University of Waterloo

Manager, Marketing & Campus Engagement

Requisition ID 2021-6778
Job Category
Marketing / Public Relations / Communications
Office of the Registrar
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$75,030- $93,788


Term: 1 year


The Manager, Marketing & Campus Engagement is responsible for team leadership, operational oversight, and implementation of marketing and engagement strategies with MUR partner faculties and the University of Waterloo Visitors Centre in support of the University’s undergraduate recruitment goals.


Trusted to develop and maintain productive working relationships with all faculties, departments, schools, and units (FDSU) at University of Waterloo in order to collaboratively create and apply best practices which significantly impact undergraduate recruitment audiences.


Accountable for planning, project managing, delivering, evaluating, and reporting on the impact of marketing and campus engagement recruitment initiatives, including but not limited to; tours, events, activations, and campaigns. All of which are designed to inspire and engage prospective undergraduate students and their key influencers, on and off campus, each having a substantial and coordinated impact on the successful achievement of enrolment management and revenue objectives.


Motivating a highly capable team of marketing and recruitment professionals, ensuring everyone remains at the cutting-edge of marketing and engagement concepts and technologies – always looking to adopt and apply industry best practices, and emerging technologies for authentic engagement through our work and community.


Reporting to the Associate Director, Marketing Operations & Engagement, and in collaboration with colleagues in the Registrar’s Office, Marketing & Undergraduate Recruitment and campus partners, this role is responsible for building and leading a team that works as a collective in shaping undergraduate recruitment initiatives that effectively build on the University’s global brand reputation.


Marketing & Campus Engagement Strategies  

  • In collaboration with the Associate Director, Marketing Operations & Engagement, the Manager, Marketing & Communications Strategy, and MUR team members: Collaborate on undergraduate recruitment strategies and priorities, develop FDSU marketing and engagement plans that support and enhance undergraduate recruitment initiatives that reflect MUR’s overall integrated campaigns

  • Work with FDSU partners to ensure that tactical based solutions align with the University/MUR strategic plan, are tailored to meet the needs of specific audiences, effectively convey key recruitment messages, build awareness of faculties/programs, and accurately provide essential information

  • With the goal of strategically integrating faculty-specific marketing plans and materials with the overall university marketing and recruitment plan, provide strategic support and mentorship for the Faculty Marketing & Recruitment Specialists (currently four direct reports AHS, ARTS, ENV, SCI and guidance for ENG & MATH) in the development of their undergraduate recruitment initiatives

  • Support the Specialist, Campus Engagement in all campus-wide activities in which FDSU would benefit from collaboration and integration originating from MUR/Visitors Centre. Including activities such Campus Tour Working Group, on-campus recruitment events (Fall Open House, March Break Open House, You @ Waterloo Day), and other events/campaigns as they arise

  • Responsible for a positive and informative Visitors Centre atmosphere that acts as the main welcome point for prospective students, key influencers, and other campus visitors. This includes supporting and mentoring the Supervisor, Visitors Centre and 50+ Student Ambassadors, ensuring authentic engagement and a memorable hospitality experience

  • Promote synergy across Student Ambassadors, Faculty Ambassadors, and Brand Ambassadors – recruitment, hiring, training opportunities, best practices, and cross-campus partnerships

  • Manage and lead the Recruitment Roundtable group, including but not limited to orienting new members, sharing agendas, supporting meeting chairs, planning professional development, and fostering collaboration among units

  • Support creative leadership with respect to fresh concepts and models, innovative approaches to enrolment management communications, new methods of integrating and complementing digital initiatives, and enhanced links between MUR strategies and those of FDSU

  • Ensure that University of Waterloo’s branding and visual identity frameworks, messaging, and style guides are interpreted and evolve for multi-stakeholder projects across FDSU

  • Support the development and oversees a significant budget for Faculty Specialists and Visitors Centre

  • Manage and supports the procurement process for external vendors to support cross-department collaborative initiatives with MUR and campus partners


Collaborates, Advises, & Consults

  • With recognition and understanding of the disparate priorities of on-campus partners, proactively establishes and fosters collaborative relationships with the FDSUs; to build consensus and co-ordinate the alignment of recruitment activities so that the needs of other areas are balanced with the effective marketing of the university as a whole

  • Collaborate with other MUR team members responsible for communications to ensure the integration and consistency of messaging in marketing campaigns across FDSU

  • Proactively share knowledge of faculty and other campus initiatives so that all MUR team members can incorporate new information and techniques into their strategies

  • Work closely with the MUR partners responsible for on- and off-campus initiatives to ensure that marketing and communications initiatives and technical applications meet their needs

