Alumni Engagement Manager (2535) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Do you have experience leading a team and working with volunteers?
  • Have you shaped programmes, including events and communications, that engage an audience?
  • Do you have a relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent experience with tertiary education or a public sector environment?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting an Alumni Engagement Manager to join the Engagement and Alumni team on a 12-month fixed-term contract.

Our team – the Engagement and Alumni team – is tasked with driving excellence in engagement, events, graduation and alumni engagement. If you’re passionate about making a positive impact, come join us.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading a team of four working across alumni and general engagement.
  • Developing and implementing engagement opportunities that support the University’s strategic goals and are alumni-centric.
  • Leading and delivering the University’s central alumni engagement programme of events, communications, and specific alumni projects.
  • Coordinating a network of international alumni ambassadors.
  • Leading and supporting a range of alumni engagement initiatives with colleagues across the university relating to student recruitment, mentoring and communications.
  • Support and champion the University’s 125th-anniversary celebrations.
  • Being the first port of call for a wide variety of questions, queries and opportunities from alumni and staff across the University.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

Ideally, you will thrive in a fast-paced environment, have excellent attention to detail, and understand the importance of developing good relationships. You’ll enjoy variety in your work, be a motivated and organised individual, and be comfortable taking initiative.

You will thrive in this role with an excellent manner with people, and ability to influence and manage competing demands, and strong attention to detail and self-management skills.

Key requirements:

  • Experience in stakeholder or membership engagement, events and/or communications.
  • Knowledge of alumni engagement.
  • Outstanding people and communication skills.
  • Ability to quickly build strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Capability to work as part of a team as well as having individual responsibilities and leadership responsibilities.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Our team is a friendly, hard-working, and collegial bunch who work across a variety of functions to deliver a range of engagement activities for the University. You will be part of a professional and supportive group where there is a focus on new collaboration and innovation. We offer an interesting workplace, a vibrant university community to join, and variety and flexibility in your role.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 1 November 2021

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Sue O’Donnell at or 021 069 9083. But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form.

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.