Volunteering on Alumni Council

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Consider joining a group of dynamic and engaged volunteers from the Edmonton area who, on behalf of more than 300,000 U of A grads, lead the Alumni Association in supporting other alumni and the University of Alberta.

The University of Alberta is committed to cultivating an institutional culture that values, supports and promotes equity, human rights, respect and accountability among faculty, staff, students and volunteers. In our inclusive community, we encourage and support individual and collaborative efforts to identify and address inequities, and we welcome and enable contributions of all voices as we engage with diverse ideas, knowledges and perspectives in the pursuit of inclusive excellence for the public good.

What Alumni Councillors Do

Alumni Council is the governing body of the Alumni Association, representing more than 300,000 U of A graduates living worldwide. Alumni Councillors are passionate about their alma mater and eager to contribute to strategies and programs that strengthen the relationship between the U of A and its alumni. Councillors also sit on at least one working or advisory committee, contributing directly to program development, ad hoc projects or awards and grant selections. Councillors participate in social events, along with large-scale initiatives such as Week of Welcome, Alumni Weekend and Convocation (when in-person gatherings are possible). Council terms are for three years.

Alumni Councillors act as ambassadors for the university by:

  • promoting the university to their personal networks
  • encouraging student and alumni involvement
  • connecting the university and broader communities
  • sharing stories about the impact of the university

Benefits

  • Gain professional experience serving on advisory and/or working committees that provide input to the work of the Alumni Association.
  • Work with and meet new people, while supporting the success of the university.
  • Participate at a high level for important university events such as the Week of Welcome, Alumni Weekend and Convocation.
  • Progress to leadership roles within Alumni Council, the Board of Governors and the University Senate.
  • Use your unique skills to help set and drive the priorities of the Alumni Association.

Responsibilities

Members serve on Alumni Council for a three-year term, and over the course each year, will typically volunteer about 50 hours of their time. This can include attending a new member orientation, three weekday morning meetings (lasting 1.5 hours each), two Saturday retreats, four to five committee meetings and one to two annual social events. There are ample opportunities for increased involvement, especially during Alumni Weekend and Convocation. 

Note: Alumni Council is currently meeting online and may shift to a model in 2022 with a mix of some online meetings, and some in-person meetings.  

Requirements

Alumni Council volunteers:

  • are proud graduates of the University of Alberta
  • reside in the Edmonton area* (Attendance at meetings is vital to a member’s Alumni Council involvement and volunteer experience satisfaction. As such, most Alumni Council members live in proximity to Edmonton. If you are interested in being more closely affiliated with the Alumni Association but live outside Edmonton, please contact us at alumcncl@ualberta.ca to discuss how we can engage with you in your local community).
  • work well with small and large groups
  • can dedicate time to advancing alumni engagement and the success of the university
  • are eager to support a positive university experience for students
  • have a background in community service

To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, employees/contractors within External Relations at the University of Alberta are excluded from serving on Alumni Council.