University of Alberta

Assistant Dean, Advancement

Faculty of Science & Office of Advancement

Competition No.  -    A113139895
Closing Date  -    Sep 10, 2019

Ideas. Talent. Purpose.

At the University of Alberta, we begin with people - people with ideas, talent, and purpose. We seek knowledge. We educate citizens. We ask the big questions. We push the limits of human understanding and knowledge. We engage with partners and communities close to home and around the world to lead positive change. We empower creative people to take risks and make imaginative leaps towards as yet undetermined futures.

A career in Advancement at the University of Alberta positions you as a key player in creating this future. Bring your passion for relationship building and your belief in the power of philanthropy to the University of Alberta, and help deepen our dedication to excellence and extend our record of public leadership by playing a lead role in building a better province, a better Canada, and a better world.

The Faculty of Science and the Office of Advancement are seeking an Assistant Dean, Advancement who will lead a team of professionals to implement the Faculty of Science’s strategic development and advancement initiatives and enhance the public profile of the Faculty of Science as a leader in education and research. The Assistant Dean, Advancement reports jointly to the Dean, Faculty of Science and the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Development and Corporate and Foundation Relations and is responsible for building broad based private support through the management of comprehensive programs and developing relationships with alumni, friends, community, corporations, foundations and industrial support.

The Assistant Dean, Advancement will play a leadership role in creating and maintaining a connected alumni community and donor centered stewardship portfolio for the Faculty of Science. In both design and implementation, the Assistant Dean, Advancement works closely with the Dean as a valued and integral member of the leadership team in the Faculty of Science and with other Faculty and University leaders to build strong, supportive relationships with its worldwide community of students, alumni, public and corporate communities.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provides expert guidance and advice in establishing strategic initiatives, key partnership strategies and goals for the Faculty of Science
  • Manages a portfolio of major gift prospects that have the potential interest and financial resources to make major gifts commitments of $1 - $5 million+
  • Trains and mentors staff to build professional competence, achieve goals and fundraising targets and facilitate succession planning
  • Collaborates with the Office of Advancement on annual giving strategies for the Faculty, stewardship of major donors and gift processing and acknowledgement
  • Represents the Faculty on issues of policy and procedure in advancement
  • Collaborates with other campus based advancement staff on multi-interest major gift strategies
  • Creates plans to involve the Dean and other senior academic leaders in face-to-face fundraising visits with top prospects
  • Provides coaching and leadership to engage faculty members strategic fundraising activities
  • Provides high level direction to the alumni relations team to develop innovative programming that engages and promotes alumni connectedness to the Faculty
  • Ensures alumni relations activities are integrated with development initiatives and centrally hosted alumni events
  • Provides vision and direction for Advancement centered communications projects

The successful candidate will have proven ability to develop strategies for and implement major gift solicitations and an appreciation of the mission of a major research university in order to creatively match the Faculty’s and the University’s highest priority needs with the interests of qualified major gift prospective donors. The position requires the ability to be a contributing member of multidisciplinary teams and to work with senior university administration in a variety of business and social settings. Given the confidential nature of the internal and external information that will flow through Advancement, a high degree of discretion and confidentiality is required.

In order to achieve the desired outcomes of the position, the successful candidate will possess the following experience, skills and abilities:

  • Undergraduate degree is required, advanced degree is preferred
  • 10 or more years of experience in major or planned gift fundraising with not-for-profit organizations and/or educational institutions; related experience in sales, financial services and business development will be considered
  • Demonstrated success at closing gifts of $5 million+
  • Self-motivated, proactive, energetic, creative, goal-oriented with excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Experience working directly with academic leaders and senior university personnel
  • Experience in working with philanthropists and community leaders
  • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the university’s fundraising priorities
  • Experience with operational planning, objective setting and establishment of fundraising priorities
  • Proven ability to develop strategies for relationship building and securing major gifts
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and to handle multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Possesses the interpersonal and management skills and perspective necessary to provide guidance to a team of professional staff
  • Experience in leading, hiring, managing, and motivating staff within a complex environment
  • Ability to lead, provide guidance, and influence peers
  • Regular travel to visit donors and prospective donors is required

In accordance with the Handbook of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package that can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range based on 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.