former participants of the University of Michigan Development Summer Internship Program and leaders of other student fundraising organizations on the Ann Arbor campus. Knowledge of Michigan (university history and current events) is a plus.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:

Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.

Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.