Alumni Affairs Manager

Posted On: December 19, 2017

Hours: Full Time



The Alumni Affairs Manager coordinates and implements alumni engagement to broaden participation and giving in coordination with the Deputy Director of Development and Alumni Affairs and the VP of Development and Alumni Affairs. This role manages day-to-day operations with the Cooper Union Alumni Association (CUAA) and closely liaises with the CUAA for mailings, support, and meeting and event preparation. This Manager is also responsible for the execution of Alumni and Parent activities locally and regionally such as class reunions and Parents Day.


  • Initiate, plan and implement CUAA activities and events.

  • Manage a comprehensive range of annual events and activities that advance the mission of the Cooper Union Alumni Association and keep alumni connected to the Cooper Union.

  • Facilitate the work of Alumni involved in the event planning process (i.e., committee chairs, class leaders) to reach appropriate goals.

  • Help to manage the CUAA relationship with the Development and Alumni Affairs Office in concert with senior leadership.

  • Support CUAA leadership by liaising between Development and Alumni Affairs Office regarding mailings, messaging, events, meetings and other activities.

  • Manage events as needed related to Alumni Affairs work be it for affinity groups, student groups, parent activities and other initiatives.

  • Support engagement and fundraising growth from Alumni by directly participating in phone, email and in-person cultivation and solicitation.

  • Manage other alumni affairs work as instructed by the Deputy Director and VP of Development and Alumni Affairs.

  • Plan and manage event budgets to ensure responsible use of funds.

  • Document, analyze, track and report the outcome of each event to the Alumni Council.

  • Manage and enhance the Class and Regional Representatives program.

  • Collaborate with the Career Services staff and the Deans, as requested, to implement networking opportunities between alumni and current students.

  • Foster relationships with current students through the Student Ambassadors and other student leaders, and engage the Senior Class with the Alumni Association.

  • Hire and supervise part-time student workers.

  • Participate in other departmental initiatives as required.


  • Experience managing alumni programs including experience managing alumni volunteers and reunion programming.

  • Possess excellent written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple projects.

  • Ability to be detail-oriented with high accuracy.

  • Knowledge of social media and online community management preferred


Bachelor's Degree required

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Or email to:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.