Posted On: 2018-06-15
Closing On: 2018-07-15
Location: London, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

Alumni Relations & Development plays a leading role in strengthening awareness of and support for the University’s mission and goals. The department seeks to build enduring alumni and public trust through understanding and support for Western University through a coordinated campus-wide effort. The Legacy Giving team will manage estates in progress, of which Western is a beneficiary.

The Director, Legacy Giving provides strategic oversight and leadership related to the estates and planned giving program. The incumbent will work in consultation with the Executive Director, Annual, Leadership & Legacy Giving to lead the implementation of legacy giving strategies, and to monitor and manage programs to ensure that fundraising efforts meet the needs and priorities of the portfolio. The Director, Legacy Giving will manage a diverse portfolio of major and principal gift level benefactors and estates. The incumbent will act as a key advisor related to legacy giving, ensure that progress is continual toward meeting multi-year plan goals, and manage alumni relations and fundraising activities to ensure the continued enhancement of the portfolio and Western's reputation.




  • Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or related discipline
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) an asset


  • 8 years experience managing a gift planning portfolio, including involvement with tax laws and estate administration
  • Experience leading and managing staff and projects in a complex environment is preferred
  • Experience fundraising in a University or other complex non-profit environment is preferred


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • In-depth knowledge of gift planning vehicles (such as charitable bequests, trusts, annuities, insurance and registered retirement funds), integrated gift strategies and other non-traditional gift plans
  • Outstanding prospect management skills, including identifying, evaluating, cultivating, stewarding and directing personal solicitation of planned/major gifts
  • Openness to recognize when change is necessary, and to develop, implement and lead effective change management strategies
  • Ability to effectively lead a fundraising or revenue-generating campaign and achieve targets
  • Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit
  • Oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and delivering presentations
  • Ability to draw on diversity of skills, backgrounds and knowledge of people to achieve more effective results
  • Ability to make decisions and recommendations that are clearly linked to the organization's strategy and goals
  • A desire to grow and advance skills, which is demonstrated by attending conferences, workshops and other professional developmental opportunities to enhance performance
  • Ambitious with the ability to identify opportunities, develop action plans and set challenging goals in order to achieve desired outcomes
  • Ability to remain highly motivated, resilient, innovative, and collaborative when faced with challenges
  • Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the University’s events and activities
  • Influential interpersonal skills that build positive and strong relationships at all levels of the organization
  • Leadership skills with the ability to inspire employees and develop a shared vision to lead a team to excellence
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite


Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.


Please Note

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference 12335, by midnight on July 15th, 2018.