Princeton AlumniCorps mobilizes people, organizations, and networks for the public good.
Princeton AlumniCorps mobilizes people, organizations, and networks for the public good. As a national network of civically engaged alumni and public interest organizations, AlumniCorps expands our collective capacity to address significant social issues by developing civic leaders, building expansive community, and creating social impact.
Founded in 1989 as Princeton Project 55, AlumniCorps is an independent alumni-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our current programs place recent graduates in nonprofit fellowships, provide professional nonprofit development and leadership training, engage alumni in substantive volunteer opportunities, and mobilize other universities and groups to do similar work. These programs operate in NYC, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. Princeton AlumniCorps currently has a six-person professional staff, two contracted facilitators, a highly engaged Board of Directors, more than 200 volunteers in cities across the country, and an annual budget of approximately $620K.
Our work is guided by seven core values: Thoughtful Engagement, Systemic Solutions, Empathic Partnership, Intergenerational Insights, Vigorous Dialogue, Reciprocal Mentorship, and Longevity. The Board has recently adopted a new strategic plan that will guide the organization from 2017-2021. The plan reflects more than a year of thinking across the organization and charts a bold vision for the future of the organization, including new programmatic initiatives and a major fundraising campaign. The new Executive Director will be expected to uphold the organization’s values, enthusiastically pursue our mission, implement the strategic plan, and play a leadership role in a comprehensive fundraising campaign.
For more information about AlumniCorps’s programs, leadership, and strategic plan, please visit www.alumnicorps.org.
Position Overview and Responsibilities
Princeton AlumniCorps seeks a visionary leader, excellent manager, and talented fundraiser as its next Executive Director. With a newly-adopted strategic plan (2017-2021) and the full support of the Board of Directors for the implementation of this plan, the next Executive Director will inherit a growing organization with a clear and compelling trajectory. The person in this crucial role will be challenged to build on the considerable history of Princeton AlumniCorps, while harnessing new energy toward expanded impact.
Partners in this work include both long-time and new board members, alumni of our programs, a growing pool of donors at all levels, a national network of partner nonprofits and affiliate programs, and passionate volunteers. The new Executive Director will also benefit from a small-and-mighty staff team who possess deep professional expertise in their areas and are committed to the organization.
The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission through its operational and financial objectives. The Executive Director must be organized, independently motivated, an experienced communicator, an enthusiastic fundraiser, and a fundamentally collaborative colleague to successfully oversee the day-to-day functions of Princeton AlumniCorps. He or she must have the ability to move capably and confidently among a wide range of responsibilities including program development, financial management, human resources, fundraising, public relations, board and volunteer relations, building management, and staff oversight. The Executive Director reports to the Princeton AlumniCorps President, Chair, and Board of Directors.
The Executive Director has responsibility for the following areas and functions:
Administration and Program Management:
- Lead in the implementation of the 2017-2021 strategic plan. Set priorities for implementation; support staff, volunteers, and board members in making consistent and timely progress toward strategic goals; track and report progress toward goals.
- Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors, Program Committee, and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
- Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.
- Work as a partner with the Executive Committee and Nominating Committee Chair to continually strengthen governance practices and Board composition
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
- Ensure the sound physical maintenance of the AlumniCorps offices at 12 Stockton Street in Princeton.
- Ensure that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
- Ensure that there is publicity surrounding the activities of the organization, its programs and goals as directed by or in conjunction with the Communications & Outreach Committee.
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
- Along with officers of the organization, represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public, including Princeton University leadership.
- In concert with the Development Officer and Development Steering Group, initiate, recommend, and execute an annual fundraising strategy consisting of an annual campaign, grants, constituency-based outreach, major donor solicitations, special events, and foundation and corporate solicitation.
- Play a leadership role as strategist, front-line fundraiser, and organizational spokesperson for a multi-year comprehensive fundraising campaign.
- Develop ongoing sources and approaches for solicitation of individual donor contributions.
- Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of personnel, both paid staff and volunteers; recognize the importance of and promote diversity in the recruitment of staff and volunteers.
- Actively evaluate staff performance and support professional development of staff.
- Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
Budget and Finance:
- Develop and maintain sound financial practices.
- Work with the staff, Finance Committee, and the Executive Officers to prepare a budget; manage expenses to ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
- Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
- Jointly, with the designated officers of the Board of Directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and execute legal documents.
The ideal candidate will:
- Bring an authentic passion for the mission and work of Princeton AlumniCorps.
- Be an inspirational leader who can bring diverse audiences together around a shared vision and common goals.
- Have experience leading teams of accomplished, mission-driven professional staff for whom collaboration is an essential mode.
- Demonstrate the ability to gather input and make high-level decisions in a timely manner.
- Have a track record of executing on strategic priorities.
- Have a track record of fundraising success and a well-developed network of relevant contacts in the philanthropic and nonprofit world.
- Be an expert manager of finances and operations.
- Demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to connect with the full spectrum of stakeholders integral to Princeton AlumniCorps: alumni of all ages who are dispersed across the country, partner organizations working on a range of public issues, university students and administrators, and philanthropic supporters.
- Write and speak eloquently and effectively on behalf of Princeton AlumniCorps.
- Embrace opportunities to learn and implement new tech tools.
- Have experience working closely with volunteers in remote locations on governance, organizational development, strategic planning, and fundraising initiatives.
- Balance competing priorities and challenging situations with finesse, aplomb, and sound judgment.
- Have at least 5 years of management experience in a complex, multifaceted social organization. Experience with nonprofit boards and building maintenance are both preferable.
- Possess a bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred but not required)
- Approach this role with flexibility, good humor, steadiness under pressure, optimism, humility, and a sense of mission.
Compensation and Location:
Salary is competitive. This is a full-time position. Compensation includes medical and dental insurance, retirement benefits, 25 days of paid time off, and generous holidays. Position is based in Princeton, NJ, with some travel required. AlumniCorps encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ persons, and other underrepresented groups.
Princeton AlumniCorps has assembled a search committee to lead this hiring process. Please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, including an indication of your desired salary range, to EDSearch@alumnicorps.org. The subject line should refer to: Executive Director Search. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through May 1, 2017.