Posted On: 2019-03-14
Closing On: 2019-04-03
Location: Hamilton
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description



McMaster University has consistently been recognized as a world-class institution for teaching, research, and scholarship. We are ranked consistently in the top 100 in the world, and as Canada’s leading research-intensive university, we possess a deep commitment to creativity, integrity, and excellence. It is our aspiration to have a profound impact on the health and well being of our society and planet!

Consistently ranked as one of the top research universities in Canada and one of the country’s most innovative, McMaster believes in creating an innovative and stimulating learning environment where students can prepare themselves to excel, both at the university and beyond. The Student Affairs division provides a range of programs and services as part of an engaging, supportive and inclusive student experience. Student Affairs includes Athletics and Recreation, Housing and Conference Services, Indigenous Student Services, Office of the Registrar (including Recruitment, Admissions and Student Financial Aid and Scholarships), Student Accessibility Services, Student Support and Case Management Office, Student Success Centre (including International Student Services, Career Services, and First Year Transition), Student Wellness Centre, and the Forge.

Supporting the success of this division is the award-winning University Advancement (UA) division, comprising of Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs, Development, Alumni Advancement, Stewardship & Donor Relations, Volunteer Engagement, and Advancement Services. It is UA’s key objective to work as a team to educate, involve and secure support from alumni and other stakeholders. Our high performing team is internationally recognized and features senior staff with extensive experience in all aspects of Advancement and enthusiastic newcomers eager to deploy their relevant skills in making a significant contribution towards the Advancement profession. We are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished to date and hope you will consider the unique opportunity described below.


Job Profile

Reporting to the Director, Development and working closely with the Associate Vice-President (Students and Learning) & Dean of Students, and the Director of Athletics and Recreation, you will be a senior-level fundraiser with management responsibility. You will be accountable for establishing and leading the enhancement of Student Affairs, with a particular emphasis on Athletics and Recreation, in addition to other priority areas within this portfolio. You will also build and manage a portfolio of the University’s top student supporters, and work with them to strategically achieve the Division’s revenue generating goals and those set for you, individually.

You are a dynamic, entrepreneurial, experienced fundraising professional with a solid track record of identifying, cultivating and successfully closing both major and planned gifts, including cash, pledges and gifts in kind.  You have worked with senior leadership in private and/or public organizations, with University acumen as a strongly preferred asset, and have experience working with a variety of external constituencies, including volunteers. You are skilled at navigating complex organizational structures.

You will identify and qualify prospective donors as well as develop, implement, manage and evaluate strategies that embrace the entire Development cycle; and also provide input and direction on alumni, recognition, and annual giving strategies. You have superior communication, interpersonal, time management and project management skills enabling you to balance multiple priorities. You also have experience writing winning proposals and correspondence. You think strategically, are goal-oriented, donor or client-centered and are current and or interested in building your knowledge of the Canadian philanthropic environment, and legislation. You will also provide direction to annual giving, recognition and alumni efforts in Athletics & Recreation.

You are able to demonstrate each of McMaster University's six leadership qualities: communicating, leading, developing people, optimizing service relationships, embracing change, and employing university acumen.

Due to the nature of this position, some travel, evening and weekend work will be required. 



  • Proven track record of success in securing $250K and above complex gifts
  • Minimum of 6 years demonstrated experience in major giving fundraising, preferably within the post-secondary system
  • Experience leading and managing teams of high-performing, donor-centred development professionals 



  • A University degree
  • A professional designation and evidence of on-going professional development, as well as a McMaster degree is an asset


Employment Equity Statement

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants require hiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.


Interested applicants are asked to apply online at

before April 3, 2019.