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UBC Director Strategic Opportunities - The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

UBC is a global center for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 40 universities in the world. As one of the largest universities in Canada, UBC attracts, nurtures and proactively transforms more than 62,000 students and over 300,000 alumni from 162 countries on two major campuses. With over 5,500 faculty, 10,000 staff and 9,000 student employees, UBC has an operating budget of $2.3 billion and research income approaching $600 million.

The University of British Columbia’s strategic plan, Shaping the Next Century sets out UBC’s collective vision, purpose, goals and strategies for the years ahead. It guides decisions and actions–inspiring the very best in our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners.

UBC Development is seeking an experienced Director of Development with demonstrated major and principal gift success to join one of Canada’s highest performing development programs to lead a newly structured fundraising unit, Strategic Opportunities. An independently motivated, proactive, flexible and adaptable team player will be responsible for leading a team of professionals on established and emerging priority donor and prospect accounts and strategic activity supporting the university president and executive team, and the Development leadership team, for the core business of closing gifts.


The Director will be responsible for executing immediate strategies and long term plans for a Development programraising over $5M annually. As Director, you will align program activity with UBC’s strategic plan and Development’s objectives and goals. Reporting to the Associate Vice-President Development this position has primary accountability for fundraising and as such is responsible for developing strong working relationships with key internal stakeholders including but not limited to Development and Alumni Engagement colleagues, executive and academic leadership, and administrative partners across all campuses. 

Job Requirements


The successful incumbent will have:

  • Experience developing and successfully executing a major gift fundraising program, preferably in an academic environment;
  • Experience creating prospect strategies, donor engagement, soliciting and closing major and principal gifts
  • Experience liaising and building relationships with donors, senior managers and strategic partners (internal and external); and the ability to assess opportunities and risks for complex and sensitive gift agreements
  • Advanced negotiations skills with the ability to influence decisions to achieve objectives while maintaining policy and best practice
  • Diplomatic problem solving and negotiations skills to resolve issues within own area and / or across functional areas
  • Strong understanding of industry best practices as well as practices within other large / complex institutions

How To Apply

Please apply online at  with your cover letter and resume included in one document and someone will be in touch should we decide to move forward with your application.