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Ryerson University

Associate Director of Development, Faculty of Community Services

Posted On: March 14, 2022
Closing On: March 28, 2022

Location: Toronto
Effective: ASAP
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: $73,640 - $117,632 (hiring range: $73,640 - $95,636)

About Ryerson 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson 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.

Ryerson University 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, Metis 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, 2017 and 2018. 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.

Renaming in process 

In August 2021, the university announced that it would begin a renaming process to address the legacy of Egerton Ryerson for a more inclusive future. Let’s write the next chapter together.

The team 

University Advancement (UA) is a comprehensive development and alumni relations enterprise serving the priorities of Ryerson’s academic plan. Our mission is to build lifelong relationships, engaging alumni and friends, faculty and staff, and corporations and foundations, and matching their interests with the needs and priorities of the university. University Advancement at Ryerson is a dedicated team of professionals, committed to collaboration, diversity, and integrity, and to being trustworthy stewards of our donors’ investments. 

The Faculty of Community Services (FCS) at Ryerson University is a community of innovators, creators, collaborators, scholars, designers, planners and practitioners who understand and care about multiple perspectives. The Faculty is home to nine distinct schools and a diverse range of programs that prepare individuals to address the health and social care needs of multiple population groups – including the first degrees in disability studies and early childhood studies nationwide, an innovative interdisciplinary doctorate in urban health, and Canada’s largest nursing program.  

We strive to impact individuals and communities to propel positive and enduring change. With passion, rigour and curiosity, we develop knowledge for action, prepare students to address complex social and ecological challenges, and work to create a just society by building with communities. To learn more about us, please visit

The opportunity 

We are looking for an experienced Associate Director of Development (ADOD) to join our team. Reporting to the Executive Director, Advancement, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing plans for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts ($100,000+) to advance the faculty’s strategic priorities. The Associate Director of Development will personally manage a portfolio of major gift and sponsorship prospects and work collaboratively with advancement colleagues, senior leaders and volunteers to secure significant donations. As well as keeping donor and alumni records updated, the successful candidate will assist in the researching and writing of proposals, grant applications and other fundraising materials as it relates to individual, foundation and corporate prospects in supporting the university’s fundraising goals. They will also supervise fundraising staff and develop effective relationships with colleagues across the faculty and the university. 


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

  • Successful completion of a post-secondary degree in a related field and three (3) years to five (5) years experience of progressively responsible fundraising, sponsorship and development management experience preferably in an educational, healthcare or community services environment.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to identify and implement major gift strategic planning and solicitation strategies.
  • Must possess a working knowledge of complex information systems, prospect tracking, research, tax laws, basic financial planning and deferred giving programs.
  • Experience with documentation and presentation preparation related to fundraising strategy. 
  • Experience managing and training staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels of the University.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills and creativity and imagination.
  • Exceptional interpersonal/social interaction skills.
  • Prospect identification skills, knowledge of research methodology and skills in the evaluation, rating and moves management of prospects.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, especially in the area of proposal writing and interaction with stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in the use of a fundraising database and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).

Additional details 

Position # 20003624
Reports to Executive Director, Advancement
Vacancy type FTCE
Start date ASAP
Employee Group MAC
Work location Hybrid
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 March 14, 2022
Closing date March 28, 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.