Director of Alumni Relations, University of Victoria

Gerard Search (Victoria BC, Canada) 29 days ago

The University of Victoria is seeking a experienced Alumni Relations professional to provide vision and strategic direction for the alumni relations program. As a key leader in the University's Alumni and Development portfolio, the director will foster ongoing connections with UVic's more than 130,000 alumni. One of Canada's leading research universities, and located in the stunning city of Victoria, BC, the University of Victoria is one of the city’s largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers.

Job Summary

External Relations connects UVic, and the world around it, by building relationships, resources and community to enhance the UVic Edge and our university’s reputation. And provides strategic leadership in:

  • Communicating the UVic mission and story
  • Building meaningful partnerships
  • Fostering a culture of philanthropy
  • Celebrating success and excellence
  • Enhancing community through cultural and other activities

External Relations functions as an integrated team, working together toward common goals with partners, stakeholders and key audiences on campus and in external communities.

Alumni and Development mandate within External Relations:
Alumni & Development nurtures a culture of pride and philanthropy at UVic and generates resources for the University's priorities. It comprises a committed staff team who work both centrally and in faculties and departments to identify opportunities where donors and alumni can be instrumental to enhancing the university’s programs, research and student support.

Alumni Relations mandate:
The University currently has over 130,000 alumni living in over 127 countries. The Alumni Relations staff work in partnership with the UVic Alumni Association, a volunteer team of more than 20 alumni, to encourage a lifelong relationship between UVic alumni and their university. The Alumni Association delivers quality events, services, and communications aimed to stimulate interest, cultivate involvement in the prosperity of the university, and inspire feelings of loyalty and pride among alumni and current students.


The Alumni Association is an independent society incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia. The society’s relationship with the university is defined by a memorandum of understanding between the two entities The Director of Alumni Relations assumes the role and function of Executive Director of the UVic Alumni Association and serves as an ex-officio member of its board of directors.

Mandate or core purpose of role:
Reporting to the Associate Vice-President Alumni and Development, the Director of Alumni Relations is responsible for providing the vision and strategic leadership for the University of Victoria’s alumni relations program that is intended to:

  • Increase engagement of alumni with the university, including while they are students, and across all post-graduation life stages
  • Increase alumni loyalty to the university, leading to greater support
  • Encourage students to become lifelong supportive alumni
  • Ensure fundraising efforts, including campaigns, are positively received by alumni
  • Enhance the reputation of the university among students, alumni and the donor community
  • Position the university as relevant in the lives of alumni today, increasing their perception of the university as a connector, coach and collaborator.

Summary of roles, functions and areas of focus:
The Director of Alumni Relations is principally tasked with the following :

  • Lead the development of programs and initiatives that will achieve the goals outlined in the core purpose above.
  • Lead and support a multi-disciplinary team of Alumni Relations professional and support staff to effectively deliver alumni services and programs.
  • Engage and involve Alumni Association volunteers annually in various roles that support the university and provide executive liaison to the Alumni Association Board
  • Forge strategic partnerships on campus that advance institutional alumni relations priorities (e.g. with faculties, the Senate, the Registrar’s Office)
  • Enhance relationships with Alumni Association affinity partners
  • Serve as a member of the Associate Vice-President’s leadership team and assist in developing, implementing and advancing the mission and strategic initiatives of Alumni and Development and the Division of External Relations.

Requirements

Qualifications and experience:

The Director of Alumni Relations will be a knowledgeable alumni relations professional with the experience and leadership skills to contribute to the growth and success of Alumni Relations, or a similar external relationship function in a major university.

