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The University of British Columbia

Executive Director, Development

Posted On: November 1, 2021
Closing On: November 29, 2021

Location: Vancouver, BC
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: management

Executive Director, Development, Development

The University of British Columbia


Join a bold, world-leading and highly accomplished development and alumni engagement team — and help UBC shape a better world.

UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the world. As one of the largest universities in Canada, UBC attracts and nurtures more than 66,000 students and over 350,000 alumni from 166 countries on two major campuses. With over 6,000 faculty and 11,000 staff, UBC has an operating budget of $3 billion and provides over $670 million in research funds for nearly 10,000 projects.

The Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE) portfolio at UBC joins development (fundraising) and alumni UBC functions under one umbrella. DAE is a one of the leading advancement teams in Canada.  With over 300 employees, DAE currently raises over $200 million and engages over 86,000 alumni annually.

DAE is seeking an inclusive and strategic Executive Director of Development to provide leadership of a complex development program which includes several diverse fundraising units with an overall annual target of $50 to $75 million+. The Executive Director works collaboratively with peers to ensure cohesiveness in program strategy and team culture to support goals and priorities as well as UBC’s overall DAE strategy. Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, Development, and as part of the Development Senior Management and Leadership Team, the Executive Director will inspire fundraising excellence while implementing UBC and DAE strategic plans into business practice and fostering an inclusive environment for staff based on trust, respect and care.

As UBC plans for its next and most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign, this is an exciting time to join UBC and create partnerships to advance the mission and vision of the University. The ideal candidate will bring considerable depth of experience in fundraising, strategy development and project management, inclusive behavior and practices, as well as a thorough understanding of fundraising in a University environment. As this role works closely with DAE and UBC leadership, senior volunteers, major donors, and external counsel, strong interpersonal skills, tact, discretion, and sound judgment are required. This individual will also have the ability to work simultaneously on a variety of complex projects with tight deadlines and the ability to formulate strategic plans and set direction.

As a top tier research university, and a go-to destination for the world’s brightest minds, UBC has the opportunity to influence what our future will look like. DAE is inspired to enable UBC’s pursuit of excellence in research, learning and engagement by maximizing donor and alumni engagement.

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The salary range is $146,478 – $228,872 CAD

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.