Posted On: 2018-03-05
Closing On: 2018-03-16
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Ryerson University is seeking an Associate Director of Development, Annual and Leadership Giving.

About Ryerson
Ryerson is a dynamic and comprehensive university built on an award-winning reputation for providing world-class education and training through hundreds of career-focused programs and work-integrated learning opportunities. Ryerson is committed to testing and applying classroom knowledge in the real world in virtually everything we do – from our co-op and internship offerings to zone learning, and out extracurricular and community outreach programs.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ryerson is home to more than 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 3,100 faculty and staff, and nearly 185,000 alumni worldwide. Many of our faculty are award-winning scholars and researchers, industry experts and community leaders, and we boast the largest continuing education program in Canada. Ryerson has built a diverse and global innovation ecosystem that nurtures new ideas and bolsters discovery through technology and entrepreneurship. Proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive, Ryerson University is committed to inclusion, respect for Aboriginal perspectives, equity, diversity and putting people first -- making Ryerson a truly inclusive place to learn and work. In 2017, Ryerson was once again named a winner of the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition.

Job Summary

The Associate Director of Development, Annual & Leadership Giving will oversee the program planning, management and evaluation of the leadership annual giving program at Ryerson and support the Director, Annual Giving in the development and execution of a strategic plan. The successful candidate will be responsible for a portfolio of prospects, personally soliciting gifts as well as cultivating and stewarding donors to maintain the donor’s involvement, interest and support. The successful candidate will also support the cultivation and solicitation activities of faculty and divisional development officers, oversee portfolio development and management, lead the development and execution of solicitation letters, emails, call scripts, proposals, grant applications and other fundraising materials as it relates to individual, foundation and corporate prospects in supporting Ryerson’s fundraising goals.

The successful candidate will also be a senior resource for the annual and leadership giving team, providing expertise in development of cases for support and solicitation materials, program development and execution, and providing leadership to faculty / divisional development teams in the fields of annual and leadership annual giving.


You have a proven track record for a portfolio of leadership annual giving prospects, building cases for support, personally soliciting gifts, as well as cultivating and stewarding donors. You have a distinct passion for higher education and a belief in the mission and vision of Ryerson, at least one post-secondary degree and a minimum of 5-7 years of full-time service in advancement and / or annual and leadership annual giving, preferably in an educational or complex non-profit environment.

You will have a strong track record of annual gift program development and execution through mail, phone, email and online. Experience of working with internal and / or external creative and production partners is also advantageous.

You have experience of complex information and moves management systems, excellent customer service acumen and proven effectiveness in convening and inspiring internal stakeholders, Impeccable writing and presentation skills, especially when it comes to speaking with donors and alumni, and the development of solicitation materials.

Candidates may be asked to demonstrate qualifications through occupational testing. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of dependability/reliability and a commitment to maintain confidentiality.   *LI-JC1

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.