University of Alberta

Assistant Director (Advancement)

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

Competition No.  -    A103838532
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean (Advancement), the Assistant Director (Advancement) is responsible for development activities that result in financial support for Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, focusing on Athletics fundraising.

The Assistant Director works collaboratively with Athletics and the Assistant Dean (Advancement) to build and advance strong personal and professional relationships that result in philanthropic contributions from alumni, parents and friends; manages a portfolio of approximately 150 prospective donors with the capacity to make commitments of up to $5OK; works with the Assistant Dean (Advancement) to match donor interest with institutional and faculty priorities, develops funding proposals, negotiates and structures gifts to the university; prepares effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for current and prospective donors, sometimes involving other colleagues within the Office of Advancement, as well as the Dean of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, and volunteers and ensures the timely capture and recording of data relating to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activity that Is related to the assigned prospect pool.

Strategic development and faculty fundraising

  • Works with the Assistant Dean (Advancement) to establish and evaluate annual fundraising targets and operational plans in overall target of $1,000,000
  • Reports regularly to the Assistant Dean (Advancement) on progress toward annual fundraising targets, including bi-weekly updates
  • Adheres to the University of Alberta Prospect Management Policy
  • Independently manages a portfolio of approximately 170+ relationships with a current giving level of up to $50,000
  • Independently plans and coordinates personal visits to 150 gift prospects/donors annually
  • Tracks, documents and communicates fundraising activity in the Advance database and shares information with colleagues as appropriate
  • Supports the activity of the Assistant Dean (Advancement) and the Dean by identifying potential major gift prospects and moving the relationship as required
  • Attends faculty leadership meetings as required, such as the External Advisory Board meetings, strategic planning retreats, reunion committees and meetings of the Alumni chapter

Works in partnership with the Office of Advancement

  • Works collaboratively on alumni engagement strategies for the faculty
  • Collaborates regularly with the Office of Advancement on prospect identification for faculty and Athletics based fundraising priorities
  • Works collaboratively with the Office of Advancement and supports annual giving strategies for Athletics.
  • Provides the Office of the Recording Secretary necessary documents for gift processing for gifts within portfolio (including agreements, terms of reference, etc.) and appropriate gift acknowledgement

Partners with other faculty-based fundraisers, faculty-based academic leaders end senior university representatives:

  • Actively participates In the Advancement community activities including FYI, brown bag sessions for skills development, information sharing and the implementation of joint opportunities and common challenges
  • As directed by the Assistant Dean (Advancement) may act as faculty-based representative for university-wide fundraising strategies and joint Initiatives with other faculties


  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Possession of a CFRE certification is consider an asset
  • Proven experience in frontline fundraising or alumni relations, preferably in higher education
  • Ability to develop strategies to implement annual gift solicitations
  • Ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to be a contributing member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Knowledge of a variety of fundraising tools and strategies and demonstrated experience with activities throughout the giving cycle including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Ability to understand the needs and interest of donors in order to develop relationships between them and the University of Alberta
  • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the university's fundraising priorities through developing excellent relationships with faculty and academic leaders, volunteers, and representatives from the Advancement Office
  • Demonstrated project management, organization and time-management skills
  • Excellent Interpersonal, written and oral communications skills
  • Regular travel to visit donors and prospective donors is required
  • High degree of Initiative and resourcefulness
  • Ability to work autonomously and as a member of a team in a fast-paced, high volume and professional environment managing multiple priorities
  • Excellent problem solving ability with sound judgement and discretion
  • Knowledge of/experience within the Athletic Community

In accordance with the Temporary Administrative and Professional Staff (TAPS) Agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of three years and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $69,024 - $114,611. 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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.