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Alumni Volunteer Opportunities and Resources

Volunteer Roles and Handbooks

Both short and long term position descriptions are listed here.  Looking for a more substantial volunteer role?  Long-term volunteer positions include the following class officers: presidents, secretaries, agents, FOP, and fund chairs. These positions require a five-year commitment and nomination by classmates and college staff.  A short description of each position is found below, along with a detailed handbook (where available) or a longer, in-depth description.  The handbooks are comprehensive "how-to" guides to each volunteer job. Existing volunteers will find them handy for a quick refresher on their job duties.

Friends of Skidmore Athletics Volunteer is one position that is not on a five-year cycle.  Contact the staff liaison for your class for details on this position. Need to get in contact with your staff liaison?  Click here for our staff directory.

Alumni Admissions Contact  | Alumni Career AdvisorClass President  |Class Secretary  |  Reunion Planner/Chair  |  Regional Event Volunteer  |  Class Agent  |  Fund Chair FOP Chair  |  Social Media Volunteer


Class President Handbook

Alumni Admissions Contact
Contact prospective students according to the admissions calendar. Represent Skidmore at local college fairs/college nights. Interview prospective students who request a local interview and submit a written or electronic report of each candidate. Host/attend receptions or send-off parties for prospective students and their families, when appropriate.  Maintain accurate and up-to-date information about the College and community. Attend local AAC committee meetings. Update Skidmore College (Admissions or Alumni Affairs) with ANY changes to contact information and annually renew interest in AAC program participation. For the AAC handbook, click here.

Alumni Career AdvisorAlumni Career Advisor
Help students/alumni understand and access a challenging job market. As an ACA, you will provide perspective and advice through shadowing opportunities and informational interviews; represent your career field and/or employer at career programs;forward leads regarding jobs or internships at your organization.

Class President HandbookClass President
Serve as the leader of the class in order to keep classmates and Skidmore connected to each other. Organize, plan and serve as a liaison between the class, its appointed officers, and the College.  Identify leaders for Alumni Board positions and potential award recipients. Write two all-class letters per fiscal year.  In Reunion years, work with the reunion committee to plan and execute Reunion.  Maintain regular communication with the other lead volunteers of the class and the Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund Offices.

secretary handbookClass Secretary
Submit news columns for Scope.  Solicit news from classmates via postcards, email, letters, or phone and work with the Advancement Editorial Associate to coordinate the schedule for these requests.  Share significant news items with the class and/or class officers.  Assist the Class President in submitting pictures and text for the Class Website.
reunion handbookReunion Planning/Chair
Oversee the planning process of the Reunion Planning Committee.  This includes writing letters to the class about Reunion and acting as the main liaison between the Alumni Affairs Office and the Reunion Committee.
Regional Events HandbookRegional Event Volunteer
Be a leader for a regional event planning committee or a committee member. Help organize, plan and coordinate events in partnership with the Alumni Affairs and College Events Office to keep alumni, parents, and friends connected to the College.

fundraising description cover iconClass Agent
Contact classmates to ask them to join in giving to the Annual Fund or thank them for making a gift if they have already done so.  Maintain regular contact with your class Fund Chair(s) and the Annual Fund Office. Make your class agent calls and return your finished packets within the prescribed amount of time.  For Fundraiser Handbook, click here.

volunteer description coverFund Chair
Serve as the lead ambassador between Skidmore and his/her annual class fundraising efforts. Write one or two targeted appeals per year to the class (more may be sent during the reunion cycle).  Maintain regular contact with class agent volunteers and call classmates to solicit them for annual gifts. Work in conjunction with other lead volunteers in your class. For Fundraiser Handbook, click here.


volunteer description coverFOP Chair

Serve as the lead ambassador between Skidmore and his/her annual class FOP fundraising efforts. Lead by example as an annual FOP donor.  Call proven and potential FOP donors in your class to solicit them for FOP gifts. Write up to two targeted appeals per year to FOP donors (and potential FOP donors). Work in conjunction with other lead volunteers (especially the Fund Chair). For Fundraiser Handbook, click here.


fundraising descriptionSocial Media Volunteer
Do you tweet and use Facebook every day? Do you take pride in your Alma Mater? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you are exactly what we are looking for. Skidmore College is seeking highly motivated individuals who have a great passion for social networking, spreading the word, and making new connections.