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Associate Director for Young Alumni and Student Engagement

Fordham University
Job Location:
New York, New York
Alumni Relations

Associate Director for Young Alumni and Student Engagement

Alumni Relations, Lincoln Center

Fordham University

Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City. Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 

  • Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
  • We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents.
  • A generous immediate employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan.
  • As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers.
  • As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.
  • University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.

Position Summary

The Associate Director for Young Alumni & Student Engagement reports to the Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations (Office of Alumni Relations).

This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement pursuant to University’s Hybrid/Remote Work Policy. Please review the policy here.

Essential Functions

  • Provides leadership and focus to all DAUR initiatives involving young alumni and current undergraduate students.
  • Develops and utilizes metrics to track progress against goals.
  • Designs creative event and marketing strategies specifically for young alumni (undergraduate alumni who have graduated in the past ten years).
  • Directs all aspects of event planning and communication related to this constituency, including the management of the Young Alumni Committee, a volunteer advisory group.
  • Recruits young alumni volunteers to serve in leadership committee roles.
  • Plans and executes events and programs for young alumni such as social and service events, the Executive Leadership Series and others as assigned.
  • Leads the Fordham Mentoring Program—recruits alumni mentors, facilitates student-alumni relationships, staffs events. Identifies ways to improve and/or grow the existing program.
  • Participates in events and programs for current students including but not limited to Orientation Weekend, Senior Toast, Senior Transitions panels, Senior Week activities, Legacy Reception, Parent Appreciation Dinner Dance and Commencement.
  • Works closely with student leadership staff to develop strategies to involve undergraduates in alumni relations efforts throughout their student experience.
  • Oversees the initiative to better engage graduate students through communication, customer service, and events.
  • Delegates student-oriented projects to the Assistant Director of Young Alumni & Student Initiatives and supervise her work.
  • Initiates cross collaboration and works closely with the development staff to design new and creative ways to increase young alumni participation and to facilitate relationships between young alumni and the University.
  • Partners with Fordham’s Annual Fund staff on student and young alumni-specific philanthropic initiatives.
  • Recommends changes to existing policies and procedures that will improve organizational performance.
  • Works with special constituency groups and cooperatively with other Fordham alumni relations professionals and programs.
  • Creates and manages applicable web pages.
  • Manages budget as assigned and performs other duties as assigned.
  • Supervises an Assistant Director.
  • Candidates will be required to travel and work evenings and weekends as necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, public relations, communications, or related field.
  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in alumni relations and/or development managing and fostering productive relationships.
  • Motivated, creative, and able to effectively manage group dynamics ranging in scope and scale.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and project management skills.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and experienced working with volunteers.
  • Must portray a professional image to all internal and external constituents.
  • Must be able to work well with team members.
  • Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant experience with volunteer management, events, or communications.
  • Background in Student Affairs.





Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 

Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.

Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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