Posted On: 2019-06-06
Closing On: 2019-06-24
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Law 

Department: Faculty of Law 

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)   

Description:  The University of Toronto is seeking an Assistant Dean, Advancement to strategically lead the Faculty of Law’s advancement programs with the goals of increasing fundraising revenues and alumni engagement in support of Faculty of Law’s highest academic and institutional priorities. The Assistant Dean, Advancement reports jointly to the Dean, Faculty of Law, and to the Vice President, Advancement (or his/her designate) and is a member of the Dean’s senior executive committee and a member of the Vice-President, Advancement’s University-wide Senior Advancement Leadership Team. 

The Assistant Dean, Advancement is responsible for the development and execution of advancement plans and strategies to accomplish divisional fundraising and alumni engagement goals, as well as the related personal and team results, in close consultation with the Dean, Faculty of Law, and the Vice President, Advancement. The Assistant Dean, Advancement is accountable to the Dean, Faculty of Law on the development and fulfillment of Law’s advancement plans and strategies that support Law’s academic mission. 

The Assistant Dean, Advancement will possess superior solicitation experience and a demonstrated track record of securing significant philanthropic support; a strong commitment to recruiting, developing, and empowering a team of high-performance advancement professionals; and a strong commitment to establishing and supporting efforts to meaningfully engage alumni and volunteers in support of Law’s academic mission. The incumbent will demonstrate proactive leadership and team building skills, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to work collaboratively with other teams, and a commitment to set and achieve ambitious advancement goals. As such, the Assistant Dean, Advancement will also embody a strong commitment to define the leading edge of advancement practice in Canada and to enhance the University’s overall reputation for advancement excellence. 

The Assistant Dean, Advancement, has overall responsibility for a team of professionals tasked with identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors and developing tailored programs to enhance the interest and engagement of individuals who directly, or through other sources, have or are capable of making gifts at this level. 

About the University
Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. We are proud to be one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, driven to invent and innovate.

As Canada’s largest university, the University of Toronto has more than 88,000 total enrolment of national and international students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on 3 separate campuses. The University of Toronto has over 562,000 alumni around the world.

Recognized as a global leader in research and teaching, U of T has an operating budget of $2.3 billion, research grants and contract support of $1.2 billion. The University of Toronto has 44 libraries with more than 19.4 million physical holdings and more than 6.0 million electronic holdings.

The University of Toronto contributes $15.7 billion to the Canadian economy every year.
More than 150 research-based start-ups have launched in the last five years at U of T.

With one of the strongest teaching faculties across all disciplines, the University has over 14,000 faculty and librarian members – spanning medicine to business, urban studies to engineering, humanities to education, and more – our students have the opportunity to learn from and work with professors who are some of today’s thought leaders.

The Boundless Campaign
The Boundless campaign for the University of Toronto completed its transformational fundraising effort that embodied the University of Toronto’s bold vision for the future. Thanks to more than 100,000 alumni and friends, the Boundless campaign raised a remarkable $2,641,000,000, surpassing its expanded $2.4‑billion goal. 

Building on our success to date, we will seize on new opportunities to strengthen our role in civic and global society, provide a transformational undergraduate learning experience, pave the way for game-changing start-ups and new industries, drive breakthroughs in health care, and create the knowledge that illuminates humanity. Together, we can reimagine the world.

Advancement at the University of Toronto
The Division of University Advancement (DUA) promotes and supports the University of Toronto by engaging a worldwide community of more than 550,000 alumni, plus many donors and friends. DUA encompasses a highly skilled team of staff focused in the areas of development, alumni and volunteer engagement, advancement services, and advancement marketing and communications. The uniquely integrated structure encourages each division to bring its particular strengths and expertise to the common cause of advancing U of T’s relations with alumni, donors, and friends. DUA at the University of Toronto is engaged in a transformative agenda deeply rooted in the University’s vision for growth and innovation. We are focused on doubling fundraising performance on a sustainable basis; enhancing the effectiveness and satisfaction of alumni participation and programs; building advancement capacity within and across divisions; creating an organization and culture that fosters leadership, initiative, effectiveness, and community; and contributing to the creation of an external relations strategy for a transforming image, reputation and standing of U of T along an axis of differentiation and excellence.

Key Results Area
Develop, lead, and implement annual and multi-year plans and strategies to achieve transformational growth in lifting the Faculty of Law’s overall fundraising and alumni engagement results and to advance Law’s highest academic, strategic and institutional priorities. 

