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Volunteer Roles and Handbooks

Looking for a more substantial way to be involved with the College? Why not volunteer!
A short description of each position is found below, along with a detailed handbook (where available). The handbooks are comprehensive "how-to" guides to each volunteer job. Existing volunteers will also find them handy for a quick refresher on their job duties.


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Short Term Positions


Alumni Admissions Contact (AAC)

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 Relations) with ANY changes to contact information and annually renew interest in AAC program participation.

For more information, download the AAC Handbook.

Friends of Skidmore Athletics (FOSA) Volunteer

The Friends of Skidmore Athletics (FOSA) initiative promotes the ongoing improvement of the College's athletics program through financial and programmatic support. Under the guidance of the Athletic Director and the Office of Advancement, a committee of alumni, parents, coaches and friends are committed to enhancing the athletics experience at Skidmore for current student‐athletes ensuring they can compete and succeed at the highest level.

For more information, download the Friends of Skidmore Athletics Handbook.

Parent Volunteers

The Parents Council is a volunteer group of parents who serve the Skidmore community in many ways. Three primary areas where the Parents Council provides much-needed leadership and works closely with the College include the Admissions Office, Career Development Center, and Annual Parents Fund.

For more information, please viisit the Parents Council page.

Regional 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 Relations & College Events Office to keep alumni, parents, and friends connected to the College.

For more information, download the Regional Volunteer Handbook.

Social 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.

 For more information, download the Social Media Volunteer Handbook.

Skidmore Business Network (SBN)

For more information, visit the SBN webpage.


Skidmore Visual Arts Network (SVAN)

For more information, visit the SVAN webpage.

Long Term Positions

Long-term volunteer positions require a five-year commitment and are nominated by classmates and/or college staff.

Class 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 Relations and Skidmore Fund Offices.

For more information, download the Class President Handbook.

Class Secretary

Submit news columns for the quarterly class notes publication.  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.

 For more information, download the Class Secretary handbook.

Fund 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 more information, download the Fund Chair handbook.

Presidents Society (PS) Chair

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

For more information, download the Presidents Society Chair handbook.

Reunion 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 Relations Office and the Reunion Committee.

For more information, download the Reunion Handbook.

Class Agent

Contact classmates to ask them to join in giving to the Skidmore 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 Skidmore Fund Office. Make your class agent calls and return your finished packets within the prescribed amount of time.

For more information, download the Class Agent handbook.

Career Development Center Volunteer Roles

Alumni Career Adviser
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. To receive more information, click here

Facilitate Internships

Be a Professional Mentor/Advisor

Host a Student for a Day of Job Shadowing

Share Job/Internship Postings

Return to Campus for a Career Panel

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