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Associate Director, Advancement - University of Toronto

Vancouver, BC

Job Description

Posted On: 2020-02-24
Closing On: 2020-03-13
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
Faculty / Division: School of Continuing Studies 
Department: School of Continuing Studies 
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)  

About us:

About the University

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. We are proud to be one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, driven to invent and innovate.

As Canada’s largest university, the University of Toronto has more than 88,000 total enrolment of national and international students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on 3 separate campuses. The University of Toronto has over 562,000 alumni around the world.

Recognized as a global leader in research and teaching, U of T has an operating budget of $2.3 billion, research grants and contract support of $1.2 billion. The University of Toronto has 44 libraries with more than 19.4 million physical holdings and more than 6.0 million electronic holdings.

The University of Toronto contributes $15.7 billion to the Canadian economy every year. More than 150 research-based start-ups have launched in the last five years at U of T.

With one of the strongest teaching faculties across all disciplines, the University has over 14,000 faculty and librarian members – spanning medicine to business, urban studies to engineering, humanities to education, and more – our students have the opportunity to learn from and work with professors who are some of today’s thought leaders.

The Boundless Campaign

The Boundless campaign for the University of Toronto completed its transformational fundraising effort that embodied the University of Toronto’s bold vision for the future. Thanks to more than 100,000 alumni and friends, the Boundless campaign raised a remarkable $2,641,000,000, surpassing its expanded $2.4‑billion goal.

Building on our success to date, we will seize on new opportunities to strengthen our role in civic and global society, provide a transformational undergraduate learning experience, pave the way for game-changing start-ups and new industries, drive breakthroughs in health care, and create the knowledge that illuminates humanity. Together, we can reimagine the world.

About the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (SCS) offers an extensive roster of over 700 courses, over 40 program areas, and more than 100 certificates across a broad range of fields that help learners succeed in their careers, satisfy their curiosities, fulfill their passions, and live their best lives. Courses are delivered by our team of 700 instructors, all of whom are industry or subject matter experts who are passionate about teaching and learning. The School has over 30,000 enrollments annually, 20 industry and professional association partnerships and draws learners from across the globe.

SCS is an integral part of the University of Toronto and we are proud to partner with several academic faculties to deliver continuing education. Through these strategic partnerships, we match SCS’s leadership in adult learning with cutting-edge research and ideas generated in the faculties.

Complementing our academic offerings are our English Language Program and an expedient and professional Comparative Education Service for learners seeking to have international credentials assessed in Canada.

Your opportunity:

The University of Toronto is seeking an Associate Director, Advancement to provide leadership to University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (SCS) advancement program with the goal of supporting fundraising revenues in support of (SCS) highest institutional priorities.

The Associate Director, Advancement is responsible for providing strategic leadership, creation and execution of advancement plans and strategies to accomplish divisional fundraising, as well as the related personal and team results, in close consultation with the Dean (SCS), and the Vice President, Advancement. The Associate Director is accountable to the Dean (SCS) on the development and fulfillment of advancement plans and strategies that support SCS’s mission. The Associate Director has a functional reporting relationship to the Vice-President, Advancement or delegate (typically the AVP Divisional Relations) that ensures alignment with and accountability to University-wide standards, guidelines, and procedures that protect academic integrity and promote best practice, excellence, and equity in advancement.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing strategic leadership for new elements of the Division or Faculty’s advancement and fundraising programs and activities.
  • Developing and implementing donor management and stewardship plans that support strategic objectives. Managing Donor Relations.
  • Developing and implementing strategic prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition plans.
  • Leading all stages of proposal development for the advancement portfolio.
  • Delivering presentations to promote programs, opportunities and/or initiatives.
  • Meeting face-to-face with current and potential donors to discuss giving interests and opportunities.
  • Developing and implementing alumni engagement activities that support strategic objectives.
  • Analyzing the impact of stewardship programming on fundraising initiatives.

Job Requirements


Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • 8 years of recent and direct fundraising experience with a proven track record of advancement responsibility in annual, major and planned giving programs in a large complex organization.
  • Excellent solicitation experience and a demonstrated track record of creating and implementing advancement programs and securing significant philanthropic support.
  • Excellent attention to detail and superb organizational skills, including the ability to set principal gift fundraising goals and to establish an internal system for meeting deadlines, tracking, follow-up, monitoring, and reporting of progress.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in recruiting, supervising, motivating, and mentoring volunteers and advancement professionals, bringing out the best in teams and individuals. The ability to mentor, coach, motivate and inspire colleagues and volunteers.
  • Experience making compelling cases to donors for philanthropic support.
  • Experience monitoring accounts for a project and/or program generating standard financial reports.
  • Vision, the ability to think and plan strategically, and a creative, entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • High level of initiative, maturity, tact and diplomacy; excellent judgement and discretion.
  • A deep understanding of and sympathy for the mission of an academic and research intensive university.
  • Proven ability to serve as an articulate, credible representative of the University with diverse constituencies and particularly with the sophisticated individuals who support the institution.
  • An engaging personal style, a sincere interest in people, patience, a willingness to listen, and the capacity to engender trust and to establish lasting relationships. A high level of comfort interacting with leaders as well as donors and volunteers.
  • Proven ability to navigate and be effective within a complex matrix organization that values collaboration and teamwork as well as individual initiative and creativity.
  • A high energy level, an appropriate degree of sophistication and self-confidence, optimism (and the ability to engender optimism in others) and a sense of humour.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle required. Valid passport for international travel is required.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Accountable
  • Achievement oriented
  • Approachable
  • Articulate
  • Diplomatic
  • Persuasive
  • Proactive
  • Tactful

Travel: Limited 


-Occasional overtime on weekends. Some overnight travel. Irregular schedule with some overtime and occasional travel.
- Those that are invited for an interview may be provided with a full job description upon request

Employee Group: United Steelworkers (USW) 
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing 

Schedule: Full-time 

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: USW Pay Band 18 -- $99,945 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $127,812. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.   

How To Apply

Job Field: Advancement & Alumni 

Job Posting: Feb 11, 2020 

Job Closing: Mar 13, 2020, 11:59:00 PM

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