Programming Chair, Cornell Club of Sacramento

Posted by Cornell Club of Sacramento on 09/18/2013

General Information

Nomination start - 04/25/2018
Nomination end - 05/31/2018
Process for Filling Position: Open (Volunteers self-identify)
Number of Seats: 1
Location: Sacramento, California 95813, United States
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni, Parents, Friends

Summary of Position

The club programming chair is part of the team who provide leadership and guidance to the board and the local Cornell community. In addition, the programming chair is responsible for creating interesting opportunities for events and activities that align with Cornell University priorities to engage alumni, parents and friends. Evaluating additional opportunities such as All-Ivy events, outside networking and Cornell-centric is helpful to keep the schedule of events lively and interesting. Signature events help the club make a name and create a special Cornell connection while one-off opportunities create a sense of inclusion without long-term commitments.

Cornell Interests:


Regional Clubs

Talent Expectations: Skills


Speak to Groups
It is important that the club programming chair is able to speak in board meetings and share ideas, suggestions and plans with the board, while creating a sense of excitement and interest through provoking ideas and plans. Although public speaking is not mandatory, it is helpful to 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
Club programming chairs should effectively lead the board in carrying out plans for events. Working closely with the affinity chair to form a programming committee, if there is one, is helpful. Delegating tasks to the board and encouraging them to participate in various aspects of each event is important. Communication with the president and treasurer and sharing timely information on payments and contracts is crucial. It is also necessary to actively participate in the life of the club.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Club programming chairs should actively participate in succession planning and board opportunity discussions within their community. It is helpful to seek out members of the local community to participate and interact on another level. Actively engaging alumni, parents and friends to participate in all aspects of events could help encourage additional participation. Meeting alumni and speaking with them about opportunities to engage the local Cornell community are vital to the growth of the club.


Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Kate Van Dalsem
Volunteer Position Title:
Associate Director, West Coast Engagement and Cornell Silicon Valley

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 5-7 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 1 year
Number of terms in Office: Not Applicable


Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: No
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: Meetings held in the region.
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: Monthly

Additional Attendance Requirements: Club programming chairs are invited to attend CALC and are encouraged to attend 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