Posted On: 2018-02-05
Closing On: 2018-02-22
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: As soon as possible
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
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Job Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, Principal Gifts and working closely with the Vice-President, Advancement, and Assistant Vice Presidents, the Director, Principal Gifts will manage a team of professionals tasked with identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors at the $5 million plus level, and developing tailored programs to enhance the interest and engagement of individuals who directly, or through other sources, have or are capable of making gifts at this level. The active involvement of key members of the university community and volunteers is essential to the overall success of such a program.




University degree, preferably from UofT, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum seven (7) years’ recent and related experience working on all aspects of principal gifts fundraising (from prospect identification through to stewardship).  Deep familiarity with principal gift and advancement processes in a University environment.  Experience working with senior advancement and senior divisional leadership.  Experience preparing and editing written materials including correspondence, tailored proposals, case statements, briefing notes and memos.  Experience working within and successfully navigating a complex University environment. 


Computer literacy: Word processing, database software and spreadsheet programs, and proficiency with scheduling software, email and Internet applications.


Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.  Demonstrated ability to approach and handle situations with tact, diplomacy and creativity.  Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.  Proven ability to think strategically and analytically.  Ability to synthesize and process complex information.  Strong writing and editorial capabilities.  Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to motivate and manage staff and volunteers.  Ability to work in a hectic and results oriented environment.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities.

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The deadline for applications is: Thursday, February 22nd, at 11:59pm.