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Associate Director, Principal Gift Implementation

Posted On: November 29, 2023
Closing On: December 12, 2023

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: $112,241 - $143,537

Date Posted: 11/29/2023
Req ID: 35152
Faculty/Division: VP – Division of University Advancement
Department: Campaign and Marketing
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)
Position Number: 00048573


About us:

The Division of University Advancement (DUA) aims to sustain and enhance the University’s academic mission, leadership, and worldwide impact, by engaging alumni and private sector constituents meaningfully in the mission of the University, building mutually beneficial relationships of increasing value and satisfaction over time.

DUA at the University of Toronto is engaged in a transformative agenda deeply rooted in the University’s vision for growth and innovation. We are focus on growing fundraising efforts; enhancing the effectiveness and satisfaction of alumni engagement and programs; building advancement talent capacity within and across divisions and creating an organization and culture that fosters diversity and inclusiveness.

Your opportunity:

The Stewardship team within DUA participates in development activities and supports divisional strategic stewardship programs on a customized basis at the $5 million+ level. The position of Associate Director, PG Gift Implementation will ensure first in class implementation of gift agreements and stewardship of donors at this level. The Associate Director will work collaboratively with donors, partners, the President’s and Vice President’s offices and others across DUA to ensure that key partners understand our accountabilities to principal gift donors.

The AD will also work with divisions to model best practice around implementation and fulfillment of complex gift agreements, develop measurement strategies for new principal gifts, ensure that activity is tracked accurately and oversee communications to donors in the important early days of the relationship. The Associate Director is responsible for developing strategies and tailored programs to engage the interest and involvement of donors at this level. This will entail developing customized strategies and individualized strategic approaches to targeted donors, as well as managing projects with divisional staff and external partners. The Associate Director will also ensure proper stewardship takes place following a gift to maintain the donor’s involvement, interest and support.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing strategic leadership for new elements of the Division or Faculty’s advancement and fundraising programs and activities.
  • Preparing projects or policies of importance that require a rigorous approach and attention to very fine detail.
  • Building and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance.
  • Developing and implementing plans to support donor management and stewardship strategies and/or activities.
  • Developing and implementing strategic prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition plans.
  • Determining the appropriate involvement of members of the university community and volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and recognition process.
  • Conducting advanced research and analysis from a variety of sources to provide detailed background data on donors.
  • Producing complex donor reports.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 8 years experience in a senior fundraising role, with a proven track record of success in cultivation and stewardship.
  • Demonstrated experience with donors at the giving level of $5,000,000 and above.
  • Experience developing customized stewardship strategies and individualized strategies approaches to targeted donors.
  • Experience designing and implementing successful cultivation and stewardship strategies.
  • Experience with planning projects independently that are often large and complex.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with partners and existing principal gift donors.
  • Ability to establish collaborative and productive relationships with the administration and faculty in order to advance interests.
  • Extensive judgement in decision-making situations involving the conceptualization and implementation of new projects and in the interactions with principal gift donors, volunteers and senior leaders within the University.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet fundraising goals.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative and engaging member of the team.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills; ability to create and present proposals to donors.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Achievement oriented
  • Articulate
  • Diplomatic
  • Perceptive
  • Persuasive

Closing Date: 12/12/2023, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 18 — $112,241 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $143,537. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial
Recruiter: Fiona Chan

Lived Experience Statement
Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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