Director, Alumni Communities (MR0071)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Director Alumni Communities (COM4C)
Position Summary: 

Reporting to the Managing Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, the Director, Alumni Communities works in collaboration with Advancement and other University stakeholders to build relationships with McGill alumni, in order to encourage them to stay connected and support McGill, both financially and through volunteer activities. The Director designs and implements a robust engagement program to promote alumni interaction with one another and with McGill, through both in-person and virtual means, locally and in key regions around the world.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Establish the strategic direction of the unit and oversee implementation of short and long term plans to engage alumni locally and in key geographic regions, and to develop a strong and diverse network of volunteer leaders;
  • Provide leadership and direction to unit staff by establishing annual work plans and metrics, and conducting performance check-ins; encourage staff to develop skills and competencies, and support opportunities to foster professional growth;
  • Develop relationships with other Faculty-based Advancement and central University teams to increase successful integration of alumni engagement at McGill;
  • Establish and maintain meaningful relationships with the McGill Alumni Association branch network to advance the MAA’s mission and vision through ongoing cultivation and strategic stewardship;
  • Develop and conduct individual and group training programs and written materials to establish high-performing, self-sustaining volunteer groups;
  • Develop and provide reports and track volunteer involvement and event attendance;
  • Identify candidates for positions on University or Alumni Association governance bodies, and coordinate the nomination of alumni for University or Alumni Association awards, such as honorary degrees and MAA Honours & Awards;
  • Identify candidates for roles as fundraising ambassadors for a variety of Advancement programs, including annual giving and reunion/affinity giving;
  • Work within the unit and with other central and Faculty-based units to maintain an annual calendar of engagement and volunteer activity;
  • Identify and secure Faculty researchers, University dignitaries and alumni hosts for regional engagement events;
  • Plan the programmatic use of digital resources, such as the alumni website and other platforms, to engage the global network of McGill alumni;
  • Collaborate with other Advancement units in the marketing of alumni engagement opportunities;
  • Travel as required to meet volunteer management goals and assist with program/event management;
  • Serve occasionally on committees within the University, department and/or unit;
  • Monitor an annual operating budget for the unit seeking and obtaining funding approval, and control costs against budget; assess priorities and allocate assigned budget among volunteer groups;
  • Provide high-level attention to detail and program/project management from design to implementation;
  • Meet department standards for privacy, compliance, contact reports, visits, and accurate coding using the Advancement database system.
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Eight (8) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Experience in a leadership role in a university or similar not-for-profit organization with a successful record of accomplishment in volunteer governance, fundraising, development operations and communications.Proven managerial competency.Demonstrated organizational and research skills with the ability to think analytically and strategically. Strong judgement and an ability to navigate a broad range of matters and complex situations.Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines while balancing multiple projects with strong project management skills.Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to cultivate strong relationships and work successfully in partnership with multiple stakeholders including donors, volunteers, senior leadership and staff.Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Managing Director, Alumni Relations
Salary Range: 
(Grade 09) $83,100 - $110,800 (midpoint) - $155,200
University Advancement
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

*Internal candidates: Please provide your McGill ID number when applying.*

Please submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter, clearly indicating the reference number, via email to: [at]