Assistant Director - Alumni Affairs

Posted On: August 18, 2014

Hours: Full Time


Job Description:

As part of the Cooper Union’s Office of Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D), the Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs plans, implements and manages programs that promote the school’s strategic priorities while building mutually beneficial relationships with alumni, parents and friends. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Manage a comprehensive range of annual events and activities that advance the mission of The Cooper Union and keep alumni connected the school and one another including but not limited to reunions, regional programs, parents programs and networking activities
  • Coordinate print and electronic pieces to support events and activities for alumni, parents and friends
  • Plan and manage event budgets to ensure responsible use of funds, track and report on expenses and revenue
  • Document, analyze, track and report event outcomes
  • Facilitate the work of volunteers in furtherance of the school’s goals
  • Collaborate with the campus partners including Student Affairs, Career Services, Admissions and others to capitalize on opportunities for alumni and students interaction
  • Hire and supervise part-time student and casual employees for event support when necessary
  • Participate in other departmental initiatives as required


Bachelor's degree required. At least five years alumni relations and/or event planning experience required. Candidates should have experience managing programs including experience managing volunteers and preferably reunion programming. Candidates should possess excellent written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills. Candidates should be able to prioritize and effectively manage multiple projects. Ability to be detail-oriented with a high degree of accuracy is a must. Knowledge of social media and online community management preferred.

This is a non-union position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an AA/EOE by choice

Submit application to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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  • 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.