University of Alberta

Associate Director, Advancement

Faculty of Arts - Development

Competition No.  -    A107340347
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This is a temporary position for one year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Faculty of Arts offers rich academic experiences in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts; engages in teaching, research, and creative activities that enhance our understanding of the world; and develops the skills and qualities essential to imagining and realizing our personal and collective potential.

In order to support the Faculty of Arts in the pursuit of its goals, the Faculty is seeking an Associate Director to join our major gifts focused advancement team.


  • Participation in strategy development and execution for faculty fundraising; works with the Dean of Arts, the Assistant Dean, Advancement (AD-A), and faculty-based leaders to develop appropriate fundraising priorities for the faculty
  • Maintaining a major donor/prospect portfolio; personally visits major gift prospects/donors annually
  • Scheduling and planning travel as necessary to facilitate personal visits with top prospects
  • Works with AD-A to match donor interest with institutional and faculty priorities, develops funding proposals, and negotiates and structures complex 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
  • Contribution to the engagement between donors and faculty academic leaders
  • Participation in coaching and leadership as necessary to engage faculty members' in strategic fundraising activities, including appropriate preparation and follow-up
  • Collaboration with other faculty-based fundraisers, faculty-based academic leaders and senior university representatives for skills development, information sharing and the implementation of joint opportunities and common challenges.


  • Possess an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Five years' experience in major or planned gift fundraising with a track record of closing gifts of $50,000 and greater, preferably in higher education
  • Possession of a CFRE certification is considered an asset
  • Have a proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Have demonstrated ability to be a contributing member of a multi-disciplinary team(s)
  • Have strong skills in identifying new prospects and a proven ability to develop strategies for major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Embrace accountability for performance within an assigned portfolio
  • Possess strong communication and organizational skills
  • Have a passion for students, research, teaching, the Arts, and post-secondary education
  • Have the ability to meet deadlines and juggle competing priorities in a high-paced environment
  • Have the ability to travel

In accordance with Schedule G (Temporary Librarian, Administrative and Professional Staff) of the Academic Agreement, this position has an annual salary range of $74,723 to $124,718. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter addressed to Mary Saretski, Assistant Dean, Advancement (Interim), outlining your qualifications and demonstrating your passion for excellence. This competition will remain open until filled; however, applications will start to be reviewed on October 15, 2019. 

Thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta; however only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.