Executive Director (Alumni
Relations and Special Events)
Development & Alumni
Reporting to and working closely with the Associate Dean for
Development and Alumni Relations, the Executive Director of Alumni
Relations and Special Events oversees alumni relations engagement
strategy and planning and develops and supervises a departmental
staff. Leads the overall production of all annual and one-off
development and alumni events (in person and virtual events, and
those which are both simultaneously) including cultivation /
recognition events for alumni, donors, and prospects; annual
Reunion Weekends; multiday conferences; dedications; endowed
lectures, alumni-hosted events, affinity programming; internal
memorials; regional, domestic, and international alumni events;
private prospect dinners; judicial stewardship events; high-level
dignitaries’ visits; and triannual meetings of the Columbia Law
School Alumni Association Board of Directors. The incumbent also
oversees the logistical production elements of the biannual Dean’s
Council and Board of Visitors meetings in coordination with
Development. Additionally, the Executive Director oversees
production of over 125 faculty events within the academic year in
coordination with the Dean’s Office and hosting faculty or centers.
The incumbent works closely with dignitaries’ advance teams,
internal departments, senior administrators, and external vendors /
venues and staff as necessary to ensure that all programs and
events align with the vision, goals, and expectations of the
Associate Dean and Dean of the school and works to integrate
strategic stewardship and alumni relations goals. The Executive
Director also supervises management of the school’s growing
alumni/student networking platform, LawLink.
- Oversees development, design, and management of all aspects of
Development and Alumni Relations events, including anchor annuals
such as the Reunion Weekend, Winter Luncheon and Medal for
Excellence Luncheon, Moot Court Final Arguments Competition events,
endowed lectures and receptions, and Harlan Fiske Stone Giving
Society recognition events as well as one-off and Campaign events.
Oversees multiple, overlapping production, contract, and
communications schedules; content; vetting and mailing of all
related printed and e-communications elements and materials; and
development of appropriately segmented invitation lists.
- Supervises the production of over 125 faculty events within the
academic year, including appointment luncheons, book events, misc.
multiple-day conferences and meetings, colloquia, dinners,
memorials, receptions, and lectures/panels serving the faculty;
oversees interaction with faculty members and implementation of
their event-related needs.
- Directs staff regarding arrangements for and management of
Dean’s Council, BOV, and Columbia Law School Alumni Association
Board of Directors meetings, including mailings, catering,
AV/staging, room and venue selection, music/lighting/décor,
faculty/student participation, materials, and drafting of related
correspondence as necessary.
- Works with the Office of Communications to create and develop
invitations, programs, promotional elements, post-event articles,
and e-communications to Law School alumni to publicize and promote
events and relevant school news. Oversees LawLink networking
platform onboarding and activity.
- Directs and supervises day-to-day activities of the special
events and alumni relations department staff, including management
of 5 officers, 2 assistants, and temporary staff as well as
organization and direction of 10–35 Development staff during the
execution of large-scale events.
- Directs all major outside vendor selection and contracts, venue
selections, and internal service departments.
- Oversees drafting of Dean’ and speakers’ briefings; develops
and writes comprehensive staff briefings as necessary.
BA required; advanced degree preferred. Must have 7–10 years of
relatable experience. Must be highly organized and capable of
managing multiple and complex tasks / deadlines; able to think
strategically; mature; and have excellent verbal and written
communication skills. Must have ability to manage and mentor
several staff individually, and strategically as a team, and give
ongoing direction and supervision; must be adept at balancing the
workloads of, and collaboration among, the team during high-demand
periods. Important to be able to work well with a range of
constituencies including law school staff and faculty, top-tier
donor/prospect population, general alumni, board members, Reunion
cycle leadership, and high-level dignitaries. Significant evening
and weekend work required. Must be able to work with diverse
constituencies and support an inclusive work environment.
Please apply here:
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