Posted On: 2018-08-09
Closing On: 2018-09-14
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Effective:
Website: https://www.usask.ca/index.php
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description

THE OPPORTUNITIES

The College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking an experienced major gifts fundraising professional and leader to join their team as the Director of External Relations. The Director will be located in the College and work closely with the Dean, while reporting directly to the Associate Vice President, Development. The Director will work with the Dean and the College leadership team to craft strategic plans and development priorities for the College, and in turn, realize the fundraising activities needed to achieve them.

The College is in an exciting new stage in its growth and development, with Dean Suzanne Kresta, who is highly engaged with College champions, alumni, and others. The Dean is fully committed to a vision for external relations which embraces our community from the time they first arrive in the college to attend a Sci-Fi summer camp, until they retire and return to us – looking for new ways to impact the future of the province.

This exciting role will be part of a dynamic campus University Relations Team that includes colleagues in other Colleges and the central office. Together, this team works toward shared goals of a revitalized office, the building of a team culture, and in the longer term, a comprehensive university fundraising campaign.

The Director will not only be the lead College fundraiser but also provide oversight of alumni relations and communications for the College, The Director will provide mentoring, direction, and structure to a team of three of dedicated professionals. The Director will be responsible for an individual fundraising goal, and will be accountable for ensuring that the team has the necessary framework, tools, and guidance to successfully achieve their results.

This position is a key point of contact for stakeholders including major donors, alumni and leaders in both industrial and governmental roles. This role depends on diplomacy, foresight, and sound judgment being effectively exercised to ensure continued goodwill, building of reputation, and financial support for the College of Engineering and the University of Saskatchewan.

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The College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking an experienced major gifts fundraising professional and leader to join their team as the Director of Development.

The Director will be located in the College and work closely with the Dean, while reporting directly to the Associate Vice President, Development. The Director will work with College leaders across diverse disciplines to identify areas of need and opportunity, craft compelling cases, and develop and execute strategic and effective donor outreach activities.  

As the University’s largest College, boasting over 10,300 students and over 52,000 alumni, we have tremendous potential and a highly-engaged College leadership. With “Strategy 2020” in place, an exceptional Dean in Peta Bonham-Smith, and a pending university campaign, the College is poised for success. 

The Director will be part of a dynamic campus Advancement Team that includes colleagues in other Colleges and the central office.  This team works together toward shared goals and initiatives in a collaborative, team culture ultimately leading to a comprehensive university fundraising campaign in the future.

The Director will lead College alumni relations, with a small and dedicated team of two fundraising and alumni professionals.   

 

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

The University of Saskatchewan is one of the top research universities in Canada and is a proud member of the U15, a collective of Canada's leading research-intensive universities.

Our main campus, well known for its beauty, is located in the heart of the vibrant city of Saskatoon, on Treaty Six territory, and the traditional homeland of the Métis.

More than 23,000 people from around the world, including more than 2,300 self-declared Aboriginal students, study at the University of Saskatchewan. We are proud of our more than 150,000 alumni spread across the globe who are recognized for their work ethic and determination, and who continue to build on our history of success to address the world’s challenges now and in the future.

We have six areas of special research focus: Aboriginal Peoples, agriculture, energy and mineral resources, animal and human health, synchrotron science, and water security. In addition to having the opportunity to study at one of Canada’s top research universities, our students enjoy a high level of support from our faculty and researchers, creating an environment that inspires collaboration, innovation, and discovery.

Study at the University of Saskatchewan is enhanced by our world-class facilities such as the Global Institute for Food Security, the Global Institute for Water Security and the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation. Of particular note, the University has made a name for itself as the home of the Canadian Light Source – Canada’s national synchrotron research facility that can accelerate electrons close to the speed of light – and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, one of the world’s leading developers of vaccines and therapeutic technologies.

The University displays remarkable resilience and a commitment to problem solving, attributes drawn from our prairie roots and from the outstanding contributions by members of our community from around the world. Our University’s unique spirit has transformed the lives of those who have experienced it.

We are guided by the University Plan 2025, which outlines our ambition and path to have transformative decolonization leading to reconciliation, productive collaboration, meaningful impact, distinguished learners, and global recognition.

For more information on the Plan, please visit: https://www.usask.ca/plan/

 

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Consisting of nine varied and exciting engineering disciplines: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, engineering physics, geological, and mechanical engineering; the College of Engineering is committed to innovation in all aspects of engineering education and research.

Students at the College of Engineering work in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment achieving recognition and success at international levels. Earlier this Spring it was announced that a University of Saskatchewan-led space design team was chosen by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to design, build, launch, and operate a small cube-shaped research satellite for launch by rocket in 2021. This will be Saskatchewan’s first student-designed satellite mission. This is only one of many examples of the inspiring successes of our students, staff, and faculty members.

 

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

Established in 1908, the College of Arts & Science is the oldest, largest, and most diverse college at the University of Saskatchewan. Our enrolment has seen exponential expansion from the 70 students who first attended classes in downtown Saskatoon's Drinkle Building, to the more than 10,000 students we serve today.

The goal of the College of Arts & Science is to be recognized as the most innovative and imaginative centre for arts and science scholarship in Canada.

