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Alumni Advancement Manager, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

Posted On: January 15, 2024
Closing On: January 24, 2024

Location: Guelph
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: 64,806-97,208

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Permanent, full-time position – Guelph, ON

This position of Alumni Advancement Manager (CSAHS) is an opportunity to join a high-performing team of passionate professionals at the University of Guelph (U of G), one of Canada’s leading comprehensive research-intensive universities.

The department of Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) advances the mission of the U of G by raising private support and building relationships with a broad range of stakeholders ranging from alumni and friends, to corporations and foundations. As a member of the AA&D team, you will epitomize the department’s shared values of respect, empowerment, integrity, appreciation and forward focus.

We are seeking an experienced alumni relations and fundraising professional to work with alumni, donors and volunteers in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS). CSAHS is a dynamic and diverse college with a long history of commitment to hands-on learning, socially responsive research, local and global community engagement, and mobilization and exchange of knowledge. Housing five diverse departments: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology, the College provides students with a solid grounding in disciplinary theory and methods, as well as the application of that learning to contemporary issues relating to justice, inequality, social change, health and well-being, the environment, and development.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Annual Giving, and in consultation with the Dean and faculty, you are responsible for engaging alumni in the life of the college through annual giving fundraising (contributions of up to $25,000) and strategic relationship management through strategic events and programs. More specifically, your responsibilities include:

  • Identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors and prospects through the fundraising cycle;
  • Managing a pipeline of 80-100 donors/prospects and undertaking 5-7 calls/month;
  • Managing strategic class/group reunion activity and class/group fundraising activity, including peer-to-peer fundraising;
  • Collaborating on all College-related annual giving initiatives, including mass appeals and stewardship communications;
  • Providing a strategic lens for on and off-campus alumni engagement opportunities, including events;
  • Managing key volunteer relationships, including alumni boards/committees and coordinating alumni volunteers for various University activities;
  • Collaborating with colleagues in AA&D to develop effective communications strategies that keep alumni and annual giving donors informed of relevant and strategic activities;
  • Supporting relevant day-to-day alumni correspondence and outreach, and other associated duties as assigned.

NOTE: Some evening and weekend work is required, as well as possible travel in support of certain activities.



To assume the role of Alumni Advancement Manager, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, you should be a focused, eager to engage and knowledgeable fundraiser whose profile includes:


  • Undergraduate degree, with preference given to demonstrated commitment to professional development, and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in alumni relations, fundraising and/or non-profit program management with a proven track record of success, or an equivalent combination of education/experience
  • Superior written and interpersonal communications skills, including effective relationship building and experience in managing volunteers
  • Ability to think and act quickly and effectively under pressure, exercising tact, diplomacy, discretion and good judgment
  • Results-orientation with the ability to take initiative and self-manage
  • Experience and comfort working in a role with significant autonomy
  • Ability to adapt and employ an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Experience in event management is required
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite and donor databases and/or CRM systems

The University of Guelph ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.

To view a detailed posting for the role of Alumni Advancement Manager, College of Biological Science, including application instructions, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2024-0033, must be sent to:

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.