Posted On: 2020-02-25
Closing On: 2020-03-26
Location: London, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Ivey Business School ( at Western University is widely regarded as Canada’s most prestigious business school and among the top in the world. Drawing on extensive research achievement, excellence in teaching, and experiential learning, Ivey develops future-proof leaders with the capabilities and confidence to take on real-world leadership challenges and opportunities. Ivey offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as executive programs at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto, and Hong Kong.

With more than 25,000 alumni in 104 countries, the commitment, reach, and engagement of the Ivey Alumni Network is an essential element of the School’s success. In a recent MBA program ranking, The Economist ranked the strength of Ivey’s Alumni Network in the global top 10. Every day, this dedication is seen in student recruiting, career placement, volunteerism, and giving. The close of Ivey’s $206 million Campaign for Leadership in 2013 was great evidence of this support.    

With the welcome of a new Dean in 2019, Ivey is poised for an exciting strategic renewal, investing in its strengths and building for its future.  

It is within this context that Ivey is seeking applications and nominations of collaborative and ambitious leaders who will bolster philanthropic support and inspire greater alumni engagement to serve in the role of Director of Development.

Reporting to Cathy Vitkauskas, the Executive Director, Advancement, the Director of Development will be tasked with increasing philanthropic support for Ivey’s priorities by effectively managing a personal portfolio of high-capacity prospects, leading a team responsible for all elements of fundraising, and collaborating in the development and implementation of strategies that build sustainable and growing development programs. In collaboration with the Dean and the Executive Director, the Director will also support the School plans for a new Campaign, develop and implement strategies for cultivation, solicitation, communication, and stewardship for all constituents and support Ivey’s alumni engagement activities. The Director will oversee a professional advancement staff and liaise with the advancement teams across the Western University community.

As the ideal candidate, you bring extensive experience as both a major gift fundraiser and as a mentor and manager of staff. Your fundraising career includes time in complex, decentralized and multi-stakeholder environments, leading asks for transformative philanthropic donations, and your ability to successfully position your organization in a highly competitive philanthropic environment. You have managed a portfolio and pipeline of major gift donors while also actively leading management activities, motivating and empowering staff, and creating a positive and inclusive work environment. Candidates must hold a university degree, and appreciate the mission, purpose and vales of a comprehensive university and a teaching business school.

The location for the Director of Development role can be either; based at the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario; or based in downtown Toronto at our facilities in the Exchange Tower, 130 King Street West with an expectation of spending 1-2 days per week in London at the Ivey Business School.  

For more information, contact Jane Griffith or Dominik Legault at or submit your resume and cover letter at 

Ivey Business School 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 Ivey throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.