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Community Engagement Specialist, Community Engagement, VP Advancement

Job ID: 26546

Updated: August 4, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Office of Community Engagement within the VP Advancement is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Community Engagement Specialist.

Reporting to the Manager, Community Engagement, the Community Engagement Specialist plays an integral role in development of partnerships and programs in support of the university's overall community engagement efforts. All work is aimed at fostering strong, mutually beneficial connections between the university and the community.

The Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for community engagement program planning, execution, and evaluation. The incumbent will provide insight and input, and work collaboratively with the Community Engagement team, to identify, develop, and steward strategic community partnerships in support of the university's community engagement objectives.

The Community Engagement Specialist will connect with community, cultural and nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and community volunteer committees. Working with internal university partners from across campus is a critical component of the work.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Community Engagement

  • Identify, nurture, and sustain strategic partnerships with key community organizations
  • Prepare proposals, engagement plans and other documents for programs and projects
  • Provide input and direction to community engagement strategic planning and programming, including contributing to the Community Engagement Plan
  • Actively work on strategies to promote community engagement, problem solving and following through as appropriate to ensure positive outcomes for all partners
  • Act as point of contact for the community in responding to requests
  • Adhere to best practices of community engagement

Stakeholder Engagement 

  • Build, nurture, sustain and leverage internal and external relationships to support existing and new program and partnership development
  • Work closely with colleagues in Alumni and Community Engagement, and collaborate with colleagues in Advancement, and with faculties and units university-wide
  • Develop collegial, positive, high trust working relationships with students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and community partners

Program Coordination  

  • Manage program teams and project management pieces (program charters, work plans, meeting agendas, etc.)
  • Create detailed outlines and critical paths to manage timelines and monitor progress while adhering to project management best practices
  • Support planning and development of United Way campaign themes and community events, and ensure alignment with university objectives
  • Ensure communications, marketing and promotional plans are developed and successfully executed for community engagement priorities including the United Way campaign
  • Administer the day-to-day operations for programs and community engagement initiatives
  • Foster a service-oriented approach


  • Experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating community wide initiatives and programs using demonstrated skills in evaluation
  • Develop and manage budgets for programs, partnerships, campaigns and oversee expenditures
  • Prepare and analyze reports on programs, partnerships, and provide regular reports for Community Engagement team
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of program, partnership, and campaign initiatives

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in the social sciences, public relations or related field
  • Minimum five years of recent relevant experience
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Proven ability to identify, develop and steward strategic relationships at an organizational level
  • Skillfully manage program/project teams involved in community engagement initiatives and campaigns
  • Strong time and fiscal management, creativity, and attention to detail
  • Experience with Blackbaud CRM would be an asset
  • Annual campaign planning and execution would be an asset
  • Diplomacy, foresight, and sound judgment are key
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a large, complex, and dynamic organization
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, as required

Application Deadline:  August 18, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist / Advisor Job Family, Phase 3.

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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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