NYU Wagner Alumni e-News - September 2012

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NYU Wagner News

Wagner Alumni Survey Results

NYU Wagner conducted a comprehensive alumni survey[1] this past spring, and we want to thank all those who participated. We discovered some wonderful news about you, our graduates, and gained some valuable information about your careers, how Wagner helped prepare you, and about your connection to the school.

Our alumni have significant career satisfaction:

  • 85% NYU Wagner alumni are satisfied with the overall direction of their career
  • 82% NYU Wagner alumni are satisfied with the level of responsibility they've attained
  • 84% NYU Wagner alumni are satisfied with the impact of their work

Our alumni have high satisfaction with NYU Wagner, too:

  • 84% believe the quality of the program is high
  • 76% said NYU Wagner was pivotal in their career trajectory
  • 79% said they would encourage others to pursue an NYU Wagner degree

The survey helped us identify certain skill sets/knowledge most important in your careers, the top 10 being: written communication, oral communication, systematic thinking and problem solving, conceiving and executing projects, presentation skills, leadership, teamwork, substantive knowledge in one's field, and the use of technology in professional contexts. We are already using this information to develop some additional courses and workshops to shore up the curriculum and other offerings of value for current students.

Our location in New York City was rated at the top of importance with respect to non-curricular attributes of the NYU Wagner experience, and we heard that it's hard to stay connected to the school for those that leave the New York tri-state area after graduation. So, we intend to put an extra focus in the upcoming years on ways to engage with alumni outside of New York, while continuing to engage those still local.

Huge thanks to all of those who provided us with feedback. While we intend to survey alumni in this way every five years, we appreciate your anecdotal feedback and continued engagement in the interim.

[1] The survey was available online from March 27-April 10, 2012. Three emails inviting alumni to take the survey were sent during that time frame to all alumni for whom we had updated email addresses (51% of our total graduates). We received a total of 1,180 responses, representing a 21% response rate.


NYU Alumni Day

NYU Wagner will be hosting The Big Choice 2012, a dynamic political panel on the upcoming presidential election at NYU Alumni Day. 

Wagner's Robert Shrum [Senior Fellow at NYU Wagner, former Senior Advisor to the 2004 Kerry-Edwards Campaign and Senior Advisor to the Gore 2000 Presidential Campaign] will insightfully moderate this panel with Ken Mehlman [former Campaign Manager for the George W. Bush 2004 re-election campaign and Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007] and other renowned political figures.

The panel will take place Saturday, October 20th at 10:30am.  Location is TBA.  Click here to register.  Event is free of charge.

*Please note that this event is closed to the press. No recording, photographs or interviewing are permitted.


Events, Lectures and Regional Events

Wagner Alumni in Performance Measurement and Management Affinity Group meeting
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
9:00am – 10:30am
NYU Wagner - Puck Building - Mulberry Conference Room, 3072
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

For more information, click here

Wagner Alumni Happy Hour in NYC
Thursday, September 13, 2012
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Ulysses Folk House - 58 Stone St. | 95 Pearl St. New York, NY

For more information & to RSVP, click here

NYU Las Vegas Alumni Club Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Panevino Bar & Lounge
246 Via Antonio Avenue (Las Vegas, NV)

For more information & to RSVP, click here

Wagner Alumni Happy Hour in Washington, DC
Thursday, September 20, 2012
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Ping Pong (1 Dupont Circle NW), Washington, DC

For more information & to RSVP, click here

NYU Seattle Area Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, September 20, 2012
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Terra Plata
1501 Melrose Ave (Capital Hill area) (Seattle, WA)

For more information & to RSVP, click here

NYU Alumni Day
Saturday, October 20, 2012

For more information & to RSVP, click here




NYU Alumni Events!

For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the link below.

University-wide Alumni Calendar


Office of Career Services (OCS): Mid - to - Senior Level Job Postings

Wagner's OCS Career Directory is a great resource for alumni looking to take the next step in their career. Here is a sampling of mid- to senior-level postings currently available:

  • Mid-Level Planner

    Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (Boston, MA)

  • Advocacy and Policy Strategist for Immigrants' Rights

    American Civil Liberties Union (San Francisco, CA) 

  • Analyst/Senior Analyst
    Public Financial Management, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) 

  • Global Benefits Director
    Gallup  (Omaha, NE

  • Project Director
    Convergence Center for Policy Resolution (Washington, DC) 

  • Senior Program Coordinator
    Innovations for Poverty Action (Kenya)
  • Senior Project Manager for Real Estate Development
    Westside Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (New York, NY)

Log on to the OCS Career Directory for full job descriptions and application instructions online. Be sure to check the Career Directory regularly for a job posting perfect for YOU.


Public Service Spotlight

Malini Patel (MPA '00) Malini shares how Wagner helped her develop and hone her knowledge and skills in the International Development field, to most successfully make an impact.

Read more about Malini.


Start the School Year Off Right!

Our 2012 fiscal year has come to a close and we send our thanks to all of those who contributed to last year's annual fund.  Didn't make the August 31st deadline? You can help us get this year's fund to a strong start by making an online contribution today!

THANK YOU for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?

Updates from fellow Wagnerites!

Lauren Caruso (MPA '11) is the Program Associate for Affiliate Support & Advocacy at American Civil Liberties Union.

Chanel Cathey (MPA '12) is the new Team Leader at Viacom Corporate Communications.

Matt Curren (MPA '10) was named Senior Consultant of Healthcare Strategy and Operations at Deloitte Consulting.

Casey Eiseman (MPA '07) became the Deputy Director of HR & Operations at City Year.

Anita Richichi (MPA '01) presented her work at the ADA Conference in June.  Her poster abstract is her first published piece, which you can find here.

James Ryan (MPA '82) launched a business aimed at assisting fellow job-seekers titled Trinity Composition.  See the article published about his initiative in Ionia Sentinel-Standard here.


Be in the Next "Did You Know...?"

In each issue of the Wagner Alumni e-News, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your news with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu!