Posted On: 2017-11-06
Closing On: 2017-11-20
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Campaign & Development Officer, the Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving is a senior member of the Development & Alumni Relations team, and is responsible for the strategic development and collaborative execution of programs fostering an active, engaged, and spirited alumni community focused on life-long association with the University, increasing unrestricted annual support for the University and its faculties, while building a stronger pipeline for major gifts.  This position is responsible for the strategic management of the alumni network and will work with the Alumni Association Board of Directors to craft and execute its annual plans.

Key Results Area:

Key Result Area (KRA)

Key Performance Indicators (KPI)


Meet fundraising goals and report results


Manage a portfolio of alumni donors and prospects, developing effective cultivation and personal solicitation strategies


Develop and execute comprehensive annual giving program, including a comprehensive direct mail program, online fundraising campaigns utilizing social media, including annual day of giving and manage the University’s online donation landing page

Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving Plan

Develop and execute alumni programs and events with the  goal of cultivating alumni and maintaining long-term connection to the University


Develop and maintain a competitive portfolio of alumni benefits and services


Volunteer Management

Oversee the activities of the Alumni Association and serve as liaison to the Association to foster joint activities and maintain strong relationships


Data Analysis & Reporting

Routinely analyse and report results on individual campaigns and progress toward annual giving goals, evaluate and recommend and/or implement program enhancements or improvements


Workplace Culture, Staff Performance and Development

Provide direct supervision and management of alumni relations and annual giving staff, including the hiring, training, performance management, coaching and mentoring


Understand and live by the Academic Plan guiding principles and foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the University

Financial Decision Making Scope:

  • Responsible for managing approved Alumni Relations & Annual Giving budget, and full decision making on approved budget expenses
  • Up to $1,000 for unbudgeted expense items


Direct Reports:

  • Development Officer, Annual Giving



  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of direct alumni relations and annual giving experience
  • Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, or currently working towards completion of CFRE exam and requirements, preferred
  • Demonstrated success in building alumni relations and annual giving programming, planning events, and managing staff and volunteers
  • Proven experience in the stewardship of donors and oversight of advancement services operations
  • Proven ability of setting and achieving goals, a successful track record of working with internal and external constituents, as well as volunteer and committee management
  • Advanced working knowledge of Raiser's Edge or other fundraising related databases and proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with the “moves” management process
  • Excellent analytical skills including the ability to analyze trends from quantitative and qualitative data
  • Ability to work independently and participate collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated leadership, team management, advanced problem-solving, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet strict deadlines and work effectively under pressure of high volume and constantly changing priorities
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity, and proven ability to deal effectively with a diverse population
  • Occasional travel, weekend, and evening work required


Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, for a total of 35 hours per week.

Application Deadline: Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter by selecting "Apply for this Position" below, no later than Monday, November 20, 2017 by 4pm.


As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their cover letter in their application.

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U's Policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.