Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs

Posted On: September 24, 2019

Hours: Full Time



The Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs evaluates and creatively plans for how to best attract and engage Cooper Union alumni in order to broaden participation and giving in coordination with the Deputy Director of Alumni Affairs and Development and the Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development. This role liaises with the Cooper Union Alumni Association (CUAA).


  • Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate alumni engagement activities and events, locally and nationally, including reunion.
  • Manage a comprehensive range of annual events and activities that advance the mission of the Cooper Union and keep alumni connected to the Cooper Union and to each other.
  • Facilitate the work of volunteer alumni involved in the event planning process (i.e., committee chairs, class leaders, regional leaders) to reach appropriate goals.
  • Support CUAA leadership by liaising between the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development regarding mailings, messaging, events, meetings and other activities.
  • Manage events as needed related to Alumni Affairs work be it for affinity groups, student groups, and other initiatives engaging key constituencies.
  • 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 Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development.
  • Plan and manage event budgets to ensure responsible use of funds.
  • Document, analyze, track and report the outcome of each event.
  • Manage and enhance the Class and Regional volunteer program.
  • Collaborate with Admissions, Career Services, and the Schools to implement volunteer opportunities for alumni and networking opportunities between alumni and current students.
  • Foster relationships with current students and engage students with the alumni.
  • 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.
  • Availability of evening and weekend hours.


Bachelors degree

    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.