Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Stanford Law School

Stanford, California (US)
05 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
05 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Code: 3483

Job Grade: I

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University. 

Alumni Relations is part of External Relations, a collaborative joint department, comprised of a fundraising group and an alumni relations group, which operate together to build and maintain relationships with Stanford Law School alumni, parents and friends to advance the school’s mission.

In this challenging and rewarding position, the successful candidate will be dedicated to strategically building and strengthening Stanford Law School alumni communities for campus programs, regional, and affinity-based chapters, including but not limited to SLS’s alumni of color, LGBTQ, first generation, and women alumni communities.

They will work report to the Director of Alumni Relations and work closely with alumni volunteers, faculty, students, External Relations colleagues, and other University colleagues to develop, implement, and evaluate activities, programs, services, and communications that reach, serve, and engage alumni.

They will also cultivate faculty relationships, particularly in regards to intellectual programming during Alumni Weekend and Board of Visitors. Market, plan, and/or manage all/part of alumni programs, educational opportunities and/or other alumni initiatives. Participate in strategic planning and serve as representative of the organization.

The ideal candidate will be committed to the importance of program development with a keen sense of alumni community needs and have experience managing volunteers. This role will require polished communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong presentation skills. The ability to employ diplomacy with a high regard for building and maintaining important internal and external relationships is key.


  • In partnership with the Director, lead overall long-term planning and evaluation for alumni engagement development and growth, including developing a plan to build a pipeline of diverse alumni volunteer leaders, helping to identify new markets, and refresh program strategies.
  • In partnership with the Director, lead and manage overall online presence of the Office of Alumni Relations, including online communication strategies that engage regional and affinity chapters.
  • In partnership with the Director work on the planning and execution of diversity and inclusion initiatives with alumni programming, particularly in regards to affinity chapters and associated SLS student organizations. Serve as a resource for alumni leaders and volunteers in their efforts to strengthen their communities. Build and maintain relationships with campus partners.
  • Oversee, alumni leader training and recruiting within assigned regional and affinity chapters, including stewarding the SLS Executive Law Chapter Chair, assisting in strategy for alumni engagement, resource management, and fostering community amongst volunteers.
  • Manage relationships with Stanford Law School faculty. Serve as liaison to faculty for all Stanford Law School and University programs, maintaining a high level of programming and service. This includes Alumni Weekend and Board of Visitors programming.
  • Coordinate the annual process of nominating alumni volunteers for the Stanford Associates Awards.
  • Manage the quarterly reporting of department activity, particularly in regards to alumni volunteer participation.
  • Negotiate high level contracts with vendors and oversee the quality of delivered products and services.
  • Participate in and/or oversee budgeting, forecasting, and cost negotiation for alumni events and programs.
  • Manage teams, projects and/or programs that may affect a wide audience.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • A Bachelor's degree and seven years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to represent the university professionally both internally and externally.
  • Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience with volunteer development and oversight.
  • Strong interpersonal, team, and leadership skills; tact and flexibility in working with diverse population groups.
  • Ability to juggle a vast quantity of incoming information, interruptions, and inquiries with a high level of professionalism and tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Proven decision-making skills and the ability to understand and solve complex questions.
  • Computer proficiency and the ability to learn new systems.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

*Please note this position will require occasional work on evenings and weekends as well as some local or domestic travel.

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