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McMaster University

Associate Director, Development

Posted On: February 28, 2024
Closing On: April 13, 2024

Location: Hamilton, ON
Employment Type: contract
Level: senior
Salary Range: $96287.00 - $144431.00 (annual)

Are you ready to make a real difference? If you are an experienced and passionate relationship fundraiser who strives to make a real impact through your work, the Development team in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at McMaster University wants to hear from you. As we embark upon an era of dramatic growth of private revenue for critical and timely health research and education, we are seeking collaborative development professionals who can join our team and help build the next generation approach to major gift fundraising.

Are you ready to empower leading-edge research and teaching to create a Brighter World? McMaster University has been ranked 11th in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects by the Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2021.

For the sixth consecutive year, McMaster has been named one of Hamilton-Niagara’s top employers and has also been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2021) – and we’re continuing to learn, engage, and strive for improvement. We are committed to advancing inclusive excellence and employment equity in the workplace. We encourage qualified candidates to apply from equity deserving groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the 2SLGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Are you a candidate that will help us shape and empower an even more inclusive and supportive McMaster community?

University Advancement at McMaster University is a flexible, dynamic and ambitious team. We strengthen McMaster’s relationships, secure new revenue and develop a pipeline of funders and supporters for the University. The primary means of raising funds involves face-to-face meetings and virtual visits, often involving University leadership and top researchers from our Faculty. As Associate Director, Development, Department of Surgery, you will drive the identification, cultivation, and development of a customized fundraising and recognition/stewardship plans for some of McMaster’s most significant funders.

About the Department of Surgery

Over its 50+ year history, the McMaster Department of Surgery has maintained a steadfast commitment towards thinking big ideas and making them possible.

We are a department with 11 surgical divisions and Royal College residency training programs; together, we are poised to unleash a future fueled by a creative mindset and powered by our people.

The successful candidate will bring a positive, growth-focused mindset, as we collectively work towards achieving the Department Vision.

This Vision is based on 6 core tenets:


Tenet 1: Building A Culture that Includes

Tenet 2: Conduct Research that Impacts

Tenet 3: Education that Inspires

Tenet 4: Advancement, Personally and Professionally 

Tenet 5: Transformation through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tenet 6: Excellence in Patient Care.   


Reporting to the Director, Development in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and working closely with the Chair, Deparment of Surgery and other key stakeholders, the Associate Director will:

  • Play a key role as a primary driver of overall private revenue for the Department of Surgery, the Faculty and the University in support of their objectives.
  • Proactively champion opportunities for new revenue in support of McMaster’s research and educational goals, within the Faculty.
  • Work with funders toward gifts of $50,000+, which have a mid-to high degree of complexity and involve many different stakeholders, some of whom may be internal and external to the University.
  • Work collaboratively on strategic gifts in partnership with University Advancement’s senior leaders, consistent with a team approach to development strategy.
  • Advance and enhance the relationships, reputation, and resources of the Department of Surgery and the Faculty, through relationship building and revenue generation.
  • In conjunction with the Director, Development, provide counsel to senior academic leadership on the largest gifts to the Faculty.
  • As a leader on the FHS Development team, provide peer leadership efforts to secure and grow a base of major and principal gift-level supporters, and to steward these supporters in a manner so as to inspire them to establish, grow and sustain meaningful relationships with the University.
  • As a leader on the FHS Development team, create and maintain positive, productive relationships and build and support a vibrant, diverse and high-performance team of professionals within the Faculty.
  • Provide peer leadership efforts to secure and grow a base of major and principal gift-level supporters, and to steward these supporters in a manner to inspire them to establish, grow and sustain meaningful relationships with the University.
  • Support the management, development and monitoring of budgets. This could involve drafting and managing of the budgets for each programme within the Associate Director’s portfolio.
  • Ability to work closely with the senior officers of the University, in particular the President, Chancellor, Vice-Presidents, and Provosts and Deans.



  • A University degree, or equivalent experience.
  • A McMaster degree is an asset.


  • Proven track record of success in securing $1M and above complex gifts
  • Minimum of 8 years demonstrated experience in major giving fundraising, preferably within the post-secondary sector.
  • Experience leading and managing teams of high-performing, donor-centred development professionals.

What McMaster has to offer: McMaster University has a market-driven total rewards package including a comprehensive benefits plan, a recently expanded mental health benefit entitlement, retirement savings plans, vacation, professional development fund and tuition assistance. Our total rewards package attracts, develops and retains our outstanding workforce. This role may not require relocation, and we encourage any interested candidates to apply.

How to Apply
To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Employment Equity Statement
McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey – Statement of Collection for additional information.

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Vaccination Mandate – FHS
This position is located in a host hospital or other healthcare site that has an active vaccination mandate in place. Successful applicants will need to comply with these and any other health and safety measures necessary as part of their appointment.

Hybrid Work Language
To ensure an ongoing and vibrant University community that meets the needs of our students, staff and faculty and supports the University mission, ability to work on-site continues to be a requirement for most University positions. The University is supportive of exploring flexible work arrangements that effectively balance operational needs and employee interests.