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Director for Shared Interest Groups

at Yale University

Posted: 4/16/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Keywords: development

Job Description

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.


General Purpose:

The Yale Alumni Association (YAA) is responsible for university-wide alumni relations and for events, programs, initiatives, and other opportunities to strengthen alumni relationships with Yale. Reporting to the Senior Director for Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), this position will develop and implement shared interest group organizations and programs. Alumni SIGs are based on a shared identity, interest, or professional area.

  • Coordinate services, programs, strategic support, and volunteer management for a portfolio of SIG groups, including leadership recruitment and training, strategic planning, budgeting, program development, event planning, and communications. Develop performance and accountability goals for programs, services, events, and membership.
  • Develop effective strategies for interacting with and supporting alumni on the basis of shared identities and interests. Serve as a resource for alumni interested in creating new shared interest/identity groups, advising on best practices in terms of mission, governance, group structure, strategic planning, and outreach.
  • Work with assigned SIGs to ensure optimal volunteer engagement and leadership, identifying and recruiting talented alumni for volunteer roles. Inspire, inform, and motivate through regular communication. Guide volunteer leadership in succession planning. Foster volunteer interaction across constituencies. Develop accountability standards for volunteer performance.
  • Create and manage signature events, both on campus and around the world, that highlight SIG organizations, promote Yale’s strengths, and engage diverse alumni audiences.
  • In collaboration with YAA communications director, develop and/or recommend communications about and for SIGs, to increase awareness, highlight outstanding volunteers, and promote events and programs. Guide volunteer leaders in best practices for use of e-marketing, websites, and social media.
  • Ensure integration of SIG activities with other alumni programs and services, creating opportunities for collaboration and co-branding. Collaborate with colleagues from the YAA, graduate and professional schools, and the Office of Development to build partnerships that support YAA priorities, such as lifelong learning, young alumni engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
  • May perform other duties, including staffing alumni association programs like the YAA Assembly, including evenings and weekends as necessary.


Required Education and Experience: 

Bachelor's Degree in a related field and four years of related work experience.



  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and to manage projects from conception to completion with exceptional attention to detail. Sound judgment regarding need for consultation vs. independent decision-making. Ability to serve as the key decision maker while meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability in event planning, program development, and logistics, and ability to prioritize and meet multiple, competing responsibilities. Willingness to assume responsibility for all aspects of specific programs, including travel and irregular hours.
  • Superior interpersonal skills. Ability to build productive relationships with staff and volunteers to contribute to YAA’s mission. Appreciation and respect for principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to engage with diverse audiences (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, etc.).
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills. Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and agility in responding to changing demands and priorities in a fast-paced and changing environment. Facility with technology and learning new systems. Ability to keep priorities aligned while maintaining professionalism and a sense of humor.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Experience in alumni relations, volunteer management, educational programming, event planning, nonprofit organizations, or related field. Experience working with volunteers in a nonprofit or higher education setting. Knowledge of Yale and its academic programs. Willingness to travel domestically and internationally and to participate in YAA programs, including evenings and weekends as needed.


Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/2KOULUm.  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.


We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Application Instructions

For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/2KOULUm.  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.