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McMaster University

Development Manager, Faculty of Engineering

Posted On: November 17, 2023
Closing On: December 12, 2023

Location: Hamilton, ON
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: beginner
Salary Range: $85,775.00 - $128,663.00 (TMG Band L) Target Salary: $85,000 to $95,000

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 a Development Manager (Philanthropy) in support of private revenue generation for the Faculty of Engineering in the form of major and principal gifts.

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 the Development Manager (Philanthropy), 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.

Faculty of Engineering 

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 is home to approximately 240 full-time staff members, 190 faculty members, along with 7,000 undergraduate, 1,000 graduate students enrolled across 18 academic departments, schools and programs. The Faculty attracts approximately $44 million in annual research funding 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 130 companies in Canada and abroad.

About the position  

The Development Manager is a new position that will report to the Director of Development, in the Faculty of Engineering. The successful incumbent will be an experienced relationship professional and will be responsible for several funder strategies, focusing on gifts from $25,000 and above in support of the Faculty of Engineering’s strategic priorities. Consistent with a team-oriented approach to development, this role liaises with both internal and external partners on development approaches, with strategic support from the Director of Development, Faculty leaders and University Advancement’s senior leaders.

The successful incumbent is someone who has been recognized for proactively championing partnerships, as well as attracting and maintaining relationships with donors and supporters. They possess superior critical and strategic thinking and decision-making skills. Additionally, this role requires a community-centred and funder and goal-oriented approach with solid understanding of Canadian philanthropic environment, legislation, and available charitable vehicles, including familiarity and experience working with planned gifts, including bequests.

Critical to the success of this role will be effective communication and interpersonal skills, development of winning proposals and associated development materials. The successful incumbent will have a demonstrated understanding of project management, volunteer and budget management and strong financial acumen.

Primary Responsibilities  

You will be accountable for a wide-ranging portfolio charged with advancing and enhancing the relationships, reputation, and resources of the Faculty through relationship building and revenue generation. You provide strategic fundraising leadership to your own portfolio and your peers through funder identification and cultivation to secure and grow the Faculty’s base of major supporters, and to steward these funders in a manner to inspire meaningful and authentic long-lasting relationships with the University. You engage, coach and brief faculty leaders regarding fundraising strategies and best practices.


•Minimum 6 years of demonstrated experience in major giving fundraising, preferably within the post-secondary or healthcare system.

•University Degree required / A McMaster degree is an asset.

How to Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online at

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.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:

Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or

Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or

School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679

to communicate accommodation needs.

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.