Posted On: 2021-04-08
Closing On: 2021-04-22
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

About Ryerson


At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become 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 the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts connects academic excellence with relevant results, encouraging active and critical minds. We stimulate awareness for better understanding through examination of the past and present, both locally and globally. Through collaboration and inclusion – of diverse ideas, people, and cultures – we inform innovative policy and drive positive change for community and individual empowerment.

The Faculty of Arts empowers students, graduates and faculty members to become local and global citizens, leaders who are catalysts for positive change in society and our communities.


The Opportunity

We are looking for a Development Associate to join the growing Advancement team in the Faculty of Arts.  The Development Associate will coordinate and support administrative and operational activities for the Director of Development on matters related to donor relations, stewardship and student awards administration.  The Development Associate plans and coordinates logistics for special events including budget administration.  Additionally, the successful candidate will conduct research and analysis to support prospect management activities.  

Individuals with an educational background in the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply: individuals from communities that are underrepresented in higher education advancement will be prioritized, and those passionate about social justice and equity. 


Key responsibilities

  • Coordinates administrative and operational support for the Director of Development
  • Coordinates activities related to donor relations, stewardship and special events
  • Conducts research and analysis
  • Coordinates student awards administration



  • Completion of a post-secondary diploma in business administration, marketing, fund raising or a related program; completion of a post-secondary diploma in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences is preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a similar role within an office environment
  • Experience organizing events involving external partners
  • Experience using research tools/techniques to gather information on prospective donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising, volunteer management, and donor relations theory and practices
  • Knowledge of financial tracking, principles and practices
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong planning, organizational and coordination skills
  • Ability to conduct research, compile reports and analyzing data
  • Advanced knowledge of database management 
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite, Google Office Suite (Drive, Sheet, Calendar, Doc, Slides)

Candidates must have a demonstrated record of dependability/reliability and a commitment to maintain confidentiality.


We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Aboriginal HR Consultant for support during the selection process.


As part of the selection process, candidates may be required to complete an occupational assessment.  

Applications will only be accepted online through Ryerson's career site.

Please watch a message from Ryerson's Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion for more information on our commitment to equity.

Important Notice Re: Job Postings during COVID-19

While we are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all applicants, due to the situation regarding COVID-19, please be advised that Ryerson University ("Ryerson") reserves the right to pause a job competition at any stage in the process. Applicants will be notified in the event that the job competition process in which they are participating is suspended or paused. We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your interest in Ryerson University.  

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