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People Specialist

Posted On: February 1, 2022
Closing On: February 14, 2022

Location: London
Employment Type: parttime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $35-$60/hour

Please note, this is a temporary part-time contract opportunity with an expected end date of August 31, 2022. The successful candidate can work remotely and is not required to be located in the London area.

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the “Western Experience” – an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

The Advancement Operations department is a partner in the University Advancement division in the areas of constituent database and technology services, prospect management, research and pipeline, data analytics and storytelling, gift and pledge management, records and document management, and financial reconciliation and reporting. In addition, we provide support to the annual planning process as well as budget management, human resources and facilities support for University Advancement.

An integral part of Advancement Operations, the People & Culture portfolio works in partnership with central Human Resources to address strategies related to talent acquisition and recruitment, orientation and onboarding, learning and development, performance management and employee relations, as well as employee recognition and engagement. The portfolio works to ensure the Division is committed to its mission and values.

With the ability to identify and attract top talent, the People Specialist will be responsible for planning and sourcing talent within the University Advancement division. Partnering with leaders across the Division, and using their industry-specific knowledge, the People Specialist will proactively identify workforce needs and gaps and devise strategies that find appropriate candidates with specific and specialized skillsets in alumni engagement and development.

With an eye to building talent pipelines that align with the strategic priorities of the Division, the People Specialist will work in collaboration to analyze our current talent resources against our growth needs in a matrix that identifies existing potential and possible gaps. The role will stay abreast of trends and work in collaboration to ensure the University Advancement team remains true to its culture and brand for increased appeal within the industry.


  • Undergraduate Degree


  • 3 years’ experience in a in a role focused on sourcing and attracting talent or related role in the advancement industry
  • Experience designing and implementing organizational development projects and programs within a large, complex organization

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of best practices and trends in talent recruitment, with a particular emphasis on candidate sourcing techniques
  • Proven recruitment ability in advancement-specific industry
  • People-centric communication skills, with an ability to tailor communications to suit the message and audience
  • Advanced active listening skills with strong networking and relationship management skills
  • Ability to see beyond the immediate and into the future for planning purposes
  • Discretion, tact and maturity to deal with highly confidential subjects or issues
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully advise and coach leaders
  • Ability to effectively drive and manage change initiatives that align with organizational strategies, and/or provide opportunities to increase efficiency and productivity
  • Ability to work independently and maintain direction and focus through proactive planning and organized approaches to work
  • Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to identify opportunities for improvement, while being open to trying new ideas and working methods
  • Proven ability to take initiative and champion a project from conception through implementation and evaluation
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
  • Ability to apply creativity and recommend strategies for engagement initiatives

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference #24886, by midnight on February 13, 2022.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.