Posted On: 2019-05-02
Closing On: 2019-06-02
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description

CIFAR is a Canadian-based global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions. By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. CIFAR’s time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, CIFAR is a catalyst for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries.  In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world’s first AI Strategy. 

Reporting to the President and CEO and as a member of CIFAR’s executive team, the Vice President, Advancement provides strategic direction, vision and management of CIFAR’s advancement team and serves as key advisor to the President and CEO on all matters related to institutional advancement. Working closely with the VP, Research & Partnerships, VP, Strategic Communications and VP, Engagement & Public Policy, the Vice President, Advancement will develop and steward strategies to advance CIFAR’s philanthropic culture and reputation, and strategically align fundraising goals and engagement initiatives in supporting CIFAR’s mission, vision, and strategic focus. CIFAR is in the planning stages of a major campaign and the Vice President will lead the team and organization through comprehensive and effective campaign planning and execution. The Vice President will also work closely with the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer to manage the advancement budget, estimate revenues, including donors in pipeline, and collaboratively with the Board Chair and Chair of the Advancement Committee to support the Board in their fundraising activities.

The ideal candidate is a sophisticated, successful advancement leader who can passionately articulate the important role CIFAR plays in supporting fundamental research which addresses every aspect of life and health, individuals and societies, information and matter, and earth and space. Candidates must have proven experience at both raising significant philanthropic donations through either professional or voluntary experience, and with collaborating and supporting academics and researchers. Strong people management skills, an ability to build strong partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders, and an ease communicating with groups of varying size are also required. Experience with all advancement activities from stewardship through solicitation, management of high-level volunteer recruitment and institutional campaign preparedness and execution are required.  

CIFAR is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We recognize that bringing together individuals from multiple backgrounds, perspectives and experiences is integral to advancing excellence and increasing the impact of our organization. Ensuring that every person feels valued and welcome is vital to achieving our mission, and embodies our values of diversity, creativity, excellence, risk taking, respect and collaboration. CIFAR strives to foster the active participation and inclusion of all, including those from underrepresented groups in research, such as but not limited to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of sexual and gender minority groups – across geographic borders, disciplines, and career stage. In the pursuit of excellence, CIFAR embraces diverse ideas and perspectives, and proactively seeks to increase equity, diversity and inclusion within our community. CIFAR aims to create a culture that embodies these principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

To explore this key leadership position at CIFAR further, please contact Jane Griffith or Sarah Adams at or submit your resume and related information in confidence online at

CIFAR is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and CIFAR throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.