• Director of Alumni Workplace Engagement

    New Brunswick
    New Jersey
  • Overview

    The Rutgers University Foundation (RUF) seeks a creative, strategic and entrepreneurial professional to serve as its first Director of Alumni Workplace Engagement. With Rutgers being uniquely placed among the Fortune 500 companies in New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia, the Director will be tasked with the creation and implementation of a program that will work to build and leverage relationships with the many corporations in the region that employ notable numbers of Rutgers alums. The Director will lead the charge on all areas of this programming, including coordination, development and implementation of a variety of workplace engagement programs, resources, events, and services as well as the focused cultivation of alumni volunteers and employers alike.


    This position reports to the Senior Director for Volunteer Engagement within the RUF and is embedded in the team that demonstrates expertise in building and maintaining volunteer-driven groups, alumni career services, and student engagement. The Director will be the lead staff member for developing and maintaining university-wide alumni workplace engagement focused initiatives under the auspices of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA). This person will be responsible for researching and building a comprehensive workplace engagement program and will identify best practices and metrics for the role. S/he will be responsible for the overall operation, management/administration, and assessment of Workplace Alumni initiatives and related staff supervision. The Director will coordinate, develop and implement a variety of workplace development programs, resources, events, and services in close alignment with the strategic plans of the RUAA and RUF. S/he will cultivate and engage alumni volunteers and employers while also collaborating with various departments and personnel at Rutgers including all four  university locations (i.e., Camden, New Brunswick, Newark, and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences), RUAA, and the RUF in order to strategically build strong relationships with corporations with a strong Rutgers alumni base.


    The ideal candidate will have strength in constituent engagement, program development and assessment, as well as program implementation. S/he will be instrumental in setting and executing the strategy for this new initiative; including key events; developing key university-wide, community, and vendor partnerships; assessing industry trends and implementing those that most effectively advance our goals. A Bachelor’s degree is required in a related field with at least three years of relevant engagement experience with alumni, corporations, or university relations. S/he will have a diverse track record of successfully managing relationships that bridge higher education institutes with corporate partners, planning and executing programs that involve various internal and external partners as well as knowledge and illustrated use of innovative technologies to advance program goals.


    Rutgers University Foundation

    Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation advances Rutgers’ pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. The Foundation provides the bridge between donors and the universities, schools, programs, faculty, and students that make up the University. The Foundation helps to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on Rutgers. Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the nation. Today, Rutgers-New Brunswick is  a member of the Association of American Universities, is New Jersey’s premier public research institution and flagship state university. More than 100 majors offer students vast opportunities. On July 1, 2014, Rutgers University joined The Big Ten Conference of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. The Foundation is a 501© (3) tax-exempt organization with the sole mission of supporting Rutgers University. The organization includes the areas of Alumni Relations, Development and related Communications. Led by Foundation President Nevin E. Kessler and his senior cabinet – the Executive Leadership Group (ELG) – the Foundation successfully completed a $1 billion campaign in 2014 and is preparing for another multi-billion dollar campaign in the near future.

    More information on the Foundation can be found on: www.support.rutgers.edu


    Rutgers University Alumni Association

    Formed in 2008, the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) serves all alumni of Rutgers University. Staff work in partnership with a board of alumni leaders to advance the best interests and wellbeing of Rutgers University by engaging all alumni in the life of the institution. RUAA serves more than 500,000 living alumni of Rutgers University. The purpose of the association is to advance the best interests and well-being of Rutgers University by engaging all alumni in the life of the institution through communication, programming, services, and volunteer opportunities. Membership in the RUAA is free and automatically granted to all graduates of Rutgers University, or any of its predecessor schools, upon graduation.

    More information on the RUAA can be found on: www.alumni.rutgers.edu/


    Director of Alumni Workplace Engagement

    Specific Responsibilities and Duties

    • Identify companies with a strong alumni base and create relationships within these companies to form a collaborative group of alumni. Promote various programs that connect workplace alumni groups to the University. Proactively listen and ask the right questions to find opportunities to deepen company-university relationships.
    • Develop an engagement plan to include efforts related to creating internal alumni groups, mentoring programs, lecture series, recruitment opportunities, etc. Lead training to empower alumni volunteers to champion engagement within their corporations, as well as provide opportunities for volunteer development.
    • Develop and implement programs to serve alumni resulting in increased alumni interactions with other alumni, the university and students. These programs will vary in size and may include career panels, workshops, webinars, tools and resources, networking and other career-related initiatives. S/he will work closely with alumni participants and will monitor activity, prepare reports, create informational marketing materials, and actively promote programs to participants.
    • Collaborate with frontline fundraisers and members of the Corporate Engagement Center to develop strategic events for Foundation staff to foster relationships and discover potential prospects.
    • Ensure alumni attendance is maximized for all programs and events by using recruitment and communication vehicles including but not limited to direct mail, list serves, web sites, committee outreach efforts, social media and personal contacts. Identify and develop new program opportunities and establish appropriate goals for designated programs. Establish metrics for success and implement tools for evaluating and analyzing the Alumni Workplace Engagement Program on an annual basis.


    Qualities of the Ideal Candidate

    The Director of Alumni Workplace Engagement can be expected to have the following personal characteristics and professional qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree plus five years of relevant experience in alumni relations, volunteer management, development, career services development, or university relations or a related field.
    • Prior experience building relationships between higher education and corporate institutions, such as career services or employer relations within a university setting or experience in a corporate setting performing university relations.
    • Ability to juggle multiple priorities with ease and professionalism and ability to work effectively with University and Foundation staff and executives.
    • Strong listening and communication skills and an ability to form interpersonal relationships with alumni, colleagues, and partners.


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