Development & Alumni Engagement, in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Libraries and Cultural Resources, is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Director of Development.
The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university, a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. The university has a clear strategic direction, Eyes High. We aspire to be Canada's most entrepreneurial university in the country's most enterprising city. To this end, we've launched Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High, a $1.3 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, which promises to positively charge our campus community, our city and beyond through philanthropic support for student experiences that unleash potential; research outcomes that benefit society and community connections that strengthen our ties.
This is a senior position reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Vice-Provost for Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) and the Associate Vice President, Development in the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE). The Director of Development is involved in strategic planning and has access to highly sensitive and confidential information, requiring the ability to make discretionary decisions which impact fund raising programs and services. High volume of work, with morning, evening and weekend hours occasionally required.
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
Responsible for all aspects of fund raising and alumni engagement, and those aspects of external relations as they relate to development for the Faculty of Arts and Libraries and Cultural Resources
Set and achieve annual and campaign fundraising targets and other fundraising metrics for activity with the Dean, Vice-Provost and AVP, Development
Work with the central DAE Office to integrate and coordinate the Faculty of Arts/LCR fundraising planning and execution with that of the University as a whole
Provide leadership in the development of short- and long-term strategic fundraising plans for the Faculty of Arts and LCR
Recruit, lead and manage a team of approximately 3-5 assigned staff
Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising and alumni engagement plan that incorporates annual giving (from alumni/ae and others), sponsorship, major and principal gifts, specialized campaigns and planned/legacy giving
Develop and manage a prospect pipeline and assist the Dean of Arts, Vice-Provost for LCR, department heads and volunteers in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors
Write briefs, proposals and other persuasive fundraising collateral
Working with the Dean of Arts and Vice-Provost LCR to develop and manage any fundraising volunteer groups that will actively engage alumni/ae and members of the community
Consult with the Dean, Vice Provost and AVP, Development on all matters pertaining to fund development
Ensure effective alumni engagement strategies are undertaken at the faculty level and that they leverage and align with university-wide alumni initiatives to maximize efficiency
Collaborate with other members of the Faculty of Arts and LCR administration teams who have responsibilities for alumni relations, external relations and communications to ensure effective positioning of the Faculty of Arts and LCR with their various stakeholders
Successfully lead others and manage DAE resources (budget, senior University officials, staff, volunteers) in alignment with fundraising and alumni engagement initiatives
Practice ethical fundraising in keeping with the University's mission and values and in accordance with charitable giving standards
Ensure ongoing familiarity with current trends in fund development and alumni engagement
Ongoing personal development as a professional fundraiser
Qualifications / Requirements:
A university degree in a related field with 3 to 5 years fundraising experience in a post-secondary education setting is preferred
Demonstrated experience in major gift ($25,000) solicitations is required
Excellent verbal and written communication abilities
Sound judgment and decision-making capabilities and the ability to work independently
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to coach and train academic leadership and staff in the area of fundraising
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.
The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university has a clear strategic direction – Eyes High – to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary.