Posted On: 2021-02-23
Closing On: 2021-03-23
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Management
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Job Description

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 promotes York University's teaching and research priorities by engaging our diverse community of alumni and friends to build long-term mutually beneficial relationships to secure philanthropic support for the University's students. Our team is comprised of four departments:

  • Advancement Services and Operations leads efforts to support the Development and Alumni Engagement teams
  • Development leads efforts to promote and secure philanthropic support from alumni, donors, parents and friends
  • Alumni Engagement provides programs and services to over 325,000 York alumni worldwide
  • Principal Giving, Donor Relations & Stewardship leads effort to secure principal giving and is responsible for the full scope of activities related to donor relations, including stewardship and recognition

Our mission is to inspire and cultivate meaningful engagement and philanthropic support within our diverse communities to advance York University's excellence in education, research, and community service. We accomplish our mission through our values of accountability, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.

In this role you will support this mission by providing strategic planning, overall development, implementation and assessment and oversight of institutional events and ceremonies taking place under the auspices of the Division of Advancement, including a wide range of high-profile events on behalf of the Office of the President and senior administration, donor recognition and events, and other pan-university events. The incumbent works in consultation with the Executive Director, Advancement Services & Operations and the Chief of Government and Community Relations in Office of the President, along with other senior administrators, department heads and with colleagues within the Division of Advancement to develop, manage and evaluate events for the York community, including donors to foster a growing level of pride, engagement with and support for the University. The Manager leads a team of an event planner and coordinators in the provision of standards, direction and support for a wide variety of institutional events and ceremonies to ensure events are aligned with the expected outcome(s) and there is a positive impact on the York brand. Ensures that proper protocol guidelines and University traditions are followed. Provides direction and advice on event procedures and practices to all members of the University community. The Manager has supervisory responsibility for four (4) direct reports. Makes recommendations that affect those supervised, such as hiring, firing, promotion, and/or discipline. This position has responsibility for management action under collective agreements (e.g., notice of job closure, grievances, performance issues, etc.). Responsible for the development and management of budgets for the University's events and ceremonies, for resourcing the events team and to support budget development for clients who rely on the incumbent's expertise in event planning to develop budgets that match event objectives. Responsible for addressing all aspects of risk management including the management of health and safety concerns, the protection of University assets and its reputation, and compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

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

University Degree. At least five years in a university environment with a focus on institutional ceremonies, advancement, student services and/or student life. Experience in project management and managing large, multi-faceted and complex events or initiatives. Extensive knowledge of the organization and workings of a university at a departmental and constituency level, highly developed political sensitivity, knowledge of protocol. Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the University health and safety procedures as they apply to the workplace. Knowledge of French would be 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 102410.

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.