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How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply through the UM Jobs website ( A cover letter, not to exceed one page, is required. Applicants should explain why they are applying to this position, and include information on how they have lead others, worked with volunteers, and planned events.

In addition, a writing sample is required and can be from any of these categories:

  1. Marketing / Promotional Writing Sample - examples include event invitation or promotional piece, website content, blog entry, etc.
  2. Analytical Writing Sample or Opinion Paper - examples include annual report, data analysis with interpretation and recommendations, or argumentative essay or paper.  
  3. News coverage - article from a print or online source.

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single electronic document. In addition, please submit a writing sample as either a link in your cover letter (be sure to provide the entire URL) or following your resume. Candidates who are not in compliance with these requests will not be considered.

Job Summary

LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world. We seek a College Connections Coordinator to serve as a college ambassador, visiting with alumni and parents around the country to educate them about college priorities, and present opportunities for engagement and support.  College Connections Coordinators are responsible for identifying and interviewing participants, recording and analyzing information, engaging prospects as appropriate in our fundraising pipeline through the annual fund or major gift experiences, or in the life of the college based on demonstrated interests.  Coordinators steward prospects throughout the experience.


Conducting "Connections" Interviews

Meet with alumni and parents on the West Coast of the United States to improve college relations, educate constituents on College priorities, share up-to-date university news, provide opportunities for re-engagement, and build the fundraising pipeline. Discuss alumni information, gather stories from their Michigan experience, discuss the Dean’s priorities, collect suggestions for College improvements, and determine interest and readiness in supporting Michigan philanthropically.

Interview Preparation

Select region and prospect pool, prepare and mail letters requesting an interview, phone and email to secure interview appointment, schedule visits/plan travel, research donor on DART, internet, and in files, adapt surveys and talk track, prepare visit gifts/leave behind material, send thank you notes.


Work with LSA Advancement business intelligence team to pull alumni records in specific regions, prepare demographic sheets for alumni to update, report new information to Alumni Records, document visits in DART, document interview on LSA shared drive and compile findings in "Connections" database and reports.

Promotion and Public Relations

Tell the College Connections story. Help write program communications including our Annual Report, newsletters, and content for our website, social media, and stewardship projects. Identify alumni for LSA magazine and LSA Today stories and share those leads with our Marketing and Communications teams.

Volunteer and Board Management

Identify, recruit, train, and supervise volunteers across the country for the Young Alumni Council (YAC).  Guide, promote, and support regional happenings, communications, and fundraising efforts associated with the YAC, including Giving Blueday.  Plan and conduct volunteer training sessions (in SE Michigan and across the country), produce and distribute volunteer support materials (print and electronic), and ensure online support experience is up-to-date for users.  Educate regions about new college priorities and how they can support them.

Identify volunteers of all ages, especially those capable of providing jobs, internships or mentoring current students, and connect those alumni to efforts that benefit LSA students.


Represent College Connections on campus and in the community. Help recruit and train new coordinators.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must be graduates of UM LSA within the past two years (2015 - 2017). Must have strong interpersonal communication skills; excellent verbal and written skills; ability to effectively communicate and operate in a customer service environment; ability to work independently and as a team member to set priorities and handle multiple assignments and deadlines; excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google; experience with database programs.  Must demonstrate strong attention to detail; strong skills in grammar, experience in business writing, and enthusiasm for social media.  This position involves local and overnight travel, including some week-long trips.   Must have experience as a leader in a student organization, planning special events, and working with volunteers. The candidate must have understanding of and ability to compile, present, and interpret statistical data and trends.

Desired Qualifications*

Those with experience in the alumni relations and development field are especially desired.  Preference will be given to former participants of the University of Michigan Development Summer Internship Program, LSA’s Appreciate + Reciprocate, and leaders of other student fundraising organizations on the Ann Arbor campus.  Knowledge of Michigan (university history and current events) is a plus.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

The target salary range for this position is $39,000-$41,000.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.