  • A university degree is required. Being a UVic alumnus is a key asset.
  • At least 10 years progressively responsible leadership experience ideally in university alumni relations.
  • Experience in association and volunteer management, marketing, communications and program planning, development and delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships with, and inspire, diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Significant experience leading communications, marketing and audience engagement activity at the strategic, tactical and practical levels, including experience implementing varied and effective Alumni Relations programs.
  • Experience with the role of new and emerging technologies and social media in reaching diverse audiences with targeted calls to engagement and action.
  • Proven administrative, staff supervision, and financial experience at the executive level.
  • Ability to use a variety of automated systems and software to develop reports and presentations and retrieve information and data.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Comfort with organizational change, adapting to, initiating and implementing workplace transformations
  • Preference for collaborative work and ability to mobilize internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to travel.


Key job-specific competencies:
The key competencies for this position include:

  • Personal effectiveness as a leader to inspire staff, volunteers and campus partners in the development of a high quality alumni relations program.
  • Excellent communications skills to engage a diverse population of alumni of all ages.
  • Ability to influence the development of a culture amongst alumni of giving back to the university.
  • Creativity and innovation in program development and ability to marshal resources to their highest and best use.
  • Superior insight into best practices in the field of alumni relations and the ability to interpret and adapt such practices within the context of UVic.
  • Ability to build positive attitudes and behavior through effective relationship management practices.
  • Ability to focus on results and motivate staff, volunteers and campus partners to continuously improve outcomes in alumni relations.


Unusual working conditions:

Functioning in the capacity of Executive Director of a separately incorporated society while reporting to the University requires superior volunteer management skills in order to sustain the active involvement and commitment of alumni board volunteers in support of the university and its academic mission.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement.


Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Belinda Fontes, HR Programs and Project Manager, at uviccareers@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Additional Information: 998658-ALUM-FOR JD-2020-Director Alumni Relations-ME12

Benefits

University of Victoria offers a competitive compensation and benefit package, including 22 days of vacation to start, health and dental plan, and a pension.

Salary range: $96,893.00 to $139,284.00.

About the University of Victoria
The University of Victoria's vision is to be the Canadian research university that best integrates outstanding scholarship, engaged learning and real-life involvement to contribute to a better future for people and the planet. Located on a stunning campus known for its open green spaces state of the buildings, the University is home to more than 21 000 students from 129 countries including 3,000 graduate students, enrolled in academic programs offered by the university’s ten Faculties and two Divisions, including: Science Business science, business, law, engineering, medical sciences, education, fine arts, social sciences, humanities, continuing studies and Human and social development.

The University has over 4,500 employees including 900 faculty members. We award approx. 4,600 degrees a year and have over 130,000 alumni worldwide.

One of Canada's leading research universities with over $118M in research income, UVic excels in diverse forms of research and creative activity, innovation and knowledge mobilization that advance human knowledge, improve and enrich lives, tackle global challenges, and promote the sustainability of the planet. UVic researchers are global leaders, as demonstrated by the university’s success in achieving international, national and regional recognition. This excellence is reflected m UVic s dynamic capabilities for research in areas as diverse as: culture and creativity; data science and cyber-physical systems; environment, climate and energy; global studies and social justice; health and life sciences; Indigenous research; ocean science and technology; physical sciences and engineering, and mathematics and computer science.

UVic aims to be a preferred partner and a leader in local and global engagement. Working together for mutual benefit with community, private sector, government and other educational and research organizations, UVic will expand and inform its approach to engaged research, creative activity, learning and knowledge mobilization to foster connections and co-create positive change. UVic's annual economic impact is over $3.7 billion.

UVic has one of Canada's largest university co-operative education programs, integrating academic studies with relevant paid work experience in more than 40 academic areas. Each year, businesses and organizations across the globe hire UVic students to complete more than 3,000 co-op work terms. We also have nearly 100 exchange programs with institutions in 25 countries around the world.

The largest capital project in our history is currently underway -a $200M initiative encompassing two new student housing and dining buildings providing 620 beds for students currently living off campus, and will include a wide range of meeting rooms, informal gathering places, designated Indigenous student lounge and classrooms. UVic consistently ranks number one or two in the Maclean's Magazine comprehensive university category, and is very highly ranked in a number of surveys.

