Executive Director of NYC Internships and Laurentian Engagement Associate
St. Lawrence UniversityNew York, NY
St. Lawrence University invites applications for an Executive Director of NYC Internships and Laurentian Engagement Associate position. The Executive Director will be based in New York City with responsibility for two main components: developing, maintaining, and advising students in the New York City Semester about internship placements at leading organizations in the city, especially in the fields of finance and the arts; and developing and expanding relationships with Laurentians in NYC. The Executive Director will have a dual reporting relationship to the Associate Dean for International and Intercultural Studies and the Executive Director of Laurentian Engagement and Annual Giving.
The successful candidate will be responsible for cultivating a wide range of internship opportunities for students on St. Lawrence’s NYC Semester Program, focusing on the city’s most prominent firms and organizations. We expect the individual will develop and maintain ongoing relationships with internship sponsors; work with students to advise them about opportunities and place them in internships appropriate to their academic interests, ensuring that all students accepted to the program are placed; and coordinate with both internship sponsors and students to ensure effective mentorship and substantial learning experiences for students. Assist the program faculty director to support program activities, particularly in coordinating alumni contacts with students and the program as a whole, as well as assisting with planning, logistics, and occasional participation in field trips and other program activities.
In addition to the internship coordination responsibilities, will be responsible for developing and engaging relationships with alumni, but also parents and friends in the greater New York City area, to develop volunteers to assist in promoting our internship and mentorship programs. Volunteers for other engagement opportunities will also be recruited. Visit and result metrics will be identified and coordinated through the Executive Director of Laurentian Engagement and Annual Giving.
The Executive Director will work primarily in New York City but will travel regularly to campus to help in the recruitment, selection, and orientation of student participants in the New York City Semester Program as well as on-campus University Advancement events and activities.
- Identify, qualify, cultivate, recruit, and steward internship, mentorship and other volunteers for the University. A focus will be on those who live and/or work in the NYC area. This is in addition to the NYC program internship hosts.
- Achieve specific visit and outreach goals monthly
- Staff major Laurentian events on campus including Reunion and Homecoming.
- Staff Laurentian events in the New York City metro area
- Contribute to reports, marketing collateral, and major gift staff work as appropriate on proposals re: NYC Semester and Program.
- Collaborate with Career Services, the Center for International and Intercultural Studies, and University Advancement offices to ensure integrated strategies related to all aspects of the NYC Semester Program.
New York City Semester Program
- Cultivate a wide range of internship opportunities for students on St. Lawrence’s NYC Semester Program, focusing on the city’s most prominent firms and organizations.
- Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with internship sponsors; work with students to advise them about opportunities and place them in internships appropriate to their academic interests, ensuring that all students accepted to the program are placed; and coordinate with both internship sponsors and students to ensure effective mentorship and substantial learning experiences for students.
- Work closely with the New York City Program faculty director to support and participate in program academic activities.
- Maintain regular contact with the career services and off-campus studies offices in Canton in order to coordinate activities related to the New York City Semester Program.
- Instruct course on career-readiness; prepare course materials, edit, critique, evaluate and grade students’ work in consultation with the director of the program.
- Counsel students of diverse backgrounds, including international students and first-generation college students
- Lead strategic gatherings of alumni, trustees, and other key stakeholders involved with the NYC Program
- Plan all networking gatherings for students including the kick-off event coordinated with the Alumni Executive Council
- Plan site visits, tours, collaborate with faculty regarding activities (make recommendations as the point person based in the city)
- Organize networking opportunities with alumni of various eras (visits to firms with well-established alumni, class visits with younger alumni)
- Network with alumni and parents to ensure lasting relationships that are mutually beneficial
- Conceptualize, execute, and manage networking events for students, alumni, and potential employers
- Have a familiarity of cultural opportunities, stay up to date on exhibits, shows, sporting events, etc. that may interest students
- Apply appropriate career coaching methods while developing a full professional development curriculum
- Manage the interview process for the NYC Semester Program including coordinating faculty and staff schedules, recommending student interviewers, and leading decision-making processes
- Coach students on interviewing best practices, preparation techniques, and follow up
- Stay in touch with alumni in order to connect recent grads with job opportunities throughout the NYC area
- Bachelor’s degree required and at least seven years of professional experience in a position with related responsibilities.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential.
- A willingness to travel to and from campus and to perform work in the evenings and weekends, as necessary.
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team, build effective relationships, and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment.
- Master’s degree desirable and 10 years or more professional experience in business, communications, the arts, or fundraising preferred.
- Experience working with internship programs and/or development work preferred.
- Experience with a liberal arts education environment strongly preferred.
To apply for this job please visit employment.stlawu.edu.