Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University

Alumni Programs Specialist


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Job Title

Alumni Programs Specialist

Requisition #


Job Type

Permanent (for any group)

Position End Date (if applicable)


MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA (Primary)


About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, nearly 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About the Office of Alumni Relations

Mount Royal has enjoyed a rich history of transformational student experiences, exceptional teaching, and meaningful community partnerships through its more than 100 year history. Serving more than 110,000 alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations is responsible for providing similarly top-quality alumni experiences. Over the past few years, the University has expanded its alumni engagement efforts and is committed to maintaining this momentum by engaging alumni with the university and each other in high-value activities.

About the Role

MRU's Office of Alumni Relations team is seeking an Alumni Programs Specialist, who together with their colleagues on the Alumni Relations team, will meaningfully contribute to the university's ambitious alumni engagement goals. As an advocate for the value of alumni engagement, the Alumni Programs Specialist will design and implement programs that increase alumni belonging and connection. They will be a skilled and strategic relationship builder with experience designing high impact and scalable, engagement programs. They will work closely with alumni volunteer mentors, advisors and subject matter experts and expand the number of available opportunities available for alumni to visibly and meaningfully contribute to the university community and student experience.

The Alumni Programs Specialist will also represent the Office of Alumni Relations across campus, working with members of the university community who also engage alum in their work. Through these relationships, they will leverage and align decentralized alumni engagement initiatives to broader university goals, increasing the scope and scale of alumni volunteer engagement across campus and contributing to a cohesive story of alumni impact. A broad skill set including strong listening skills, curiosity, adaptability, open-mindedness, strong writing skills and attention to detail, will be highly valuable in this role and contribute to the success of the Alumni Programs Specialist. Experience and knowledge of online engagement platforms for mentorship, online learning and volunteer management will also be an asset.


Alumni Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation

  • Aligned to the team's program plan, lead development, design and implementation of various alumni programs that together, contribute to pride, affinity and further connection to Mount Royal and are aligned to the interests, needs and curiosities of MRU alumni.
  • Design program and engagement strategies with a digital-first or hybrid engagement model, scaling to available resources and with sustainability in mind
  • Collaborate with the alumni marcomm colleagues to co-design digital content and program marketing
  • Follow a programs workflow process for all program design, development and implementation and maintain detailed, accessible and accurate documentation (i.e. planning and briefing documents, program collateral, speaking notes, budgets, etc.)
  • Collect program data for the Alumni Engagement Scoring model and team Performance Dashboard
  • Support program logistics for online, hybrid and in-person activities, working with colleagues and external suppliers as necessary to ensure a high-level experience and program satisfaction for alumni and participants
  • Ensure a high level of tact and diplomacy in all interactions on campus and in the community to further awareness and reputation of the alumni program
  • Campus Collaboration & Relationship Development

  • Act as a key contact with select campus and/or community partners for purposes of alumni programs or services, and for university-wide initiatives where alumni are a significant stakeholder or audience
  • Create and maintain partnership agreements with assigned campus and/or community partners to enhance existing campus programs that align to alumni interests and needs
  • Maintain a high degree knowledge and understanding of MRU alumni, seeking opportunities to connect them to alumni and/or campus programs
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Advancement on philanthropic initiatives involving alumni as current or prospective donors, strategically and appropriately positioning philanthropy and alumni engagement
  • Relationship Management & Volunteer Management

  • Identify, recruit and steward alumni, university and community experts (program volunteers) as part of program design and development, through to implementation and post-activity stewardship
  • Consistently integrate voices representing a broad and diverse range of thought, experience and perspectives into programming
  • Strategically design mutually beneficial alumni volunteer opportunities that align to program engagement goals
  • Qualifications
  • A three or four year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) is required along with at least five years of related experience.
  • Familiarity with post-secondary as well as complex organizations is an asset.
  • Experience in areas such as: community engagement and stakeholder relations, volunteer engagement, digital programming development and event planning, or related experiences, will be an asset in this role.
  • What We Offer

    Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

    At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

    Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

    Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, climbing, aquatics, sports and certifications for students, employees and the public.

    MRU supports full immunization as the best way to protect yourself and our campus community and strongly recommends vaccination against COVID-19.

    Union: MRSA

    Position Class: SPB06

    Salary: $64,532 - $81,690

    Closing Date: September 28, 2023

    A cover letter and resume should be submitted in one .pdf document. Please title your .pdf document as follows: Last Name, Requisition Number, Document Title.pdf (ex. Smith, 999999, CV.pdf).

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

    Recent Mount Royal graduates who are foreign nationals may be eligible to work on campus. Please refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website under Post-Graduation Employment at https:// www.

    We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

    Job details


    Alumni Programs Specialist


    Mount Royal University




    September 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 28, 2023

    Job type



    Arts and Culture,Education

    About the employer

    Mount Royal University is a well-established public university which was founded in 1910. This is a Canadian university which was created following a charter by the Alberta provincial government. It became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior College, which offered transfer courses to the University of Alberta and later to the University of Calgary. In 1972, it shifted its base to a new campus in Lincoln Park, which was previously an air force base. It is in the year 2009 that this institution was granted its university status. In 2017, this university was awarded the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation joining 44 universities which are excelling in the field of social innovation and change-making. The university currently offers 12-degree programmes and 32 majors with an average class size of 29 students.

    This university comprises various faculties, including a number of interesting fields of study. The Arts faculty of this university teaches subjects such as economics, justice, and policy studies, English, languages, and cultures, humanities, interior design, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The Bisset School of Business of this university specialises in subjects such as accounting, aviation, finance, general management, human resources, innovation and entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, social innovation and supply chain management. This university's School of Communication Studies focuses on subjects like broadcast media studies, information design, journalism and public relations.

    The university's Faculty of Health, Community and Education comprise Child Studies and Social Work, Education, Health and Physical Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery. The university's Faculty of Science and Technology includes child studies and social work, education, health and physical education, as well as School of Nursing and Midwifery. The university's Faculty of Science and Technology features biology, chemistry and physics, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics and computing. The university also has the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension. This university has numerous institutes, such as Institute for Community Prosperity, Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and International Education.

    Its centres include the Centre for Community Disaster Research, Centre for Child Well-Being and Iniskim Centre. This university also has a library - Riddell Library and Learning Centre which was opened in 2017. With a seating capacity of 1,700 people, the library comprises 34 study rooms, 3-D printing facilities, and a cafe. This university also has a huge list of notable alumni which include Indo-Canadian Singer The PropheC, classical pianist Yuja Wang, Canadian actor Kavan Smith, Emmy-winning composer Dave Pierce, professional voice actor Kirby Morrow, motivational speaker Alvin Law, professional wrestler Bret Hart, and Emmy award-winning news anchor Chris Gailus

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