Posted On: 2018-05-15
Closing On: 2018-06-15
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Reporting to the Vice-President, Advancement & Board Secretariat (VPAB), the Director, Major Gifts is responsible for establishing and managing effective relationships with major donor prospects and existing major donors in the support of the University’s Ignite Imagination Campaign.  
OCAD University is in the midst of a dramatic evolution that will significantly strengthen our position as a global leader in educating imaginations through our Ignite Imagination campaign. By the end of the campaign, the university will be completely transformed; physically in the heart of Toronto, substantially in the new experiences we will be able to offer, and exponentially in the impact we will have upon the world. This role will be instrumental in the success of the Ignite Imagination Campaign.
• Cultivate, steward and solicit a portfolio of major donor prospects, with special attention given to identification and development of gifts at the $100,000 to $5 million+ level
• Plan and develop customized campaign strategies and programs to target and engage donors at this level
• Manage projects relating to the execution of campaign strategies  
• Manage a portfolio of up to 125 donors and prospects per year, and conduct 10-15 prospect visits per month
• Work closely with the other members of the Development & Alumni Relations team in the on-going management and stewardship of major donors and implement high quality best-practices
• Support the recruitment, selection and training of volunteers
• As a senior member of the Development & Alumni Relations team, provide leadership and guidance to promote best practices across all portfolios
• Support the Vice-President, Advancement & Board Secretariat in other duties that contribute to the successful operation of the Development & Alumni Relations department
• Post-secondary degree, or equivalent
• A minimum of seven (7) years of direct experience in a senior fundraising role with a proven track record of success
• Knowledge of the higher education and/or the creative and cultural sectors is preferred
• Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, or currently working towards completion of CFRE exam and requirements is considered an advantage
• Proven experience in the stewardship of donor 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 
• 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 applying through our website at, no later than June 15, 2018.