Active Citizenship/Public Service Volunteer Job Description

Volunteer Responsibilities & Expectations:

Two of our regional chapters, Boston and New York, have formed committees which meet regularly to plan, develop and implement new alumni programs and to expand upon existing community service initiatives. Additionally, other regional alliances plan one-time community service projects throughout the year.

Active Citizenship steering committees spend 3-4 hours per month planning events and/or developing & implementing new programs and initiatives. Additionally, they attend and participate in events which amounts to an additional 3-4 hours per month. Events do not occur every month.

Volunteers are expected to make every effort to attend events that have been planned by their respective group, chapter, committee, etc.

Volunteers are encouraged to make an annual gift--of any size--to Tufts.

Leaders of these organizations are expected to take part in and contribute to the development of succession plans for their respective group, chapter, committee, etc.

Please notify your Alumni Relations staff liaison immediately if you are no longer able to participate as a volunteer or if you need to take a leave of absence from your volunteer duties.

Term of Service:

Varies by region, generally 2 years.

Program Description:

In partnership with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the Office of Alumni Relations offers a broad range of activities that celebrate, educate and engage Tufts alumni who are interested in building stronger communities and societies.

Boston (Active Citizens of Tufts (ACT): Boston) and New York (Tufts Active Citizens of New York (TACNY)) have formal Active Citizenship steering committees that meet regularly but maintain partnership with their respective regional alliance steering committees. Leadership for Active Citizenship steering committee consists of chair/co-chairs plus “3-6” committee members One-time community service projects that are planned by other regional alliances typically do so using existing regional alliance steering committee members to plan the project.

Selection process varies by region and is often determined by regional chapter volunteers.

Past participation in and interest in planning active citizen programs are strongly preferred.

Staff Support:

Your staff liaison will provide training materials or one-on-one training, as needed.

Your staff liaison will schedule meetings/conference calls according to your group’s availability and the will make certain that agendas/minutes are distributed in a timely manner.

Your staff liaison will oversee any and all logistics for mailings, blast emails, event calendar postings, event registration sites, etc. as it relates to the events or activities of your volunteer program.

Your staff liaison will provide support to your group when planning events which may include assistance with venue selection, catering, AV needs, guest speaker(s) confirmation, registration, etc.


For more information, please contact Jonathan Kaplan, A96 ( or Julie O’Connor ( in the Office of Alumni Relations.