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Director of Alumni Outreach & Organizing

About the Responsible Endowments Coalition

The Responsible Endowments Coalition is a 10-year old organization advocating for responsible investing in higher education. We partner with students and other college community members to challenge university investment practices and demand that universities use their endowments as a force to create a just, resilient communities. Our team is small but we think big.

Colleges and universities, with over $400 billion invested through their endowments, are key leaders in the investment world. By changing how endowments are invested, we’re changing the face of the economy, especially the financial and energy sectors. We’ve already made huge progress. REC has worked with colleges to expose and challenge major corporate abuses like mountaintop removal coal mining, highlight the relationship between student loan providers like Sallie Mae and anti-democratic lobbying firms like ALEC, and have moved $10 million into community and responsible investments. Colleges around the country are starting to shift their endowment practices in significant ways, signaling a vital sea change in the investment world.

And now, we want to turn up the heat by engaging the millions of college and university alumni around the country.

About the Position

We are looking for someone who can leverage REC's wide array of resources (relationships, technology, powerful student groups, donors) to mobilize alumni around the responsible investment of their alma maters' endowments.

This is a new wing of REC's work. Though we have countless exciting ideas, REC is still in the early stages of thinking about how to best leverage the incredible amount of alumni power in the U.S. towards responsible investment of university endowments. Thus, the Director of Alumni Outreach and Organizing will operate in a very entrepreneurial fashion (think start-up organization) and will have a lot of latitude. You’ll be doing everything from designing outreach and relationship-building strategy, to planning and running campaigns, to event planning, to resource development, to staff management. 

The right person for this role will be a thoughtful and strategic organizer who is adept at working with all kinds of people. If you have ideas for how to use the internet to find key alumni and use digital tools to connect them to their schools; to work with students to organize opportunities for alumni to support existing campus campaigns; developing resources to support alumni engagement (reports, guides, template op-eds, etc.); and have a gift for building and maintaining authentic relationships (with all kinds of folks, including high-profile individuals), you could be the perfect candidate.

Like most roles in a small organization, this role is flexible and the exact duties will be depend on the person who we hire. But here are some of the things you’ll definitely be doing:

  • Develop, drive, and manage REC’s alumni strategy to both have an immediate impact through divestment and reinvestment campaigns and to build a powerful alumni base that we can work with for years to come around a variety of social justice issues that implicate college and university endowments

  • Coordinate with REC’s campus organizers and partner organizations to work with student groups who want to engage campus alumni to support their campaigns

  • Propose, test, and and develop digital tools that (1) allow REC and the students with whom we work to reach alumni networks and (2) allow mobilized alumni to coordinate with each other

  • Support fundraising and development for REC through the network of alumni

  • Work with the rest of REC’s team to develop our long-term plans and strategy

We need someone who:

  • Is multi-talented, a quick learner, and has the grit and creativity necessary to see this demanding job through 

  • Is unequivocally dedicated to building an economy that puts people and planet above financial profit

  • Is an innovative and strategic thinker who is able to develop and make the case for bold new strategies 

  • Is an excellent writer and communicator (is fluent in written and oral English)

  • Has strong people & project management skills

  • Can work effectively in a very fast-paced environment

  • Has experience with digital campaigning tools

  • Is experienced with new technology and social media

  • Is detail oriented and can make sure tasks including follow up with influential alumni are done well and consistently

  • Can travel regularly within the U.S.

  • Has experience in interracial, interclass, intergenerational organizing spaces

Big pluses include:

  • Past history of campus and campaign organizing, especially of more than one type of campaign: political, corporate or otherwise

  • Connection to climate and/or social justice organizing spaces

  • Experience with online organizing and communications including managing an email list

  • Relationships with a variety of organizing and responsible investment groups

  • Experience with and understanding of anti-oppression/collective liberation

  • Experience managing direct reports

  • Experience working in and helping to build coalitions between organizations

  • On and offline fundraising experience; experience managing donor relationships

  • Prior experience working closely with developers and technologists

  • Deep understanding of higher education, especially faculty and donor relationships

  • Other communication and press experience

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to apply@endowmentethics.org.  Your cover letter should cover three questions:

  • Why are you applying for this job? (keep your answer to 200 words or less);

  • What would be your first two ideas for engaging alumni on responsible investing? (keep your answer to 200 words or less);

  • Which of the “Big Plus” qualifications do you meet? (Just list them as bullet points -- and if you think it would be helpful to us, you can add very short explanations and clarifications for those that aren’t obvious from your resume.)

If you have questions about this or other jobs, please feel free to email us at  apply@endowmentethics.org.

We have no formal education requirements. The position could end up being quite senior or more junior, depending on the candidate (and the title is flexible accordingly), but we expect to be looking for someone within the range of approximately 4-10 years of experience.

Location: Brooklyn, New York.

Start Date: Mid-August or as soon as possible.

Compensation: Competitive salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: Rolling until hired. Applications are requested by Friday, July 21th, 2014.

The Responsible Endowments Coalition is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, low-income persons, LGBT persons, differently-abled people, and other people from diverse backgrounds. People from these and other traditionally marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply to all jobs and internships. 


Check back for more job and internship opportunities. REC regularly hires interns during the summer and the school year.

 

 

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