University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa—A crossroads of cultures and ideas
At the University of Ottawa, we are driven to challenge the status quo and to be a catalyst for change. With over 250,000+ alumni, students, faculty and staff, the reach and influence of our community is world-wide.
Having taken stock of our extraordinary growth in recent years, uOttawa looks to the future with confidence, ambition and vision, poised to complete our evolution into an illustrious, internationally renowned university. Transformation 2030 is our vision for building the university of tomorrow - one that is more sustainable, more connected, more agile, and more impactful

Build your career with us and help us re-IMAGINE the future.
The Office of Advancement raises funds to support uOttawa’s strategic priorities. We work with alumni, individual donors, corporations and foundations to build relationships that lead to philanthropic engagement, finding ways to help our donors direct their gifts to impact projects that inspire them. Our Development Team is a group of talented high performers who have built a solid reputation for delivering results and building long-term relationships.

Salary Range:$100 422 - $125 528


Job description:

Position purpose:

The Director, Alumni Relations develops and oversees the overall strategy to engage current and future alumni in the life and work of the University of Ottawa. With the goal of creating a global community that is connected, engaged, and committed to advancing institutional and faculty-specific strategic priorities, the incumbent leads the unit in building lifelong relationships and increasing satisfaction and loyalty with its stakeholders. Working within an integrated advancement framework, provides leadership and direction for strategic engagement of key individuals (prominent alumni, donors, and other high net worth individuals) and segments by developing and implementing a broad service offering to both faculties and at the pan-university level. Manages the relationship between the University and the Alumni Association and maximizes its impact across all sectors and markets across the globe.

In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Using an evidence-based approach to strategic planning, the Director develops and directs long-term strategic plans and programming for alumni and student engagement, with the goal to build customer lifetime value (CLV) with invested alumni who support university and faculty priorities through gifts of time, expertise, and donations. 
  • With the focus on establishing long-term relationships and providing added value to alumni, sets strategy and develops action plans for new programs based on analysis and thorough understanding of the emerging trends of alumni, student, and volunteer behavior, including demographic trends. 
  • Instills and nurtures a positive, collegial, collaborative, client-centric approach for the Alumni Relations. 
  • Serves as the principal relationship manager for the University. 
  • Develops and implements relationship-building strategies for a variety of alumni segments including those associated with global councils, young alumni, faculty and industry specific, with the objective to maximize the engagement potential of these groups with the University. 

What you will bring:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree considered desirable.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive stakeholder engagement, fundraising and/or campaign management experience.
  • A proven track record of achievement and success with developing and coaching teams toward succeeding at their intended goals within an academic environment or related field. 
  • Strong understanding of board or association governance and its various functions and needs.
  • Proven experience in strategy development, project, financial and operations management.
  • Knowledge of the University of Ottawa and/or educational environment. 
  • Track record in developing, operationalizing, and executing budgets across teams, programming, and staffing.
  • Proven abilities in building collaborative and successful working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, including senior executives and officials. 
  • Exercises excellent diplomacy and judgment.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in both official languages

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