  • Represent MUR/RO at university-wide meetings, proactively providing expertise and insight with respect to recruitment and marketing issues, and advocating on behalf of the prospective undergraduate audience


Market Research & Institutional Knowledge

  • Keep fully informed and knowledgeable about all aspects of programs, admissions, student life, visual identity and branding, success after graduation, and other issues related to undergraduate prospective students, applicants, and admitted students, including all relevant research, communications, recruitment initiatives, and how any changes impact the strategies for which the incumbent is responsible

  • Maintain a clear understanding of generational characteristics and the needs of all audiences at different stages throughout the enrolment management funnel in order to enhance the strategies for which the incumbent is responsible

  • Encourages an environment of, and is responsible for, research and recommendations that identify and suggest enhanced communications strategies and models, and keeps current with respect to best practices

  • Maintain awareness of current research, trends in traditional and digital communications, significant developments that impact the marketing of the university, and the traditional and digital communications practices of Waterloo’s competitors

  • Understand the role of research in MUR’s evidence-based strategies, and collaborates with the Marketing Insights Specialist to establish research objectives and create data analysis solutions to inform decision-making, strategy development, messaging, and budget; to determine the optimal methods of evaluating the effectiveness of the strategies for which the incumbent is responsible; and to ascertain and recommend the most effective enhancements


Leads, Motivates, and Mentors Staff

  • Hires, supervises, and evaluates the staff, including the management of interview committees, the selection of outstanding candidates, salary negotiation. Provides leadership, coaching and guidance with respect to performance management

  • For all staff who report to the incumbent, leads collaborative projects, sets clear and reasonable expectations, provides ongoing feedback, ensures the delivery of results, and establishes a strong foundation for performance through a comprehensive training program

  • Creates and maintains a work environment that fosters, recognizes, and rewards supportive mentorship, professional quality, respectful communication, creativity, positive energy, and synergy


Operational Management

  • Monitors, reviews, and oversees business best practices to ensure that business processes are effective, and proactively recommends new opportunities to build greater efficiencies across campus units

  • Assumes project management responsibilities for cross-campus initiatives that benefit multiple campus partners which may include overseeing working groups, proposal writing, vendor procurement, resource allocation, etc.

  • Ensures that appropriate metrics are defined, monitored, reported, analyzed, refined and examined for all marketing and campus engagement activities as a basis for strategy development

  • Applies MUR project management best practices and tools to accurately document all components of each particular marketing strategy for which the incumbent is responsible, and contributes appropriate updates to the overall MUR strategic plan



  • Participate in MUR recruitment events and in the administration of specific RO department-wide responsibilities, including other general and specific duties as may from time to time be determined


  • University degree in business, communications, advertising, marketing, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 6+ years of experience in marketing and communications, specifically the areas of account management/client service, brand management, events and promotions

  • 3+ years of experience in strategy and technology platforms for social media, web, video and email campaigns

  • 3+ years of experience in project management

  • Experience planning and driving thought leadership and event marketing programs from inception to activation

  • Proven ability and extensive experience in developing integrated marketing and communications strategies/campaigns within a highly complex institution and competitive marketplace

  • Demonstrated strategic-planning proficiency, with evidence of critical-thinking and analytical skills to enable the assessment of communications opportunities, and the development of supporting programs and contributions to change management

  • Experience using social media to enhance and support marketing and communications strategies

  • Previous experience supervising employees, developing and managing budgets, and navigating the procurement process

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to translate technical concepts into simple language or visual schematics to assist understanding among campus colleagues and leaders

  • High level of knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and language usage; well-developed writing and proofreading abilities; and a strong understanding of online readability and the Internet-user experience

  • Exceptional ability to foster positive, strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders, and to build consensus, and foster teamwork within a dynamic and complex organization

  • Strong organizational skills coupled with the ability to handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and excel in a fast-paced environment characterized by changing priorities

  • Essential: flexibility, diplomacy, sound judgment, and relationship-management skills coupled with the ability to influence and motivate others and to manage crisis situations effectively

  • Intermediate to advanced use of Google Analytics Solutions
  • Intermediate to advanced use of SEO tools 
  • Intermediate to advanced use of Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat) // Hootsuite Enterprise 
  • Intermediate to advanced use of Content Management Systems (Drupal) 
  • Intermediate to advanced use of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Intermediate to advanced use of Project Management Software (Smartsheet) 
  • Intermediate to advanced use of CRM
  • Intermediate to advanced use of Slack // Mattermost
  • Intermediate to advanced use of Apple Pages // Microsoft Word 
  • Intermediate to advanced use of Apple Numbers // Microsoft Excel 
  • Intermediate to advanced use of Apple Keynote // Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Intermittent work outside the normal operating hours of the institution and occasional travel

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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