Posted On: 2017-09-28
Closing On: 2017-10-16
Location: London, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none.  Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards.  Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application.  Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.  Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.

The Faculty of Education's mission is to prepare knowledgeable, critical, creative, courageous educators; to champion through our teaching, research and service, just, equitable opportunities and outcomes for all individuals and communities – in and through education.

The Director, Community Engagement and Development is a key role in the Faculty of Education, and a member of the Faculty and Divisions Development (FDD) team of Alumni Relations & Development. The incumbent leads and participates in the full scope of development activities, relating to the discovery, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of a portfolio of prospects and donors to the Faculty of Education. The incumbent will design, develop, implement, evaluate and manage effective, innovative and transformational fundraising strategies, which support the goals of the Faculty. The Director of Community Engagement and Development will match the Faculty's and University's academic, alumni and community engagement objectives and financial needs with the highest philanthropic aspirations of donors.  The incumbent will ensure that progress is continual toward meeting multi-year plan goals, and will manage engagement and campaign activities to ensure the continued enhancement of the Faculty's and Western's reputation.


  • Undergraduate Degree; in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications or related discipline preferred
  • Masters Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications or related discipline is preferred
  • Accreditation through Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is preferred


  • 8 years senior leadership experience securing six and seven-figure financial agreements within the private sector or similar levels of major gifts in the charitable sector
  • Experience leading and cultivating relationships (Development, Sales, Recruitment, etc.)
  • Experience leading a fundraising, or revenue-generating, portfolio towards multi-million targets
  • Experience with strategy development, implementation and evaluation related to fundraising
  • Experience successfully managing multiple projects from conception to completion within tight prescribed deadlines
  • Experience fundraising within a university or other complex non-profit environment is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively collaborate in the achievement of a fundraising or revenue generating campaign and realize targets, preferably in an academic setting
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and presentation to internal and external contacts
  • Advanced computer skills, including expertise with Microsoft Office software applications and client/donor relations management software
  • Project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once from conception to completion with tightly prescribed timelines
  • Ability to establish and build healthy working relationships and partnerships with clients, peers and external stakeholders
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage activities both for self and others effectively A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution and people management skills
  • Flexible, resourceful, creative and pro-active work style with a can-do, enthusiastic attitude
  • Emotional Intelligence (self-knowledge, self-management, empathy, social skills) to ensure own work-life balance, health and energy, and good collegial relationships are maintained
  • Readiness and willingness to learn and stay informed about fundraising initiatives and the unit's missions and objectives
  • Ability to develop strategies that are in line with the University's mission and which balance competing priorities

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference 11309, by midnight on October 16th, 2017. 

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.