University of Alberta

Senior Director, Faculty Development

Office of Advancement - Faculty Development

Competition No.  -    A113138741
Closing Date  -    May 10, 2019

This competition is restricted to University of Alberta employees only.

Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Development and Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Senior Director is an experienced advancement professional who acts as senior level fundraising resource to faculty-based advancement teams and faculties/units without advancement staff. He/she manages a small portfolio of major gift donors that have pan-institutional affinity and will take the lead on special projects and initiatives identified as priorities by the President and/or Vice-President, Advancement. The Senior Director coaches and supports Assistant Deans and their teams to articulate priorities, identify and qualify prospects and to develop cultivation and solicitation strategies with a focus on major and leadership gifts. The Senior Director will advise on strategic use of resources and provide input to Deans and the Office of Advancement on faculty advancement program development.

The Senior Director will manage, coach and guide a team of 6-8 faculty-based advancement leaders, and will be responsible for ensuring the success of faculty-based fundraising teams in the achievement of their goals and targets.  In addition, they will lead the development aspects of collaborative interdisciplinary programs across managed faculties and units.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic guidance, counsel and support to the Deans and academic leads on advancement related initiatives and programs
  • Leadership and oversight in the recruitment, training, coaching, mentorship, supervision and training of Assistant Deans and other lead faculty based fundraisers
  • Supporting the development of engagement, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies within faculties in partnership with central Alumni Relations
  • Takes the lead on high level fundraising projects, cultivations and mini campaigns for the faculties within the portfolio
  • Translating the strategic vision and direction of advancement senior leadership into tactical implementation as it relates to frontline fundraising
  • Identifying challenges, barriers and opportunities to improve performance and efficiency within the institutional advancement portfolio
  • Actively participates in annual strategic succession and organizational plans
  • Ability to project manage high-level donor opportunities in excess of $5M

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

  • Undergraduate degree preferred; a combination of experience and education may also be considered
  • 10 or more years in a fundraising leadership position in not-for-profit and/or post-secondary institutions with demonstrated ability in developing, implementing and managing successful fundraising initiatives and managing a high performing team
  • Experienced fundraising professional with an outstanding ability to work with prospective donors and proven ability to close gifts of $1 million and more
  • Advanced knowledge of fundraising strategies, principles, techniques and major gift methodology
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in philanthropy
  • A strategic thinker and risk-taker who is politically savvy and professionally acute
  • Comprehensive knowledge of provincial and federal laws governing fundraising, including privacy legislation, taxation laws, FOIPPA and CANCOP
  • Superior ability to communicate with prospective donors, internal constituents and other stakeholders with high tact and diplomacy is required
  • Demonstrated expertise in change management to break down silos and encourage teamwork and collaboration
  • Good working knowledge of the U of A and its Faculties’ strategic and business plans, visions, mandates and priority initiatives is strongly preferred
  • Ability to meet deadlines and juggle competing priorities in a high-paced environment
  • Proven ability to lead, mentor, coach and manage staff to meet organizational goals

This regular continuing position is in accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an 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.