Advisor, Communications, Strategic Events and Communications, Development and Alumni Engagement (Job ID#17925)

Strategic Events and Communications within Development and Alumni Engagement is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Advisor, Communications for approximately 13 months.

Reporting to the Director, Campaign and Development Communications, this position will provide efficient, effective strategic communications strategy and support for the Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE) department, including the $1.3 billion Energize fundraising campaign. This position collaborates with members of various teams within Development and Alumni Engagement, both centrally and within faculties. This position also engages with other units and departments within the campus community including University Relations. With broadly delegated responsibilities, the donor communications advisor works with a high degree of independence and creativity, adds value to the work each day from his/her own skills-base, and is proactive in fulfilling the varied tasks, working under pressure to meet deadlines and deliverables on time and on budget.

The incumbent must operate with a high degree of discretionary judgment, be comfortable operating in a fast-paced environment and be able to shift priorities and work quickly. This position deals with highly confidential materials and requires the effective management of information both internally and externally. The ability to communicate knowledgeably with internal stakeholders at all levels of the institution, as well as various external stakeholders is critical. This position works a 35-hour workweek, although due to shifting priorities evening extra hours and flexibility are sometimes required.

The primary purpose of this role is to develop and implement strategic communications plans that support key areas in DAE such as fund development and donor stewardship activities; alumni engagement programs and services, and strategic events: Integrating the overarching DAE communications strategy, messaging, accuracy, and collaboration are keys to the successful navigation of this role, along with creativity and a sense of accountability/ownership. The advisor manages ongoing processes for these activities and identifies program improvements when necessary. The advisor also proactively seeks out stories about donors and alumni and the impact of their support and engagement, as well as stories of interest to these groups, and shares them with external and internal audiences.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
This position is responsible for implementing elements of the overall campaign, development and alumni engagement plans, including the writing, development and delivery of quality and timely communication strategies and tactics. This position also acts as a resource to various departments to provide short-term and long-term communications advice, and ensures consistency of communication, image and branding. While this position needs to work collaboratively in a team environment, the advisor is also expected to be able to take proactive steps to resolve conflicts or issues as required

Project Management / Strategic Responsibilities
• Participate and lead in the strategic communication planning process with ideas, creativity, enthusiasm and insight
• Maintain accuracy, quality, creativity, and linkages to strategic messaging on behalf of the institution
• Document and synthesize ideas with clarity, develop solutions and/or action plans appropriate to the needs of the project
• Research and document information/data relating to projects and develop and implement action plans appropriate to the needs of the project
• Develop and implement different strategies and degrees of research, writing, editing and proofreading appropriate to the assigned tasks and projects
• Project-lead multiple initiatives  including working with internal and external design teams, as well as selecting other venders as required  and managing/negotiating budgets where applicable
Stakeholder Relations / Consulting
• Provide strategic communications advice and support, as required to various units within DAE, including strategic communications planning, research, writing and editing..
• Work collaboratively with colleagues throughout Development and Alumni Engagement, as well as University Relations Marketing and Communications and various faculty partners to share, collaborate and ensure consistency and efficiency to support institutional messaging and positioning 
Correspondence and Remarks
• Prepare speaking remarks and other event- -related materials, as required
• Further the ability of our leadership and frontline fundraisers and alumni engagement staff to communicate effectively the philanthropic needs and the alumni engagement goals of the institution, and, thus, generate philanthropic revenue and increase alumni engagement

Qualifications / Requirements:
• University degree preferably in communications, journalism or public relations 
• Minimum 5 to 7 years’ experience in the communications field 
• Demonstrated experience in strategic communications planning and implementation
• Demonstrated excellence in research, writing, and editing; ability to translate complex content and information concepts into clear, concise and impactful communications; experience writing for all mediums including print, web, social and digital
• Experience managing projects and maintaining consistent brand and visual identity standards 
• Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and listening skills; sound judgement with exceptional ability to prioritize and meet deadlines 
• High level of problem solving and interpersonal skills, including strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure and on varying projects simultaneously 
• Proven ability to use discretion with confidential material; a high level of tact, diplomacy, professionalism and a strong work ethic are required 
• Ability to work independently but also collaboratively with others on and off-campus, at all levels within and outside the organization 

Application Deadline:  April 29, 2019. Please submit application at
We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information view the Careers in Development and Alumni Engagement website

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Join Us

Grow your network. Expand your knowledge.
Share your skills.

Join Now
Our Partners