Student Organization Advisor

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) is recruiting for a qualified individual to serve as the primary advisor for the two UW-Madison student organizations affiliated with WAA, UW Homecoming Committee and the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB). This position will represent and advocate for the interests of the student organizations with WFAA colleagues, campus partners and alumni.

Primary responsibilities include:

Strategic planning and execution              

  • Establish strategic plans and goals for the WFAA student organizations, Homecoming and the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB)
  • Ensure that programming provided by Homecoming and WASB conform with WFAA goals and mission, and programming includes alumni involvement.
  • Create benchmarking of programming and provide reports on program goals, objectives and outcomes.

Program Development and Execution

  • Provide comprehensive direction and guidance as student leaders/volunteers plan and implement projects and events including Homecoming Week, All-Campus Party (ACP) and other WASB programming.
  • Oversee the marketing of all events and membership drives and serve as liaison to WAA professional staff.

Constituent Relations

  • Directly supervise and advise the members of the Homecoming Committee and the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB).
  • Provide direct support to members of the Homecoming Committee and WASB by attending meetings, giving performance evaluations, and preparing organizations for eligibility and budget processes.
  • Manage annual turnover of records, data and best practices from one group of student leaders to another.
  • Serve as a resource to students assessing and maintaining risk management practices.
  • Set clear expectations for student volunteers and leaders. Insure that those expectations are clearly communicated, followed and measured.
  • Celebrate, acknowledge and reward student volunteers at all levels of engagement.
  • Provide support and guidance for WAA recent graduate programming, and outreach to current students not associated with Homecoming or WASB.
  • Provide leadership and direction to WFAA colleagues on the interests, desires and unique characteristics of students.

Campus Relations

  • Represent WFAA in communication and engagement with UW-Madison schools, colleges, departments or units in their interactions with current students and future alumni.
  • Ensure all registered student organization policies and procedures are upheld by both Homecoming Committee and WASB.
  • Encourage and support both organizations in working collaboratively with CfLI, University Housing, the Associated Students of Madison, the Chancellor’s Office, the Division of Student Life and other key campus stakeholders.

Support a service-oriented atmosphere in accordance with WFAA mission, values and philosophy:

  • Strategic beliefs
    • The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a transforming impact on students, alumni, and society;
    • Authentic, lifelong relationships and engagement with alumni, donors and friends are fundamental to sustaining the reputation and continued success of the University;
    • Philanthropy has an essential and growing importance on the future progress of UW-Madison;
    • The highest level of stewardship and fiduciary responsibility in financial, investment, data and gift administration is vital to maintaining trust with our stakeholders;
    • Diverse views, experiences and perspectives strengthen WFAA and the university community.
  • Organizational values
    • We are serious about delivering results;
    • We work together and with our campus partners as a team;
    • We are committed to alumni, donors, volunteers and others;
    • We are open-minded;
    • We create a positive work environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, public relations, student development, organizational behavior or related fields required. Current status as graduate student preferred.
  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience in student development, student management or similar experience. Experience with budget management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to speak clearly and confidently to small, medium and large audiences.
  • Night and weekend work is required.

This is a part time position during the school year with a strong possibility of up to 40 hours during the summer. This position reports to the Managing Director, State Relations.

To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume in a single attachment.

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