Sheridan College

Editor, Alumni (Temporary)

Job Description

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Employee Group: Support Staff
CampusTrafalgar (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan campus)
Reference Number: 17/S/02
Hourly Range: $33.17 - $38.44
Hours8:30 – 5:00
Application DeadlineJanuary 21, 2018
Application DetailsThis is a temporary replacement position that may continue up until February 2019.


Reporting to the Manager, Alumni, the Editor, Alumni identifies, researches, develops and promotes alumni stories that showcase alumni achievements and highlights Sheridan’s strength in producing outstanding graduates.  The incumbent will produce monthly e-newsletters and news articles to ensure the alumni community stays connected and informed. He/she will write news releases to raise Sheridan’s profile among the broader Sheridan community. The Editor, Alumni is responsible the overall coordination and activity related to Ovation, Sheridan’s annual magazine, e-newsletters, Sheridan blogs and the Graduate Success Story program - publishing a minimum of one alumni profile on the Sheridan homepage weekly. The individual is also responsible for writing congratulatory letters and award nominations.


This individual will be dedicated to connecting with alumni and showcasing their achievements with media contacts, the broader Sheridan community, and Sheridan’s internal community. The Editor, Alumni is responsible for maintaining relationships with graduates who will become donors, volunteers, and ambassadors. Stories written about alumni and their achievements by other internal and external sources will be edited by the Editor, Alumni.  The Editor, Alumni will play an important role in the prospect identification and cultivation process. Interviewing and featuring alumni is a first step in stewarding strong relationships with key alumni prospects.  With many opportunities for outreach to engage alumni, the Editor will also assist at and host events, both on and off site.


Specific Responsibilities Include:


  • Writing alumni profiles, articles, letters, news announcements and award nominations;
  • Coordinating editorial content, timelines and production for Sheridan Alumni publications (magazine, digital magazine, e-newsletters, news releases);
  • Building, maintaining and managing relationships with alumni;
  • Editing all alumni publications (articles, announcements, letters, invitations, blog posts);
  • Performing other duties as assigned.




The successful candidate will have a four year degree in English, journalism or a related field along with five years’ experience writing, editing, interviewing and editorial production for print and online publications including experience with magazine publishing. (Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience).  A minimum of three years’ experience working with the alumni community is preferred. (I.e. connecting with alumni and building relationships, communications, public relations and volunteer engagement, writing articles, highlighting graduate achievements)  The incumbent must have a high level of comfort using digital communication and excellent computer application skills. The ability to establish and maintain relationships with key partners and to demonstrate flexibility and diplomacy is essential. The successful candidate will possess the ability to deal professionally and effectively with people at all levels in and outside of the College and demonstrate strong decision-making and negotiating skills. The incumbent must have the ability to work well under pressure, manage tight deadlines with multiple conflicting priorities and possesses superior multi-tasking skills. An exceptional record of time management and attention to detail is required.



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Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process.  At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.


Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.


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