Requisition Number: 2022-01-01391-0167-001
Job Title: Manager, Alumni Engagement
City: New York
State: NY
Shift: Monday - Friday; 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Hours: 35

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The Firm was established in 1884 and has more than 1,000 lawyers. Headquartered in New York with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., the Firm provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the Firm’s practice.

Manager, Alumni Engagement

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Description/Job Summary

The Manager, Alumni Engagement reports to the Chief Business Development Officers and works closely with Partners and the Business Development team to develop, execute and support strategic plans to leverage alumni relationships for business development and to create a strong sense of global community between alumni and the Firm.


  • Collaborate with the Business Development team, Partners, and select practice and industry groups to implement strategies and action plans to proactively engage with the Firm’s over 4,000 alumni and help develop long-term relationships
  • Proactively follow job changes of alumni and proactively identify potential business development opportunities, developing strategies to effectively engage Partners in alumni-related initiatives
  • Identify ways in which alumni can network with one another, as well as with Firm representatives to support their own professional and business development goals
  • Conceptualize and organize Firm-hosted alumni events, including focused practice group/regional events, CLEs and webinars
  • Become a resource for associates and alumni and remain an active participant in practice group meetings/events, training programs, recruiting, and other events
  • Coordinate with each of the Firm’s 11 offices and the Legal Personnel Department on exit interviews to onboard departing associates to the Firm’s alumni program
  • Work closely with the Firm’s Recruiting and Legal Personnel Departments on alumni-related initiatives, including identifying job opportunities for alumni and associates
  • Follow trends in alumni programming and outreach at other law firms and professional services firms 
  • Oversee production of the Firm’s alumni newsletter and other related communications
  • Manage the Firm’s alumni database to improve and ensure accurate data quality, as well as the Firm’s online alumni portal, LinkedIn alumni page and other online avenues, and determine uses of social media to effectively engage alumni
  • Assist with other projects and initiatives identified by the Chief Business Development Officers
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Experience

  • Minimum 3-4 years of demonstrated experience in a law firm environment
  • Experience cultivating and managing client relationships
  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment working with Partners, multiple seniority levels and departments
  • Collaborative and a team player
  • Creative and forward-looking thinker with the ability to conceptualize ways to effectively engage alumni
  • Ability to interact well, engage others and build professional relationships while maintaining a high level of customer service, diplomacy and discretion
  • Ability to proactively identify and analyze problems, develop solutions and deliver results
  • Proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong project management and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to prioritize and balance competing demands and meet deadlines in a fast-paced professional environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Flexibility to adapt to all work situations and work varied hours
  • Ability to make decisions and remain calm under pressure

Preferred Experience

  • 5-6 years working at a peer level firm preferred
  • Prior experience developing or supporting an alumni program in a legal or professional services environment strongly preferred

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree required

Preferred Education

  • MBA or JD preferred 
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