Posted On: 2019-11-12
Closing On: 2019-11-22
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description

About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to becoming Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we’re working towards a people first culture and we're proud to have been selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers and one of Greater Toronto's Top Employer for 2015, 2016, and 2017. To learn more about our work environment and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR, and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

About Athletics:

Sport and recreation has the power to change people’s lives and build communities of engaged citizens. The mission of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, articulated in its 2015-20 strategic plan “Higher Expectations,” is to champion a spirit of belonging, pride and excellence, which enriches the academic experience and develops the whole student.  Student-athletes at Ryerson are supported to reach their potential athletically, academically, and as community citizens. 

In the last five years, Ryerson’s teams have achieved historic firsts for rankings and championships. Meanwhile, they have reached new heights for academic achievement, such as overall athlete GPA, while breaking records with volunteer service hours. As a result, Rams alumni are people who make a difference wherever they go. 

The Ryerson Rams operate 8 varsity teams on which 180 student-athletes compete nationally in U SPORTS, and an additional 3 departmentally supported teams which compete in the Ontario University Athletics Conference. 

RYERSON RECREATION Ryerson Recreation is committed to supporting student health and wellness. There are over 400,000 visits each year to the RAC (Ryerson Athletic Centre) and the MAC (Mattamy Athletic Centre) where weight and cardio rooms, recreational studios, gymnasiums, pool, track, squash courts, arena, saunas and more can be accessed Through a dedicated fee that is part of tuition, students gain access to both facilities and all weekly fitness classes and intramurals. Over 34 competitive and recreational clubs are registered, and over 4,500 students participated in intramural programs last year.

The opportunity

We are currently seeking a Director of Development for Athletics & Recreation who will be responsible for managing a major gifts and sponsorship portfolio with a focus on relationship development building toward key solicitations and resulting in major gifts and sponsorships to Ryerson University. The successful candidate is to raise awareness, endorsement and support among key external constituents for Ryerson Athletics' highest priorities and strategic initiatives. The objectives are to expand the pool of supporters and build meaningful relationships with key external constituents, specifically major donor prospects, that encourage, develop and deliver successively greater value to Ryerson and to those individuals and organizations over their lifetime. Additionally, the director will maximize the inherent potential in those relationships and, ultimately, secure support that comes as close as possible to each constituent’s true giving capacity for 3-year contract, with the possibility of renewal.


To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Three (3) to five (5) years experience of progressively responsible fundraising and development management experience preferably in an educational or sports environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and implement major gift strategic planning and solicitation strategies;
  • Working knowledge of complex information systems, prospect tracking, research, tax laws, basic financial planning and deferred giving programs;
  • Demonstrated experience managing volunteers and volunteer programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels;
  • Demonstrated writing skills, specifically in the area of proposal writing;
  • Proficiency in the use of a Windows based database as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access;
  • Exceptional relationship building and communication skills including presentation and public speaking;
  • Demonstrated analytical and research skills to review and develop complex reports and proposals.


  • Candidates may be asked to demonstrate qualifications through an occupational test.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated a record of dependability/reliability and a commitment to maintain confidentiality.
  • Applications can be accepted only online through the Ryerson Career Opportunities page.

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