Posted On: 2017-04-05
Closing On: 2017-05-01
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

The Opportunity

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto is seeking an enthusiastic and collegial Director of Advancement to lead and enhance the fundraising results and expand the alumni engagement programs.  The Faculty is growing and has recently undergone a revitalization - and for a dynamic, innovative, forward thinking self-starter - there is the opportunity to work collaboratively and build upon existing programs to increase support for the Faculty.

Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty, with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Executive Director, Divisional Relations (Division of University Advancement), the Director of Advancement is a member of the senior leadership team and manages a team of two.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is interested in building and expanding an advancement program, while working with a motivated and supportive leadership group that is committed to collaborating with the Advancement team.


About The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is Canada’s leading Faculty of Pharmacy offering graduate and undergraduate programs that develop leaders for diverse and emerging careers.  The Faculty has an international reputation as a pre-eminent centre for innovation and discovery in the pharmaceutical sciences and competes globally to attract the best and brightest students and faculty.  The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is situated at the nexus of the University of Toronto, teaching hospitals, government, industry and community in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Pharmacy education in Ontario traces back to 1868, when informal academic experiments comprised the principal educational practices.  In 1882, the Ontario College of Pharmacy (now Pharmacists) began operating the pharmacy school that ultimately became part of the University of Toronto in 1953.  In 2001, the Faculty was renamed the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in honour of alumnus Leslie Dan, who donated $13 million to ensure that the Faculty continued to grow and blossom into a worldwide leader in pharmacy education and research.

Educational programming is at the heart of the Faculty and a number of cutting-edge educational programs are currently offered including the PharmD program (entry to practice professional degree program), the PharmD for Pharmacists program (for those who have completed a BScPhm degree and wish to upgrade to an entry level PharmD), and the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Specialist program (BSc), offered in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Science.  The Graduate Programs offer students in the physical, biological, clinical and social sciences a challenging and rewarding research-intensive program leading to Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

The research conducted by students, faculty, research associates and postdoctoral fellows at the Faculty focuses on drugs and medications and has had a profound impact in drug therapy on both the molecular level and on entire populations.  As a result of our comprehensive approach to pharmaceutical science research, our international reputation includes expertise in pharmaceutical oncology, pharmacy practice research, nanotechnology, diagnostics and imaging technology, exploration of disease mechanisms and new drug targets, pharmacy education research, studies in global health, health services, care delivery, pharmacoeconomics, and health policy.  Our emphasis on these research areas has added to our already established reputation as a world-class facility for biophysical chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, drug metabolism, and toxicology research.

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is also committed to life-long learning through the Office of Continuous Professional Development, and the International Pharmacy Graduate program is a unique best practices bridging program designed to assist pharmacists educated and trained in countries outside Canada to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards.

Over the past decade, enrolment in undergraduate and graduate programs has doubled and tripled respectively.  In January 2017, a new five year Academic Plan was launched with five strategic focus areas:

  • Advance education programs that develop leaders for diverse and emerging careers
  • Lead innovations in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education and learner engagement
  • Grow our scientific impact
  • Build a distinct organizational identity
  • Improve health through knowledge translation and policy influence



Advancement at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

The Director of Advancement provides leadership, direction and priority setting to all elements of the Faculty’s advancement activities, including fundraising, alumni relations, corporate and other stakeholder relations, alumni and donor communications, and other elements of the Faculty’s relationships with its external constituencies to build on fundraising revenues of approximately $1 million annually.  The faculty has an active alumni community of 8000 and a $40M goal in the Boundless campaign.

The Advancement team works in close collaboration with the Division of University Advancement (DUA) at U of T, which comprises a highly skilled team of staff focused in the areas of development, alumni and volunteer engagement, advancement services, and advancement marketing and communications.  The uniquely integrated structure of University Advancement encourages each division to bring its particular strengths and expertise to the common cause of advancing U of T’s relations with alumni, donors, and friends.

The Director also manages all functions related to human resources and the current Advancement team includes a Coordinator, Advancement & Alumni Relations and Senior Development Officer.  In consultation with the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, the Director develops, implements, and evaluates the unit’s budget, operational plans, as well as related policies and procedures in accordance with overall university policies and procedures.


About The University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is widely recognized as a global leader in research and education, consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world and the top university in Canada, placing 23rd in the fourth annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings and 34th in the QS World University Rankings.  The University of Toronto is also first in Canada in the research-focused Academic Ranking of World Universities.

As Canada’s largest university, the University of Toronto has more than 84,000 students in 700 undergraduate programs, 215 graduate programs, and 62 professional programs on three separate campuses.  Recognized as a global leader in research and teaching, U of T has an operating budget of $1.8 billion, research grants and contract support of $1.1 billion, and more than 21 million holdings in a research library that is ranked one of the top three research libraries in North America.  Established in 1827, the University has an estimated economic impact on the GTA economy of $6.58 billion and on the Canadian economy the impact is $15.7 billion.  U of T has also been listed as one of Canada’s top 100 employers for 2017, a distinction held for the past nine years.

