Posted On: 2021-03-12
Closing On: 2021-04-12
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Effective: TBD
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Other

Job Description

OCAD University (OCAD U) is Canada’s largest and leading innovative university for art and design, inspiring a diverse scholarly community to act as catalysts for the next advances in research, culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians and the world. Located in the heart of one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world, OCAD U’s vision, as articulated in its strategic and academic plans, is to challenge people to audaciously and responsibly pursue the questions of our time through the powerful interplay of art, design, the social sciences, humanities, and the sciences.


This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic, inspiring, and creative advancement leader. Reporting to the President and acting as the chief development officer and a member of the senior leadership team, the Executive Director, Advancement is responsible for strengthening the culture of philanthropy and alumni engagement at OCAD U. In addition to carrying a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, the Executive Director motivates, mentors and leads the Advancement team to establish and meet fundraising and advancement program goals, including major gifts and corporate sponsorships, alumni relations, annual and planned giving, and advancement and donor services.


In collaboration with the President and a motivated Board of Governors, the Executive Director will lead the development and implementation of bold, creative strategies and metrics to increase philanthropic support. Leveraging the University’s strength in cultural diversity, internationalization, and breadth of interdisciplinary offerings and research, this work will include the diversification of prospect identification and donor pipeline engagement, while sustaining historical relationships with art and design supporters.


The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Master’s degree preferred), with a minimum of ten years of successful senior fundraising experience with an extensive track record in prospect strategy at the transformational and major gift level, or an acceptable equivalent of education and experience. Knowledge of the higher education and/or creative and cultural sectors is preferred. A proven track record of sound strategic planning and demonstrated success in achieving goals and meeting revenue targets, including closing gifts at the principal gift level of $1+ million, are required. The successful candidate will bring a commitment to equity and inclusion, exceptional interpersonal and team-building skills, as well as experience guiding and overseeing effective donor stewardship and advancement services operations.


Application Deadline: Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter by selecting "Apply Now."  A review of applications will begin on March 29, 2021 and continue until the position has been filled.


As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.


We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.


In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.


OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities.


All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.