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Manager Development (14-16 month appointment) (Hybrid)

Posted On: December 15, 2023
Closing On: January 10, 2024

Location: Hamilton, ON
Employment Type: contract
Level: management
Salary Range: $85,775.00 - $128,663.00 (annual)

Posting Details

Education Level University Degree required / Master’s Degree or advancement designation is an asset
Career Level Minimum 6 years of demonstrated experience in major giving fundraising, preferably within the post-secondary or healthcare system

Are you ready to lead dramatic revenue growth for one of Canada’s top Business Schools as it ushers in a new era of innovative and transformation for the benefit of its students, researchers and society? Are you bold, collaborative, and inclusive leader who can lead amongst a team of advancement professionals, and partner with academic and administrative champions to generate excitement and build capacity in a fast-paced, campaign-driven environment? Are you passionate about identifying and rallying support from some of the McMaster’s most valued funders in helping the DeGroote School of Business address key issues and support foundational pillars of society?

Are you ready to galvanize leading-edge research and teaching to create a Brighter World?

If so, McMaster University, ranked as one of the world’s top 80 universities, is looking for you! We are recruiting a Manager, Development to build and lead the private revenue growth for the DeGroote School of Business in the form of major, bequest, and principal gifts.

For the sixth consecutive year, McMaster has been named one of Hamilton-Niagara’s top employers. As one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, we are committed to advancing inclusive excellence and employment equity in the workplace. We encourage qualified candidates to apply from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQiA2S+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

About the position 

The Manager, Development reports to the Director, Development and works closely with faculty and staff in the DeGroote School of Business. The successful incumbent will be an experienced relationship professional and will be responsible for several funder relationships, focusing on gifts ranging from a minimum of $250K+, and leading to the overall quantitative impact to the Faculty with the aspiration for further growth. Consistent with a team-oriented approach to development strategy, this role liaises with both internal and external partners on development approaches, corporate partnerships and foundation relationships.

Are you the right candidate?
This role requires a proven track record of success in securing complex $250K – $1 million+ current and planned gifts and leading others to the successful attainment of ambitious fundraising goals. Throughout your experience, you have been recognized for proactively championing partnerships, as well as attracting and maintaining relationships with donors and supporters. You must 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, writing winning proposals and associated development materials. The successful incumbent will have a demonstrated understanding of human resources, project management, volunteer and budget management and strong financial acumen.

Primary Accountabilities
•    Accountable for building a wide-ranging portfolio charged with advancing and enhancing the relationships, reputation, and resources of the School through relationship building and revenue generation.
•    Provides strategic fundraising leadership to secure and grow the DeGroote School of Businesses base of major supporters, and to steward these funders in a manner to inspire meaningful and authentic long-lasting relationships with the University
•    Model a culture of collaboration, integration and service to support the University’s core research and academic missions
•    Accountable for the supporting the development, monitoring, evaluation and measurement of the Faculty’s fundraising plans to ensure they achieve goals and outcomes and that they are aligned with University Advancement’s goals
•    Work with senior leadership of the Faculty and University Advancement senior-level development leaders to develop advancement plans aligned with and stemming directly from the academic priorities, fostering a compelling vision and case for support that enables the pursuit of significant major gifts
•    Work in conjunction with senior leadership of the School to establish goals and objectives including annual professional development plans for team members to support a culture of continuous improvement and readiness for change

How to Apply

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

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.

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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.