Posted On: 2019-08-12
Closing On: 2019-09-27
Location: Toronto, ONB
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 53,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

In this role you will direct all fundraising, alumni, and community relations activities for the School, and report directly to the Dean of the Schulich School of Business, York University (“Schulich”). Serving as a member of the Dean’s senior team, you will function in an advisory capacity to the Dean, sharing expertise on alumni relations, fundraising (annual, major gift, campaign, gift planning, etc.), special events, community relations, corporate relations and sponsorship matters. You will provide feedback on areas of priority and growth for the School through interactions with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. You will provide strategic and operational leadership to a current team made up of 14 staff members working in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations (“DAR”). DAR is dedicated to serving the Schulich’s mission by leading, planning, and executing fundraising in the areas of student aid, capital projects, research, and support to improve the student experience. DAR is also responsible for all alumni engagement activities at Schulich. You will collaborate closely with the various departments, faculty, staff and students of the School and the larger university, as well as many alumni volunteers and donors. You will have overall responsibility for developing and executing a strategic fundraising plan that includes the individual, corporate and foundation sectors, as well as managing their own portfolio of prospects and donors. In addition, you will guide the strategic advancement of the Schulich Global Alumni Network, working with a team of alumni relations professionals and a network of senior volunteers. You will manage a team of professionals committed to excellence, transparency, agility, responsiveness and adaptiveness. You will ensure DAR is focused on building a pipeline to support the School’s future growth and evolution, from both an engagement and philanthropic perspective, as well as expanding and enhancing an infrastructure for DAR that will have lasting impact.


To be considered for this opportunity, you will bring the following:

  • A university degree as it is required, preferably accompanied by an additional graduate or professional degree.
  • Evidence of ongoing upgrading of skills in communications, fundraising, leadership or marketing.
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive certification desirable.
  • In addition, you will bring a successful track record covering a minimum 10 years, with executive-level responsibility and leadership in all areas of development and alumni relations in a large and complex organization preferably higher education-focused.
  • Demonstrated experience and success managing, motivating, and mentoring volunteers and advancement professionals, bringing out the best in teams and individuals.
  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced in both new and traditional channels of revenue generation.

For full position details and to apply to this exciting opportunity visit and refer to posting CPM-12067.

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