Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving

Office of Advancement - Individual Giving

Competition No.  -    A113144407
Closing Date  -    Jan 22, 2021

This position has an expected end date of one year from the date of hire and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Leadership Annual Giving Office of the University of Alberta is the building block for future major gift and planned gift donor pools at our institution.  The Leadership Annual Giving Office allows the university to pool support from multiple donors to meet the current and pressing needs of students and researchers in the faculties and the university as a whole.

Reporting to the Director of Leadership Annual Giving, the Assistant Director's primary responsibility is to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors who have the capacity to make annual gifts of $1,000-$50,000, and to identify those who have the capacity to make a major or planned gift. There are approximately 3,000 donors in this range in any given year. 

The Assistant Director participates in designing and implementing successful strategies for leadership annual gift solicitations. In addition, the Assistant Director serves to provide support to advancement colleagues, faculties, other university officers, and senior administrators involved in major gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.

For hundreds of alumni and friends, the Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving is the face and name of the Office of Advancement, and the University of Alberta. The Assistant Director views each and every contact with a prospect or donor as an opportunity to build strong support for the university.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manages an active portfolio of 100+ prospects; personally visits 125 donors or prospective donors annually
  • Designs and implements cultivation and solicitation strategies with a focus on qualification, retention, renewal and upgrades
  • Plans and researches to determine the interests and potential capacity of donors and prospective donors
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to develop a pipeline of prospective major and planned gift donors to support the donor continuum
  • Assists stewardship of donors, attend events and host donors as appropriate
  • Ensures the integrity of information in the Advance database relevant to assigned prospects
  • Assists faculties in the proactive planning and implementation of best practice development initiatives
  • Ensures a coordinated implementation of Annual Giving fundraising programs, policies and strategies with all members of the Office of Advancement

To be successful in this position, the incumbent will have the following skills, abilities and experience:

  • Undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience
  • At least 3 years of fundraising or transferable experience, preferably in a post-secondary environment
  • Proven ability to cultivate and solicit individual gifts or provide high quality customer service on a face-to-face basis
  • Self-motivated, proactive, energetic, creative, and goal oriented
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Superior communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a fast paced business setting
  • Strong understanding of the value and culture of philanthropy
  • Insightful, responsive, creative and engaging
  • A sincere appreciation for people and how they are each uniquely motivated

This temporary position is in accordance with the Temporary Librarian and Administrative Professional Staff agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package and annual salary range commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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.