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE & QUALIFICATIONS

Director of External Relations, College of Engineering:

The new Director will be a proven major gift fundraiser with a significant record of success, cultivating and soliciting support, ideally in a university or similarly complex setting. As an exceptional relationship-builder, the ideal candidate will have the ability to develop relationships of trust and collaboration with a wide range of College stakeholders, including the Dean, University Relations colleagues, donors, alumni, senior administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Versatile and adaptable, the ideal candidate will have an ability to navigate seamlessly between different working styles, and will be as comfortable giving as receiving constructive feedback. With exceptional and natural team-building and leadership abilities, the Director will be a clear and supportive coach and teacher. As the subject matter expert, the new incumbent will be a credible resource to engage the Dean, College leaders, and other high-level individuals.

Known as a strategic thinker and aspirational goal setter, the new Director will proactively engage with College leaders and Faculty to understand their needs and opportunity, and bring focus and organization to moving plans forward. Well-versed and effective in both strategy and execution, the new Director will bring a strong customer-service mindset and attention to detail. 

Resilient and confident, the ideal candidate will have a positive and optimistic attitude grounded in the art and science of fundraising. Keen to support and enhance the College’s culture, the new incumbent will demonstrate a high level of initiative and drive. With tact and persistence they will excel in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. 

A superb communicator and listener, the ideal candidate will be adept at synthesizing academic information and translating it for myriad audiences as appropriate. The Director will articulate complex issues clearly and simply, and make a compelling case for support with sophisticated philanthropists, volunteers, and the academic community.

Outwardly calm and focused, the new Director will be high-energy and bring a strong work ethic. With authenticity and humility, the new incumbent will demonstrate emotional intelligence and a sense of humour. The new Director will display a knowledge of, and commitment to the University Relations goals, and its guiding principles that include being creative, open, and true.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Progressive experience in fundraising or related work with senior officials in a post-secondary environment.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written); excellent listening skills.
  • Proven leadership; ability to combine people and resources in a manner that will achieve objectives within established limits; ability to coach and mentor a fundraising support team.
  • Strong organizational skills; demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities, allocate resources where necessary, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Ability to manage relationships from a foundation of honesty, integrity, and high standards.
  • Understanding and commitment to the academic environment; innovation, ability to motivate others, and a passion for what you do.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making capabilities and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are required.
  • A high level of comfort working within a highly-technical population and will have a deep appreciation for engineering education, engineers, and the opportunities presented by engineering research.
  • A University degree is ideal.
  • Professional accreditation such as the CFRE is an asset.

 

Director of Development, College of Arts & Science:

The new Director will be a proven major gift fundraiser with a significant record of success cultivating and soliciting support, ideally in a university or similarly complex setting. A motivated and accomplished builder, the ideal candidate will be excited at the prospect of leading development for the University’s largest College, and the great potential that it represents. 

As an exceptional relationship-builder, the ideal candidate will have the ability to develop relationships of trust and collaboration with a wide range of College stakeholders, including the Dean, University Relations colleagues, the College’s donors, alumni, senior administrators, Department heads, faculty, staff, and students. The incumbent will be strategic in effectively and efficiently deploying College resources and the Dean’s fundraising time.  With exceptional and natural team-building and leadership abilities, the Director will run an organized and effective development office. 

Known as a go-getter, the Director will proactively engage with College leaders and faculty to understand its needs and opportunity, and bring focus and organization to development planning.  Goal-oriented and focused on key priorities, the incumbent will bring a background in understanding how effective tactics and metrics lead to development success.

Excited to learn about the College and its strengths, and with enthusiasm to fulfill its mission, the incumbent will demonstrate a high level of initiative and drive. The ideal candidate’s maturity, tact, and diplomacy, will result in a fully engaged faculty base, with a clear and transparent understanding of the College’s goals and priorities. 

The incumbent will deal nimbly with the College’s size and scope, championing our diversity yet approaching it pragmatically as both a challenge and opportunity.  A superb communicator and listener, the ideal candidate will be adept at appropriately synthesizing academic information and translating it for myriad audiences. The Director will articulate complex issues clearly and simply, and make a compelling case for support with sophisticated philanthropists, volunteers, and the academic community.

With authenticity and humility, the new Director will demonstrate emotional intelligence and a sense of humour. The ideal candidate will display knowledge of and commitment to the University Relations goals and its guiding principles that include being creative, open, and true.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated progressive experience in fundraising or related work with senior officials, ideally in a post-secondary environment, including developing, implementing, and managing comprehensive fundraising programs.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written); excellent listening skills.
  • Proven leadership; ability to combine people and resources in a manner that will achieve objectives within established limits; ability to coach and mentor a fundraising support team.
  • Strong organizational skills; demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities, allocate resources where necessary, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Excellent and proven negotiating skills.
  • Ability to manage relationships from a foundation of honesty, integrity, and high standards.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the academic environment; innovation, ability to motivate others, and a passion for what you do.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making capabilities and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Professional accreditation such as the CFRE is an asset.
  • A University degree is ideal.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Fundraising
  • Leadership
  • Stewarding Donor Relationships
  • Communication
  • Administration

To view the full Key Responsibilities, please visit: http://kciphilanthropy.com/lang/en/#panel-2-b1

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

The University of Saskatchewan has retained KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) to lead this search on their behalf. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Christoph Clodius, Vice President or Joanna Gray, Search Consultant, via email at UofSEngineering@kciphilanthropy.com (Director of External Relations, College of Engineering) or UofSArtsScience@kciphilanthropy.com (Director of Development, College of Arts & Science).

To view the full Executive Briefs, please visit: http://kciphilanthropy.com/lang/en/#panel-2-b1

Candidates who wish to be considered for this position are kindly asked to submit a resume and a letter of interest to the above email address by September 14, 2018.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.