The University of Pennsylvania Alumni Relations department is a customer/client focused service-oriented department whose mission is to engage all Penn alumni in a mutually beneficial, lifelong connection to each other, their school, and the University, and encourage alumni support and guidance to advance Penn’s eminence for future generations. Many of the department’s activities and programs are carried out through a network of volunteers as well as through collaboration with other University departments.
The Director of Penn First Plus Alumni and Career Resources Initiatives reports to the Executive Director of Alumni Relations. The Director has responsibility for creating and executing strategic programs that support and connect first generation/highly aided students and alumni. The Director also has oversight for advancing Alumni Relations’ Career Networking Strategy by creating wide-reaching programs to provide mentoring, career support, and professional networking for all students and alumni with an emphasis on first generation/highly aided students and alumni.
The Director facilitates a lifelong connection to the University for alumni, characterized by mentoring, intellectual, professional, and social enrichment. The Director is responsible for building and maintaining long-term and mutually rewarding relationships with and between students, alumni volunteers, Penn faculty and administrators, collaborating with them to create opportunities for students and alumni to engage with each other and Penn’s intellectual and professional community.
The Director works closely with the Executive Director, Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations and staff from other Alumni Relations teams to create substantive and innovate programming. The Director will also be the liaison to Division of the Vice Provost for University Life and the Office of the Vice Provost for Education, which jointly oversee the Penn First Plus program and its expansion of existing services to first-generation, highly-aided students at Penn. The Director will collaborate often with the Executive Director of Penn First Plus and other colleagues in the 12 schools and six cultural resource centers. Areas of specialization and contribution:
* Create and maintain a First Generation Plus engagement program where alumni can support current students through mentoring, admissions interviews, speaker series, webinars and regional events providing students with social and academic preparation and a strong community.
* Collaborate with the Director of Young Alumni Programs and the Director of Alumni Career Networking to oversee strategy, planning and implementation of an overall plan for career resources, professional development programs for alumni and students, including on-campus, regional, and web-based.
* Assess and support the Penn student experience for all undergraduate students through the Penn Traditions program.
? Supports all Penn Traditions student initiatives through the lens of this role.
* Work with on-campus schools and centers to build relationships and opportunities for collaboration, with the goal of increasing participation of all alumni in University programs.
* Work with Executive Director to create a Penn Alumni Workplace Connections Program.
* Plan and execute regional industry specific professional networking opportunities for alumni.
* Together with Director of the yPenn program and Admissions, support regional young alumni admissions panels.
* Identify, recruit and train alumni volunteers to support and assist in execution of programs for Penn First Plus students and alumni, and career programs.
* Collaborate with the Director of Alumni Career Networking and Career Services to grow professional development and networking resources available to alumni, including: creating opportunities for alumni to interact based on shared professional and research interests through on-campus and regional programming; strengthening and promoting web-based resources for alumni to seek/provide career related guidance and support.
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