U of T’s globally-recognized network of faculty members, alumni and partners creates a unique educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students.  With one of the strongest teaching faculties across all disciplines – 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 ideas and inventions that are created here make their way into the global economy in many ways, through start-ups, small businesses, commercialization and partnerships.  You can see U of T members engaged in community projects, our faculty experts in the news and over 500,000 graduates spread across 140 countries.


Boundless – The Campaign for the University of Toronto

Boundless: Since the public launch of the Campaign in 2011 University of Toronto has received tremendous support across the University for many thousands of initiatives that are collectively changing the lives of our students, and contributing to the health and vibrancy of our communities and our world.

In December 2016, U of T announced it had surpassed the $2 billion goal and was expanding the Boundless Campaign goal to $2.4 billion.

The Campaign seeks to capture the boundless potential of the University’s community by:

  • Supporting groundbreaking research and teaching that generate solutions for healthy, sustainable and successful societies, while also strengthening the essential foundation of basic research. Funds raised will support the University’s world-class minds, attract a new generation of “rising star” faculty and make critical enhancements to programs and infrastructure.
  • Fostering international fluency and leadership skills among the University’s more than 84,000 undergraduate and graduate students – by raising funds to support student awards and build learning environments that nurture creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, disciplinary excellence, interdisciplinary inquiry and global perspectives.

This support, remarkable and unprecedented in Canadian philanthropic history, is the product of the extraordinary generosity of more than 94,000 alumni and friends, who share a common belief in the University’s leadership and impact in addressing the world’s most pressing global challenges.  The Boundless campaign has generated a rising tide of support and engagement that has helped elevate U of T’s high standing among the world’s best universities.


The Ideal Candidate

An enthusiastic, hands-on fundraiser who is motivated by a primarily external facing role, the successful candidate will have demonstrated success in developing, implementing and monitoring fundraising programs.  The ideal candidate will possess broad integrated fundraising experience in major gifts, annual fundraising, corporate partnerships, alumni relations, stewardship and donor communications.  The Director will respect the systems and processes used to manage and coordinate the Faculty’s advancement activities within the University’s overall advancement efforts. 

The new incumbent will work closely with the new Director of Communications on all advancement messaging and materials. Consequently, advancement communications experience, including case brokering, case writing and effective storytelling, will round out the successful candidate’s suite of skills.  As well, the Director of Advancement will combine exceptional listening skills with the ability to win trust and create goodwill with colleagues, and with diverse alumni cohorts in order to advance engagement in, and support of, the Faculty. 

The successful candidate will have the ability to educate, inspire and engage both internal and external audiences using open, honest and transparent communication.  With an optimistic, outgoing and down to earth style, the Director will be confident in their expertise and interactions with others, and will persuasively bring others to positive consensus. 

As someone who excels at building deep and meaningful relationships with numerous stakeholders at all levels and is an inclusive, collaborative team player, the Director works closely with, and acts as a supportive coach and trusted partner to, staff, faculty, researchers, volunteers and students in the Faculty.  Curious and intellectually versatile, the Director appreciates the nuances of scientific study and discovery and has a genuine interest in the varied, complex research in the Faculty, taking an active role in learning and then applying fresh thinking and creativity to strategically translate them into compelling opportunities for donor support.

Balancing the competing demands of playing a key role in fundraising with leading a team, the Director will be respectful and trusting, and will provide clear direction and expectations to the Advancement team members, encouraging both autonomy and accountability.  The ideal candidate will excel at mentoring staff, challenging them to strive, grow and succeed.


Key Activities & Responsibilities

The Director of Advancement provides leadership, direction and priority setting to all elements of the Faculty’s Advancement activities, including fundraising, alumni relations, donor relations and stewardship.

Fundraising – Major Gifts, Gift Planning and Annual Giving

  • Building on the Faculty’s strategic academic plan, develops and implements a strategic, integrated development plan to secure significant external support to effect permanent improvement in the level of long-term and annual support.  This includes developing and maintaining the Faculty’s list of funding priorities.
  • Defines goals and desired outcomes for fundraising programs; designs, co-ordinates and directs fundraising campaigns for the purpose of securing funds from the private sector, individuals, alumni, faculty, staff and students.
  • In conjunction with the Dean and with DUA, defines and implements strategies to achieve the Faculty’s campaign goals.  Plays a leadership role in identifying, cultivating and engaging appropriate individuals to serve as lead volunteers for the Faculty’s campaign within the University-wide campaign, and in ensuring these individuals are guided and supported in their activities in support of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy’s campaign.
  • Personally, and in conjunction with the Dean, initiates and builds relationships with donors and potential donors and develops and cultivates those relationships and commitments to be translated into financial and volunteer support.  Plans and coordinates implementation of strategies to ensure that donors interact with representatives of the Faculty and the University in ways that foster their long-term engagement and investment in initiatives.
  • Motivates team toward, and personally strives to achieve, University-wide metrics goals for fundraising professionals.  Ensures establishment of and compliance with the University’s fund development and philanthropic principles, policies and procedures.
  • Recruits, trains and advises senior volunteer and academic leadership associated with the Faculty to participate in identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports to the Dean on fundraising progress throughout the year.  Adapts to changing situations as necessary.
  • Oversees the use of University data management as it pertains to the Faculty’s benefactors and alumni for the purposes of prospect clearance, moves management, donations management, donor recognition and acknowledgement programs.
  • Develops and ensures the maintenance of an effective stewardship, recognition and communications program for all supporters.  Oversees the implementation of annual stewardship events.

