Assistant Director, Alumni Society Engagement at The Ohio State University

Assistant Director, Alumni Society Engagement at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
March 27, 2019
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant Director of Alumni Society Engagement will develop and coordinate engagement and cultivation strategies and opportunities for University alumni, donors and friends affiliated with our 45+ academic and special interest-focused alumni groups. Their efforts are on strengthening the relationship of constituents to increase engagement, philanthropy and awareness. They will provide exceptional customer service to and assist alumni society volunteers with leadership and training, best practices, established processes, and the creation, revision and maintenance of constitutions.

This position will collaborate and create partnerships with Alumni Association, Advancement and university colleagues to determine and coordinate engagement-focused events. The Assistant Director has the ability to work with diverse populations, will assist other areas as needed with programs and/or events, is to achieve established goals, and will be responsible for the day-to-day expenditures of budget resources and projections. They will also work with the Associate Director for Volunteer Services and Diversity & Inclusion on volunteer projects and the utilization of processes and/or systems by alumni groups.

Reporting to the Director of Alumni Engagement, the Assistant Director is expected to operate with a high degree of decision making capabilities, judgment, consistency, and discretion; be familiar with and able to utilize MS Office programs; prioritize a high volume of work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment; and be skilled in managing and organizing their work and time.  They will experience a fluctuating work schedule that will include occasional evening and weekend work.

All members of Advancement are part of creating an inclusive culture that inspires an exceptionally diverse and talented team and are measured on their adherence to the following core competencies: leadership, continuous improvement, teamwork and collaboration, and communication/interpersonal effectiveness.


  • Develops and coordinates innovative engagement and cultivation strategies for alumni, donors, constituents and friends affiliated with academic and special interest-focused alumni groups to include activities, programs, services and communications. Evaluates opportunities and strategies and adjusts as needed. Ensures engagement data is captured in TAS. Recruits, trains and schedules speakers and association representatives to attend society meetings/events. Provides training to and maintains society constitutions, and coordinates and submits any related changes. Researches and develops related best practices, tools and trends, and sets appropriate metrics and benchmarks. Works closely with Advancement Communications and University Marketing to develop marketing plans for this segment that advance the Alumni Association, Advancement and University’s strategic plans. Manages the functional areas’ budget.
  • Assists the Associate Director for Volunteer Services and Diversity & Inclusion with large-scale volunteer projects hosted in Columbus. Assists alumni groups with using Volunteer Match to post volunteer opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements


Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience; 2 years of professional experience in customer relations, volunteer management or higher education alumni/constituent relations; Experience with program planning and administration

Required Experience


Demonstrated skill in working with diverse communities and cultural groups

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.