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Associate Director, Alumni Communications - York University

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.


The Division of Advancement's mission is to inspire and cultivate meaningful engagement and philanthropic support to advance York University's excellence in education, research and community service. In support of this mission, the Associate Director, Alumni Communications is responsible for providing strategic alumni communications leadership and vision for the Division of Advancement and York University. The Associate Director will report directly to the Executive Director, Alumni Engagement, with an indirect report to the Chief Communications & Marketing Officer in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs to enable strategic, University-wide collaboration and strategy development and ensure units are aligned and integrated. The incumbent is responsible for identifying, developing and implementing alumni communication initiatives in support of divisional priorities including an annual pan-University alumni strategic communications plan and managing the implementation of a comprehensive supporting suite of tactics, activities and collateral materials that meaningfully engage York's 300,000+ alumni, by encouraging dialogue, inspiring alumni to become donors, volunteers and ambassadors. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that alumni communications are aligned and support both the University's and Advancement's goals and objectives and are developed and executed in collaboration with campus stakeholders including the President's Office, Communications & Public Affairs, Faculties and Colleges.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will bring the following:

University Degree with emphasis on Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Social Sciences or similar field. York degree preferred. APR accreditation an asset. At least seven years recent experience in journalism, communications or post-secondary education with a focus on communications. Demonstrated experience in collaborative leadership across a complex environment is essential. Prior experience coaching and mentoring teams. Experience in project management and managing large, multi-faceted initiatives. Experience in stakeholder relations. Experience in developing and managing communications materials for alumni using a variety of media, including print, digital and social media. Highly developed political sensitivity. Knowledge of protocol. Knowledge of privacy and security legislation such as FIPPA, PCI Data Security Standards, procurement and contracts, Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). Familiarity with Employment Standards. Health and Safety policies and risk management. Knowledge of French would be an asset. Experience in a unionized environment an asset.

For full position details, including skills and knowledge requirements, and to apply to this exciting opportunity visit the External Career Portal ( and refer to posting 102218

We offer comprehensive benefits and access to superb educational and recreational facilities. For more information on what York has to offer U please visit:

The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive and inclusive environment.

York University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted by York University regarding a job opportunity or testing, please advise if you require accommodation.

We are committed to enhancing our environmentally and socially responsible practices for the benefit of all members of the York community. Our long-term perspective recognizes our responsibility to be innovators and to continually work as a community to reduce our ecological impact.

Application Deadline : 2021-04-30
Institution : York University