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Capilano University
Vice President, University Relations

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university offering a wide range of programs and services that enable students to succeed in their current studies, in their ongoing education, in their chosen careers, in their lifelong pursuit of knowledge and in their contribution as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse global community. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, arts and sciences courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success.

Located in a natural environment on the slopes of the North Shore, with a campus located in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, Capilano University values work-life balance and offers an inspiring work environment, surrounded by some of British Columbia's most spectacular scenery.

An incredible opportunity exists within Capilano University to provide innovative and thoughtful leadership for all the University’s external relations, communications and advancement initiatives.  You will foster a collaborative team who are clear about their role in supporting the University’s goals and academic priorities.  Your mandate will be to lead the university relations portfolio, including: alumni, government and community relations; fundraising and development; communications and creative services; marketing; and university events and ceremonies. Reporting directly to the President, you will work with the university Board of Governors, Executive, and partner organizations to raise the university’s profile, develop positive relationships, and secure support for university priorities.

You are a gifted relationship builder, communicator and strategist who has demonstrated excellence in building deep, authentic interactions with a multitude of internal and external stakeholders including all levels of government, community groups, alumni and donors.  You are effective at working across all aspects of an organization to ensure a strong service orientation for all faculties and departments and pull people together to focus on common objectives, creating alignment to the mission of Capilano University. You are a senior leader with a track record of leading change in a complex environment to take an organization to the next level. Ideally you have built your experience in post-secondary or an equally multi-faceted, public sector environment.

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