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Western University

Director of Development, Faculty of Social Science

Posted On: June 17, 2022
Closing On: June 23, 2022

Location: London, Ontario
Effective: Immediately
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior
Salary Range: 75,000-88,000

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.  We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the “Western Experience” – an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

The University Advancement division plays a leading role in strengthening awareness of and support for the University’s mission and goals by leading the alumni relations and fundraising efforts across campus and beyond.  The Development department within University Advancement, builds enduring alumni and public trust through understanding and support for Western University in a coordinated campus-wide effort that defines funding priorities, grows prospect pipelines, develops solicitation strategies, and stewards donors that all results in the funding needed to make an impact.

The Faculty of Social Science at Western is one of the largest in Canada and among the most diverse. We conduct innovative and creative research and disseminate this knowledge to our students, providing excellent education and training for the next generation of learners and researchers.  We strive to be acknowledged as the premier Social Science Faculty in Canada while enhancing our international reputation. We will be a destination of choice for the world’s brightest minds among leading Canadian research universities and our graduates will be global citizens whose education and leadership will serve the public good.

The Director of Development leads and participates in the full scope of development activities, relating to the discovery, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of a portfolio of prospects and donors to the Faculty of Social Science.  The role will design, develop, implement, evaluate and manage effective, innovative and transformational fundraising strategies which support the goals of the Faculty.  The Director of Development will match the Faculty’s and University’s academic, alumni and community engagement objectives and financial needs with the highest philanthropic aspirations of donors.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Development (Faculties and Divisions), the Director of Development will work closely with the Dean, in a dotted-line reporting relationship, to develop and implement strategic development activities, ensuring efforts are focused and coordinated to meet the needs and priorities of the Faculty.  The role will ensure that progress is continual toward meeting multi-year plan goals, and efficiently manage engagement and campaign activities to ensure the continued enhancement of the Faculty’s and Western’s reputation.



  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Accreditation through Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is preferred


  • 8 years’ senior leadership experience securing six and seven-figure financial agreements within the private sector or similar levels of major gifts in the charitable sector
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team towards revenue targets
  • Experience leading a fundraising, or revenue-generating, portfolio towards multi-million targets
  • Experience with strategy development, implementation and evaluation related to fundraising
  • Experience successfully managing multiple projects from conception to completion within tight prescribed deadlines
  • Experience fundraising within a university or other complex non-profit environment would be an asset

 Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively collaborate in the achievement of a fundraising or revenue-generating campaign and realize targets, preferably in an academic setting
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and presentation to internal and external contacts
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office software applications and client/donor relations management software
  • Project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once from conception to completion with tightly prescribed timelines
  • Ability to establish and build healthy working relations and partnerships with clients, peers and external stakeholders
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage activities both for self and others effectively
  • A well defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution and people management skills
  • Flexible, resourceful, creative and proactive work style with a can-do, enthusiastic attitude
  • Emotional Intelligence (self-knowledge, self-management, empathy, social skills) to ensure own work-life balance, healthy and energy, and good collegial relationships are maintained
  • Readiness and willingness to learn and stay informed about fundraising initiatives and the unit’s missions and objectives
  • Ability to develop strategies that are in line with the University’s mission and which balance competing priorities

Interested applicants are asked to visit: to apply online to job reference #26887, by midnight on June 23, 2022.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.