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McMaster University

Associate Director, Development

Posted On: March 6, 2024
Closing On: April 19, 2024

Location: Hamilton, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $96,287.00 - $144,431.00 (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 Engineering at McMaster University wants to hear from you. As we embark upon an era of dramatic growth of private revenue for critical and timely research and education, we are seeking a collaborative development professional who can join our team and help build the next generation approach to major gift fundraising.

We are recruiting an Associate Director, Development in support of private revenue generation for the Faculty of Engineering in the form of major and principal gifts.

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 the Associate Director, Development you will drive the identification, cultivation, and development of a customized ask and recognition/stewardship plan for some of our Faculty’s most significant funders.


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?

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Faculty of Engineering 

Mission: Empowering agile and globally conscious leaders in engineering who collaborate to create a brighter future

Vision: Leaders in advancing engineering for global change

Values: Optimistic; We approach change with curiosity and aspire to have a positive impact on society and the world.

Purposeful; We nurture creativity and innovation, drawing on a foundation of exceptional teaching, research, experiences and service to inspire future leaders to make a real-world impact and drive advancements in engineering.

Inclusive; We build a respectful community and inspire belonging by celebrating our unique perspectives and creating barrier-free pathways to engineering.

Resilient; We are ambitious in our planning, embracing change, setbacks, risk and innovation as catalysts to success in an ever-changing world.

Connected; We promote interdisciplinarity and foster collaboration, showing dedication to continuous improvement with an emphasis on sustainable and ethical solutions.

 The Faculty of Engineering plays a key role in helping McMaster University earn its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative and research-intensive universities. McMaster Engineering has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students. The Faculty has approximately 220 faculty members, along with over 7,600 undergraduate and a little over 1,300 graduate students. The Faculty attracts approximately $46 million in annual research funding. Engineering faculty, staff and students at McMaster pursue research and learning in more than 20 research centres, institutes, and networks whose interdisciplinary pursuits cross departmental and Faculty boundaries. Outside the University, we collaborate regularly on research projects with partners in universities, government and more than 120 companies in Canada and abroad.


  • Play a key role as a primary driver of overall private revenue for the Faculty and the University in support of their objectives.
  • Proactively champion partnership and opportunities for new revenue in support of McMaster’s research and educational goals, within the Faculty.
  • Work with funders toward gifts of $100,000+ or more, which have a mid-to high degree of complexity and involve many different partners, some of whom may be internal and external to the University.
  • Collaboratively work on the most strategic gifts with support from University Advancement’s senior leaders, consistent with a team approach to development strategy.
  • Advance and enhance the relationships, reputation, and resources of 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 Engineering 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 to inspire them to establish, grow and sustain meaningful relationships with the University.
  • As a leader on the Engineering 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.


  • Minimum 8 years of demonstrated experience in major gift fundraising, preferably within the post-secondary or healthcare system.
  • Experience leading and managing teams of high-performing, donor-centred fundraising professionals.
  • University Degree required / A McMaster degree is an asset.

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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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.