University of Alberta

Advancement Communications Coordinator

Dean of Engineering

Competition No.  -    S107433893D1
Posting Date  -    Nov 20, 2017
Closing Date  -    Dec 31, 2017
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $54,531 to $74,751 per year
Grade  -    09
Hours  -    35

Please note, this competition is being reposted; previous applicants do not need to reapply.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at:

Engineers want to change the world. You can help by connecting our next generation of engineers and our renowned researchers with the people who share their vision of making the world a better place. The University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering is seeking an Advancement Communications Co-ordinator (ACC) who will inform, inspire and unite supporters who want to make a difference.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and marketing, the ACC is responsible for communications strategic planning and execution, across a full spectrum of communications vehicles, to engage alumni, students, partners and prospective donors and increase their affinity for, engagement with, and willingness to support the Faculty of Engineering.

The ACC provides strategic counsel and support to the Faculty of Engineering Advancement team in communications, fund proposal development, stakeholder engagement, and the development of new communications initiatives. The incumbent will cultivate effective working relationships with central campus Advancement, and ensures communication activities are co-ordinated and standards are followed.


  • Develops and implements Advancement communications strategies; develops fundraising proposals, speaking notes, correspondence, and other communications mechanisms
  • Crafts storytelling content and mechanisms that maximize alumni and donor engagement
  • Monitors and evaluates communications projects and activities; establishes performance benchmarks to ensure activities promote high-level awareness and positive perception of University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering
  • Serves as editor and senior writer on a variety specific projects and initiatives
  • Leads and liaises with off-campus contractors (designers, photographers, writers, printers)
  • Collaborates across the faculty and across campus to contribute to information sharing and content and message alignment
  • Researches, implements, monitors, and measures data-driven communications
  • Ensures collaborative tools and tactics are implemented to maximize FOE communications effectiveness within the context of major U of A fundraising campaigns
  • Assists front-line Faculty of Engineering Advancement team in mentoring student teams and clubs in developing effective fundraising and stewardship materials


  • Minimum undergraduate degree in a related discipline (marketing, communication, journalism, etc.)
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills; training, certification, and experience writing for advancement and fundraising is an asset
  • Proven ability to translate academic information into a universally compelling narrative
  • High level of integrity and trust, and a passion for working collaboratively and cooperatively with a wide range of people and cultures
  • Knowledge of the history, culture, strengths, and needs of the University of Alberta and the Faculty of Engineering and the engineering profession is an asset
  • Ability to lead and manage print, visual, electronic and digital communications processes
  • Exceptional creative, organizational, project management, problem solving, and critical thinking skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; commitment to a culture of service, professionalism and confidentiality

How to Apply

Craft a letter explaining how you are going to contribute to the Faculty of Engineering’s culture of effectiveness, trust and execution, and why you are the right fit for this position. Submit this letter, and your resume. Applications received without a cover letter addressing these elements in detail will not be considered.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.