At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.
As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an Alumni Relations Officer, Brantford.
Alumni Relations supports the aims and objectives of Wilfrid Laurier University by building programs and strengthening relationships with the University’s alumni and students, thereby developing the basis for successful fundraising and relationship building. Working within the framework of Laurier’s Development and Alumni Relations Office, the position is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of communications, events and programs designed to engage alumni and students in the life of the University.
This position is based at the Brantford campus. The incumbent provides subject matter expertise in Brantford, but requires regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments at the Waterloo and Brantford campuses, the Toronto office and external partners. Special attention is given to ensure equitable service delivery across all locations.
This position reports to the Associate Director, Alumni Relations with a dotted line to the Associate Director, Annual Giving and the Director, Development, Brantford. The position is required to work normal hours in a flexible schedule that involves frequent meetings and events on and off campus, occasional evening and weekend work and some travel.
There will be considerable interaction with campus partners including: the Dean of Students, Communications, Ceremonies & Events, Career Development Centre as well as other individuals and groups throughout the Laurier community including alumni, students, staff and friends of the university.
The Officer, in consultation with the Associate Director of Alumni Relations develops alumni engagement programming for Laurier’s Brantford campus with goals, objectives, critical paths, and budgets. The incumbent will professionally and proactively co-ordinate activities and processes relating to the implementation of special projects and events. The officer will be responsible for the following engagement activity on the Brantford campus: the Student Alumni Association, supporting Homecoming and convocation, developing plans for class and constituent reunions, volunteer engagement within the faculties, and establishing an alumni chapter group in the Brantford community.
Accountabilities :Relationship Building
Manages, develops and provides support to the Student Alumni Association group on the Brantford campus, working closely with Alumni Officer, Students & Young Alumni
Works with development colleagues to create communication plans, programs and events to engage alumni and strengthen the relationship between the Faculties and their graduates
Conducts personal visits with alumni to strengthen their relationship with the university
Program Planning, Development & Evaluation
Oversees and coordinates alumni engagement programming for Laurier‘s Brantford campus
Provides support and campus connections for Homecoming programming in Brantford by working with alumni reunion volunteers, contributing to logistics and event budget management
Works closely with the Alumni Officer, Students & Young Alumni to provide guidance, direction and support for student philanthropy initiatives, such as TAG Day, National Philanthropy Day, Graduating Class Champions, Grad Class Gift and student calling scripts
Identify new opportunities to engage alumni and create strategies to effectively promote alumni programs
Evaluates program performance; makes recommendations for changes designed to enhance program effectiveness. Provides accurate and timely program analysis to key stakeholders. Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement through applied benchmarking efforts as applicable
Contributes to the development and implementation of a three year strategic plan that compliments and enhances the overall goals and objectives of Alumni Relations and the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association (WLUAA)
Coordinates, in collaboration and consultation with the Alumni Communications Officer, Brantford campus alumni communications, such as e-newsletters, invitations and social media content
Represents Alumni Relations and the University to internal and external audiences, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and community members
Understands the emerging trends of student, alumni and volunteer behaviour
Establish an alumni chapter volunteer group in the Brantford area who help to inform alumni engagement programming
Increase awareness, involvement and activity with student volunteers to help educate the student body about philanthropy
Administrative & Other Responsibilities
Serves as a liaison to the WLUAA board, as appropriate
Coordinates budget/financial details for events and initiatives and reports to the WLUAA Board of Directors and Alumni Relations, as appropriate
Assists with all other alumni events and programs that include, but are not limited to, conferences, professional development, seminars, networking events, social events, community, and alumni awareness programs
Commits to ongoing professional development through reading current literature, attending meetings, participating in professional associations, and developing working relationships with colleagues at other institutions
A university degree with a minimum of two (2) to three (3) years of relevant and transferable work experience
Experience in program planning, creative development and implementation, preferably in a University setting
Knowledge of principles and methods for the operation of successful volunteer/alumni programs is required
Familiarity with the internal and external communities of Laurier’s Brantford campus and experience with both is an asset
Demonstrated strong background in special event planning and implementation; project management; experience working with various prospective constituents
Overall awareness of University and alumni messages and key objectives, and the ability to translate that awareness into activities that effectively convey the appropriate tone and message
Understanding of high level issues and ability to support and contribute to the strategic vision of the Development and Alumni Relations office
Exceptional organizational skills, high level of attention to detail and ability to multi-task and prioritize projects
Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills; ability to build and draw upon significant relationships with internal and external constituents
Advanced knowledge of volunteer management concepts; recruitment, training and orientation experience is essential
Sound knowledge of basic financial reporting, accounting and/or budgeting experience
High energy and a passion for the promotion and attainment of Laurier’s Brantford campus strategic goals
Superior research, analytical, judgement and decision making skills
Innovative and self-motivating with demonstrated creativity in problem-solving and program creation. Must be able to identify problems and opportunities, as well as analyze situations and/or information and make recommendations
Proficient with desktop software (i.e. MS Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint); have sound knowledge of database management and possess an ability to learn and adapt to new software tools (Banner, Cognos, iModules)
Ability to manage tight deadlines and changing priorities on multiple projects is key to the incumbent’s success
Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively in a complex environment, but also to work independently and without close supervision
Grade : EX-G
Salary : $58,199 – $72,749
Salary Notes : This is a full-time continuing position. The anticipated start for this position is October 22, 2018.
Please Note : Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at email@example.com. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.