Provide exemplary leadership, direction, and mentorship to a team of advancement professionals, in order to increase the impact and effectiveness of staff in advancing the Faculty of Law’s goals and to build Law’s capacity in major gifts, stewardship, annual leadership giving, and alumni engagement. By example and direction, the incumbent will help create an organization and culture that values excellence, initiative, effectiveness, and community, and offers opportunities for professional development and growth. 

Work closely with the Faculty of Law’s academic leadership to translate academic priorities into compelling funding propositions and alumni engagement propositions that create opportunities to advance Faculty of Law’s academic, institutional, and strategic priorities, both within the immediate community of the Faculty of Law’s alumni, friends, and partners, and among broader national and international constituencies.

Represent Faculty of Law’s priorities and mission to external constituents as an effective, credible institutional leader, persuasively projecting opportunities for engagement and maximizing opportunities for giving. This will include contributing to Law’s fundraising performance by assuming personal responsibility for cultivating and soliciting a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects. 

Work closely with the leadership of University Advancement to ensure alignment with the University’s best practices for fundraising and alumni relations programs, compliance with relevant University and Provostial guidelines and policies, collegial and collaborative engagement with other University advancement programs, and to take full advantage of the broad range of DUA services and supports for the benefit of the Faculty of Law’s advancement programs. 

Major Activities

Strategic leadership and management
Leads Faculty of Law’s advancement functions, ensuring the alignment of Law’s development and alumni activities with its academic and institutional priorities and with University-wide advancement initiatives and with Provostial and Governing Council guidelines, policies and best practices.

In close collaboration with the Dean, senior academic leadership of the Faculty of Law, and senior advancement leadership within the DUA, develops and implements strategies, initiatives, campaigns, and annual business plans that integrate development and alumni engagement activities and that advance the Faculty of Law’s overall academic mission. 

Develops multi-year campaign strategies that frame Faculty of Law’s unique strengths and opportunities, align with University-wide campaign structures and practices, integrate alumni and development strategies, maximize support, and rally Law’s community around a compelling vision for the Faculty’s longer-term aspirations and goals. 

Directs the Faculty of Law’s advancement staff, implementing measures to develop and maintain a strong team environment and a goal-oriented and evaluative approach to all advancement activities. Oversees the development, implementation and management of the departmental budget and ensures that all HR and appointment practices comply with University policies and guidelines.

Provides input and advice to the Dean and to the Faculty of Law’s Executive Team with respect to advancement implications of campus projects, initiatives and priorities. Advances community building and outreach activity as an executive committee representative of the campus by attending events, speaking engagements, and advancing the Dean’s community building objectives.

Participates on the University-wide Senior Advancement Leadership Team, and works closely with the AVP Divisional Relations and other members of the DUA’s leadership team as a member of the University’s senior advancement community. Represents the Faculty of Law on important forums and works to ensure that University-wide initiatives appropriately recognize the distinctive nature of the Faculty of Law’s identity and requirements. 

Prepares an annual development plan outlining the Faculty of Law’s advancement goals, priorities and objectives. Establishes fundraising priorities and goals in conjunction with various stakeholders both within the faculty and within the DUA and ensures that goals are achieved.

Working in close collaboration with the University’s Prospect Management office, oversees the management of major gift prospects on the campus, ensuring gift officers have strong prospect portfolios and supports that enable them to meet University-wide major gift performance standards, and ensuring major gift prospects enjoy tailored cultivation and stewardship strategies that are designed to enhance their interest and involvement in the Faculty of Law and the wider University and to maximize their satisfaction and giving over time.

Defines goals and desired outcomes for the incumbent’s own major gift prospect portfolio; identifies, cultivates and solicits prospective donors, and effectively stewards all donors. 

Oversees the design and implementation of an overall donor relations program that complements other University initiatives while focusing on stewardship of all donors to the Faculty of Law. Ensures the coordination of the recognition of donors at all levels pursuant to University guidelines for stewardship. 

Recruits strategic volunteer leadership and manages volunteer committees established to support the Faculty of Law’s advancement activities, to help broaden the base of meaningfully engaged prospects and donors and to help create and project an environment of warmth and appreciation for Law’s donor community.

Ensures that Law’s fundraising priorities, funding proposals, gift agreements, and gift announcement strategies are developed to the University’s standards in close collaboration with senior DUA leaders and in compliance with all relevant Provostial and Governing Council policies for approval, so that they protect academic integrity, embody/exemplify best practice, manage reputational issues, support equity across the University, and achieve optimal results. 