See https://www.uvic.ca/annualreview/assets/docs/uvic-... for a full summary and other university facts.
Annual report link: https://www.uvic.ca/strategicframework/assets/docs...


Alumni & Development at the University of Victoria
One of Canada's leading research universities, and located in the stunning city of Victoria, BC, the University of Victoria's alumni and development program is poised for excellence. There are exciting changes taking place across campus, including a new Strategic Framework, a fundraising campaign for Engineering, and preliminary planning underway for a university-wide campaign. Finally, with new leaders joining the University, the time is right for a visionary and inspirational leader to guide the University in the next stage of its philanthropic growth.

The Office of Alumni & Development nurtures a culture of pride and philanthropy at UVic and generates resources for the University's priorities. It comprises a committed staff team who work both centrally and in faculties and departments to identify opportunities where donors and alumni can be instrumental to enhancing the university's programs, research and student support. The University currently has over 130,000 alumni living· in over 127 countries. Our Alumni Relations staff work in partnership with the UVic Alumni Association, a volunteer team of more than 20 alumni, to encourage a lifelong relationship between UVic alumni and their university. The Alumni Association delivers quality events, services, and communications aimed to stimulate interest, cultivate involvement in the prosperity of the university, and inspire feelings of loyalty and pride among alumni and current students.


Living in Victoria
Victoria is a vibrant city with an exceptional quality of life -residents enjoy its social life, arts and culture scene, easy access to nature, and a cutting edge food scene. With cheaper housing and less congestion than other major cities in Canada, and some of the best weather, people seldom leave.

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is BC's capital city. With a regional population of about 380,000 residents, the Greater Victoria Area is the 15th most populous Canadian urban region – a big city with a small-town feel. As one of the most beautiful and photogenic cities in the world, it enjoys beautiful heritage architecture and a modern city-scape framed by stunning ocean views and mountain vistas.

The region is made for an active lifestyle. Outdoor recreational activities are boundless, and many people walk and cycle to work. Victoria may be surrounded by rainforest but it is actually a lot drier than nearby Seattle or Vancouver. Home to the warmest winters in Canada, snow is uncommon m the city, allowing golfers, hikers, sailors, rowing, rugby, soccer, tennis, and gardening enthusiasts to play outside all year long. In addition to the outdoors, there is a great selection of things to do in Victoria and environs. In addition to the Royal BC Museum, the Art Gallery of Victoria, and Butchart Gardens, there are myriad cultural attractions, festivals, and activities to enjoy.

Victoria has a diverse economy driven by small and medium sized business. Advanced technology is the leading economic generator, with annual revenues exceeding $3.15 billion. Greater Victoria is also a major tourism destination, spawning an industry that has a regional impact of about $2 billion. Education, marine, construction, health, retail, and agriculture are other sectors steadily on the rise. As the Capital city of the province and a Department of National Defence location, the public service is a large part of our economy.

Our education industry fuels much of the development of high tech and other knowledge based industries, and the schools in Victoria provide a rich learning environment. In addition to the University of Victoria our city has several other higher education institutions (such as Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the V1ctona College of Art, and the Canadian College of Performing Arts), as well as excellent public and independent schools. World-class healthcare is provided by the Vancouver Island Health, Authority, which operates local and regional hospitals, and oversees more than 18 000 health professionals, technicians, and support staff who provide excellent care and services.

Housing options in most Greater Victoria neighbourhoods include single family homes, townhouses, condominiums, rental apartments and secondary suites. According to the Realtors of Greater Victoria in June 2019 the average purchase price of condos, townhomes, and single-family homes reported as approximately $464,188, $601,730, and $846,787 respectively.

Travel to mainland Canada and USA is simple, either by ferry (a scenic 90 minutes to the mainland) by air from Victoria International Airport or Victoria Inner Harbour Airport (30 min flight to Vancouver.

For a visual overview of Victoria, see https://www.tourismvictoria.com/

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