Posted On: 2021-03-26
Closing On: 2021-04-19
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: June 2021
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Intermediate

Job Description

About Us

Opened in 1962, New College has a long-standing commitment to social justice, and to supporting its diverse body of 6000+ undergraduate students to excel intellectually and to engage in the wider community. New College supports four interdisciplinary undergraduate programs - African Studies, Buddhist Mental Health and Psychology, Caribbean Studies, and Equity Studies - and houses two departments (Human Biology and Women and Gender Studies). New College prioritizes personal attention to students, innovative interdisciplinary programs, links with professional faculties, career mentorship, and community outreach initiatives. The College has built a rich learning community for students including academic support, amenities for studying and social interaction, and opportunities for co-curricular and community engagement. The College offers a spirited and challenging environment for students to have the opportunity to broaden their experience, create life plans, and meet others from different fields. New College is a friendly, welcoming and informal community that places a high priority on student support services and encourages diversity.


Position Summary

A fundraising professional with a significant track record of success in increasingly senior advancement leadership positions in large-scale institutional settings, the Associate Director, Advancement at University of Toronto’s New College leads and manages New College’s advancement programs with the goals of increasing fundraising revenues and alumni engagement in support of New College’s highest academic and institutional priorities.


The Associate Director, Advancement reports jointly to the Principal, New College, and in a dotted line report, to the Executive Director, Advancement, Faculty of Arts & Science. The Associate Director, Advancement is responsible for the development and execution of advancement plans and strategies to accomplish fundraising and alumni engagement goals. The Associate Director is accountable to the Principal of New College and the Executive Director, Advancement, Faculty of Arts & Science on the development and fulfillment of New College’s advancement plans and strategies that support New College’s academic mission. The Associate Director, Advancement has a functional reporting relationship to Executive Director, Advancement, Faculty of Arts & Science that ensures alignment with and accountability to University-wide standards, guidelines, and procedures that protect academic integrity and promote best practice, excellence, and equity in advancement. Further details on the definition of joint reporting are included in the attached Provost’s Guideline on Joint Reporting in University Advancement. 


The Associate Director, Advancement, New College, will possess excellent solicitation experience and a demonstrated track record of securing philanthropic support; and a strong commitment to establishing and supporting efforts to engage meaningfully alumni and volunteers in support of New College’s academic mission. The Associate Director, Advancement, will be passionate about furthering New College’s commitment to social justice research, programs, and initiatives, and to supporting its efforts to foster an equitable and inclusive space for the diverse faculty, student, and alumni communities.  The incumbent will demonstrate proactive leadership and team building skills, excellent 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 Associate Director, 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.


Required Qualifications


A University degree, or an equivalent combination of education with advancement experience is required.


5+ years of experience 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.  Demonstrated strong client service orientation and experience fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.



Proficient with and demonstrated experience working with Microsoft Office suite. Experience working with Arbor or a similar database management system.  Demonstrated strategic conceptualization, analytical and planning skills. Knowledge of current trends as they relate to duties and responsibilities of the role.



  • 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 an academic and research-intensive university.
  • Genuine interest and commitment to inclusivity and social justice.
  • 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.
  • Passionate about creating accessible, equitable and inclusive programs and initiatives.
  • Promotes values that advance equity, diversity, inclusion, respect, and civility in the workplace.
  • 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.

Interested candidates may apply directly with the University of Toronto at