Establishes the infrastructure to support the needs and aspirations of the Faculty of Law’s academic units within Law’s overall advancement strategy and annual plan. Advises Chairs and Directors on strategic plans and policies relating to advancement and to ensure the development and implementation of appropriate, effective and coordinated programs at the departmental level.

Alumni Relations
Oversees the development and implementation of the Faculty of Law’s alumni relations activities, ensuring consistency with Law’s advancement strategic goals and objectives and with University-wide standards and best practices for alumni engagement and programming and ensuring integration with desired development outcomes. 

Working in close collaboration with the AVP Alumni Relations and the DUA’s Directors of Business Analytics and Alumni Engagement Metrics, oversees the development of plans and strategies in support of both acquisition and deepening alumni engagement. Actively collaborates with DUA Alumni Relations Program and Services team on the evolution and continuous improvement of alumni engagement strategies and aligns these efforts to support philanthropic goals. 

Ensures close collaboration of the Faculty of Law with DUA alumni staff on University-wide alumni programs through a functional dotted line reporting relationship between the Faculty of Law’s senior alumni relations professional and the DUA’s AVP Alumni Relations. 

Selectively builds relationships with high profile or highly motivated alumni. Ensures the development of effective volunteer identification and recruitment programs to develop resources for various Faculty of Law needs.

Works with the AVP Alumni Relations and AVP Divisional Relations in the development of annual business plans and strategies that include clear, measurable goals for alumni engagement, and ensures that the Faculty of Law’s engagement data is recorded in University-wide systems. 

Advancement Communications
Oversees the development and implementation of the Faculty of Law’s advancement communications strategies and alignment of all messaging with Law’s overall communications priorities. 

Works closely with the DUA’s advancement communications and marketing unit to develop persuasive advancement communications materials that project a compelling vision for the Faculty of Law’s unique strengths and opportunities. 

Operations and Finance
Develops, implements and manages the overall Faculty of Law advancement budget. Develops plans for use of budgetary resources in collaboration with the Dean, Faculty of Law and the Vice President, Advancement.


University degree(s), preferably including a professional degree such as an MBA, JD/LLB or similar

8+ years with direct fundraising experience and a proven track record of executive advancement responsibility and leadership in annual, major and planned giving programs in a large complex organization, preferably in an educational or medical institution. Experience in organizing complex programs and events. Experience in a management capacity and directing the work of others. Demonstrated volunteer management experience. Highly knowledgeable and experienced in both new and traditional channels of revenue generation. 


  • Vision, the ability to think and plan strategically, and a creative, entrepreneurial spirit
  • Demonstrated experience and success managing, motivating, and mentoring volunteers and advancement professionals, bringing out the best in teams and individuals.
  • The ability to mentor, coach, motivate and inspire colleagues and volunteers
  • High level of initiative, maturity, tact and diplomacy; excellent judgement and discretion
  • A deep understanding of and sympathy for the mission of a academic and research intensive university
  • The ability to serve as an articulate, credible representative of the University with diverse constituencies and particularly with the sophisticated individuals who support the institution
  • The ability to understand the research and teaching dimensions of a proposed project, to conceptualize them in an integrated proposal, and to make a compelling case to a donor for philanthropic support
  • An engaging personal style, a sincere interest in people, patience, a willingness to listen, and the capacity to engender trust and to establish lasting relationships
  • Reputation for integrity, openness, decisiveness and sound judgement
  • A high level of comfort interacting with academic leaders as well as donors and volunteers
  • The ability to navigate and be effective within a complex matrix organization that values collaboration and teamwork as well as individual initiative and creativity
  • Excellent attention to detail and superb organizational skills, including the ability to set principal gift fundraising goals and to establish an internal system for meeting deadlines, tracking, follow-up, monitoring, and reporting of progress
  • Ability to work in a hectic and results-oriented environment with a strong focus on results; ability to meet deadlines and budgets.
  • A high energy level, an appropriate degree of sophistication and self-confidence, optimism (and the ability to engender optimism in others) and a sense of humour
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity and capacity to work with international students and donors.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle required.
  • Valid passport for international travel is required.

Travel: Limited

Notes: Regular travel (domestic and international) is required.
Employee Group: Senior Advancement Professionals 
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing 

Schedule: Full-time 

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: Salary will be commensurate with experience, skill, and qualifications.   

Job Field: Advancement & Alumni 

Job Posting: Jun 4, 2019 

Job Closing: Jun 24, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

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