Posted On: 2017-08-11
Closing On: 2017-09-12
Location: Waterloo, ON
Effective: When filled
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

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Director of Advancement


Strategic Planning

  • Establishes internal policies and operating procedures necessary to achieve objectives
  • Provides input to capital and other university-wide fundraising campaigns and project themes.
  • Develops and implements fundraising strategies for faculty funding priorities in consultation with team members and counsel, for example for increasing the average gift, for renewing and upgrading donors and for building the major gifts pipeline.
  • Accountable for the assigned operating budget.

Team Leadership

  • Directs recruiting, training, and evaluation of program staff.
  • Directs priorities and sets individual and team objectives for program staff.

Fundraising and Donor Relations

  • Initiates relationships with potentially generous donors, develops and cultivates commitment and works towards its translation into financial and volunteer support.
  • Plans and hosts campus visits for major donors and potential major donors.
  • Develops Terms of Reference for endowment and trust donations
  • Works with the Dean, the Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science, Department Chairs and other team members assigned to solicit, support and manage volunteer involvement with Advancement activities.
  • Coordinates and monitors the strategic alumni plan and integrates the Alumni events and strategies into the overall Advancement plan.
  • Participates in strategy development and promotion of campus-wide alumni outreach

Faculty Relations

  • Works with Chairs and Directors and their faculty members in advancing individual, corporate and foundation donors in support of their funding priorities.
  • Plans and develops strategies and advises on pilot projects for Chairs/Directors to test the effectiveness of new strategies and techniques, recommends new programs
Undergraduate University degree required, Master’s degree an asset, preferably from the University of Waterloo


  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification
  • Experience producing strategic plans which consist of measurable objectives and the associated costs
  • Management experience demonstrating the ability to deal with a diversity of Human Resources related issues
  • Demonstrated experience using planning/project management tools to manage projects, timelines, and communications
  • Proven skills leading a team of high-functioning, self-motivated professionals
  • Understanding of international alumni programs and fundraising
  • Understanding and appreciation of the key role of a university education
  • Creative and effective communication skills (including electronic medium)
  • Sound judgment, tact, diplomacy
  • Willingness to travel internationally

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