President, Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California

Posted by Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California on 08/20/2013

General Information

Nomination start - 03/28/2023
Nomination end - 04/27/2023
Process for Filling Position: Submission of a nomination
Number of Seats: 1
Location: San Francisco, California 94118, United States
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni

Summary of Position

The President provides overall leadership and guidance to the board and the local Cornell community, supports club programming and activities, and develops strategies for strengthening the local alumni engagement. The club president is responsible for regular communication with the Alumni Affairs Regional Staff Contact, to include submitting annual reports and plans, event detail forms, and other requested information, as well as sharing information with their local alumni community from Cornell University. It is important that club presidents ensure continued leadership by communicating with local alumni about participating in the club and maintaining strong ties to Cornell University.

Cornell Interests:


Regional Clubs

Talent Expectations: Skills


Write and/or Edit
Speak to Groups
It is important that club presidents are able to speak with a variety of alumni, parents and friends, both in one-on-one conversations and in front of a larger group. Although public speaking is not deciding factor, the club president is an extension of Cornell University and should have a comfort level in speaking to their constituents. The ability to share a clear message is important in both speaking and communicating via email.


Lead a Group
Manage Projects
Serve on a Committee or Board
The President is responsible for providing overall strategic direction to Cornell NorcCal and for ensuring the success of the club in fulfilling its mission to engage Cornell alumni and to celebrate the spirit of Cornell University in Northern California. The President is responsible for setting annual goals for the organization that fulfill this mission. The President is accountable to the Board of Directors and Members as specified in the bylaws. Club presidents should be able to run effective board meetings, motivate and support their boards and alumni. It is important that they communicate with the Alumni Affairs Regional Staff Contacts to keep up-to-date with the latest news about club policies and procedures, read about the latest news from Cornell University, and speak with their alumni and board about interests and ideas to strengthen their local alumni ties and fully engage the local community. This is an Officer of the Board and can take official action on behalf of the Association.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Represent Cornell
Club presidents should actively participate in succession planning and board opportunity discussions within their community. Meeting alumni and speaking with them about opportunities to engage the local Cornell community are vital to the growth of the club. Ensuring a visible presence at events and publicly acknowledging board members for their hard work, while fostering a welcoming and helpful atmosphere are all important aspects of a club president's tenure.

Industry Experience:

Services: Business

Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Kate Van Dalsem
Volunteer Position Title:
Director, West Coast Engagement

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 3-5 hrs/week
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 2 years
Number of terms in Office: 1 term


Prerequisites Must be an active member of Cornell NorCal.

Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? Yes


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: No
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: Monthly

Other Meeting Details: Annual members meeting, welcome picnic, scholarship dinner, holiday party, CAAAN student recruiting.

Additional Attendance Requirements: It is strongly recommended that all club presidents attend CALC and any other additional training opportunities available to them

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election