Manager, Cultural Programming and Community Engagement


Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university renowned for its extraordinary learning environment and student-focused educational experience. As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity while at the same time preserving its well-earned reputation for undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning excellence. With a multi-campus and multi-community culture, Laurier offers students an exceptional range and depth of more than 100 academic programs taught by award-winning lecturers across nine faculties across locations in Waterloo, Brantford, Kitchener, and Toronto. As a leader in higher education for more than a century, the Laurier experience is truly transformative as embodied in its institutional proposition: Inspiring lives of leadership and purpose.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Manager: Cultural Programming and Community Engagement is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of the Library’s cultural programming and events, public relations and managing key community development initiatives from inception to successful completion. The incumbent will design, develop and implement a broad range of cultural, literary, and arts/performance based programs that support the holistic development of Laurier students, as well as special events, including the Library’s Culture Series. The manager will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders and design, develop and oversee the implementation of a wide range of cultural programming and special events in a multi-campus University environment. They will prepare and execute media and marketing plans to promote and raise awareness of library services, resources, events and cultural programs.

The ideal candidate will possess a University degree with specialization in Communications, English, Journalism, Marketing or related area and have at least (5) years of demonstrated experience developing and implementing successful Programming strategies. The incumbent will have at least (5) years of proven work-related experience in prospect development, management and stewardship programming and strong ability to build and lead diverse cross-functional teams. Superior facilitation and interpersonal skills and demonstrated strong judgement are essential.

This is a full-time, limited term position until November 2021.

Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity please visit for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online by November 20, 2019. Please note, a CV and letter of introduction will be required in electronic form.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or