Posted On: 2018-02-06
Closing On: 2018-02-23
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: As soon as possible
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, Stewardship, the Director, Donor Relations is responsible for developing, monitoring and implementing central stewardship of donors at the $1million plus level, including principal gift benefactors, in close collaboration with DUA and divisional colleagues.  The incumbent drives planning and execution of principal gift stewardship by coordinating an integrated team including the Principal Gifts team, the President’s office, advancement communications and division advancement leads.

The incumbent plays a lead role in the delivery of the Chancellors’ Circle of Benefactors, the University’s donor recognition society for its principal gift benefactors.   In this capacity, the Director seeks to ensure that this cohort of donors receives an expression of thanks and appreciation, appropriate financial and impact reporting, as well as opportunities to engage with University events, and with senior officers.  The Director provides personal service to principal gift donors.

The incumbent will also be responsible for the stewardship correspondence, acknowledging and stewarding major gift donors, and for ongoing awards and honours nominations and celebrations. 



University degree or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.


The successful candidate will demonstrate a minimum of eight years’ progressively responsible experience in Stewardship or equivalent professional experience; experience managing a team of professionals is essential.  Solid administrative skills with significant expertise in project management and co-ordination and campaign experience preferred.
Applicant must have the interpersonal and managerial skills to manage a complex stewardship program within the University environment. He or she will have a demonstrated ability to write persuasively at an exemplary level as well as have extensive knowledge of fundraising and stewardship communications.
In addition, the successful candidate must have excellent reporting and writing skills, analytical and marketing skills and knowledge and experience with digital media.


Computer literacy: Word processing, database software and spreadsheet programs, and proficiency with scheduling software, email and Internet applications.  Working knowledge of design software is an advantage.


The Director, Donor Relations will possess the following:
• Strong interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude that enables work with a variety of stakeholders
• Demonstrated strong organizational, problem-solving and time management skills. 
• Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills. 
• Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment and meet numerous deadlines. 
• Accuracy and attention to detail. 
• Proven ability to prioritize a large volume of work in a fast-paced, high-performance team environment. 
• Ability to apply a high degree of tact and sensitivity to daily activities. 
• Flexible and able to work under pressure, must be able to work overtime. 
• Reliable attendance and punctuality essential. 
• Committed to success.

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 to apply: Friday, February 23rd @ 11:59pm.

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