Posted On: 2019-09-03
Closing On: 2019-09-16
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Effective: October 2019
Employment Type: Contract
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

Ryerson is Canada's leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Ryerson has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.

Guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood and reshape the downtown core of Toronto. Ryerson is the most applied-to university in Ontario relative to available spaces, and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise.

Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to 38,950 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 140,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. The university's focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is represented most distinctly by the Digital Media Zone, a place for students to collaborate and bring their digital ideas to the marketplace.

About the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science


At Ryerson University’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS), we are purpose-driven. We strive to make meaningful shifts in culture—shifts that lead to the greater democratization of technology and design, and improved quality of life for all. To do so, we offer advanced facilities, world-class faculty, applied learning opportunities with industry, hospitals and the community, and a supportive environment that encourages our students to become ethical and inclusive people.

FEAS has roughly 5,000 undergraduate students enrolled in nine programs; over 800 graduate students in ten master’s and six doctoral programs; and 162 faculty members. In 2018, FEAS was recognized by US News & World Report as a top-10 engineering school in Canada and 5th in Canada for engineering research citation impact. Visit

University Advancement (UA) is a comprehensive development and alumni relations enterprise serving the priorities of Ryerson’s academic plan. Our mission is to build lifelong relationships, engaging alumni and friends, faculty and staff, and corporations and foundations, and matching their interests with the needs and priorities of the university. University Advancement at Ryerson is a dedicated team of professionals, committed to collaboration, diversity, and integrity, and to being trustworthy stewards of our donors’ investments.  


The Opportunity

The new Associate Director of Development (FEAS) will be responsible for managing a portfolio of major gift ($25K+) prospects, developing and implementing plans for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of such gifts.  The successful candidate will support the acquisition, cultivation and solicitation of alumni and prospects, with ambitious contact and visit goals.  You will also assist in the research and development of proposals, grant applications and other fundraising materials in support of the Dean’s vision and Ryerson’s fundraising goals.


You have a post-secondary degree with 5 years’ of progressively responsible fundraising and development management experience, preferably in an educational environment.  You have gained success in managing a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors, including developing tailored cultivation programs, identified and implemented major gift planning and solicitation strategies. You possess a working knowledge of complex information systems, prospect tracking, research, tax laws, basic financial planning and deferred giving programs.  You have experience working with academic or research focused project leads, a solid ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels, impeccable writing and presentation skills, and an entrepreneurial and proactive approach to prospect engagement. 


Please apply directly with your cover letter and resume to the Ryerson website at:

Go to Staff/Staff Opportunitites and click on Associate Director of Development, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science.