University of Alberta

Assistant Dean, Advancement

Augustana & Office of Advancement

Competition No.  -    A113133345
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position is located in Camrose, AB.

Reporting jointly to the Dean and Executive Officer of the Augustana Faculty and Campus and the Senior Director, Faculty Development (Social Sciences), the Assistant Dean, Advancement is responsible for the development, alumni relations, and related communications priorities identified by the Dean. The Assistant Dean, Advancement is responsible for designing and implementing fund-raising and donor cultivation strategies for Augustana as they relate to various constituencies, including alumni (of Camrose Lutheran College, Augustana University College, and the Augustana Faculty), friends, community members in Camrose and surrounding areas, and the University community. Such strategies include the utilization of best practices in major gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; the planning and execution of special events and regularly occurring meetings; publication of development brochures and other communications pieces; and explanation of the Faculty’s and Campus's priorities in face-to-face visits with stakeholder individuals and constituencies. In both design and implementation, the Assistant Dean, Advancement works closely with the Dean as a valued and integral member of the senior administration.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serves as manager for an active portfolio of approximately 150 individual, corporate, association, and foundation major gift suspects and prospects, for the purpose of managing the moves process for research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Works collaboratively with senior management and academic leaders to implement effective “moves” strategies
  • Develops creative strategies intended to attract major gift commitments ($50,000-$5 million and more) and long-term relationships with the institution
  • Responsible for meeting/exceeding the faculty’s fundraising achievement goals annually (in consultation with the Dean and the Senior Director, Faculty Development)
  • Coordinates post-gift stewardship of each donor and provides personalized attention including thank you letters
  • Ensures that case statements and communications materials are prepared for all fund development priorities in order to deliver consistent and compelling arguments that both justify and motivate support for the Faculty
  • Remains up-to-date on current fund raising and volunteer management programs, practices and procedures being used in the not-for-profit sector, and informs faculty, deans and senior university administration of matters that will benefit and interest them in their work on behalf of the university
  • Ensures adherence to all University fund raising protocols and participates in the University’s Relationship Management process
  • Responsible for strategic planning and development of the Faculty’s donor and alumni event strategy, and associated communication material and online presence
  • Actively stewards and liaises with other key Augustana stakeholders
  • Creates a comprehensive alumni engagement strategy that includes but is not limited to key alumni events and other meaningful volunteer activities
  • Oversees several annual Campus events and programs that include, but are not limited to, Alumni Weekend, the Community Awards Banquet, and alumni-related portions of Convocation 
  • Ensures that an overall internal and external communications plan is in place and is regularly assessed for effectiveness

Knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Undergraduate university degree required; advanced degree strongly desired
  • Minimum 7-10 years of full-time fundraising experience in not-for-profit organizations and/or educational institutions with a track record of securing gifts in excess of $1 million
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute a fund drive and demonstrated success at face-to-face solicitation of gifts and/or comparable experience
  • Appreciation of the mission of a major research university and the ability to match creatively the University’s highest priority needs with the interests of qualified major gift prospective donors
  • Proven ability to develop strategies for and implement major gift solicitations
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior university administration in a variety of business and social settings
  • Experience managing and motivating staff members and volunteers
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be a contributing, collaborative member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Regular travel to visit donors and prospective donors is required
  • Possession of a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification is considered an asset

In accordance with the Administrative Professional Officer agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package, which can be viewed at, and an annual salary range commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University of Alberta is partnering with Perrett Laver on this search. For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the Perrett Laver website by visiting and quoting reference 3078. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.