Posted On: 2019-03-13
Closing On: 2019-04-13
Location: Calgary, AB
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Website: http://www.ucalgary.ca
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

Our Eyes High strategy ushers in a new era at the University of Calgary (the University) in Canada’s most enterprising city. We have set ambitious goals for excellence in research, scholarship, teaching, innovative thought, and the student experience. With more than 30,500 students in 14 Faculties, 55 Research Institutes and Centres, 5,155 faculty and staff members, we are energized, ambitious, and focused on our goals.

At the University, we continually strive to optimize and grow our resources. With an overall budget of $1.27 billion, which includes an annual operating budget of over $800 million and research revenues of over $400 million, our University is among Calgary’s largest employers. We continue to raise our global profile, enhance the quality of undergraduate and graduate programs, promote innovation and excellence in scholarly activity, and provide significant returns to the community and economy both locally and beyond.

The University’s Development and Alumni Engagement Department exists for the mutual benefit of the University and its stakeholders.  The area is an active, community-oriented team that enhances University development and alumni engagement efforts in support of the Eyes High strategy and in support of Academic and Research Plans. The role of the Cumming School of Medicine’s Development Office is to raise funds on behalf of health-specific priorities and University health-related priorities. This Office also plays a significant role working with external funding partners on projects of mutual interest and ownership, such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Foundation, the Calgary Health Trust, and the Alberta Cancer Foundation. 


THE OPPORTUNITY

This senior position is frequently the first point of contact for key stakeholders including major donors, government officials, community leaders, as well as the University’s Institute directors, Deans, Department Heads and other members of the Senior and Executive Leadership teams. The advice, decisions and actions of the Associate Vice-President may create contractual, legal, tax and ethical implications for the University. This role depends on diplomacy, foresight and sound judgment being effectively exercised by the Associate Vice-President to ensure continued goodwill and financial support for the University and its partners.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Associate Vice-President works directly with the Dean of Medicine, Vice-President (Development and Alumni Engagement) and many other senior internal and external representatives to develop and implement a focused strategy for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts in the $1 million + range.  This role integrates its planning, strategies and implementation closely with the University’s Development Office Leadership Team, which establishes collaborative and strategic initiatives to maximize internal efficiencies and leverage the capacity and impact of gifts to the University.

The Associate Vice-President is responsible to plan and report regularly on the initiatives and programs within the portfolio, create health-related case statements as they relate to the Academic Plan of the University and the Strategic Research Plan of the Cumming School of Medicine, and actively participates in and supports achieving overall development goals through ongoing collaboration and co-ordination of integrated, campus-wide fundraising programs.

The Associate Vice-President is responsible for a significant part of the success of the University’s comprehensive campaign – Energize: the Campaign for Eyes High.  The University’s ambitious $1.3B campaign seeks to transform the philanthropic landscape throughout the campus, the community and beyond.  Health-related philanthropic support accounts for nearly half of the University’s 1.3B campaign goal and is led by the AVP, Development, Cumming School of Medicine. 

Accountabilities:

  • Draft new policies, and review and propose changes to existing policies.
  • Develop and implement plans and strategies to enhance both health-related and the University’s major gifts programs and to generate consistent and significant increases to the funds generated through related development staff.
  • Provide leadership and counsel to professional staff members working in direct support of the Cumming School of Medicine priorities and other health-related initiatives. Actively engage in fundraising approaches with select major and principal gift prospects, particularly major partner organizations.
    • Evaluate and make recommendations to the Vice-President (Development and Alumni Engagement), the Dean of Medicine, Institute Directors and Department Heads and coordinate with the Leadership Team and staff teams regarding human resources strategies for development operations: recruit, hire, ensure orientation and ongoing training, and support professional development. Conduct regular and ad hoc review meetings with direct reporting staff as well as formal mid-year and annual evaluations. Ensure that all staff within the portfolio are well-managed and all human resources requirements are met. Ensure own actions and those of staff reflect sensitivity to the needs and interest of many campus areas with diverse development objectives.
  • Ensure the key components of institutional and central-based fundraising campaigns are coordinated with Medicine-based and other campaigns to capitalize on relationships with the corporate community, alumni, foundations and individuals, and promote achieving development goals.
  • Ensure compliance with prospect management procedures.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of administrative protocols and detailed procedures pertaining to relationships, roles, responsibilities, development methodology both for the faculty-based programs and for University fundraising.
  • Develop annually a comprehensive, measurable annual operating plan and budget.


KEY COMPETENCIES

Envision the Future

  • Anticipate and interpret future trends, by drawing on experience and University knowledge to make decisions, to problem-solve and to align people and resources in increasing challenging and complex situations. Define the future direction of the team and use the vision to guide and align the efforts of all members of the University.  

Foster Innovation

  • Champion and facilitate the development of breakthrough research and new solutions. Bring in changes and new ideas that improve services, methods or approaches.  Demonstrate the ability to turn difficult situations into opportunities.

Engage and Support Others

  • Establish and grow open and reciprocal relationships, understand the importance of leveraging others to successfully achieve University objectives.  Empower and enable others with appropriate authority and responsibility, and support their efforts to take responsibility. Cultivate the development of oneself and others through coaching, mentoring, personal and professional development and supporting successful performance.

Focus on Results

  • Achieve positive results and focus on accomplishing key objectives for oneself, the team and/or the University. Create or contribute to an environment which inspires potential, trust, learning and excellence while delivering results. Facilitate and lead change by involving others and securing the necessary resources even when faced with complexity and/or ambiguity.

Acting with Integrity

  • Demonstrate and support the core values of the University, be congruent in what you say and do; be trustworthy, respectful and honest, and exhibit a high standard of integrity in all interactions. ‘Do the right thing’; be accountable and fair. This quality enables leaders and staff to be patient, flexible and accessible. 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Allan Nelson or Heather Fookes

Leaders International Executive Search

 (403) 263-0600 | calgary@leadersinternational.com |  www.leadersinternational.com