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Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

Associate Director of Advancement – Athletics & Recreation

Posted On: May 24, 2022
Closing On: June 10, 2022

Location: Toronto
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $73,640 - $117,632 

About Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to becoming 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 serving a highly diverse student body. 

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) 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, Métis 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 Athletics: 

Sport and recreation has the power to change people’s lives and build communities of engaged citizens. The mission of the Department of Athletics and Recreation is to champion a spirit of belonging, pride and excellence, which enriches the academic experience and develops the whole student. Student-athletes at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) are supported to reach their potential athletically, academically, socially and as community citizens.

 The 2021-26 strategic plan “Raising the Bar” outlines the priorities of the department. It operates 8 varsity teams with 180 student-athletes competing nationally in U SPORTS.  An additional 9 competitive club teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics Conference. In 2022, the Women’s Basketball Team had an undefeated season and became national champions. 

The Recreation team supports overall student health and wellness. There are over 400,000 visits each year to the two athletic centres.  Facilities include weight and cardio rooms, recreational studios, gymnasiums, pool, track, squash courts, ice hockey rink, saunas and more can be accessed. Students have access to both facilities, all weekly fitness classes and intramurals with more than 34 competitive and recreational sports clubs to choose from. 

The opportunity 

We are looking for an experienced Associate Director of Advancement (ADOA) to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and growing a portfolio of leadership, mid-level giving and sponsorship prospects along with varsity and recreation alumni. The ADOA will develop new and existing relationships with alumni, donors and external constituents to generate support for Athletics’ strategic priorities and projects, including student financial support. 

The Associate Director will  develop and implement plans for the cultivation and solicitation of gifts and sponsorship. Importantly, the candidate will ensure proper stewardship takes place following gifts to maintain the partner’s involvement, interest and support. They will assist in the writing of proposals, grant applications and other fundraising materials related to individual, foundation and corporate prospects and sponsors in support of Athletics and Recreation fundraising and engagement goals. 

A focus on relationship and pipeline development to advance solicitation to mid-level gifts is a key priority. The Associate Director of Advancement will also support the cultivation and solicitation activities of the Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation and coaches. 


To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications: 

  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Minimum of 4-5 years of experience of progressively responsible fundraising and development management experience preferably in an educational or sports environment; 
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to identify and implement mid-level giving and major gift strategic planning and solicitation strategies; 
  • Passion about fundraising for financial access to higher education and athletics for students facing socioeconomic barriers; 
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement alumni and donor strategies including cultivation activities, solicitation and stewardship; 
  • Exceptional relationship building and communication skills including presentation and public speaking; 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels, including with coaches and colleagues across Athletics & Recreation and Advancement; 
  • Strong persuasive writing skills, specifically in the area of proposal writing; 
  • Demonstrated analytical and research skills to review and analyze and develop complex proposals and reports; 
  • Demonstrated success managing volunteers with an ability to engage them in supporting fundraising activity;
  • Proven track record of success in alumni engagement and building a pipeline of supporters to achieve fundraising goals; 
  • A commitment to ongoing learning and implementing of initiatives centreing equity and inclusion; 
  • Proficiency using:  Google Workspace and applications (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Meet, Docs, Sheets and Slides) and a Windows based database, CRM and Zoom;
  • Working knowledge of complex information systems, prospect tracking, research, tax laws, basic financial planning and deferred giving programs. 

Additional details 

Position # 20002596
Reports to Executive Director, Advancement with dotted line to the Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation
Vacancy type Term
Start date ASAP
End date 3 year from the start date
Employee Group MAC
Hours of work 36.25
Grade C51
Salary Scale $73,640 – $117,632 

(hiring range:  $73,640 – $95,636)

HR Contact Renee Gordon, HR Consulting Advisor
Posting date May 20, 2022
Closing date June 10, 2022 

Qualified MAC employees will be interviewed before members of other employee groups.

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, Indigenous Human Resources Lead 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 careersite.

Ryerson University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and aims to ensure that independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of the university culture.

We will provide an accessible experience for applicants, students, employees, and members of the Ryerson community.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the recruitment process.   If you have restrictions that need to be accommodated to fully participate in any phase of the recruitment process, please reach out to:  All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Please watch a message from Ryerson’s Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion for more information on our commitment to equity.  <Video by ECI>

Important Notice  to applicants during COVID-19 

All recruiting activities including interviews and onboarding are being conducted virtually.  

TMU is a hybrid work environment and there will be flexibility to work both in-person (downtown office) and remotely based on the requirements of your work and the collaboration needed with the greater team.