School of Visual Arts
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

JOB TITLE: Manager

DEPARTMENT: Alumni Affairs and Development

REPORTS TO: Director, Alumni Affairs and Development

POSITION OVERVIEW: Assist with a comprehensive alumni relations and development program, cultivating and building sustained relationships between the College and its international alumni network and other interested constituent groups. Areas of focus include managing and implementing a range of alumni and development content and communications, providing support of events, programs, and engagement initiatives, tracking alumni accomplishments and engagement, and reporting engagement statistics and outcomes.


  • Manage all aspects of alumni and development communications.
  • Produce and disseminate communications including monthly alumni e-newsletter, email blasts, brochures, event invitations, development solicitation and acknowledgment mailings, and Visual Arts Journal content; coordinate with academic departments as needed in support of their direct alumni communication and outreach.
  • Oversee and leverage Alumni Affairs and SVA Alumni Society web presence including administering related content on and the department social media outlets including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Assist with the production of alumni programming, special events, and exhibitions, including local, regional and international programming.
  • Assist with alumni services and benefits such as insurance and discount programs.
  • Manage the collection and tracking of significant accomplishments of our graduates.
  • Ensure thorough documentation of communications and interactions with alumni and donors in the Raiser's Edge database.
  • Ensure thorough tracking of alumni engagement and participation at various events and programs.
  • Assist with overseeing the health and maintenance of the alumni and donor database, including implementing strategies that provide accurate and enhanced alumni and donor contact information.
  • Produce annual assessment report of alumni participation and engagement.
  • Provide assistance to Director and Associate Director as needed and complete projects and duties as assigned.
  • Work some extended hours on evenings and weekends, as required, including department events.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum 5 years administrative experience in not-for-profit or higher-education alumni relations and development. Special interest in or focus on communications preferred.
  • Proficiency in Raiser's Edge, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and online content management systems. Knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, and HTML is a plus. Knowledge of Blackbaud suite of products a plus, including the Events and Membership modules.
  • Proficiency in a variety of social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and customer relations skills required.
  • Experience in planning and executing special events.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, creative self-starter capable of working on a team and independently. A high level of initiative and follow-through
  • Propensity for creative problem solving and the ability to juggle multiple projects on tight deadlines.
  • Able to represent the College and the department in a professional manner.
  • Familiarity with visual arts and design industries preferred.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.

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