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Senior Director Community Relations and Events

Date: February, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Vice-Presisdent University Relations
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus

USG 16

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Responsible for leading and directing Community Relations and Events strategy, plans and activities across local, regional, provincial and national platforms for and with the senior leadership team of the University including the President and the Vice President, University Relations, on matters of university wide relevance and importance and aligned with the University’s Strategic Plan, mission and values.  Also serves in a collaborative and liaison capacity with the university’s international leadership team working on international community initiatives and events.

Key Accountabilities:

1.Establishes the strategic direction and priorities for Community Relations and Events related activities on campus and across Canada, as best meet the needs, fulfill the mission and vision, promotes the identity and delivers on the values of the University of Waterloo.


2.Responsible for the implementation and achievement of Annual Plans.


3.Provides support, direction, leadership, coordination and/or expert advice to senior administration and throughout the university on issues relating to community relations and events


4.Holds key accountability on campus as a resource for community groups and provides a responsive environment in which inquiries are made and acted upon in a timely manner.



5.Identifies opportunities for the university to participate in and influence the development of public policy, community  initiatives and programs in areas central to its mandate



6.Represents Senior Management and the university:

Position Requirements


Completion of at minimum a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, combined with relevant experience from both or either in a volunteer or professional capacity.  


Extensive experience and knowledge of the community, its socio-political landscape and key community organizations that have a vested  interest in the success of UW and/or vice versa.  A minimum of 10 – 12 years of progressive related business experience with a proven track record of achievement and success.  Experience that will have led to an in-depth knowledge of municipal, regional, provincial, and national affairs.  Competencies will include strategic thinking, people management, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Basic Basic Basic Public Speaking experience

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates regularly and professionally advises and consults with all senior leaders including the President, and with all employees in all groups and departments as the scope of work and projects indicate and dictate, to inform, influence, educate and collaborate and to promote and build the University’s profile with external contacts and influencers.  Externally, this position will have significant senior contacts building critical relationships and developing important partnerships within the communities which the university influences and participates.  Must have the ability to represent the Vice President, University Relations on internal and external committees. 

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible and accountable for the overall results of the Community Relations and Events operations within University Relations.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible and accountable for establishing the priorities for the department and addressing the changes to strategic business plans by consulting directly with the Vice President University Relations and the Office of the President as appropriate.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of a senior executive position operating within an office environment.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a senior executive position exposed to stress and pressure associated with senior level responsibilities.