University of Alberta

Development Director, Advancement (Precision Health)

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Office of Advancement

Competition No.  -    A104440665
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta is a premier academic health sciences centre, dedicated to advancing health through teaching, research and patient care.

The Development Director is a critical leadership level position for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Office of Advancement. This team member is instrumental in influencing the strategic direction for the Development team to achieve the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) fundraising achievement goals for the Office of Advancement.  The Development Director's portfolio will focus on advancing the signature area of Precision Health.

This position will report directly to the Managing Director, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and will have up to four direct reports. Staff members who report to the Development Director may include: Associate Directors, a Stewardship Officer and a Development Assistant. The Development Director will have fundraising/development responsibilities in departments and institutes within the Faculty and one of the faculty’s campaign priorities. 

As member of a Development team of 13, and an overall Advancement team of 27 staff in the faculty, the Development Director position is required to provide comprehensive strategic planning input to both the Managing Director and the Assistant Dean, Advancement and execution of all of their daily work with minimum supervision. This position works independently, requires excellent judgment, an ability to multitask and work well under pressures of time constraints - due to the many and varied priorities within the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Office of Advancement.

The Development Director is responsible for managing and holding the Associate Directors of Development accountable for the fundraising and campaign strategies of each of their vast portfolios - as related to their internal and external constituencies, including alumni, friends, the University community and the wider professional community. Such strategies include the collaborative planning and execution of donor relations and fundraising initiatives; leadership and oversight of key messages; fundraising materials such as case statements, FAQ documents and investment briefings; and explanation of the portfolio’s priorities in face to face visits with stakeholders.  In both design and implementation, the Development Director works closely with the Managing Director and the Assistant Dean, Advancement, the Dean, and senior leadership within the Department and/or Institutes involved, as a valued and integral member of the development leadership team for the Faculty.

This position requires an individual who has exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills as it involves ongoing communication with both internal and external stakeholder groups (including but not limited to: individual major gift donors; foundation donors and partners; the Dean of the Faculty; Faculty leaders including Chairs; Executive Directors of Institutes; researchers; and teaching and clinical staff), as well as staff in other executive offices in the Faculty and across the University.  Given the confidential nature of the internal and external information that will flow through the offices of each supervisory positions, a high degree of discretion and confidentiality is required.

The successful candidate will possess the following experience, skills and abilities:

  • 5+ years fundraising management experience; Bachelor’s degree preferred, advanced degree desirable..
  • Self-motivated, proactive, energetic, creative, goal-oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and time management skills; ability to work towards goals and deadlines.
  • Experience working directly with academic leaders and senior university personnel.
  • Experience in working with philanthropists and community leaders.
  • Experience in working with senior leadership volunteers.
  • 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.
  • An understanding of how Precision Health impacts medical education and research to better outcomes for patients and families
  • Proven ability to fundraise and close large gifts.
  • Proven ability to develop strategies for implementation on major gift solicitations.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a contributing member of multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior university administration in a variety of business and social settings.
  • Well-developed level of computer literacy.
  • Ability to manage a fundraising staff and have active conversations with them on pipeline development and prospect management.


In accordance with the Handbook of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range which will be commensurate with qualifications.

This competition will remain open until filled, however, applicant considerations will begin December 2, 2019.

Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names of three references.

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.