Class Reunion Volunteer Job Description

Reunions at Tufts University have a long history of reconnecting classmates with the University and rekindling many lifelong friendships. To commemorate this milestone, many alumni choose to attend Alumni Weekend on the Hill, and make a special gift to Tufts during their reunion year. Members of the Reunion Committee play a vital role in engaging classmates and furthering efforts on behalf of Tufts in support of priorities set forth by the Board of Trustees.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Expectations:

The primary responsibility of reunion volunteers is to reach out to classmates to encourage their attendance at Alumni Weekend, as well as their financial support in honor of the Reunion.

Volunteers are asked to lead by example by marking their own calendars for Alumni Weekend and making an early commitment to Tufts (a gift or a pledge) in honor of the Reunion.

All committee members are encouraged to:

  • Connect with classmates via email, phone, events, and/or social media to gather updated contact information, invite to Alumni Weekend, solicit an annual gift, steward their donor/engagement status, and to share news about the University.
  • Make an early commitment (a gift or a pledge) to Tufts in honor of your reunion and at a level that sets an example of personal leadership.
  • Participate in volunteer training offered by University staff.
  • Utilize the Tufts Volunteer Network to contact classmates and communicate results. (This requires a Tufts username and password. If you don’t have one, we can set one up for you.)
  • Contact a minimum of 10 classmates per semester to invite them to campus for Alumni Weekend and ask for their participation in the reunion campaign.
  • Help to identify classmates who would be valuable committee members, and classmates who have the ability and inclination to make a special contribution to Tufts University in honor of their reunion.
  • Join monthly conference calls between September and June.
  • Help plan a successful class reunion event and attend Alumni Weekend.

Term of Service:

Volunteers serve a one year term during their reunion year, which runs on a fiscal calendar – July 1 to June 30. Many volunteers choose to participate on their reunion committees for several reunion cycles (every five years).

Program Description:

Alumni Weekend is the place to reconnect and renew your ties to friends and Tufts. An energetic and diverse reunion committee will ensure that a large group of your classmates will come together for your reunion. Peer-to-peer outreach is vital to the success of your class reunion event and to achieving your class’ fundraising goals. No special experience is needed to participate on your reunion committee - just enthusiasm for Tufts and a desire to network and re-connect with your classmates.

Staff Support:

Your staff liaisons will:

  • Provide class lists from which committee members will identify classmates they would like to be assigned to contact.
  • Provide individual support, especially as it relates to gift solicitation, and access to the university’s online volunteer portal, the Tufts Volunteer Network (TVN).
  • Schedule meetings/conference calls according to the committee’s availability and distribute agendas and minutes in a timely manner.
  • Oversee all logistics for mailings, blast emails, event calendar postings, event registration sites, etc. as it relates to your reunion event and activities.
  • Plan events for an exciting and enjoyable reunion experience; seek input from committee members when necessary.
  • Provide support to your committee when planning events, including assistance with venue selection, catering, musical entertainment, etc.
  • Share, upon request, a complete reunion volunteer guide.

Contacts:

Office of Alumni Relations:
Julie O’Connor: julie.o_connor@tufts.edu
Tom Williams, A92: thomas.williams@tufts.edu

Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences & Engineering:
Alice Shah: alice.shah@tufts.edu
Rachel Laquidara: rachel.laquidara@tufts.edu