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University of Toronto

Associate Director, Advancement

Posted On: November 23, 2021
Closing On: December 10, 2021

Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management

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 Faculty of Information leads and manages Faculty of Information’s advancement portfolio with the goals of increasing fundraising revenues and alumni engagement in support of the Faculty’s highest academic and institutional priorities by overseeing Campaign, Major Gift (MG), Planned Giving (PG)/Gift Planning (GP), Leadership & Annual Giving (LAG) as well as Alumni Engagement strategies along with fundraising and volunteer leadership for campaign/fundraising.

The Associate Director, Advancement reports jointly to the Dean, Faculty of Information and Vice President, Advancement. The Associate Director, Advancement is a member of the Dean’s senior executive committee 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 Faculty of Information 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, Faculty of Information, 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 Faculty of Information’s academic 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.

The Advancement portfolio at Faculty of Information is also responsible for leading student and alumni programming and events, such as donor recognition events and initiatives, as well as an annual professional mentorship program pairing alumni mentors with student mentees.


Essential 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 a post-secondary educational or not-for-profit organization.
  • Experience in 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, students 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 an academic mandate, with ability to conceptualize into an integrated proposal, and make a compelling case to a donor for philanthropic support.
  • 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.
  • 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 academic 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: 12/10/2021, 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

Interested candidates please apply online.