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University of Toronto

Director, Alumni & Donor Engagement

Posted On: August 16, 2023
Closing On: August 25, 2023

Location: Toronto
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management
Salary Range: Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: 1AP -- Broadband Salary Range: $78,597 - $181,380

Date Posted: 08/16/2023
Req ID: 33373
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Office of Advancement
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About Us:

The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world. The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflects the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking, and collaboration. At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

The Advancement team generates private-sector revenue to support the Faculty and its academic priorities. Through a range of programs and special initiatives, we raise awareness among current and prospective donors and volunteers regarding the importance of investing in the Faculty. Our office engages in cultivating and sustaining strong relationships with all stakeholders, including our accomplished alumni who are located in more than 190 countries.

Your Opportunity:

Reporting to the Executive Director, Advancement and Assistant Vice-President, College Relations (ED&AVP-CR), the Director, Alumni & Donor Engagement is a part of the senior management team providing leadership in the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of integrated alumni and donor engagement initiatives and stewardship plans.

Informed by knowledge of the Faculty’s advancement and academic priorities and prospect and donor bases, the Director leads the development, implementation and measurement of high quality, integrated alumni and donor engagement programs, events, and volunteer opportunities. This includes the development of scaled programs in support of annual alumni engagement goals, as well as the development of high-touch engagement events, activities and volunteer opportunities designed to ensure alumni engagement is deepened and aligned with the faculty’s campaign revenue pipeline development.

In support of these efforts, the Director is accountable for creating operational infrastructure and processes to increase efficiency and encourage integration, communication and collaboration of alumni and donor engagement activities across the Faculty and its affiliated Colleges. The incumbent will develop tailored stewardship programs and oversee collaborative philanthropic initiatives to ensure conversion between established donor levels, effective stewardship, and agreement fulfillment in support of donor engagement retention and upgrade. This includes working in partnership with front line fundraisers, advancement operations colleagues, faculty and department leads and, as necessary, working directly with key donors to address complex engagement and stewardship needs.

The Director works in concert with the ED&AVP-CR, the Dean, and affiliated College Principals as the senior-most alumni staff liaison with alumni volunteer organizations and groups and is responsible for maintaining a high level of awareness of the mandates, issues, and objectives of these groups and for ensuring that groups’ efforts are aligned with Faculty and College’s objectives.

The incumbent manages staff and serves as a trusted resource for the office, development teams with respect to engagement and stewardship best practice. The role requires strong leadership, relationship management and strategic thinking and a sophisticated understanding of the integration of alumni engagement, stewardship, and fundraising.

Required Qualifications:


An undergraduate degree is required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Graduate degree preferred.


Minimum ten (10) years of related experience, preferably within a University or similarly complex public sector environment, with at least five (5) years’ experience in program development, marketing, and communications.

Minimum five (5) years of experience in managing staff in a unionized environment.


Advanced communication skills; both written and verbal.

Strong project management skills

Proven ability to develop and execute creative and innovative programs.

Strong analytical ability is required as are critical evaluation skills.

Diplomacy and tact mission focused: ability to test merits of all ideas against divisional, departmental and university mission.

Proven success collaborating and building relationships with a variety of stakeholders from within and from outside the University community.

Closing Date: 08/25/2023, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: 1AP — Broadband Salary Range: $78,597 – $181,380
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

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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