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29 Nov 2022

Temporary Alumni Engagement Manager, Students and Young Alumni

University of Guelph – Posted by dayone Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Temporary, full-time position (from December 12, 2022, to July 31, 2024) – Guelph, ON

This role is an opportunity to join a high-performing team of passionate fundraising and engagement professionals in Alumni Affairs and Development at one of Canada’s leading comprehensive research-intensive universities.

In our work, at the department of Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D), we advance the mission of the University of Guelph (U of G) by building lifelong relationships with our community: alumni, donors, and friends. Our vision is for the University to be personally relevant in the lives of our community members. Through these relationships, we amplify the impact of philanthropy to create unique solutions for the challenges facing our world.

As Alumni Engagement Manager, Students and Young Alumni, you’ll be a member of this campus-wide team and, as such, epitomize the department’s shared values of respect, empowerment, integrity, appreciation, and forward focus. An experienced engagement professional, you’ll continue building and enhancing the journey of students as they become alumni and strengthen the connection of recent grads to the University.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Alumni Advancement, you’ll align recent grads with U of G’s priorities through volunteer opportunities and, as an expert in student and alumni engagement, you’ll contribute to strategic mass engagement and fundraising opportunities, in collaboration with key directorates in AA&D that support long-term pipeline growth. More specifically, as an Alumni Engagement Manager focused on Students and Young Alumni, you’ll:

  • Develop and implement annual plans designed to engage students and young alumni in the life of the University;
  • Achieve revenue targets through the active solicitation of sponsors to support program events and activities;
  • Implement strategic volunteer engagement plans, including work with alumni associations, boards and committees;
  • Work with key staff in AA&D to develop effective communication strategies aimed at keeping alumni and friends informed of activities of interest;
  • Collaborate widely with colleagues in student-facing units, as well as those in AA&D events, communications, and annual giving, to deliver engaging programming that appeals to recent grads;
  • Serve as the main AA&D point of contact with student government/organizations to support their philanthropic giving and create connections to alumni.


To assume the role of Alumni Engagement Manager, Students and Young Alumni, you should be a results-oriented, skilled relationship builder with a profile that includes:

  • An undergraduate degree and a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in alumni relations, event coordination and planning, fundraising and/or non-profit management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience securing gifts or sponsorships through a variety of methods (desired);
  • Superior interpersonal skills, with a strong interest and proven skill in effectively connecting and communicating with people and building and nurturing relationships;
  • A strong record of volunteer and program management, and the demonstrated ability to conceptualize, analyze, develop and coordinate programs;
  • Proficiency with computers, CRM database software, and MS Office (Word, Excel);
  • Demonstrated motivation working toward targets/goals and ability to take initiative, and think creatively and with an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills and strategic-thinking ability;
  • A high level of diplomacy, tact, judgment and adaptability;
  • Experience working in a university environment (an asset).


The University of Guelph (www.uoguelph.ca) is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.

To view a detailed posting for the role of Alumni Engagement Manager, Students and Young Alumni, including application instructions, please go to our website at www.uoguelph.ca/hr/careers. Applications, quoting Hiring #2022-0809, must be sent to: ca*****@uo******.ca.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Temporary.


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