Alumni Relations

  • Oversees the development of strategies that help build the Faculty’s relationships with its alumni for the purpose of strengthening this group’s potential as active financial supporters and volunteers and further develop the alumni cohort as goodwill ambassadors, an effective lobbying group for specific issues, recruitment of students and general community relations. 
  • Ensures that alumni relations’ key services and activities are aligned with the Faculty’s and University’s mandate, objectives and strategic priorities.
  • Develops new initiatives and strengthening of existing initiatives to enhance alumni relations. 
  • Oversees the strategy for and organization of annual alumni events such as Spring Reunion.
  • Engages and supports academic and other leaders across the faculty and University by facilitating opportunities for alumni to re-engage with Faculty through the creation of programs, activities and events.
  • Generates recognition and awareness of alumni achievements, noting alumni contributions back to the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and within the broader community.
  • Develops collaborative processes across the institution to engage current students as future alumni.


  • Collaborates with the Faculty’s Director of Communications to ensure the development and implementation of an integrated marketing and communications plan for advancement.
  • Liaises with the Director of Communications to ensure appropriate print, web and email communications for the purpose of advancement and fundraising activities to maintain a consistent, powerful image of the Faculty with key stakeholders, including alumni, donors, potential donors, corporate partners, and the public at large.
  • Defines the goals and desired outcomes for marketing and communications efforts for the Faculty’s advancement activities.

Finance and Administration

  • Develops long-term and short-term budgets for the Office of Advancement based on an understanding of resources needed to meet its mandate, goals and objectives; ensures budget control and relevant monitoring of financial needs/resource requirements and allocations.
  • Creates office systems to support all Development projects and operations.  Oversees the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.  Improves quality and completeness of database, and provides leadership in database, system and report upgrades.
  • Ensures Office practices and expenditures are consistent with University policies and procedures.  Identifies and implements opportunities for cost savings and ensures that sound administrative processes, procedures and reporting mechanisms are in place.
  • Oversees the Office of Advancement section of the Faculty website for accuracy of information and makes recommendations for improvements as required.
  • Participates in relevant committees and working groups and is a member of the Faculty Council and Awards Committee.

Human Resource Management

  • Plans strategically for, and defines the organizational structure of, the Unit including the kinds of equipment used, the methods and techniques of work, the work assignments, duties and responsibilities of positions and the classifications and qualifications of positions as well as other management rights contained in appropriate collective agreements.
  • Leads and manages assigned staff to ensure tasks are completed on schedule and standards and policies are followed.
  • Consults with HR when dealing with serious issues that affect employment relationships.
  • Strategically manages labour relations implications of business disruptions; participates as a representative of the department in broader strategic management initiatives related to planning for business disruptions in the University.
  • Inspires and mentors department staff by providing the necessary direction and training.
  • Evaluates employee performance based on assessment of individual’s work and achievement of performance goals.
  • Discusses performance with employees, provides feedback and addresses performance-related issues as part of the employee development process.


Qualifications & Competencies

  • Demonstrated success in securing major gifts of $100,000 or more from individuals, corporations and foundations in a highly competitive external fundraising environment; experience with seven-figure level donors preferred.
  • Significant experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques (face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail) and, development office functions (gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting).
  • Comprehensive management skills and experience including but not limited to short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff.
  • Experience working with university leadership, or equivalent, to identify and manage prospective donor pools.
  • Experience planning and executing events and/or coordinating donor stewardship appealing to diverse audiences and interest groups.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and oral), presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to develop relationships of trust and respect with faculty, volunteers, donors and colleagues.
  • Diplomatic, tactful and politically savvy. 
  • Encouraging leader with demonstrated leadership skills and success in motivating and supporting both staff and senior volunteers.
  • Consultative team player who thoughtfully solicits and considers input and feedback from others.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Adaptable, respectful and collaborative with an ability to accept diverse world views, values, politics and lifestyles exhibited by prospective donors.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with individuals diverse in age, culture, gender, sexual identity and disabilities.
  • A high degree of personal initiative and an ability to strategically manage multiple projects with competing deadlines in a results-oriented environment.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and creative problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of health issues and health research a strong asset.
  • University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation an asset, but not mandatory for this role.


For more Information

To learn more about this leadership opportunity at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, please contact Sandra Taylor, Senior Consultant at KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) via email at

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.  Please send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by May 1, 2017.


To view the full Position Brief, click: here


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Canada’s leading teaching and research University, the University of Toronto is ranked one of the Greater Toronto’s Top 100 Employers 2017, and one of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2017.  Committed to enhancing the diversity and experience of both staff and students, U of T offers employees challenging work, flexible family-friendly programs and opportunities for professional and personal development.