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University of Toronto

Associate Director, Advancement

Posted On: March 10, 2022
Closing On: March 30, 2022

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $77,819 - $179,584

Req ID: 23039
Faculty/Division: School of Continuing Studies
Department: School of Continuing Studies
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


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 the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), University of Toronto leads and manages SCS’s advancement portfolio with the goals of increasing fundraising revenues and alumni engagement in support of increasing fundraising revenues and alumni engagement in support of SCS’s highest academic and institutional priorities.

The Associate Director, Advancement reports to the Dean, School of Continuing Studies, and to the Vice President, Advancement (or their designate). The Associate Director, Advancement is a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team and a member of the Vice-President, Advancement’s University-wide Senior Advancement Leadership Team.

The Associate Director, Advancement is responsible for the development and execution of advancement plans and strategies to accomplish fundraising and alumni engagement goals, in close consultation with the SCS’s senior leadership team, as well as with the Division of University Advancement to ensure alignment with and accountability to University-wide standards, guidelines, and procedures that protect integrity and promote best practice, excellence, and equity in advancement.

The Associate Director, Advancement, 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 SCS’s continuing education mission and other key priorities. 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.



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

• 8+ 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 a post-secondary educational or not-for-profit organization.
• Experience in developing and organizing complex programs and events.
• Experienced in team management with strong track record of HR management and management best practices, including mentoring, coaching, motivating and inspiring teams. Management experience in a unionized environment preferred.
• Demonstrated experience and success in managing, motivating and mentoring volunteers.
• Highly knowledgeable and experienced in both new and traditional channels of revenue generation.

• 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.
• Proven strong interpersonal, presentation, written and verbal communications skills.
• Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Excellent attention to detail and superb organizational skills.
• Proven project management skills, including the ability to set principal gift fundraising goals and to establish an internal system for meeting deadlines, tracking milestones, follow-up, monitoring, and reporting of progress.
• Proven ability to work in a hectic and results-oriented environment with a strong focus on results; ability to meet deadlines and budgets.
• Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all responsibilities and interactions with colleagues, learners and others both internal and external to the University. Dedicated to inclusive and collaborative workplace practices.

• Must be a strategic thinker and visionary, possessing a creative, entrepreneurial spirit.
• High level of initiative, maturity, tact and diplomacy; excellent judgement and discretion.
• A deep understanding of and alignment with a continuing education mandate, with ability to conceptualize into an integrated proposal, and make a compelling case to a donor for philanthropic support.
• 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.
• 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 senior leaders at the University, 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.
• 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.
• Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle required.
• Valid passport for international travel is required.

Closing Date: 03/30/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: 1AP — Broadband Salary Range: $77,819 – $179,584
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.